Sarah Bylander Montzka (viola/violin/Dalcroze) is a graduate of Northwestern University (MM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). She is the Associate Director of the Suzuki program at the Music Institute of Chicago, a registered Suzuki teacher trainer and currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is the founder and director of MIC’s annual Violapalooza! workshop and a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes from Duluth to Tanzania. Previously, Sarah taught in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Music Program—designed to reach young musicians of all backgrounds. She has also worked in the administrative field as Coordinator of Education Programs for the Jacksonville Symphony and Associate Director of the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Sarah has performed as a section violist in orchestras including the Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah Symphonies.
Nancy Hair (cello) lives in the Boston area where she keeps herself busy as a teacher, and a performer as well as having a family. Nancy is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Suzuki School of Newton, and has a home studio. In addition she can be heard frequently playing in many of Boston’s orchestras as well as solo and chamber music. Nancy has been a teacher trainer since 1988 and enjoys traveling and teaching at institutes, workshops, conferences, and festivals. She attended Indiana University, Hartt School of Music, and Ithaca Talent Education. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Raya Garbousova, George Neikrug, and Timothy Eddy.
Annette Lee (piano) has taught Suzuki piano at the MacPhail Center for Music since 1995. Her teaching approach encapsulates the Suzuki Philosophy in its entirety: that every child can learn. She observes each child for who they are, as individuals eager to begin the journey of learning music through the piano. She hopes to provide each child with success, not that they become prodigies, but to be accomplished learners.
She has performed on the MacPhail Spotlight Series, as a winner for the Wheaton Conservatory Concerto Competition, the Vilar Performing Arts Center, and with the Classic Arts Trio in Chicago. Annette is the recipient of the Nell Stockwell Award in 1984. She is a frequent clinician, having taught at Suzuki Institutes in Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Saskatchewan, Calgary and in Minneapolis.
She holds a Bachelors of Music from Wheaton Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with additional training from the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Ms. Lee is a registered Teacher Trainer in Piano under the auspices of the SAA.
Robert Richardson, Jr. (violin) teaches and conducts at Suzuki workshops, Institutes and music festivals on a regular basis throughout North America and beyond. In the summer of 2015 he will be teaching at the European Suzuki conference in Davos, Switzerland. Robert has been a guest presenter and an invited guest speaker at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teachers’ conference and Leadership retreats. Along with maintaining an extensive violin and viola studio in the Suzuki Talent Education Program at Brandon University’s Eckhardt-Grammatté Conservatory of Music, he also conducts string orchestras and coaches chamber music. Mr. Richardson is the director of the Brandon Suzuki Summer Institute, which includes a quartet exchange program uniting young musicians from across Canada. Robert performs regularly on both violin and viola in numerous chamber ensembles including the Brandon Chamber Players of which he is a founding member. As well Robert teaches for an inner city school Community Outreach Suzuki Program with over 30 students using teaching materials translated into numerous languages. He has served on the board and on committees for the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association and the Festival of the Arts both locally and provincially.
Wisconsin Retreat Teachers
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the teachers from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois who have joined the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and the Winter Retreat. These teachers volunteered many hours to make this Winter Retreat possible.
Julie Bamberger-Roubik Julie holds a BM summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and a MM from the Hartt School of Music, both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Her viola teachers included Roland Vamos, Korey Konkol, Victoria Chiang, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, She has studied Suzuki pedagogy, in violin and viola, with Teri and David Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork, Carrie Reuning, Susan Kempter, Betsy Stuen-Walker and Dr. Julia Hardie. She is currently pursuing Dalcroze Certification with Dr. Jeremy Dittus at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. She is a member of the Racine, Kenosha and Festival City Symphonies, and actively freelance in the Milwaukee area. She has had the honor of performing with artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack. She was a two-time recipient of the American Suzuki Institute Teacher Training Scholarship, for which I had the privilege of continuing my Suzuki studies. She regularly contributes blogs for Violinist.com and contributes to The Strad magazine and the SAA journal as well. Outside of her musical life, she has also appeared on the TV show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and was a runner-up on NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another.” She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and learning Japanese. When she's not performing or teaching, you'll probably find her curled up at home with a book and one of her six guinea pigs.
