Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe and South East Asia. He currently directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has taught undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was recently invited to serve on l’Collège de l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze. Dr. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States. The DSR offers Eurhythmics classes for children (pre-kindergarten through high school), adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, pedagogy, and plastique animée). Additionally, he has presented Dalcroze workshops at home and abroad including the Congrès International Jaques-Dalcroze, World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, Singapore International String Conference, L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Cours d’Été, Dalcroze Society of America National Conference, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, American OrffSchulwerk Association National Convention, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes, universities, and conservatories across the US. He also serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and functions as the Vice President of the Dalcroze Society of America. He recently has published books on Dalcroze Education: Embodying Music: A Textbook for Dalcroze Teacher Training, and five books that correspond to the Rhythmic-Solfège youth program in place at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. In 2010, Dr. Dittus earned the Diplôme Supérieur, (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) from L’Institut JaquesDalcroze in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles. Before Switzerland, he had the honor of studying at the Longy School of Music for the Dalcroze Certificate and License. He completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the master of music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained bachelor degrees in piano performance and chemistry. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.
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.
A faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2009, and newly appointed String Department Chair Julie Bamberger Roubik holds a B.M. summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and a M.M. from the HARTT School of Music, both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Viola teachers include 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. Mrs. Bamberger Roubik is a member of the Racine, Kenosha and Festival City Symphonies, and actively freelances in the Milwaukee area. In addition, Mrs. Bamberger has had the honor to perform with recording artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack. Ms. Bamberger Roubik was the recipient of the 2013 American Suzuki Institute Teacher Training Scholarship, for which she had the privilege of studying Viola 7 with Dr. Julia Hardie and the 2014 SAA Teacher Training Scholarship to continue her studies with Dr. Hardie for Viola 8&9. Additionally, Ms. Bamberger Roubik is a regular blogger for Violinist.com and has contributed articles to The Strad magazine as well. Students of Julie’s have won awards from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarships, the Racine Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Janet Ruggieri Viola Scholarship, the Wisconsin State Music Association and have been accepted into the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
David Becker, violist, received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School. Mr. Becker has been principal violist with the Victoria and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras in Canada and has performed with many other orchestras including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the New Jersey and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. He has taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Brevard Music Center and numerous Suzuki Institutes. Mr. Becker joined the faculty of the Aber Suzuki Center at UW-Stevens Point in 1994 and retired in 2014.
Shannon Farley has taught violin and viola privately since 2002. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied violin pedagogy and performance with Professor Tyrone Greive. In addition to studying violin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Shannon has also studied viola with Professor Roland Vamos at Northwestern University as well as Katrin Talbot here in Madison, WI. Ms. Farley is an member of the Suzuki Association Of America and has completed Violin Suzuki Teacher Training with Suzuki Violin Books 1-7. 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. In addition to performing in recitals, and teaching, Shannon is an active chamber musician who plays viola and violin in the Canzonetta Duo with classical guitarist Chris Allen. Ms. Farley currently teaches Suzuki violin and viola at her private studio in Madison, WI at Farley's House of Pianos.
Chloe Helene Groth, violinist, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Master of Music in Teaching and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. At Oberlin, her primary teachers were Gregory Fulkerson and Marilyn McDonald, and she has completed Suzuki Violin Books 1-4 under the guidance of Ronda Cole. While at Oberlin, she held principal positions in the Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and gave recitals in New York City and Washington, DC as a member of the Isis String Quartet. Chloe maintains a private violin studio in Menomonee Falls, WI. Chloe is a regular substitute with Festival City Symphony and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Chloe’s goal as an instructor to invest her time, abilities, and heart into nurturing the talent and humanity within each child. Gretchen Grube 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). Gretchen taught Suzuki Violin and Early Childhood at Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) in Norwalk, Connecticut. 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. Gretchen currently teaches Suzuki Violin at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
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 currently serves as faculty member at DePaul University (Community Music Division), the Music Institute of Chicago, and adjudicates and co-chairs at several local competitions.
