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MA:Suzuki Festival 2020 Faculty 

Susan Reed--Violin

Susan Reed is a contemporary violinist, vocalist, storyteller, recording artist, author and educator from the Boston area. From classical to fiddle, gypsy to jazz, Susan interprets the world through sound. Susan combines her musical artistry with storytelling, crafting original shows that celebrate our humanity. She is equally adept in collaboration, adding her lyrical line to the musical mix of the moment.

Susan has a BM and MM in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Cleveland Institute of Music. She teaches nationally and internationally, and also trains new teachers in her workshop, Teach Smart.

Susan’s palette of strings expands to include guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. Susan has composed and recorded many award-winning CD’s as well as books with Barefoot Books and Villegas Editores. She has been recognized and honored by Parents’ Choice, Mom’s Choice, Creative Child Magazine, Tillywig, and NAPPA.

Susan’s daughters are also musicians and perform together in their family string band, Tatu Mianzi, playing musical styles that circle the globe. The band also hosts style and improvisation workshops to young string players interested in exploring beyond the classical tradition.

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Susan’s current passion is America’s music, jazz. Susan performs with several bands in the Boston area, including her own jazz combo, bringing jazz shows to communities through vocals and violin. Common to her performances is her trademark warmth and wit, and her conviction that music has the power to broaden people’s understanding of the world around them. 

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Annalise Ohse--Violin

Annalise Ohse currently lives in Nashville, TN where she serves as the string instructor for Harding Academy. She also teaches with the Franklin Suzuki Academy in Franklin, TN and the Suzuki Program at Blair, Vanderbilt University.

Ms. Ohse holds degrees in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where she completed her Suzuki teacher training. She also completed Suzuki teacher training at the School for Strings in New York City. Her primary teachers include Brian Lewis and Katie Lansdale. Her Suzuki mentors include Christie Felsing, Teri Einfeldt, and Allen Lieb. She has taught with the Hartt Suzuki Program in Hartford, Connecticut, WHIN Music Project in NYC, and the Austin Suzuki Music School in Austin, TX.

In the summers, Ms. Ohse teaches at the Hartt Suzuki Institute in Hartford, CT, Ogontz Suzuki Institute, in New Hampshire and White Mountain Suzuki Institute, at Ogontz in New Hampshire.

Emily Hale--Violin

Emily Hale has been fostering violinists’ growth and creating musical community since 2002. She serves as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Bridgewater State University and teaches privately in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood. She founded studios in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, London (UK), working with students and alongside families from over a dozen countries and a variety of backgrounds. Emily enjoys helping students of all ages and stages to grow and develop—from preschoolers sprouting their musical abilities to mature students becoming healthy, balanced musicians. 

Emily’s broad teaching experience includes private lessons and group classes using Suzuki and traditional pedagogical methods. She has taught at public, private and community music schools, including Montessori schools, the CREC International Magnet School, Dexter Southfield, South Shore Conservatory and All Newton Music School. She teaches a private studio in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood. 

As a teaching artist, Emily coached baroque ensembles in the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, conducted the String Orchestra for the Suzuki Talent Education Partnership program in Springfield, MA, and has been on faculty at the Elizabethtown College Summer Music Camp since 2010. Emily assisted leading BBC Proms Family Orchestras, musical discovery sessions for tots, and composition workshops for teens as part of the RCM SparksLearning & Participation programs. She has created and directed interactive workshops for young musicians exploring baroque music in the Suzuki Method repertoire, music in Colonial New England, and the life of 17th-century child prodigy Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (Elisabeth at the Court of the Sun King). 