Amanda Berthon Amanda Berthon teaches Suzuki violin, fiddle, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) from her private studio in Montello, WI. Amanda received her training from the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI. She is a member of the Ripon College/Community Orchestra, a freelance singer and fiddler, member of the Berthon Family Musicians, and has played for numerous weddings and special events. She continues to host community concerts at the Historic Vaughn Hall in Montello, WI, and has appeared multiple times as a guest performer with Maggie Mae and the Heartland Country Band, including performances at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in the Wisconsin Dells, the Independence Opera House, and the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford, WI.
Jennifer Burton Jennifer Burton has been teaching Suzuki violin and viola lessons since 1977 and currently teaches at the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she received her Master of Music Education Degree with Suzuki Emphasis with Margery Aber. Subsequent training was received from Paul Landefeld and John Kendall. Jenny taught in Dallas from 1993 to 2003 at the Suzuki Institute of Dallas and was a sole proprietor of Burton Suzuki Studio from 2003-2011. She taught for 17 years at UW-Stevens Point from 1977-1993 and enjoys being back in Stevens Point. Jenny loves to teach and serve others in the Suzuki community. She has been a violin clinician at 200 workshops and institutes across the United States and served a three-year term on the SAA Board of Directors from 1996-1999. During this term, she helped create the first data base of local, state and provinical associations for the SAA. She also served on the SAA Conference Team in 2004 as Coordinator of Associations and has presented at four SAA conferences on how to create an association and on fund raising. Her lecture on “The Value of Group Classes” has been featured on Parents as Partners Online in 2012 and 2013. Ms. Burton is a founding member of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW), and the North Texas Suzuki Association (NTSA). As President of the NTSA, she successfully applied for Chapter Affiliate status for this group. She has also served as President for SAW and served on the Leadership Team for their annual retreats. In 2014, Jenny was honored by the SAW with the Sensei Award for Leadership and Caring. She was given the Distinguished Service Award by the NTSA in 2005 and was awarded the Outstanding Violin Teacher Award at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in 2001. Her publications include her book, Sharpen Your Tools: A Practice Companion for Suzuki Parents and Teachers, and numerous articles in the American Suzuki Journal. Jenny enjoys walking, bicycling, bird watching, cats, stamp collecting and paper-making.
Pat D'Ercole Patricia D’Ercole is the former Director of the Aber Suzuki Center at the UW-Stevens Point where she taught violin to children and Suzuki pedagogy courses. She completed a master’s degree with an emphasis in Suzuki with Margery Aber and, in 1988, studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. She has been a clinician in 22 states in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Peru, Chile and Taiwan. Pat has written numerous articles for the American Suzuki Journal, was chair of the Suzuki Association (SAA) Board of Directors and served as a member of the SAA committees to develop the Every Child Can! course and the Suzuki Principles in Action course. She was the founder and first president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and has been on the planning committee for the International Research Symposium on Talent Education since its inception in 1991 and has served as its coordinator since 1995. Through her leadership, “The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action,” a collection of videos which chronicles the two weeks of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point in 1976, is now preserved and posted on the web for free viewing by all. In 2002, she was the recipient of the American Suzuki Institute’s Suzuki Chair Award and in 2008 became a Distinguished Instructional Specialist at UWSP. In September, 2010, Pat began the UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program, an online long-term practicum to assist and support Suzuki string teachers in their quest to become a better teacher within the environment of their usual employment. Pat currently has a private studio where she teaches students and teachers.
April Dannelly-Schenck April Dannelly-Schenck teaches Suzuki and traditional cello as well as general music through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Maestro Makers. After receiving a Bachelor of Music in cello performance with a minor in music theory from Oberlin Conservatory, she went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Master’s degrees both in cello performance and in music theory. While teaching privately for more than ten years, she has been on the faculty at Lindenwood University, Ripon College, Webster University's Community Music School, and at the Colorado Suzuki Institute. April is currently the assistant principal cellist in the Menomonee Falls Symphony, and a regular substitute cellist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She currently resides with her husband in Milwaukee, WI, where she loves to run along the lake, do yoga, and read from her lengthy book list. Sue Ellen Dubbert Sue Ellen has been teaching Suzuki piano to students of all ages in Madison for the past ten years. I addition to private lessons, Sue Ellen teaches group classes with the Music Mind Games curriculum, accompanies string students, formerly taught Music Together (a parent-child music class for ages 0-5), and studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Dr. Jeremy Dittus. These days she remains active with the Madison Area Piano Teachers Association and sings all the time with her three year old son.
