Young Artists Program

Amy Sue Barston, Cello (New York, NY)

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Banff Centre (Canada), The International Musicians Seminar (England), The Power House (Australia), and Chicago’s Symphony Center. Amy is also a devoted teacher: in her home, at the New York School for Strings, as a guest teacher at Juilliard, and at numerous summer music festivals. Several of her students commute for lessons from hundreds of miles away, some from as far away as Alaska and Japan. Amy’s upcoming schedule includes solo and chamber music performances in England, Sydney, New Zealand, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Wisconsin, Rochester, Denver, Chicago, and Germany. Amy also has a brand new CD out and available, which she had the honor to record with Grammy Award-winning contemporary classical music producer, Judith Sherman.

 

 

Jeff Thayer, Violin (San Diego, CA)

Violinist Jeff Thayer holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thayer is also a founding member of the Camera Lucida chamber music ensemble, in residence at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Previous positions include assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony and concertmaster of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thayer was also formerly on the violin faculty of the Music Academy of the West where he also served as concertmaster for 13 years. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. His teachers include Zvi Zeitlin, Donald Weilerstein, Dorothy DeLay and William Preucil.

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Mr. Thayer began violin lessons with his mother at the age of three. At 14 he studied for a year at the Conservatorio Superior in Cordoba, Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux School Festival Orchestra, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Orchestra of Cordoba, among others. He attended Keshet Eilon (Israel), Ernen Musikdorf (Switzerland), Music Academy of the West, Aspen, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Quartet Program, and as the 1992 Pennsylvania Governor Scholar, Interlochen Arts Camp. Other festivals include Interlochen, the Pierre Monteux Festival, Astoria Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the National Youth Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Festival der Zukunft and the Tibor Varga Festival (Switzerland).

Mr. Thayer’s awards include the Stephen Hahn/Lillybelle Foundation Award in Violin from the Music Academy of the West, the Starling Foundation Award, the George Eastman Scholarship and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Through a generous gift to the SDSO from Joan and Irwin Jacobs and the Jacobs’ Family Trust, Jeff Thayer performs on the 1708 “Bagshawe” Stradivarius.

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 Violin and Viola

Ruth Marie Ballance (Kent, WA)

Ruth Marie Ballance is a violinist, teacher, and a resident of the Seattle area.  She has previously been on faculty at Samford University, where she was a member of the Samford University Quartet; University of Alabama—Birmingham; STEP Birmingham; Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, NY; Cleveland Institute of Music and Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Ohio; Credo Chamber Music at Oberlin College; and Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop.  Ruth Marie studied violin with Leonard Posner, Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Paul Kantor among others, and received the Cleveland Institute of Music Jerome Gross Prize in Violin in 2001.  A 2011 recipient of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement, she has taken Suzuki teacher training with Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger, Alice Joy Lewis, Patricia D’Ercole, Carol Dallinger, Nancy Jackson, Cathryn Lee, and Christie Felsing.  Ms. Ballance has been published several times in the American Suzuki Journal and has presented at both the SAA Conference and the ASTA Conference. She has performed as a concerto soloist with the Austin Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra among others, as well as performing as a member of the Alaska Quartet in several states.

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Reagan Brasch grew up in the Suzuki method studying with Paula Woyton in Texas. She graduated with a bachelors of music in violin performance and received her masters in music with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver. After teaching with Denver Talent Education for five years with James Maurer, she moved to Chicago to teach at the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) under the direction of Gilda Barston. She has had additional Suzuki training from Linda Fiore, Joanne Bath, Ann Smelser, Michele George, Doris Preucil, and Pat D’Ercole. Mrs. Brasch gives both private and group instruction in Suzuki. She also is the program director of the early childhood Musikgarten classes to toddlers and preschoolers, as well as Events Coordinator for MIC’s Suzuki Program. She was awarded Outstanding Teacher by the Alliance for Early Childhood and the Certificate of Achievement Award from the SAA. Mrs. Brasch has taught extensively at Suzuki institutes and workshops around the country.

