A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Janet (Libby) Armour, Violin Teacher Training
Libby Armour is a Suzuki violin and piano instructor with a private studio in Memphis,
Tennessee, an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, teaching Suzuki Pedagogy,
and the violin instructor at the University of Mississippi. Having studied in a Suzuki
studio as a child, she decided quite early that teaching this method was what she
wanted to do with her life. After high school, she went to Matsumoto, Japan to study
at the Talent Education Institute. For two years she studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki,
founder of the Suzuki Method, and Dr. Haruko Kataoka, piano Master Teacher. In 1980
she performed a double graduation recital and received endorsement by Dr. Suzuki to
teach his Method on both instruments. She finished a degree in this country as well
and has been teaching since her return. She is a certified Teacher Trainer for the
Suzuki Association of the Americas. Besides private teaching, she directs the Toscanini
Chamber Ensemble, which performs widely. She was Concertmaster of the Corinth Symphony
for 12 years, plays free-lance in orchestras, chamber groups, and solo performances,
and plays in a contra dance band. She has taught and performed throughout the United
States, in Japan, and in Europe.
Steven Bowman, Violin/Fiddle
Steven Bowman is from Memphis, TN and has been playing and teaching violin and fiddle
for 15 years. He received his Bachelor of Music in 2010 from the University of Memphis
in Violin Performance. He is currently working towards a Master of Christian Education
degree at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven studied violin with Cande
Schumann, Pak-Chung Cheng and Timothy Shiu and has had Suzuki Teacher Training with
Kimberly Meier-Sims, Libby Armour and Carrie Reuning-Hummel.
Maeve Brophy, Collaborative Piano
Steven currently has an extensive Suzuki violin studio in Memphis, but also works
extensively with the Annie Moses Band out of Nashville TN. He has taught violin, fiddle
and bluegrass ensembles since 2007 for their Fine Arts Summer Academy programs in
Memphis, Nashville and Raleigh, NC. In January of 2012, Steven had the privilege of
soloing in a performance with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Even though Steven has a heavy background in classical violin studies, his true passion
lies in alternative styles of string playing such as bluegrass, Celtic and jazz fiddling.
He has written, recorded and performed with “newgrass” band Will Tell and currently
writes and tours with “Loser’s Way Home”- a Memphis alternative band. Steven is also
a session fiddler, recording for many artists in Memphis and Nashville. When he is
not busy teaching, fiddling or touring Steven enjoys film critique, coffee and spending
time with family and friends.
Pianist Maeve Brophy grew up in Bartlett, TN. She gave her first solo recital at age
9 and made her orchestral debut at 15. She has given solo, chamber music, and orchestral
performances in various cities including New York, Seattle, Aspen, and Fort Worth,
as well as Wells, England, the Amalfi coast, Italy, and Kiev, Ukraine. She holds a
Master of Music from Texas Christian University and also attended Manhattan School
of Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham, the New England Conservatory of Music,
and the Massage Institute of Memphis. From 2008-2011 she worked as a freelance accompanist
in Memphis while pursuing a second career as a massage therapist. She currently is
an adjunct faculty member of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in
Ruth Valente Burgess, Cello
Ruth Valente Burgess, a native of San Antonio, TX, has been the principal cellist
of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since September 2008. Prior to moving to Memphis,
Ms.Valente was a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for two years. During that
time she completed a MM at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Her previous
studies included a year abroad in Germany, studying at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg
im Breisgau, and a BM from Indiana University. Ms.Valente’s principal teachers include
Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Adriana Contino, Natasha Brofsky, and Donna Davis.
She has also attended many summer festivals, which have allowed her to travel extensively.
While on tour with the Schleswig-Holstein Orchester Academie, she has performed in
Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Japan. Other summer festivals
have included Chautauqua, Bowdoin, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Caroline Fraser, Piano
Caroline is from Aberdeen, Scotland. She graduated from Edinburgh University with
a Bachelor of Music degree and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London obtaining
diplomas L.R.A.M. (in piano teaching) and A.R.C.M. (in violin teaching). She obtained
a Masters Degree in Music with Kodaly Emphasis, from Holy Names University in Oakland,
Caroline started to teach using the Suzuki Method in 1974 in California. She pioneered the Suzuki Method in Peru (1981) and from 1992 until 1999 she was a lecturer in music
theory at Holy Names University, where she directed the Summer Suzuki Teacher Training
Institute. Caroline has been a teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas
She now lives in Lima, Peru where is she is the President of the Suzuki Association
of Peru and a Latin American Liaison for the SAA. Caroline has traveled to give pedagogy
courses in the United States, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and in Latin America:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Mexico, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. Caroline has taught at World Conferences, and given
presentations on music reading at SAA and European Conferences.