Christa Muller Hendricks--Violin

Christa Muller Hendricks holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, cum laude, from The University of Miami Frost School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School, and the Suzuki Associationof the Americas Certificate of Achievement. Christa is the director of Northampton Suzuki Studio and a member of the Suzuki Violin faculty at the Northampton Community Music Center in Western Massachusetts. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and a board member of the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts, and Assistant Coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas for the 2020 SAA Conference. Christa has been published in the SAA e-Newsletter, the American Suzuki Journal, the MA:Suzuki newsletter, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

As a student in the Hartt School’s prestigious Suzuki Pedagogy program, Christa was a graduate teaching assistant to Teri Einfeldt, and completed SAA long term teacher training in Units 1-8. A strong proponent of continuing education, Christa completed a year-long teaching practicum with Pat D’Ercole through the Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program at The University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. In 2017, she finished a second complete course of long-term teacher training (Units 1-8) with Pat D’Ercole via Skype conferencing. Christa has been the recipient of generous funding for teacher training from the Northampton Community Music Foundation, the Aber Suzuki Foundation, and the MA:Suzuki Association.

​Christa’s students have participated in local and national events including the Springfield Youth Symphony, the Ogontz Suzuki Institute, the Hartt Suzuki Institute, WMEA Junior District Orchestra, the Philadelphia International Music Festival, the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Live Arts Magazine, and have been heard in live performance on WHMP radio.

Jessie Boardman--Violin

Jessie Boardman grew up in Manchester, NH and studied Suzuki violin with her longtime teacher, Carole Todaro. Today, Jessie plays regularly with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra and is a ringer in several local ensembles. In addition to teaching Suzuki violin and directing the Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn preparatory ensemble, Jessie teaches fiddle to all ages at Maine Fiddle Camp, Sandy Island Suzuki Camp, Summer Strings camps, workshops, and in her private studio. She lives in Maine with her husband, son, and two cats.

Angela Leidig--Violin & Alexander Technique

Angela Leidig’s involvement with the Suzuki method goes back 30+ years. She started playing violin when she was five years old in a Suzuki public school program in Pennsylvania. She began teaching in 1991 while finishing high school and continued teaching in college in a Suzuki program in Harrisonburg, VA. After college, Angela had her own Suzuki studio in Ann Arbor, MI, as well as joined the faculty of the Ann Arbor Performing Arts Center, the Chelsea Center for the Performing Arts and Boulder Suzuki Strings in Colorado. Angela was on the Suzuki faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA from 2008-2013 and joined the Suzuki faculty at  New England Conservatory in September 2013. Since 2017, she has been the coordinator for the Violin/Viola Suzuki Program at NEC Prep. Angela is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She graduated from Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge in 2011 and continues postgraduate work with Bruce Fertman in the UK and Robyn Avalon through the Contemporary Alexander Technique School. She studied Bodymapping with Barbara Conable in 2006-2007.

Angela currently teaches Suzuki violin lessons and group classes at  NEC and maintains her own studio in Somerville where she teaches private violin lessons and Alexander Technique lessons. Angela teaches at the New England Conservatory Summer SuzukiFest, taught at the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in 2016, and continues to teach for White Mountain Suzuki Institute, NH each summer since 2017. In 2019, she worked with Robyn Avalon at Meadowmount String Camp, giving Alexander Technique lessons to young string musicians. She studied Suzuki pedagogy under Kimberly Meier-Sims, Alice Joy Lewis, Ed Kreitman, Ed Sprunger, Linda Fiore and Ronda Cole and is registered through SAA for Suzuki Books 1-10, Every Child Can and Teaching Creativity courses. She received her B.A. in Music from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, her M.M. from Boston University, and did doctoral work in violin performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Angela gives Suzuki private violin and Alexander Technique lessons at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA and Suzuki private violin lessons and group classes for Books 1-4 at New England Conservatory in downtown Boston.  Angela is dedicated to teaching young children how to play with an attitude of creativity and knowledge about how to play well, with ease, balance and freedom from the beginning stages. She works closely with parent and child to develop healthy habits with the instrument and practice at home from the very beginning. Please contact Angela through the contact page to inquire about violin or Alexander Technique lessons. 