 

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Daniel Gee Cordova (Austin, TX)

Daniel teaches for the Suzuki Strings of Austin, which offers private and group violin and viola instruction as well as a Suzuki Early Childhood Education class for newborn infants through age 3.  As an advocate for the Suzuki in the Schools movement, Daniel structures his school curriculum on Suzuki principles as Orchestra Director at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD where he teaches 6th-8th grade violin, viola, cello, bass and harp students. Additionally, Mr. Gee has taken three stages of training of the Suzuki Early Childhood Program.  He teaches this class for children from birth to age three for the Suzuki Strings of Austin having previously directed this program at the University of Texas at Austin String Project. Daniel is an active member in professional organizations such as the American String Teachers’ Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Director’s Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).  He has recently presented conference sessions at the TMEA (2014, 2016), TODA (2015, 2016), ASTA (2010) and SAA (2012, 2010) National Conferences. In May 2012, Mr. Gee was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching.

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Gaye Detzer (Vashon, WA)

Gaye Detzer has been a Suzuki teacher for more than 30 years and currently maintains a private studio. She has taught violin classes and chamber music at Suzuki institutes in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as at Vivace! Chamber Players. Gaye plays violin and viola with the Arioso Ensemble and the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra and is also the music director of the Vashon Youth String Orchestra and the Teen String Ensemble. Her family has four Suzuki children, one of whom graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is now making a career as a cellist. Another is part of a rock band that has toured the United States and Europe.

 

Leo Kitajima Geefay (Mountain View, CA)

Leo Kitajima Geefay is an active musician and educator with an eclectic background in violin pedagogy, improvisation, composition, and arranging. He grew up in Los Angeles studying violin and music theory at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Fascinated by many musical genres, Leo received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California as the only jazz violinist in the program. Realizing the value of improvisation, Leo began introducing the concept to students of all ages in creative and accessible ways. He continued developing his unique pedagogical approach at Northwestern University, where he earned his Master of Music Education. Leo encourages all students to deepen their joy for music by improvising and creating new music.

Leo currently teaches orchestra, jazz, and electronic music at Menlo School in California. He has also taught at the Colburn School, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Westridge School. Photo by Pete Zivkov.

Lisa Humphrey (Bellingham, WA)

Lisa Humphrey has taught Suzuki violin and viola for 15 years. She received her Suzuki violin training from Teri Einfeldt and Linda Fiore and her Suzuki viola training from Betsy Stuen-Walker. Formerly on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music, she currently runs the Humphrey Music School in Bellingham, Washington, where she maintains a studio of 50+ students. Lisa’s students have performed with the National Youth Symphony USA, at Carnegie Hall, and at the Sydney Opera House. Lisa has a masters degree in viola performance from Indiana University, where she completed additional teacher training with Mimi Zweig, and a Bachelors degree in viola performance from the Hartt School of Music. Also an avid performer, she has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral music around the country and throughout Russia and Armenia. She has performed as guest artist with both the Emerson String Quartet and the Leontovich String Quartet (NYC). Lisa has recently recorded and released a series of viola sonatas, along with pianist Adam Whiting, available through Google Play. In her free time, she practices with her 6 year old (Suzuki viola and piano) and 3 year old (cello pre-Twinkle). She is a yoga enthusiast and incorporates whole body balance and awareness into her lessons.

 

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Cathy Lee (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco based violin teacher Cathryn S. Lee has taught families and teachers around the world since 1976. She is respected for teaching all ages and levels using her detailed and practical “best of both worlds” approach inspired by her studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and her “traditional” studies with concert artist Dame Camilla Wicks. As a teacher trainer, Cathryn has taught and lectured at SAA National conferences, Leadership Summits, Suzuki Method World Conferences, the first International Suzuki Teacher Trainer Conference in 2009 and most recently at the 16th World Conference.  She has given master classes and pedagogy classes in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States.  Cathryn is also a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cathryn is the author of Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and the Bow Stroke Excerpt books. In 1977, Cathryn founded the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco where she continues to teach students and train teachers.  Her students have held titled chairs in numerous youth and school orchestras and placed in competitions including the Junior Bach Festival.  Cathryn has a B.A. in Performance and Composition, M. A. in Performance from San Francisco College for Women and a teaching certificate from the Talent Education Institute in Japan.  She and her husband raised their sons, Whitney an actor/singer/violinist in New York City and Corin, a violinist and graduate of Juilliard and Yale University.