Rita Hauck, piano
Rita Hauck has been a Piano teacher since 1959, and a Suzuki Piano teacher since 1974.
She and her husband, Dr. Robert Hauck, were privileged to have met Dr. Suzuki in 1966,
an Divine event that changed their lives forever. Mrs. Hauck has a Bachelor of Music
Degree with a major in performance, a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in both Vocal
and Instrumental music K-12, a master of Music Degree in performance, and two years
of Doctoral work in keyboard studies, (piano, harpsichord, organ, and accompanying).
She has been a church organist for 55 years and is currently organist at Christ the
King Church in Ft Worth, Texas. From 1976-1981, she founded and directed a Suzuki
School of 350 students, trained 24 teachers, and taught Suzuki piano students at Oklahoma
Wesleyan University where she was on the Piano, Organ and Music Theory faculty. From
1981-2011, Mrs. Hauck maintained a Suzuki Piano Studio of 40+ students in her home
in Cincinnati, Ohio where she lived with her husband, Robert. She has been training
Suzuki piano teachers in the United States and around the world since 1976. She has
been a guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and Institutes in 44 states in America,
including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as in Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand, and Australia.
Mrs. Hauck had the honor of being invited to be the International Piano Clinician
and Trainer of Teachers at the 2009 World Suzuki Convention in Melbourne, Australia.
Mrs. Hauck has served on state and local committees for the Suzuki Association of
the Americas, the North Texas Suzuki Association, The Texas and Ohio Music Teachers'
Associations, The Music Teachers' National Association, the Music Educators National
Association, The Ft Worth Piano Teacher's Forum, the National Federation of Music
clubs, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Fort Worth Music Teachers'
Association. Her piano students have won many local, district, regional, and national
awards for excellence in performance. She and her husband raised four Suzuki children,
all of whom played both piano and strings from age 3 through high school, and all
of whom are married adults and still involved in music professionally and semi-professionally.
Mrs. Hauck particularly loves training Suzuki piano teachers all year in a long-term
program in her home studio. She loves teaching music to the children and is grateful
to have a part in the positive impact upon them and their families.
Dr. Robert Hauck, Chorus/Conducting/Theory
Dr. Robert Hauck has 21 years of experience as a music specialist with Cincinnati
Public Schools. He has served as a consulting teacher, mentor, and team leader. He
has a Bachelor of Music in Voice, A Bachelor of Music in Music Education K-12, a Master
of Music in Voice and Voice Pedagogy, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice, Conducting,
Opera, and Church Music. He has served as a full-time minister of music, a university
professor and head of the Music Department, as well as a public school music specialist.
He has Orff certification at all three levels. He has taught at Suzuki children's
Music Institutes and Workshops all across the United States, including Alaska and
Hawaii, as well as in Bermuda, New Zealand and Australia.Dr. and Mrs. Hauck were invited
as International Guest clinicians to the 2009 World Suzuki Convention in Melbourne,
Australia. Dr. Hauck's enrichment classes have included the teaching of Music Theory,
Orff, Family Chorus, Voice Lessons, Handbells, Music and Movement, Conducting, Madrigal
Singers, Broadway Musical presentations, and lectures for parents. He also possesses
excellent keyboard skills. He is a Dad of four children who took Suzuki piano and
string lessons from age 3 through high school. He partnered with his wife, Rita
Hauck, in daily practicing with their four children, going to lessons with each of
them, and participating as a dad at dozens of Suzuki Institutes and Workshops. Dr.
Hauck's classes offer the unique opportunity for a lot of fun for all ages combined
with a great experience in learning, all with complete commitment to the philosophy
of nurturing children and parents in a wonderful environment.
Edward Kreitman, Violin
Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent
Education. Mr. Kreitman received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University
where he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. In 1986, he
studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.
Mr. Kreitman is known throughout the world as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes
and workshops and is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the
Americas. Mr. Kreitman is the author of Teaching from the Balance Point - A Guide
for Suzuki Parents, Teachers, and Students and Teaching with an Open Heart - A Guide
for Developing Conscious Musicianship
Mr. Kreitman has served the Suzuki Association of the Americas in many capacities
including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, and Coordinator for
several Suzuki Method Teachers Conferences. Recently, Mr. Kreitman served on the SAA
team that developed the Every Child Can! course. In 2008 Mr. Kreitman was honored
to be presented with the Suzuki Chair Award at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens
Point, WI. In March 2011, he was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America's
Certificate of Achievement, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding
commitment to excellence in their teaching.
Edward Murray, World Drumming
Ed Murray holds the B.M. from New England Conservatory. He has studied with Vic Firth,
Buster Bailey, and Allen Abel. Mr. Murray is a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
and serves as adjunct instructor at Rhodes College. He performs in the salsa band,
"Caliente" and frequently for Broadway touring productions at the Orpheum Theatre.
