Christy Crews was born and raised in Palo Alto California, where she was quite active playing music with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, El Camino Youth Symphony, and various instrumental and vocal ensembles at Stanford University prior to graduation from Palo Alto High School.
Ms. Crews attended San Jose State University studying double bass with Robert Manning before heading to The Hartt School of Music in New England to complete a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, studying with distinguished solo bassist Gary Karr, and spending summers in Aspen Colorado, studying with Stuart Sankey. Her studies also included a focus on music education.
Ms. Crews returned to the Bay Area to be Principal Bass in the Carmel Bach Festival before joining the Marin Symphony. Shortly thereafter, she became a longtime member of the Monterey Symphony, and Principal Bass of West Bay Opera and the Fremont Symphony.
She has also performed with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, TheatreWorks, Stanford Symphony and for many years over the summers, has been performing regularly at Bear Valley Music Festival, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, and the Oregon Coast Music Festival.
Ms. Crews teaches private students, and has coached students in sectionals and chamber music groups with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, El Camino Youth Symphony, Peninsula Youth Symphony, Monterey Youth Symphony and Peninsula Symphony. She was also a music teacher for many years in all of the elementary schools of the Los Altos Unified School District, as well as at middle and high schools in Palo Alto.
She is currently living in Woodside, and performs as Assistant Principal Bass for Monterey Symphony, Principal Bass (and the Orchestra Manager) for West Bay Opera, and Principal Bass for the New Ballet Nutcracker.