John Schertz

John Schertz was a violinist for the WFSO between the years of 1970-1982, where he played among Violinist- Henry Brahinsky and Conductor- William Boyer. He returned to his position in 2005 and has been playing with the WFSO since then under Dr. Candler Schaffer and now Fouad Fakhouri. Mr. Schertz is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s in violin, and also holds an associates degree in Information Technology from El Centro College in Dallas. John has played with many symphonies in the area including: Fort Worth, Richardson, Sherman, Plano and Tyler. In 2017, John retired from the Dallas Independent School District, where he taught orchestra and violin for 17 years, to later work for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. Along with performing with the WFSO, John performed around the North Texas area with the Lenny Dawson Orchestra and the Dallas Strolling Strings, where he was a member for 10 years.

 

Fun Facts about John: 

Favorite WF restaurant: McBrides Steakhouse, both the downtown and the Maplewood establishments
 
Describe your Family: Two lazy rescue dogs, two adult children, two grandkids (in Boulder Creek, California and Keller,TX), and my 95 year old mom in San Antonio
 
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Vienna, Austria
 
Favorite book: The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
 
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings (all 3) or Brokeback Mountain.
 
 
Favorite onstage moment: There have been so many wonderful musical moments, so many wonderful soloists, but I think I enjoyed playing Toy Story along with the movie due to the great time had by audience and orchestra alike.
 
Favorite piece of music: Toss-up – Candide, Leonard Bernstein or ANY Mozart symphony — But I also have always loved the Beatles…!