Meet Charles Shannon – rockstar Associate here at Founders Circle Capital.
Charles has been playing the violin for over two decades – can you believe it?! He started playing in grade school and has played in orchestras, symphonies, and chamber groups.
In high school, Charles’ teacher mistakenly listed him under viola, which is another string instrument with a lower and deeper sound.
Charles does roll with the punches because when presented with this challenge, he learned a new clef, prepared a solo on the viola, and prepared to sight-read a piece in alto clef – in ONLY three weeks!
He was determined, which ultimately led him to get one of the 12 slots for viola out of the 100 who auditioned! A true story of perseverance and hard work.
As Charles got older, he found himself teaching middle school math in his hometown of Memphis through Teach for America. He used his violinist background to teach about fractions, counting, speed, and time!
Charles is not only a valuable team member but a wonderful musical artist. If you ever have the pleasure of catching him with his violin, be sure to ask him to play one of his favorite pieces – Brahms Piano Trio in B Flat Major.