Kari Gunderson (www.kariviolinqueen.com) teaches Suzuki lessons and classes in northeastern Milwaukee and conducts workshops for the Whitefish Bay schools. She has a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and 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 backing such stars as the Julliard String Quartet, Michael Jackson, and Natalie Cole. She’s also worked in medical settings as a neuromuscular therapist and muscle pain management teacher. Currently Kari is president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin. A co-founder of the Suzuki Association of Ohio, she's taught at Suzuki regional institutes and served as longtime newsletter editor. Twice she's served as string chair for the Ohio Music Teachers Association, and she's written articles for the Suzuki Association of the Americas journal and other publications.
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.
Patty Ladpli has been in Madison since 1996, finishing her Master's in piano performance at UW-Madison under Howard Karp. She has been studying & teaching Suzuki piano in her private studio since 2000. Patty & her students also have a lot of fun with Music Mind Games, playing ensemble & chamber music, and putting on themed & costumed recitals. Patty also grew up playing the cello & is so happy to introduce her students to the world of chamber music & play with them. In her musical spare time, Patty enjoys piano duo music, chamber music, and studies Suzuki guitar book 4!
Abigail Peterson has been playing the violin since the age of 4, studying Suzuki violin with Paula Anderson in New Ulm, Minnesota and Terry Bjorklund in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She continued her violin study with Mark Bjork at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to studying at the University of Minnesota, she continues to pursue violin teaching education. In 2011, she attended the Violin Teacher Workshop at the String Academy of Wisconsin. She has taken short-term teacher training with Michele George, Joanne Melvin, and Nancy Jackson. She is trained through Book 5 and looks forward to taking training for all of the books. She has also completed Suzuki Early Childhood Stage 1 training with Sharon Jones. Ms. Peterson currently teaches private Suzuki lessons and Suzuki Early Childood classes in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 son, Otto, or spending time with her husband, Kyle.
Janelle Severson grew up in Stevens Point, WI as a Suzuki kid who started talent education in 1980 a few months before her third birthday. She studied with Kyoko Fuller through Book 10, and performed throughout Europe with the Dolce String Ensemble in 1996. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Mark Bjork. She received a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Suzuki Pedagogy in 2002, also receiving long-term training from Patricia D’Ercole at UW-Stevens Point. From 2002-2014, she was the director of Severson Suzuki Strings in Eau Claire, WI. She has been a guest clinician throughout the United States and has been on the faculty at the American Suzuki Institute since 2002. She currently resides in Waunakee, Wisconsin with her husband, her two children, and her cuddly pup.
Ken Stancer has been teaching private piano since 1984; turning to the use of the Suzuki method literature in 1986. He has also taught private organ since 1997. Ken received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with certification to teach Choral and General music in Grades K-12. In 2002 he received a Master of Music Education degree from UW-Madison. Ken holds the position of K-5 general music instructor at Lindbergh Elementary in the Madison Metropolitan Schools and is Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison. Ken is also active as a recorder player and celtic harpist. He has been actively pursuing training in the Suzuki Method in recent years. When not involved in musical endeavors, Ken enjoys swimming, biking and gardening. He is a strong advocate for environmental protection and eco-centered living. Ken has been teaching Suzuki piano at Monroe Streets Arts Center since June 2014.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Teal - Elizabeth’s education includes a M.M. in String Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a B.M.E in Instrumental Music Education and Certificate in Violin Performance from The Florida State University. Elizabeth received her Suzuki training through the Suzuki Institute of Indianapolis, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and the American Suzuki Institute and is trained through Violin Book 5. While maintaining an active violin and viola studio, Elizabeth is in her first year as an Elementary Strings Specialist for the Racine Unified School District. Before pursing public education full time, she taught private and group violin lessons at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at a variety of public, charter, and private schools through the Conservatory’s Connections program. An active performer throughout the Milwaukee area, Elizabeth free-lances with the Racine Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Ardiente Quartet.
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, WI 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, 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. After completing her 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 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.