Shannon Farley Shannon holds a M.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Professor Tyrone Greive. As an undergraduate, Shannon studied Photography and Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she studied violin with Professor Mark Bjork and Minnesota Orchestra violinist Stephanie Arado. Prior to that, Shannon studied violin and viola at Interlochen Center for the Arts on a Scholarship from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. In addition to teaching, Shannon subs with the La Crosse Symphony on violin and viola and performs regularly in the Canzonetta Duo with classical guitarist Chris Allen. Shannon loves spending her summers doing Suzuki teacher training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and at the Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point!
Colleen Fitzgerald Ms. Colleen Fitzgerald, executive director of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy located in Milwaukee, WI, currently teaches private and group violin lessons and Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes at BSSA. Ms. Fitzgerald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis under mentor, Professor Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Cardinal Stritch University. She has also received supplemental Suzuki teacher training with Kay Collier-McLaughlin, Ed Kreitman, Tom Wermuth, and Alice Joy Lewis and acquired her Early Childhood Education training under Suzuki ECE founders, Dorothy & Sharon Jones. Ms. Fitzgerald started Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and two years later began studies with Suzuki teacher trainer, Joan Rooney. Colleen earned the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Studio Teaching from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. She is a clinician at Suzuki weekend workshops in the Midwest as well as summer Suzuki institutes throughout the United States. Students of Ms. Fitzgerald’s have won numerous competitions and many college scholarships. Besides teaching, Ms. Fitzgerald frequently performs as a violin soloist, a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony and is a member of her church’s handbell choir.
Pam Hughes Pam Hughes maintains a private Suzuki violin studio in Viroqua, Wisconsin where she teaches beginning and intermediate level students of all ages. Pam began Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 and Suzuki violin lessons at age 8. As a child, she studied the violin for 10 years with Linda Fiore in West Chester, Pennsylvania and received her violin teacher training with Pat D’Ercole through the long-term Suzuki training program at the University of Wisconsin’s Aber Suzuki Center. She has completed additional violin teacher training with Linda Fiore, group class training with Alice Joy Lewis and Carey Beth-Hockett and an Improvisation class with Randal Harrison. Pam has also learned from many other seasoned teachers at various Suzuki Summer Institutes. Pam’s undergraduate degree is in Experiential Education. Prior to becoming a Suzuki violin teacher 6 years ago, she had worked with children in a variety of capacities, including her professional work as a mediator. As a child, Pam had the privilege of having group violin lessons in her home with Dr. Suzuki, and now as an adult, has the privilege of being a Suzuki parent of a young violinist. Ina Georgieva Ina Georgieva is a private violin and viola teacher, and a professional viola player. She has performed a wide range of classical music, from Baroque to contemporary, in countries around the world, including Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. Ina began studying violin at age seven. After three years of private lessons, she attended Panayot Pipkov, the National School of Arts (Pleven, Bulgaria). Upon graduation, she turned her attention to mastering the viola. Subsequently, she achieved a bachelor degree in Viola Performance from both the National Academy of Music (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt (Weimar, Germany). Ina has a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from Texas Christian University (TCU), where she studied with Dr. Misha Galaganov. Previously, she studied under Ognyan Stanchev, Stefan Jilkov, Thomas Wünsch, and Prof. Frank Strauch. During her masters studies at TCU, Ina also served as teaching assistant for students minoring in violin and viola. Prior to her masters studies, Ina was a member of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years. She has also performed with a number of orchestras in the United States and Europe, including Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas, USA), Christ Chapel Bible Church Orchestra (Texas, USA), Sofia State Opera (Bulgaria), Classic FM Radio Orchestra (Bulgaria), Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Philharmonic Orchestra Theater Erfurt (Germany), New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), and Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria). Currently, she is a member of Madison Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin, USA). Ina maintains a teaching studio for students of any age and skill level in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a member of Music Teacher National Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, and Independent String Teachers of Madison. Active in several chamber music groups, including Camerata Galatea and Kalypso Ensemble, Ina has performed extensively in duos, trios, quartets, and ensembles for festivals, special events, and weddings. She has also done studio work for feature films.