Jane Kutscher Reed--Piano

Jane Kutscher Reed is a Suzuki Piano teacher and educator from Greenville, SC. She earned her degree in Piano Performance from the University of Findlay, in OH. In addition to her private studio she is a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, SPA Facilitator, ECC instructor, and teaches at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Bermuda and Asia. Jane also offers seminars in Suzuki parent education, the art of teaching, music reading games, and presents motivational lectures. Mrs. Reed is a facilitator for the internationally recognized Love and Logic Parenting Curriculum. Jane is also a certified Elite Life Coach with specialties in parenting and teaching. Through her website: Solutionary Insights.com, she offers blogs, seminars, speaking engagements and personal coaching sessions. These learning opportunities develop significant positive parenting and teaching skills by inviting inquiry-based, experiential learning.

Donny Landers--Piano

Originally from San Francisco, Donny Landers moved to Boston in 2008 to study music education and film composition at Berklee College of Music. His first teaching studio opened in Newton in April 2010.

After graduate studies in classical composition at Longy Conservatory of Bard College in Cambridge, Donny taught general, choral and string music education in Newton Public Schools, while expanding his private teaching studio.

In 2015, Donny made the decision to focus on private teaching. He now teaches six days a week, with over fifty-five private students each week during the academic year.

Donny is also the Suzuki piano and voice instructor for the Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon, where he teaches students from eighteen months to six years old.

Donny is a board member of the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts, which supports local teachers and students in their Suzuki journeys.

Donny discovered the revolutionary Suzuki approach while attending the Holy Names University Summer Suzuki Institute, directed by Caroline Fraser. Donny is fully certified in all seven Suzuki piano volumes by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He continues to return each summer to continue his professional development and become the best music educator and human being he can be.

Sachiko Isihara--Piano

Sachiko Isihara holds a B.M. with honors from New England Conservatory and a M.M. from Juilliard. Suzuki training in Matsumoto, Japan with Haruko Kataoka and long-term teacher training in Lyon, France with Colette Daltier. European Suzuki Association certified piano teacher. Member of the Organizing Committee Concert Centenaire in Paris, France featuring 1,000 children from 17 countries. Former faculty Ecole Koenig, in Paris and Third Street Music School in New York. Various solo and chamber music recitals in the USA and France. Clinician for Mass Suzuki Festival; adjudicator for the South Shore Conservatory piano competition. SSN director since 1998, Director of Suzuki by the Green summer institute. Suzuki Teacher Trainer since 2008.

Jonathan Bass--Piano

Pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Esplanade Pops at Symphony Hall on four occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival. Mr. Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as the first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Recitals in other major cities include Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, San Jose, Tulsa and Washington, D.C. He has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", the McGraw-Hill Artists Showcase on WQXR in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series on WFMT in Chicago, and on WGBH in Boston. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Russia. Of his first piano CD, Gramophone Magazine wrote: "Superbly played Bach and Chopin with haunting music by Pinkham." Of his second CD, Larry Bell's "Reminiscences and Reflections", Music Web wrote, "Jonathan Bass plays superbly throughout and proves an eminent and convincing advocate of Bell's consistently fine and attractive music.”