 

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Allen Lieb (New York, NY)

Allen Lieb received his M.M. in Performance from SIU/Edwardsville, studying Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall. He holds a Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Japan following several years’ instruction with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. A registered Teacher-Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1981, Allen has taught at institutes, workshops and conferences across the US, Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In July 2017, Allen will become CEO of the International Suzuki Association. He is Chair of the ISA and SAA Violin Committees, a member of the SAA Heritage Committee and a frequent contributor to the SAA Journal. Currently residing in New York City, Allen is Head of the Violin Department and Instructor for the Teacher-Training Seminar at The School for Strings. He is also a violin instructor at The Diller-Quaile School of Music where he was a recipient of the 2012 Clifford/Levy Creativity Grant. For 13 years Allen served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Newark Early Strings Program, a Suzuki-based violin program jointly sponsored by the Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for which he was recognized with the 2008 Samuel Antek Award for Music Education.

 

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Sandra Payton has been a life-long member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught several generations of Suzuki violin students. She is a longtime faculty member at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute and has enjoyed seeing her grandchildren develop their musical talents as they participate at institute.

 

 

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Barbara Riley (Ellensburg, WA)

Barbara Riley grew up in Minnesota and studied violin at the New England Conservatory. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Viola Performance from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. On a visit to Japan in 1980, she met Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and returned to Bellingham to begin teaching with the Suzuki Method. In 1988, she had the privilege of spending two months in Matsumoto studying with Dr. Suzuki, and will never forget this wonderful experience. For over 20 years, she led a busy life in Seattle, teaching violin and viola and free-lancing. Since moving to Ellensburg, Washington in 2005, Barbara teaches violin and viola in her home studio and runs a SECE class in an assisted-living facility. She performs with the Zephyr String Ensemble, plays fiddle in her Celtic trio, Prairie Spring, and viola with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Barbara has taught at Suzuki Institutes in Seattle and Walla Walla, Washington as well as in Oregon and Idaho. She enjoys life on a small farm with her husband, a dog, and two horses.

Caroline Salisbury (San Gabriel, CA)

Caroline Salisbury is a Los Angeles-based violist and Suzuki violin/viola teacher. She is the owner of Gerona Rose Music Studio, where she maintains a studio of viola and violin students of all ages. She is the director of Crescendo Strings, a large multi-level violin/viola performing group, and First Inversion, an advanced teen chamber music ensemble. Her groups appear throughout Southern California, including performances in the Disney Community Arts Showcase concert series.  She currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator on the board of SMAC-LA (Suzuki Music Association of California – Los Angeles) and has taught with Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena (STEP).  Carrie holds a BM in Viola Performance from Utah State University and studied chamber music with the members of Fry Street Quartet.  She continues her viola studies today with Dr. Minor Wetzel.  At USU, she worked as assistant director of the USU String Academy, and taught elementary strings in Cache County public schools with Mountain West String Academy. She performs regularly with her composer-in-residence husband, pianist Benjamin Salisbury. They are the parents and home-teachers of three young Suzuki students.

 

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Lucy Shaw (Redmond, WA)

Lucy Shaw is an active performer, Suzuki teacher, and clinician currently based in the Seattle, WA area. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, she received her Bachelor degree at the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory of Music at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Important musical influences include Sergiu Luca, Francis Chaplin, Sydney Harth and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. For eighteen years Lucy was owner/director of the Village Violin School in Houston where she was an active member of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association coordinating annual teacher development seminars, Suzuki graduations, and workshops. As a guest teacher and clinician, Lucy has taught at workshops and institutes in Canada, Mexico and throughout the continental United States. An ardent supporter of the SAA, Lucy served as violin coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the America’s 2008 National Conference and has served on the SAA Board of Directors.