Sarah Catherine Mills, Art
Sarah Catherine Mills began her formal art training in middle school with Jeanette
Leake at Hutchison. She continued to pursue art through private instruction and in
tenth grade she was enthusiastic about further developing her artistic abilities.
She signed up for an advanced art class with Gwen English, a talented artist and teacher
from the Memphis area. Sarah Catherine took AP art from Miss English in eleventh and
twelfth grade covering the use of a variety of art mediums and techniques, and building
her art portfolio. She has placed in several art competitions, including the Scholastic
Art Competition where she received awards for her individual pieces as well as recognition
for her overall portfolio. Over recent years she has continued to use her passion
for detail and portraiture to complete several art commissions for portraits of children,
as well as pieces merely for her own artistic enjoyment. She enjoys teaching children
and instilling in them a love for art whether it be as a personal or professional
endeavor. She is currently attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a
degree in biochemistry.
Greg Morris, Violin
Originally from Jamestown, New York, Greg Morris received a Bachelor of Music degree
from Albany State University and his Master of Music degree in violin pedagogy from
the University of Memphis. He studied Suzuki Pedagogy in Matsumoto, Japan, as well
as studying with John Kendall and Yuko Honda. Greg has been a member of the Memphis
Symphony since 1979 and has been an instructor of Suzuki violin at the University
of Memphis since 1980. He is currently the coordinator of the Suzuki String Program
at the University of Memphis. Greg is also a violinist with the Summer Symphony at
Lakeside, Ohio, where he has played since 1984. Greg also performs on both violin
and viola in chamber music ensembles. In 1996, he was a guest musician at the Prague
International Music Festival and concertmaster of the Ameropa Chamber Orchestra at
that festival in the Czech Republic. As an undergraduate, he studied keyboard history
and worked for organ builder Leonard Carlson in Albany, New York. When Greg isn’t
fiddling around, he enjoys golf, sailing and travel.
Marilyn O'Boyle, Violin
Marilyn O'Boyle has been involved with the Suzuki Movement since 1972 when she started
a Suzuki violin program in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has also started programs in Lima,
Peru, where she lived from 1982 - 1984, and in Santiago, Chile, where she lived from
1986 - 1989. She has also conducted long-term teacher training courses through the
University of Nebraska, where she was an Associate Professor of Music from 1980 -
1986. She has trained teachers in Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile and other Latin American
cities. While in Nebraska she directed the Eastern Nebraska Summer Suzuki Institute,
has directed six summer Institutes in Latin America and continues her involvement
with these programs every year. She has attended four International Suzuki conferences
and numerous Suzuki Teachers Conferences in the United States. She teaches at many
Suzuki Institutes every summer and is presently the Director of the New Mexico Suzuki
Institute. After directing the Suzuki Program at the MacPhail Center for the Arts
in Minneapolis, Minnesota for six years, Marilyn returned to her home town, Albuquerque,
New Mexico where she now teaches at her home studio. She is currently serving a three
year term on the SAA Board of Directors, and she is a registered SAA Teacher Trainer.
Marilyn is the mother of five and grandmother of eight!
Irene B. Wade, Viola
Irene Wade has been a violist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1979. She
was Principal violist in the Lincoln (NE) Symphony, and has played with the Jackson
Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony, and
Roanoke Symphony orchestras. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music with distinction,
attended Oberlin Conservatory and College, and received a diploma from the North Carolina
School of the Arts. Ms. Wade was a graduate teaching assistant at Memphis State University
and also at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned the Master of Music
degree. Other academic awards include the National Honor Society and a four year National
Ms. Wade teaches violin and viola in the Suzuki String Program at the University of
Memphis Community Music School, and has maintained a private studio since 1995. She
has been recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by the faculty and students of the Tennessee
Governor’s School for the Arts.
Mary Halverson Waldo, Recorder
Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music in "Performance of Early Music"
(recorder, traverso). Suzuki Recorder Teacher Trainer in North America and Latin America.
European Suzuki Association Teacher Trainer. Introduced and established Suzuki Method
for Recorder and Flute in the MacPhail (Minneapolis) Talent Education Program. Recorder
teacher training with Katherine White; Suzuki flute teacher training with Pandora
Bryce, David Gerry, Kim Lorimier, and Rebecca Paluzzi; Suzuki violin teacher training
with Edward Kreitman; Performances with Bach Society of Minnesota, Fayerwether Friends,
Pittsburgh Opera, and numerous other chamber groups; former faculty, MacPhail Center
for Music and Saint Paul Conservatory (MN), American Recorder Society former Board
member; "American Recorder" columnist; faculty at Whitewater Early Music Festival;
Suzuki parent to three boys.