A Fort Worth native, Channing Hooper started her violin studies at a young age under the teachings of Rosanne Leafblad and continued her studies with Albanian violinist Doreida Aleksi. In 2015 she earned a Bachelors of Music in violin performance with a minor in music theory from the University of North Texas under the study of Felix Olschofka. While at UNT, she was part of many jazz collaborations and recordings including performing in the premiere concert and recording of The Unity Orchestra lead by Drew Zaremba which featured guest artist Eddie Gomez of the Bill Evans Trio fame, Kyle Gordon’s tune titled “My One and Only Love”, and Perrin Grace’s tune titled “Nef”. She also performed with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra for a recording of many popular classical and non-classical pieces featuring the virtuosic classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Recordings outside of UNT have included collaborations such as playing for gold record winning guitarist John Nitzinger on his recent album titled “Kiss of the Mudman” and playing for Dallas band Valise on their music video for “Charlie Gray”.
Channing has been teaching in the DFW area for 7 years, and frequently plays in area symphonies such as the Texarkana Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Monroe Symphony, The Unity Orchestra, and has recently played in concert with major artists such as Michael Bublé, Ben Folds, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has performed in many places throughout the United States and abroad, including the Meyerson Symphony Center and the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and with the Youth Orchestra of Peru and the Arequipa Symphony in Peru. In 2013 she travelled to Durango, Colorado to attend the Music in the Mountains orchestra and chamber music festival where she studied with Hasse Borup. In 2014, Channing joined the board of directors for Ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas and is the acting Media Manager. Through her work with Ensemble75, she strives to create unique opportunities for the public to learn from and to experience quality performances of great works of music.