 

  Stacy Smith (Salt Lake City, UT)

Stacy Smith is the Suzuki Violin Chair at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Faculty and Artistic Director of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. She has a degree in Violin Performance from the University of Utah where she studied with Gerald Elias and Mischa Boguslavsky. Passionate about Suzuki Education, Stacy has done hundreds of hours of Suzuki training, primarily with Edmund Sprunger, Jeanne Grover, Linda Fiore, Cathy Lee, Debbie Moench, Mark Mutter, Carey Beth Hockett, and others. Stacy is the past president of the Suzuki Association of Utah and has presented educational sessions to parents and teachers at state, national and international Suzuki conferences. Stacy is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has also been featured in the SAA’s Parents as Partners online video series. In April 2018, Stacy was awarded the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement. Stacy lives in the greater Salt Lake City area, where she maintains a violin studio in her home. She is a Suzuki mom to five children: a violist, two violinists, a pianist, and a cellist, all of whom have provided her most important and in-depth Suzuki training.

 

Edmund Sprunger (St. Louis, MO)

A former student of Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki, Suzuki Method™ originator, Edmund Sprunger has taught violin for more than 30 years, including over 300 workshops and master classes throughout North America, South America, and Europe; and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  He has presented sessions at numerous state, national, and international conferences.  Mr. Sprunger holds a BA in music from Goshen College, where he studied violin with Lon Sherer, and piano and piano pedagogy with Marvin Blickenstaff.  Also trained as a psychotherapist, he holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has done post-degree training with the Michigan and St. Louis psychoanalytic institutes.  Additional violin studies have been with Chihiro Kudo, Reinaldo Couto (Alexander Technique/Violin), Kent Perry, and Anna Martin. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and as Chair of the American String Teachers Association’s [ASTA] Committee on Studio Instruction.  In 2004 he received an ASTA Citation for Leadership and Merit.  For several years he served as Director of the Child Development Program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.  In addition to his studio teaching, he is a psychotherapist in private practice. His books, Helping Parents Practice:  Ideas for Making It Easier (Vol. 1) and Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practices, are available from yespublishing.com.

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 Cello

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Blake Brasch (Farmington, CT)

A respected teacher, Blake’s students have been selected to participate in master classes at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) conference in Minnesota, and have served as principal players at Evanston Township, New Trier, and Stevenson High School as well as in the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra.  In addition, his students have been prize-winners in the Society of American Musicians (SAM) competition and have gone on to study music at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Stanford University, Yale University and Indiana University, among others. As an administrator, Blake has served as a staff member of the Denver Suzuki Institute and has been part of the administrative team of a Suzuki Institute each summer.  He currently serves as Administrative Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute and coordinates the MIC Mid-Winter Suzuki workshops.

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David Holmes (Minneapolis, MN)

David Holmes grew up in Texas but has lived in Minneapolis since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas (1993).   A Suzuki teacher for 20 years, David has been a guest clinician at over 50 Suzuki institutes in 10 states.  He has completed coursework in all 10 Suzuki books as well as the Suzuki Principles in Action course.  David has presented at the Suzuki National Conference twice, most recently in 2014 on the subject of sautillé.  He was awarded the Master Studio Teacher Award in 2014 from the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA). As cello columnist for the award-winning MNSOTA Journal for the past 10 years, David has published numerous articles on cello pedagogy.  He has been published in the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) journal.   David taught at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program from 1994-2014.  He currently teaches at the North Star Cello Academy in the twin cities. David is the cellist in the Northern Lights String Quartet, is an artist member of Thursday Musical, has been principal cellist of the Minnetonka and Bloomington Symphonies, and has performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

 

Akira Nakajima (Japan)

Nakajima Sensei is a renowned cellist and cello teacher trainer. He was present at the first Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute on the Seattle Pacific University Campus in 1988 and continues to be part of our institute when travel from Japan is possible. He has participated in international music conferences across the world, including the 2006 Suzuki World Convention in Turin, Italy, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cello Committee for the International Suzuki Association.

