Justin Lader, a native of Eugene, is an avid viola and violin performer, teacher and composer. He combines formal training with degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and University of Oregon with hands-on experience of many international folk traditions. Justin teaches violin and viola at the University of Oregon’s Community Music Institute and at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, where he is also the orchestra department coordinator. Since 2011, he has collaborated with multi-instrumentalist/composer, David Helfand, touring the West Coast and producing three albums to date. Justin values the intimacy and expression of traditional and cultural folk music along with the freedom of improvisation. Aside from music he holds a degree in environmental studies and has worked both as a biological field assistant and as a sustainability consultant. Justin enjoys running, gardening, dance, skiing, and learning/practicing foreign languages.