Kari Gunderson Kari Gunderson has a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University. She has taught performance and string teacher training at Florida State University, Ohio State University, and Ohio Wesleyan. She's performed in Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Ballet Met, and for such popular stars as Michael Jackson and Natalie Cole. A co-founder of the Suzuki Association of Ohio, she's taught at the Columbus Suzuki regional institute and served as newsletter editor for the state organization. Twice she served as string chair for the Ohio Music Teachers Association.Some of her students have gone on to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music and successful musical careers. In 2010 she moved to northeast Milwaukee, where she teaches Suzuki classes and lessons. She does occasional work for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Latino Arts Strings program, and Whitefish Bay Schools. She has found wonderful colleagues in the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, which she gratefully served as immediate past president. In addition to traditional Suzuki lessons and classes, she enjoys teaching folk fiddling, improvising, and muscle care. She also hikes, learns to speak laughable Spanish, and tries to help bend the arc toward justice for people less lucky than she has been.
Patrick Langer Patrick is a faculty member of the Wausau Conservatory of Music teaching Suzuki Violin and Viola and is the Director of the Orchestra Program.He holds a Bachelors of Music Education; and a Master of Education from UW Stevens Point receiving long term teacher training with Margery Aber and Paul Landafeld plus holding a certificate from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki after studying in Matsumoto for one year.
Yumy Lee Kim Born and raised in Germany, Korean pianist Yumy Lee Kim made her debut with the Hamburger Sinfonietta at the age of 15 at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. After winning competitions, such as Steinway & Sons, German Teachers Association and Jugend Musiziert, she appeared at various German TV and radio stations (Radio Hamburg, NDR 3). At the age of 16, she was accepted at the prestigious preparatory division of the University of Music in Luebeck, where she continued her musical studies. After receiving diplomas in piano performance, piano pedagogy and a post-graduate performance certificate in Germany, she finished her studies at Northwestern University with a DMA degree in Piano Performance as a scholarship recipient of the Dorothy L. Pound Award. Yumy Lee Kim performed as a soloist with the Hamburger Sinfonietta, Hildesheim Philharmonie and Ahrensburg Youth Orchestra and performed in Germany, Spain, Hungary, Swiss, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. Being a devoted educator as well, she has been trained in the Suzuki Method by Caroline Fraser and taught master and performance classes at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, as well as enrichment classes at the Winter Retreat of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin. Dr. Kim currently serves as faculty member at DePaul University (CMD), the Music Institute of Chicago, co-chairs and adjudicates at local piano competitions in the Chicago area.
Eric Miller Eric Miller, educator and performer, performs as a viola da gambist, cellist, chamber musician, and session cellist around the Midwest. A specialist in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, Eric is an active viola da gamba soloist and member of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. He also performs on cello frequently with Indie Folk artist Katie Burns with whom he has recorded four albums. Beginning in 2017, with a loan of instruments from the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Eric is directing a new chamber ensemble for high school students, the Madison Youth Viol Consort, which focuses on polyphonic music written for viols during the renaissance. In 2018, Eric will be releasing his first recording of unaccompanied music for the viola da gamba. Largely and proudly self-taught on the viol, Eric has recently participated in Josh Lee's Free Viola da Gamba Residency and has received great wisdom and encouragement in short bursts during sessions with many of the nation's finest players over the years. As a classically trained cellist, Eric holds degrees from Northern Illinois University and UW-Madison where he trained with two consummate chamber musicians, Marc Johnson and Parry Karp, respectively. A dedicated educator trained in the Suzuki approach, Eric teaches a large cello studio in Madison and has also served hundreds of students as orchestra teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2009. www.millerstrings.com
Timothy Mutschlecner Dr. Timothy M. Mutschlecner joined the faculty of the Aber Suzuki Center in 2007. He is a Suzuki specialist in cello with over 30 years of teaching experience.Dr. Mutschlecner directs the Aber Suzuki Center Orchestra and is an ensemble coach for the program. His doctoral work at the University of Florida focused on creating a written and playing diagnostic test of cello technique. Dr. Mutschlecner completed long term teacher training in Suzuki Cello in all levels at the Cleveland Institute. Previously Dr. Mutschlecner taught in a Suzuki program in Johnson City, Tennessee and in the preparatory department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed in regional orchestras in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin. A lifelong interest in improvisation led him to design and build electric cellos.Dr. Mutschlecner provides bow rehairing and instrument repair for central Wisconsin musicians.He received a Ph. D. in Music Education from the University of Florida, a Masters in Violoncello and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelors in Violoncello from Indiana University. Timothy is joined with his wife Sarah, a Nurse Practitioner. Ann Marie Novak Ann Marie was the founding Director of the Northampton Community Music Center (MA). She also was the Department Chair for the Suzuki Department in the Community Music School of Springfield. She left those positions to enjoy the winter wonderland of Wisconsin and to accept the mantle of leadership as first the Vice-President and then the President of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW). She has taught piano and served as collaborative pianist for over 25 years at the Aber Suzuki Center, where she maintains a studio of approximately 35 students. She is a regular clinician at the SAW Retreat and the American Suzuki Institute and has taught masterclasses and workshops in the Midwest (Omaha, Minneapolis, Aspen) and on the East Coast (Hartt, Northampton, Springfield). She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and she presents lectures at both the American Suzuki Institute and SAA Conferences. One such lecture was filmed, produced and marketed by the SAA for parents everywhere. Miss Novak manages and writes extensively for the ASC parent education blog, develops other parent education materials, and has been published in the SAA Journal. She serves as WMTA District Chair and was honored as the 2015 Stevens Point Area Music Teachers' Association Member of the Year. Her students have been featured in Master Classes both locally and Nationally, and they regularly receive honors at WMTA District and State Auditions.
