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.
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.
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.
Linda Case, Teacher Trainer
Linda Case is a Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Teaching
for 38 years, Linda has performed, taught workshops and teacher development courses
throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, France and Italy. She has been
concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York since 1983 and has
taught on the faculties of Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University
and Mount Royal Conservatory in Alberta. Linda is also a licensed Brain Gym Instructor
and Educational Consultant for Brain Gym International where she offers training in
whole brain-body learning. Linda studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University
where she received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree and with William Starr
at the University of Tennessee where she received her Master of Music Performance
degree. Linda was introduced to the Suzuki Method in 1974 by Dr. William Starr and
is most grateful to have received his Suzuki pedagogy training.
Saundra D'Amato, Music History
Saundra D'Amato has taught Suzuki piano, group piano classes and musicianship classes
at The University of Memphis Community Music School for 18 years. After graduating
from Yale University (with a B.A. and a M.M.), she played oboe in the Boston area,
and taught Suzuki piano and Providence, RI. After a two-year stint with the Colorado
Symphony, she taught in Springfield, MA before moving to Memphis in 1992. She is
also the second oboist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Memphis
Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
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 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.
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!
Karla Philipp, Bass/Orchestra
Karla Philipp holds the B. M. in Music Education from the University of Arizona, and
the M. M. in Double Bass performance from Memphis State University (now the University
of Memphis). An active performer, she has performed with the Tucson Symphony, the
Arizona Light Opera, the Memphis Symphony, the Tupelo Symphony, and is currently in
the Jackson, TN. Symphony. In addition, she is a freelance performer in the Memphis
Ms. Philipp is a 1998 recipient of the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence. She has
also received multiple outstanding teaching awards from the Tennessee Governors School
For The Arts. She has had the privilege of doing clinics, summer music camps and
workshops around the U. S.
Karla recently retired after 30 years of teaching strings for the Memphis City Schools.
She is currently the conductor of two Memphis Youth Symphony Program orchestras, the
Memphis Youth String Ensemble and the Memphis Youth String Sinfonia. In addition
she is an adjunct instructor in music education at the University of Memphis where
she teaches the strings method class and supervises student teachers.
Hannah Schmidt, Cello/Music Theory
Hannah grew up studying under the Suzuki program at Bellevue Baptist Church's Performing
Arts Center. She was involved in various ensembles through the program and really
believes that the love she has for music is a direct result of the ministry that the
school has. Hannah received her Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Rudi
E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. She is currently working
towards a master’s degree, also in cello performance, and taking courses in Suzuki
pedagogy during the summers. She has studied cello primarily with Leonardo Altino
and has taken Suzuki courses with Pamela Devenport, Grace Field, Barbara Wampner,
and Libby Armour. When she isn't teaching, practicing, and studying, she enjoys performing
with local and regional symphonies. She performed as principle cellist of the Delta
Symphony until 2011 and now plays, whenever possible, with the Memphis Symphony, Arkansas
Symphony, and Eroica Ensemble. She also really loves chamber music! Hannah has been
teaching at Bellevue's School of Performing Arts since 2004 and has loved seeing the
cello program grow! While expecting hard work, she wants her students to have a great
time and learn to love music as they grow as young musicians. She believes that the
pursuit of music in a child's life can give him or her the self-esteem and discipline
to be successful in any area of life. Hannah is married to Kevin Schmidt, and is the
proud mother of Asher.
Jennifer Booke (J.B.) Taylor, Piano
Jennifer Brooke (J.B.) Taylor has been active as a piano teacher, performer, and professional
church musician for over 15 years. For the past seven years, she served as a Suzuki
piano faculty member and Assistant Director of the Suzuki Talent Education department
at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Her teachers have included Donna
Kurtz, Linda Sabak, Leonard Mastrogiacomo, and Victoria McArthur. She has completed
Suzuki teacher training with Fay Adams, Yasuko Joichi, Doris Koppelman, and Mary Craig
As a Suzuki student, J.B. received numerous awards, including the grand prizes in
both the Young Keyboard Artist Association’s and the American Music Scholarship Association’s
International Piano Competitions. In 2004, J.B. was selected as a Shinichi Suzuki
Scholar by the American Suzuki Institute. She has also served as a faculty member
and guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops in Ohio, Minnesota, Alaska,
and Tennessee. In addition, J.B. is a former board member of the Suzuki Association
J.B. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Accounting from West Virginia
Wesleyan College and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Florida
State University. She also earned a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial
Management from Florida State. She and her husband Mark relocated to Lexington, Kentucky
in late 2009 where she has started a new private studio, Suzuki Piano of Lexington.
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.