Teaching


 
 Guitar Department Chair                                                                                                      2008-2012
 Powers Music School                                                                                                           Belmont MA
  • Interviewed applicants for teaching positions; advised director on hiring
  • Organized Department Recitals at the end of every semester
  • Co-ordinated scheduling with 5 faculty members for studio space, recital times, and equipment needs
  • Advised on all Guitar Department concerns, for the needs of 50-80 students, parents, and faculty
 
Guitar Instructor                                                                                                                  2004-2012, Present
Powers Music School                                                                                                         Belmont MA                                                       
  • Private Guitar lessons in fundamental technique, reading comprehension, theory, and improvisation
  • Launched ‘guitar only’ recitals at the end of every year, organized the program and scheduling with all guitar facility and students
  • Studio sold out of spots, grew to 4 full days a week
  • Individualized repertoire including Rock, Pop, Singer Songwriters, and Jazz Improvisation
  • Banjo lessons in technique, tablature, and repertoire
  • Ages six to eighteen, also taught adults from ages twenty to sixty
 
Guitar and Banjo Instructor                                                                                                    2006-2010
Community Music Center of Boston                                                                                       Boston MA                                 
  •  Private Lessons in Guitar and Banjo, focused on the fundamentals of technique, reading comprehension, and theory
  • Yearly participation in ‘Perform-athon,’ a fundraising recital crucial to the schools’ financial needs
  • Participated in end of the year juries and student evaluations  
  • Individualized repertoire based on students’ interest
 
Classroom Teacher                                                                                                                2004-2010
Outreach Program; Community Music Center of Boston                                                        Boston MA
  • K-5 General Music classes in Boston Public Schools
  • Developed and implemented curriculum in singing, song form, notation, and rhythm notation
  • Designed and taught Recorder, Percussion, and Chorus ensembles
  • Organized two performances a year featuring all classroom students and ensembles
  • Co-ordinated performance space, times, and programs with teachers, principles and parents  
 
Guitar and Banjo Instructor                                                                                                     2004-2008
Cape Cod Conservatory                                                                                    Falmouth/Barnstable MA
  • Private Lessons in Guitar and Banjo centered on the fundamentals of technique, reading, theory, and repertoire
  • Initiated and Organized my own studio concert for students and parents
 
Guitar Instructor                                                                                                                        2009-2010
Boston College High School                                                                                                     Boston MA
  • Guitar lessons in contemporary music of students’ choosing
  • Responsible for organizing schedule
 
Music Instructor                                                                                                                        2004-Present 
Private Studio                                                                                                                           Medford MA
  • Private lessons in Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Theory, Ear Training, and Improvisation  
  • Maintained and grew a studio even while balancing the demands of touring
  • Hands-on scheduling, in constant communication with parents and adult students, ages 6-70 

Bands and Ensembles


 
Lead Guitar, Band Contributor                                                                                                   2010-2016
Girls Guns and Glory                                                                                                                 Boston MA
  • Primary soloist and improviser using the guitar techniques of country, rock, and rockabilly  
  • Full time touring nationally and internationally, 200+ dates per year  
  • Harmony vocals and Lead vocals
  • Contributions to song writing, tour planning, finance, repertoire, and marketing/publicity
  • Scheduling of meetings, rehearsals, and tour itinerary
 
Lead Banjo, Band Contributor                                                                                                    2007-2010
Oneside                                                                                                                                      Boston MA
  • Primary soloist using bluegrass techniques over rock/pop chord progressions, improvising using the ‘melodic style’ typically reserved for fiddle tunes
  • National tour schedule of over 120 dates per year
  • Electric Banjo exploration, using specially made technology and equipment.
  • Harmony vocals
  • Contributions to songwriting, tour planning, repertoire and marketing
 
Lead Guitar                                                                                                                                2004-2012
Daniel Bennett Group                                                                                                                Boston MA
  • Jazz Guitar, performances of composed music in shifting meter
  • Fingerstyle guitar
  • Modal improvisation
 
Lead Guitar                                                                                                                            2014-Present
Sarah Borges Band                                                                                                                  Boston, MA
  • Electric guitar, primarily Rock/Pop and Rhythm & Blues
  • Harmony vocals, some lead vocal
 
