With the decision narrowed down between the violin and the flute, violinist Mackenzie Lerchen made the careful choice at a young age that resulted in a passion for music, performing and a lifetime of opportunities. Mackenzie grew up in the music-thriving city of Saline, Michigan, which prides itself in its active and supportive arts community. Orchestra director Bob Phillips gave all string students the chance to learn both fiddle and classical methods of playing, which taught Mackenzie an appreciation for a variety of styles of music and have shaped her into the musician she is today. Throughout high school, Mackenzie was a member of the Saline Fiddler's Philharmonic, which was her first true taste of the performing lifestyle. The Fiddler's traveled both locally and internationally, putting on an energetic, up-beat performance that left every audience member with a smile.
Determined not to give up after high school, Mackenzie continued onto Michigan State University focusing on classical studies. Since college, Mackenzie has expanded her playing into several different types of music and has turned a lot of her attention towards the country scene. She has shared the stage with a number of national country artists and frequently travels anywhere between Detroit and Nashville for shows. Living her dream, Mackenzie's energy and passion goes into a busy schedule full of practicing, jams, and gigs.
Mackenzie has had the fortune of owning a number of historic violins, but now plays on a violin made by the acclaimed contemporary violin maker, Eduard Miller.
She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University and maintains a professional career in addition to her music. On the weekends, you can catch her playing gigs all over the Midwest.