Jonathan Bass’s 2016-2017 concerto engagements included the Strauss Burleske with the Danville (Illinois) Symphony, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Midcoast Orchestra (Maine), and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton (Massachusetts). Other recent concerts include solo recitals on the Boston Conservatory’s Piano Masters Series and at Oberlin College. Recent chamber music appearances include the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall, with the Walden Chamber Players at the Nantucket Historical Association and the Kalliroscope Gallery, at the Duxbury Music Festival, with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, with the Boston Duo in Newton, Westwood, and New Marlborough, and in a Faculty Recital with violinist Markus Placci at the Boston Conservatory. Concerto performances since 2012 include Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jin Kim, and the Strauss Burleske and Liszt Totentanz with the Boston Civic Orchestra under conductors Taichi Fukumura and Max Hobart at Jordan Hall, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Midcoast Orchestra in Maine under conductor Rohan Smith, and with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra under conductor Bruce Hangen at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Melrose Symphony under conductor Yoichi Ugadawa, Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New Philharmonia Orchestra under conductor Ronald Knudsen, and Ravel Concerto for Left Hand with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under conductor Cynthia Woods at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Solo recitals in recent seasons include the Steinway Society series at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California, California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Andrew Wolf Concert Series in Newton, and the James Library Concert Series in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Collaborative highlights have included multiple guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein in Salt Lake City and at Jordan Hall in Boston. He has appeared at the Chichibu International Music Festival in Japan, the Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, and, in Massachusetts, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, and the Duxbury Music Festival. As the pianist and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, he has performed on a variety of chamber music series, such as the Calgary Pro Musica Society in Alberta, Canada, Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, D.C., Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, New York, Friends of Chamber Music in Troy, New York, Utica Chamber Music Society in Utica, New York, deBlasiis Chamber Music series in Glens Falls, New York, Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon, NY, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, Gettysburg Concert Association in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Sedona Chamber Music Festival in Arizona. Other Walden highlights include an all-Penderecki program at the Miller Theatre in New York City; a concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City; a series of performances at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; a residency at the University of Idaho; and multi-year visiting chamber ensemble residencies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and at both Concord Academy and Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. In 2015 the Walden Chamber Players completed the second year of its ACK residency in the Nantucket public schools. The Walden Chamber Players has made three recordings, most recently “The Evolution of the American Sound”, featuring music by Aaron Copland and Ned Rorem, among others, which was released in in 2015. Walden's other CDs are the chamber music of Gerhard Schedl entitled “A Voice Gone Silent Too Soon” (2013), which Gramophone magazine praised for its “superb performances” and the chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas entitled “SunThreads” (2007).

Mr. Bass and his wife, Boston Symphony violinist Tatiana Dimitriades, perform frequently throughout New England as the Boston Duo. Mr. Bass has also given numerous performances with many members of the Boston Symphony, including concertmaster Malcolm Lowe and principal cellist Jules Eskin. Other artists with whom he has collaborated include violinists Yehonatan Berick, Sarah Chang, Andrés Cárdenes, Nicolas Datricourt, Yuri Mazurkevich, Peter Zazofsky, and cellists Iseut Chuat, Leslie Parnas, and Rhonda Rider.

Mr. Bass has also performed as orchestral keyboardist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Bartok, Debussy, Henze, Orff, Messiaen, Respighi, and Stravinsky at Tanglewood, at Symphony Hall, at Carnegie Hall, and on two European Festival tours under conductors Roberto Abbado, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa. Other conductors he has worked with include Charles Dutoit, Jacques Lacombe, Louis Lane, Keith Lockhart, Marcelo Lehninger, Ludovic Morlot, and Thomas Wilkins.

Among the awards he has received are First Prize in the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition, First Prize in the 1984 American National Chopin Competition, First Prize in the 1983 National Arts Club Competition, Second Prize in the 1993 Washington International Competition, Second Prize in the 1983 Young Keyboard Artists Competition, and the Bronze Medal and Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. At the age of 16, he was awarded the Charles Hayden Memorial Scholarship for Piano Achievement at the Juilliard School, where he studied for nine years in the Pre-College with Richard Fabre. As a teenager, he spent four summers at Interlochen, as a student of Erno Daniel and Nelita True, and two summers at the Aspen Music Festival, as a student of John Perry. He later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard as a student of Adele Marcus and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and at Oberlin College. He has a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with and was teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Jonathan Bass is a Professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he was Chair of the Piano Department from 2008 to 2015, and he has been on the faculty since 1993. He also gives frequent master classes in music schools throughout the country. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Chair of the Piano Department and at the Boston University School of Music and Director of the Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University in California. He also serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, and the Walnut Hill School.

Jonathan Bass is a Steinway Artist.

Domenick Fiore--Orchestra, Bass, Rhythm Workshop

Domenick Fiore began the study of the double bass with Wes Fisher in Reading, Pennsylvania, at the age of 14. He attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he was a student of John Schaeffer, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic.

After graduation, Domenick freelanced in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, performing in Broadway shows, The Brooklyn Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Duke Ellington Pops Concerts. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Chester University and began teaching in the Ephrata, Pennsylvania School District.