Abigail Peterson Abigail Peterson teaches Suzuki violin in West Milwaukee, WI. Abigail started playing the violin as a "Suzuki kid" at 4 years old and somewhere along the way decided she was going to be a Suzuki teacher, too. She loves teaching students of all ages and spends a lot of time learning and growing to become a better teacher. When she's not teaching, she's playing with her young sons, Otto and Theo, or spending time with her husband, Kyle. Her favorite things to do with her "free-time" are going to concerts, reading, or watching a good movie or tv show. Charlie Rasmussen Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a modern and Baroque cellist and as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rasmussen was previously on faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT where he taught private and group cello lessons, musicianship classes, and coached chamber ensembles. Mr. Rasmussen strives to help his students develop a lifelong passion for music and cello playing. Mr. Rasmussen holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), where he was a graduate assistant and studied with Dr. Alexander Ezerman. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from UNCG. Before his studies at UNCG, Mr. Rasmussen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Eric Kutz. Mr. Rasmussen studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver, and he is trained to teach Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. Rasmussen performed as cellist in the Spiritoso Quartet from 2015-2016 and the Immer String Quartet while he was a student at UNCG. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Rasmussen has served as a principal cellist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA), University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Fayetteville and Norwalk Symphonies. An advocate of new music, Mr. Rasmussen performed in the premiere of Alejandro Rutty’s Cantabile Hop at the 2012 North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association in Chapel Hill and premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015. He has recorded for Grammy Award-winning Broadway and film composer Paul Bogaev. As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series with the New York Continuo Collective. He has performed on multiple early music recitals at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music including a collaboration with professor James Taylor. Mr. Rasmussen soloed with Greensboro Early Music and presented solo recitals through the Seabury Academy of the Arts in Norwalk, CT. He previously performed in the Vitali Ensemble with Baroque guitarist Meredith Connie and presented concerts across New England. An active educator, Mr. Rasmussen has presented lecture recitals about historical performance practice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, for the Colorado Symphony Study Group in Denver, and at locations around Milwaukee. He has presented early music masterclasses and workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and for Fairfield County (CT) CelloFest.
Gretchen Rebar Gretchen Rebar grew up as a traditional violin student in northern Wisconsin. She was exposed to the Suzuki method when she began studying violin at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Gretchen took a Suzuki Pedagogy course at the world-renowned Aber Suzuki Center in Stevens Point, WI with Pat D’Ercole. During the course, Ms. Gretchen fell in love with the Suzuki philosophy and teachings. She has been teaching traditional and Suzuki lessons for ten years. Ms. Gretchen holds a B.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). She recently completed her M.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Ms. Gretchen was involved in the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This program teaches music composition to 4th and 5th grade students. Ms. Gretchen worked at Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) in Norwalk, Connecticut. At TESS, she taught private and group Suzuki classes, and is the founder of our Suzuki Babies program. Ms. Gretchen currently is the string department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She embraces the Suzuki philosophy to help and encourage students to reach their fullest potential. She enjoys working with children and watching them grow into outstanding individuals. At WCM, she directs the chamber music ensembles, teaches private and group Suzuki classes, and teaches Suzuki in the Schools to Urban schools in the Milwaukee area. Ms. Gretchen also enjoys playing with her cat, scrapbooking, and eating ice cream!