 

 

Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill (Cincinnatti, OH)

Dr. Alice Ann M. O’Neill has extensive experience performing in professional orchestras and chamber ensembles, and as a solo cellist throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S.  Dr. O’Neill is a teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and shares her gifts at clinics, workshops, and institutes and presents at international education and research conferences. Her articles are published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, the American Suzuki Journal, and the Vincentian Heritage Journal.

Dr. O’Neill’s young cellists have appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top,” and won top prizes at the St. Paul’s String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Her cellists have continued their studies at Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, OSU, Catholic University of America, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University, Harvard and the Juilliard School. Dr. O’Neill currently teaches at Mount St. Joseph Talent Education in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also teaches cello, pedagogy, coaches chamber music and supervises pre-service music teachers at Mount St. Joseph University. She is a Catholic nun and member of the Sisters of Charity.

 

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Barbara Wampner (San Francisco, CA)

Barbara Wampner is active as a registered Suzuki cello teacher trainer and has a private studio of approximately twenty-two cello students, age four to adult, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an active clinician for summer institutes and workshops in the US and abroad and serves as Suzuki Association of the Americas representative to the ISA International Cello Committee. She directs the Suzuki School of Music at Dominican University of California at San Rafael and has been invited to collaborate in cello pedagogy sessions at the SF Conservatory of Music. She holds a B.M.E. degree from Northwestern University and an M.A. degree from San Francisco State University with cello studies with Margaret Rowell. In 1976 she received a teacher certificate from Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. For thirteen years she taught instrumental music in the San Francisco Unified School District middle schools.Save

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 String Bass

 

Dr. Kate Jones (Richland Hills, TX)

Kate Jones completed her DMA studying with Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas. She received her Master of Music degree at Cleveland Institute of Music with Max Dimoff and Jeff Bradetich, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University with Judith Hanna.  In the fall of 2014, Jones joined the faculty of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD as the Suzuki Bass Specialist.  She performs as principal bassist of the Texas Chamber Music Project, and as a substitute bassist in other DFW orchestras.

In summers past she has participated in FAVA France and Music School Festival Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution. She has been a clinician at the SAA Conference and completed her Suzuki Bass Book 5 training with Virginia Dixon and has taken George Vance teacher training courses with Johnny Hamil. She has taught at festivals such as Colorado Suzuki Institute, DFW WOW Suzuki Institute, the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point Suzuki Institute, Austin Bass Workshop, Kansas City Bass Workshop, Ozark Mini Bass Project, Viva el Bajo, and the North Texas Suzuki Spring Festival.

In 2018, Jones started a bass workshop in collaboration with the International Society of Bassists board called DFW Bass Day. She has appeared as a recitalist and guest clinician at the University of Houston, Baylor University, and the University of North Texas.

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Suzuki Early Childhood Education

 

Danette Warren Shuh (Sugarland,TX)

Danette Warren Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. She also co-directs the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble. She is an SAA Registered SECE Teacher Trainer. As one of the teachers who taught SECE classes at the 16th World Convention in Japan, she also had the privilege of speaking and presenting the SECE curriculum in depth. A sought-after clinician at institutes, workshops, festivals and schools, she has been teaching for over 30 years, and has held positions such as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (now Southeast Texas Suzuki Association), and state board member of Texas Music Teachers Association. She has received the Houston Music Teachers Association President’s “Bravo” award and was also awarded “Teacher of the Year”. She has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, contributed a video to Parents and Partners Online, and has presented at numerous SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats. She is currently the SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold. She has had the great privilege of studying SECE with the creators of the curriculum, Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones. Danette also performs with the Möbius Chamber Ensemble and as a freelance violinist and violist in the greater Houston area.