Domenick has been director of orchestras and chamber music at the Mid-Southeast Suzuki Institute, Snowmass Suzuki Institute, Chicago Institute, Calgary Suzuki Institute, Central Pennsylvania Institute, and the Hartford Suzuki Institute, as well as a clinician at the Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hickory (North Carolina) and Augusta (Georgia) Suzuki workshops. He was the director of the five Suzuki orchestras of the Community Division at the Hartt School of Music. In addition, Domenick had a thriving young bass program through the Community Division at Hartt. He and Linda currently live in the Lehigh Valley where they have established a Suzuki studio and freelance throughout the region.

Christopher Fiore--Cello

Christopher Fiore began studying the cello at the age of four with his parents, both of whom are established Suzuki teachers and performers in the Philadelphia area.

He spent two years at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and later transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance with former Cleveland Orchestra Principal Stephen Geber.

After graduating from CIM, he went on to the DePaul School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, to obtain a Masters Degree with former CSO Assistant Principal Stephen Balderston, as well as a Performance Certificate with current CSO member Brant Taylor.

Throughout his high school and college years, Christopher was also fortunate enough to study with world-renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainers Pam Devenport, Nancy Hair, and Tanya Carey.

While completing his Masters Degree, he studied with Tanya Carey to complete his training in all ten Suzuki Books, as well as finishing a Teaching Practicum course, where his teaching was evaluated over a semester of private instruction. During this time he also took pedagogy courses with both David Evenchick, and Susan Gagnon. Just recently he completed Revisiting Book 1 with Sally Gross.

Christopher has been teaching for over 14 years, and has helped to build numerous cello programs, including working with Michele George and Diane Sloane at East Cleveland Rainbow Suzuki Strings, in East Cleveland, Ohio, and the DePaul Community Music Division in Chicago, Illinois. He has also been the Cello Director at both the Oak Park String Academy in Oak Park, Illinois, and the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

As well as teaching privately, he spends his summers traveling to various Suzuki Institutes within the United States, and in the past has been invited to teach in locations such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Costa Rica.

He is also an active performer, playing with various orchestras in the D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Greater Philadelphia areas.

David Holmes--Cello

David Holmes grew up in Texas but has lived in Minnesota since 1993.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Houston, and his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Kansas.  David has taught cello lessons for over 30 years, and has been a Suzuki instructor for the past 25 years. He has been a guest clinician at over 50 music institutes, both regionally (Duluth and Bemidji), as well as at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, the National Cello Institute (Los Angeles), the Oregon Suzuki institute, the Black Hills String Retreat (Rapid City, SD),  The Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, the Hartt Suzuki Institute (Hartford, Connecticut), and others. He has twice presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas convention, once on group class instruction and once on teaching spiccato and sautille’ bow strokes. David has been cello columnist for the Minnesota String and Orchestral Teacher’s Association (MNSOTA) since 2009, and has published many articles on a wide variety of topics related to cello teaching.  His articles have appeared in ASTA and in the Wisconsin Cello Society Journal. His students have won the YPSCA, Mary West, and Varsity competitions in Minnesota, and several have been first chair at all-state as well. David gives frequent performances in recitals, and as a member of the Northern Lights String Quartet. He is recipient of the MNSOTA Master Studio Teacher award for 2014.  

Rachel Fabulich--Violin/Viola & Early Childhood Education

Rachel Fabulich is a registered Suzuki Viola, Violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher. She is the director of Suzuki MetroWest, and teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, in Boston, MA. She was born and raised in a small farming community in northern Illinois, where she was fortunate to be able to start playing violin and viola at a young age. As a performer she has played on stages across North America, Europe, and Japan. An avid Suzuki teacher, Ms. Fabulich has been a clinician at programs, institutes, and workshops around the country. She was a viola coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the Americas 2014 and 2016 Conferences and has served on the board of directors for the Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles.  She has been on the faculties of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Westridge School in Pasadena, CA, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Ms. Fabulich has a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance with a concentration in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory of Music.  She earned a double Master of Music degree from Northwestern University School of Music in viola performance and string pedagogy. Rachel’s primary teachers have been Roland Vamos, Marcus Thompson, Lewis Rosove, and Ann Montzka-Smelser.  