Lead Guitar, Banjo, Lap Steel                                                                                               2016-Present
Woodsmith & Hersch                                                                                                                Boston, MA
  • Original music, co-writes, and covers.
  • ‘Americana’ styles of Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues
  • Harmony vocal, Lead Vocal  
  • Booking of venues, band scheduling, songwriting, promotion
 
Lead Guitar                                                                                                                            2014-Present
Chris Hersch and the ‘MoonRaiders’                                                                                        Boston, MA
  • Original music with improvisations in Western Swing, Rock n’ Roll, and Country repertoire
  • Bookings, finance, hiring of musicians, scheduling, and promotion
 
Freelance                                                                                                                               2004-Present
Nationally and Internationally                                                                                   
  • Jazz Guitar, repertoire of Standards from 1920’s-1960’s
  • Rock n Roll, repertoire and guitar styles of 1950’s rock and rockabilly
  • Country, telecaster techniques and pedal steel mimicry
  • Western Swing, unique language and repertoire combining country and jazz elements
  • Bluegrass, banjo and guitar techniques with in-depth repertoire knowledge
  • Old Time, claw-hammer style banjo with unique repertoire

Accolades


 
Rolling Stone Magazine Premieres Girls Guns & Glory's Hank Williams Album                          2015

Rolling Stone Magazine picks Girls Guns & Glory in '10 New Artists You Need to Know'           2014

Rolling Stone Magazine Premieres Girls Guns & Glory's song 'Holiday Heartache’                    2014

Voted #19 Best Roots Guitar Player Nationwide in The Alternate Root                                      2013

Boston Music Award for 'Best Americana Act of the Year,' with Girls Guns & Glory                   2013

Boston Music Award for 'Best Americana Act of the Year,' with Girls Guns & Glory                   2011

French Country Music Award for ‘Independent Artist of the Year,' with Girls Guns & Glory       2011

New England Conservatory- Dean's List                                                                                   2004

New England Conservatory- Artist in Residency Participant                                                      2002
 
New England Conservatory- Performance Scholarship                                                             2000

 

Press

 
"...Hersch is in the riff zone and never delivers one note for flash and circumstance" - The Alternate Root
 
"...Hersch is the star of the show here...a nimble Chuck-berry style...unexpected rampage down the fretboard steals the show...uncanny ability to impersonate a pedal steel" - New York Music Daily
 
 

Notable Performances


Opened for Notable Artists                                            Notable Arena
Albert Lee, CT/MA                                                            National Anthem at Gillette Stadium                                                                                                                            
Los Lobos, NH/ME/NC/NYC/VA                                       Patriots vs. Colts, Foxboro MA 2012                         
Big Sandy and Fly Right Boys, PA/MA                                             
J.D. McPherson, IL                                                            Notable Theatres                  
Dale Watson, TX/TN                                                          Hawaii Theatre Center, HI
Bill Kirchen, MA                                                                  Maui Arts & Cultural Center, HI                  
The Derailers, TX                                                               Sellersville Theatre, PA
Driving and Crying, FL                                                        Flying Monkey Theatre, NH
Blackberry Smoke, TN                                                       The Narrows Center, MA
Brooks & Dunn, MA                                                            Paramount Theatre, TX
                                                                                            Sunrise Theatre, FL
Notable Festivals                                                              Avalon Theatre, MD
Equi Blues Festival, France                                                Stone Mountain Arts Center, ME
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, TN                                  The Southern, VA        
SXSW Festival, TX
High Sierra Music Festival, CA                                          Selected Venues/Clubs
Floyd Fest, VA                                                                     City Winery, NYC
Albino Skunk Festival, SC                                                   Paradiso, Netherlands
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, NY                                           Patronaat, Netherlands
                                                                                             Cowboy Up, Belgium
Notable Television and Radio                                           Revolver, Norway
Music City Roots Live TV from the Factory, TN                   Boite Live, Spain
NPR Wood Songs Radio, KY                                              Little Nashville, Switzerland
Blue Plate Special, TN                                                         The Maze, England
Citizens Band Radio, PA                                                      Café 9, CT
Channel 69 News, PA                                                          Iron Horse, MA
Extended Play Sessions, MA                                               Hotel Utah, CA
 
10 International Tours, 2010-2016
England, France, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Switzerland                                                                                                                         
 
Multiple National Tours, 2007-2016
Over 45 States in the U.S.A
 
 

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