Ken Stancer Ken Stancer attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1986 with a degree in K-12 Music Education. He holds a Master of Music Education degree from UW Madison. He teaches K-5 elementary music in the Madison Metropolitan Schools (Lindbergh Elementary). In addition he teaches Suzuki Piano at the Monroe Street Arts Center and is Organist and Music Director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, both in Madison. He has one organ student and one recorder student. In addition to keyboard and recorder, Ken also plays the celtic harp. Outside of music, Ken enjoys bicycling, gardening, and spending time in nature. Monika Sutherland Monika Sutherland, cellist, is a certified Suzuki cello teacher who maintains a private studio in Viroqua, WI. She is the director of music at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School where she leads a full program of chorus, orchestra and general music. Before moving to Wisconsin, Monika was on the faculty of the Western Springs School of Talent Education in the Chicago area and the director of the strings program at Four Winds Waldorf School. Monika received her Bachelors of Music from Indiana University and her Master of Music from Northwestern University. She received her Suzuki Certification at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She completed the Waldorf Music Teacher Training at Sunbridge College in New York. Monika is an active performer. Early in her career she was Assistant Principal Cellist of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra in Japan, with which she toured extensively and performed as soloist. In Baltimore, she was a member of the music faculty at Goucher College. Monika has been a featured performer on the Fine Arts Chamber Music Series in Viroqua and is a cellist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the La Crosse Chamber Orchestra. Monika grew up in a “Suzuki home” with three sisters all studying violin. She has fond memories of participating in many Suzuki workshops and performances and especially remembers playing at Orchestra Hall in Chicago with Dr. Suzuki and his touring group from Japan.
Kathy Taylor Kathryn Taylor has a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Wyoming and did graduate work at Michigan State University. She received her Suzuki pedagogy training from Margery Aber, Craig Timmerman, Ed Kreitman, Geri Arnold, and Kyoko Fuller, at Michigan State University, Blue Lake Suzuki Camp and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She has attended numerous Suzuki workshops, institutes, and conferences throughout the years. She currently performs in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and with the con vivo! …music with life chamber music ensemble. Her goal as a violin teacher is to help students develop self confidence and a life-long love of classical music.
Janse Vincent Janse H. Vincent is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra viola sections. She also teaches violin and viola with Suzuki Strings of Madison and is violist with the Con Vivo chamber ensemble. Before moving to Madison in 2000, she taught at the Cincinnati String Academy and served as coordinator of their Suzuki String program. From 1992 to 1997, Janse taught at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa where she completed long-term Suzuki teacher training with Doris Preucil. Other Suzuki training includes courses with Ronda Cole, Kimberly Meier-Sims, William Preucil Sr., Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Sonja Zeithammel and Kay Collier-(Slone) McLaughlin. She has been on the faculties of the University of Memphis Suzuki Institute, Capitol University Suzuki Institute and American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI. Weekend Suzuki workshops include Sioux City, Milwaukee, Madison and the Cleveland Institute of Music. After completing undergraduate studies at Furman University, she earned a master’s degree in viola performance from Northwestern University and a D.M.A. in viola performance and pedagogy from The University of Iowa. Her association with the Suzuki method began early with violin lessons at the age of five in Gainesville, Florida.
Carol Waldvogel Carol Waldvogel is the director/founder of North Shore Suzuki Strings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.She holds a MME with an emphasis on the Suzuki method, from the University of Colorado and a BME from Illinois State University.Carol was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and is a former member of the board of directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Waldvogel had the opportunity to study with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan in 1983.Her Master’s degree work was with William Starr, a renowned Suzuki pedagogue, whom was instrumental in introducing the Suzuki method in the United States.He is the author of many books, including The Suzuki Violinist and To Learn With Love.Other Suzuki training includes courses with Marge Aber, Gilda Barston, Tonya Carey, Rhonda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, John Kendal, Kay Collier-(Sloane) McLaughlin and William and Doris Preucil, and Almita Vamos. Carol received the Byron Hester Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 in Colorado and was the recipient of the Suzuki Chair award in 2009 in Wisconsin.In 2016, the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin honored Carol with the Sensei Award for “Leadership and Caring.”Carol has been a guest clinician at many Suzuki workshops and Suzuki summer institutes throughout the United States and Mexico.