Rachel currently resides in Framingham, Massachusetts, with her husband, their twin daughters, and son.

Laura Williamson--Violin/Viola & Early Childhood Education

Laura Williamson lives in the Boston area and teaches violin and viola. Laura has done teacher training with Carol Smith, Kirsten Marshall, and Lynn McCall. Laura graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance and Sociology in 2016. Laura is also a graduate of New England Conservatory where she earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Marcus Thompson. She has been playing regularly with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2014 and has also performed and recorded with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba. Laura has spent summers in Breckenridge, CO with the National Repertory Orchestra, Green Mountain Chamber Music Institute, Round Top Festival Institute, the Brevard Music Center, and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute.

Laura has an active performing and teaching schedule and is currently on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School where she teaches violin and viola.

George Little--Guitar

George Little holds a B.A. in music from UMass Dartmouth, where he studied with William Riley, and a M.M. from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where he studied with David Patterson (New World Guitar Trio). He has studied in masterclasses with Ben Verdery, David Zohn and Luiz Montovani (Brazilian Guitar Quartet). He has taught guitar for over 15 years and has had teacher training as part of his graduate degree from the Longy School of Music. He is a registered Suzuki instructor and received training from Frank Longay, Marylou Roberts, Andrea Cannon, Joe Pecoraro, David Madsen and Bill Kossler. George accepts students starting at three years old and up.

As a performer, George Little has been enthusiastically received by audiences throughout New England, and has a series of performance awards to his credit including the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra/Lillian B. Lamaroux award. At Longy, George has advocated the guitar’s role in chamber music through numerous collaborations including using the guitar to accompany Schubert art songs originally composed for voice and piano. Recent projects include the cross-over jazz duo, The New Boston Duo, rooted in the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli while exploring music o South America, Flamenco, Rock and Bluegrass.

Nathan Kolosko--Guitar

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Nathan Kolosko received his M.A. in classical guitar performance at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Nathan has been a private music instructor for over twenty-five years. Nathan has been on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph’s College, Maine College of Art and the Portland Conservatory of Music. Nathan is a fun, engaging and dedicated teacher as well as a certified Suzuki guitar instructor. In 2008 Nathan founded the guitar program at the New England Suzuki Institute and played a critical role in writing the curriculum for the music minor at Maine College of Art.

Nathan has studied with luminaries from the guitar world including Ricardo Iznaola, the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, Pierre Bensusan, Lorenzo Micheli and Oscar Ghiglia. Nathan has recorded four studio albums which have received critical praise ; "A high-octane agenda from a guitarist with the skill, imagination, and confidence to bring it alive." - Classical Guitar, London. Nathan has over twenty published compositions which have been performed and recorded by musicians throughout the world; from Japan and Taiwan, to Belgium, New Zealand and Australia. Nathan has received grants and awards from the Maine Arts Commission, the Allied Arts Foundation and D'Addario Strings.

Nathan has collaborated with numerous musicians including Carl Dimow and Dan Cosley, as well as visual artist Ling-Wen Tsai. In addition to guitar, Nathan also performs on Oud, Persian Tar and Kamanche/Tarhu with the Portland based Middle Eastern ensemble Zapion.

Ann Bundy--Flute

Ann Bundy served as Principal Flute with the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and has had the privilege of performing for dignitaries including the President of the United States as well as the Prince of Wales. During her time as Principal flute with the Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, she was fortunate enough to play under the baton of Zubin Mehta, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Elmer Bernstein, Bobby McFerrin, and Merv Griffin. Ann has shared the stage with Eric Idle (Monty Python), Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera), and Jodi Benson (Little Mermaid), as well as Sir James Galway at his 60th birthday celebration in London. She was a Yamaha Young Performing Artist and has been an invited soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout North America. She has been a featured musician on National Public Radio.

In addition to performing and teaching, she does the final voicing of flutes for one of the oldest flutemakers in the country.