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 Enrichment courses

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Dr. Jared Ballance (Kent, WA)

Jared Ballance is a dedicated performer and teacher in many fields.  His cello playing has been praised by Cleveland Plain Dealer for its “poetic and dramatic panache”.  He has performed chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and was the cellist of the Samford String Quartet and the Brandywine Trio.  He currently performs as a member of the Ballance Duo and in a piano trio with William Chapman Nyaho and Ruth Marie Balance. Dr. Ballance teaches Dalcroze extensively with his own students and at summer music programs.  He studied Dalcroze and pedagogy with David Brown at CIM, with Robert Abramson and Daniel Cataneo at Juilliard, with Anne Farber and Lisa Parker at Longy, and with Dr. Stephen Moore.   Dr. Ballance earned the Dalcroze Certificate from the Juilliard School. Dr. Ballance has studied, performed, and taught extensively on five instruments.  He earned BM and MM degrees in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a DMA in cello performance and literature and MM in music theory pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music, and the Dalcroze Certificate from Juilliard. He and his wife (a violin teacher) maintain teaching studios in Kent and Gig Harbor, WA.

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Allison Loggins-Hull (Montclair, NJ)

Allison Loggins-Hull is a flutist, composer and producer with an active career performing and creating music of multiple genres. In 2009 she and Nathalie Joachim co-founded the critically acclaimed duo Flutronix, which was praised by The Wall Street Journal for being able “to redefine the instrument.” Similarly, MTV Iggy recognized Flutronix for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”

Allison has performed at The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), World Cafe Live, and several other major venues and festivals around the world. She has performed or recorded with a wide-range of artists including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Imani Winds, Lizzo, The National Sawdust Ensemble and others. With Flutronix, she has released two full studio albums (Flutronix and 2.0), a live album (Live From the Attucks Theatre), an EP (City of Breath) and is signed to Village Again Records in Japan. As a member of The Re-Collective Orchestra, Allison was co-principal flutist on the soundtrack to Disney’s 2019 remake of “The Lion King,” working closely with Hans Zimmer. On the small screen, she has been featured in an internationally broadcast ESPN Super Bowl commercial, the 62nd annual GRAMMYs Award Show and the Black Girls Rock! Awards Show.

Allison has composed for Flutronix, Julia Bullock and others and has been commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carolina Performing Arts, Alarm Will Sound and The Library of Congress. She was a co-producer of Nathalie Joachim’s celebrated album “Fanm d’Ayiti,” which was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY for Best World Music Album.  In support of her work, Allison has been awarded grants from New Music USA and a fellowship at The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida.

Allison is on the flute faculty of The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She’s a teaching artist at The Juilliard School’s Global Ventures and is a former faculty member of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.

Allison lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Kayleigh Miller  (Seattle, WA)

Kayleigh Miller is a violist in the Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as a personal trainer, yoga, and pilates instructor in Seattle, WA.  She combines her love for movement and music through her work with her blog Musicians Health Collective, and works with private clients both online and in person.  As a movement instructor, she has been teaching for over 9 years, and completed her comprehensive pilates training with physical therapist Karen Sanzo in Dallas TX.  Kayleigh has completed numerous supplementary trainings in biomechanics, anatomy, strength training, special conditions, yoga, and more.  She is currently certifying through the Z-health movement system, a neurocentric approach to fitness, and enjoys applying those principles to both music and movement.  She is a current member of the Chautauqua Symphony, a regular extra with the Seattle Symphony, and former member of the San Antonio Symphony.  She completed her musical studies with Carol Rodland at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music.

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Erin Rushforth, Director (San Antonio, TX)

Erin Rushforth is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with an eye for detail and a penchant for planning. She grew up as a Suzuki kid in Rochester, MN, and studied in high school with Mary West of the MacPhail Center for Music. Erin earned her MA in French studies from Brigham Young University. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Liz Arbus, Linda Fiore, Cathy Lee, Pat d’Ercole, and Ann Montzka Smelser. Erin’s other projects include working as Patient Coordinator for HeartGift San Antonio and teaching early-morning religious classes to high school students. When she isn’t working, you may find her supervising music practice with her youngest daughter, running, planning trips to Spain, reading, or otherwise avoiding the laundry.

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What keeps us coming back is the quality of teachers.
JSSI is always well-run, we feel very well supported, and we will definitely attend again, whether in person/virtual.

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