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Suzuki Institute Faculty Bios


Janet (Libby) Armour, Violin Teacher Training

libbyLibby 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 bowmanSteven 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.

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.

Maeve Brophy, Collaborative Piano

maevePianist 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 Nashville.

Ruth Valente Burgess, Cello

ruth valente burgessRuth 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, California.

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 since 1985.

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 hauckRita 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

robert hauckDr. 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

kreitmanEdward 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

millsSarah 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 Merit Scholarship.

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

mary waldoMaster 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.



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