Ann earned a Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance with honors from the University of Southern California where she studied with Jim Walker. She did her post graduate studies with Trevor Wye in Kent, England. Ann was awarded the Carol Sykes scholarship through Suzuki:MA and completed her Suzuki Unit 1 teacher training at the Hartt Suzuki Institute. Her passion for teaching began as a Young Musician’s Foundation Youth Mentor Artist in the L.A. Unified schools where she saw the power of music education to transform lives and families. She continues to cherish her student’s growth and accomplishments in Classical as well as Irish traditional music as the founder of the Serenade School of Flute.

Melissa Tucker--Eurythmics

Melissa Tucker is an inspiring and committed Dalcroze music educator who specializes in eurhythmics and improvisation. Dalcroze is at the heart of everything she does as a music professional.  She finds the unique combination of movement, improvisation, dynamic social interaction, and deep study of music to be ingenious and exhilarating. She has taught Dalcroze workshops and classes throughout New England including The Boston Symphony Outreach program, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Emmanuel Church, Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, and The University of Connecticut. In addition to her teaching at Longy, she is also currently on the piano faculty of Concord Conservatory.

Ms. Tucker currently serves on the Dalcroze Society of America’s Professional Development Committee and has served as Co-Chair of Longy’s Dalcroze Department. Melissa has published articles on improvisation and Dalcroze Pedagogy in Dalcroze Connections and The American Dalcroze Journal. She was also a founding member of Music Alive, a performing ensemble which created original, interactive, musical shows for children. Most recently, Melissa is bringing her love of music and movement, as well as her knowledge of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, to patients with dementia.

An Oberlin graduate, Melissa earned her Dalcroze Certificate and License from Longy with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber. She studied classical piano with Lydia Frumkin at Oberlin Conservatory and Natasha Chances at Bates College. She was also honored to be a jazz piano student of the late, great, Charlie Banacos. Currently, she is delighted to be continuing her jazz work with Brian Friedland.  She also continues to deepen her connection to movement and dance at Ipswich Moving Company with choreographer and artistic director, Janet Craft.

 

Teaching Philosophy: 

Music is an art of communication and self-expression which is joyful, yet requires discipline and a love of learning. Melissa believes in the integral relationship of music and movement and in Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a powerful means to achieving embodied musicianship.  She is passionate about improvisation as a powerful vehicle for self-expression as well as an effective tool for understanding music from the inside out. Students appreciate her energy, caring, and warmth, as well as her creativity and dedication. She develops a personal relationship with each student and artfully guides them on their musical journey.

B.A., Oberlin College; Dalcroze Certificate and License, Longy School of Music. Piano with Liora Hendel, Natasha Chances, Lydia Frumkin. Educational outreach programs, composition work, performances as a vocal accompanist (including Wang Center, Springfield Symphony, and the premiere of Moses at the Emerson Majestic Theater). Jazz, modern, Brazilian dance studies. Actor training with Carmel Harney. Founding member of MUSIC ALIVE, a Longy-based ensemble, creating and performing musical shows for children.

Adriana Ausch--Eurythmics

In love with movement and the arts, Adriana Ausch found in Dalcroze Eurhythmics the space in which she could express her Renaissance approach to all Arts. She received her Master's Degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Dalcroze License at Longy School of Music.  In her native country, Romania, Ms. Ausch studied classical piano at the Tg.- Mures Conservatory. She became an across-style singer and songwriter, and appeared on television and radio shows, toured Romania, and released a CD in Germany, where she lived before moving to Boston. Ms. Ausch currently teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Winchester Community Music School and the Longy School of Music, and continues to collaborate and perform on a regular basis.

Sarah Tenney--Marimba Magic

Sarah Tenney teaches Marimba Magic and percussion and directs The Marimba Magic Ensemble at Rivers School Conservatory. She founded Marimba Magic in1989, a musicianship training program which has been featured at national and international conferences. She holds a certificate from Music for People to teach Improvisation. She received a Master’s degree from The New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College.

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