(Faculty roster is subject to change and we can’t guarantee that you will have a certain faculty member as your teacher.)

Enrichment Faculty:

Christopher Becknell : From Bach to Rock Guitar Styles

Christopher Becknell has been passionately teaching Suzuki Guitar and Violin for 15 years. This work is primarily done at his private studio in Minneapolis Minnesota. He is also on the faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College working with students pursuing performance degrees in Music and Music Education.

In 2015 Christopher released an album of fingerstyle gospel and folk song arrangements for solo guitar called Just Beyond the River. It receives regular playtime on Minnesota Public Radio and is available on CDBaby or iTunes. Having grown up as a Suzuki student from age 5 himself, Christopher is now reveling in the chance to be a Suzuki dad to his own young son.

 

 

Gail Gebhart : Piano Accompanying Class

Gail Gebhart is a private Suzuki piano teacher in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In addition to maintaining an active studio, she is on the faculty of Wayne State University where she teaches private and class piano. She received a B.M. With Distinction from the University of Michigan and a M.M. in Piano Performance from Wayne State University. She received Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell, Yasuko Joichi and Renee Robbins.

A coordinator the piano area for the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Biennial Conference in 2014 and she has taught at the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, Colorado Suzuki Institute, Oregon Suzuki Institute, Calgary Suzuki Institute, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. In August 2016, Gail became a piano Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

 

Andrea Glass : Cello Rock! and Cello Choir

Andrea Glass received her Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University, both in cello performance. She received her long-term Suzuki training in cello with Carol Tarr and violin with James Maurer at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, and has taught Suzuki group cello and violin classes with Longmont Suzuki Strings and Denver Talent Education. She has been a judge for Solo and Ensemble Contest of Northern Colorado, and chamber music coach for CelloFest at the University of Denver.

She has been an active recitalist and teacher in the music community of Colorado, and has played with the Fort Collins, Greeley, and Cheyenne Symphonies. Ms. Glass has performed in master classes with David Ying, Janos Starker, and Yo-Yo Ma. She is also a studio musician at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has played with over twenty bands such as Rise Against, Drive By, Melissa Ivey, and Tickle Me Pink. She has recorded for Wind Up Records and Warner Bros. In 2009, Ms. Glass accepted the Suzuki cello faculty position at Macphail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. She is a former president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota and committee chair for the annual S.A.M. Statewide Graduation Recitals. Ms. Glass enjoys teaching at Suzuki institute in the summer, coaching chamber music, and developing her teaching skills online from College Station, TX. to London, England. She is also a Suzuki parent.

 

 

Kirby Kay : Viola for Violinists

Kirby Kay grew up with music education as an integral part of her family life. She graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance in 2008 and found her true passion for teaching upon graduation. She has pursued training with such teachers as Doris Preucil, Alice Joy Lewis, Carol Dallinger, Winifred Crock, Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Nancy Jackson and Edmund Sprunger.

Kirby co-founded West County Strings (St. Louis) with her husband, Brad, in 2013 where they enjoy a thriving Suzuki program for violin and viola, after holding a position at the STL School of Music from 2008-2013. Her students hold leadership positions in the STL Youth Orchestra, and the Missouri All-State Orchestra. Kirby especially enjoys her time on faculty at summer Suzuki Institutes and Chamber Music Camps. She is a recurring featured soloist for the Town and Country Symphony, St. Charles Symphony, Kankakee Valley Symphony.

 

 

Annette Lee : Piano Accompanying Class

Annette Lee began teaching piano at the age of 14 in her hometown on Long Island, New York. She has gone on to become a highly sought-after Suzuki Piano Instructor and Teacher-Trainer. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, a Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan as a fellowship student, and additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute.

Ms. Lee has taught in the Suzuki Department at The MacPhail Center for Music located in Minneapolis since 1995. She exemplifies the Suzuki Philosophy that every child can learn, honoring each child for who they are and enlivening their eagerness to engage in the journey of learning music through piano.

 

 Lee Ann Scherlong: Choir, Acting and Voice Classes

Lee Ann Scherlong: Native of Colorado, Lee Ann has worked professionally as a director, music director, theatre educator, actor, teaching artist and arts administrator for over 30 years. Lee Ann has worked extensively within the world of Theatre for Young Audiences and has a passion for providing opportunities for young people to learn the craft of acting, singing and to participate in the performing arts.

Organizations Lee Ann has worked with include Colorado Vocal Institute, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, Northglenn Youth Theatre, Cherry Creek Theatre, Neighborhood Music School, Aurora Fox, Factory Five Five and Vintage Theatre Productions. Youth productions directed include Seussical, Alice in Wonderland (play), and Wizard of Oz. Youth theatre productions music directed include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Honk!, the Musical, Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Freaky Friday, Cinderella, and Frozen Jr.

 

Emma Shubin : Dalcroze and Improv Piano Artistry

Flutist, Dalcroze, and Suzuki educator, Emma Shubin has been joyfully making music since the age of six. She plays piccolo with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and is represented by flute maker Wm.S Haynes as one of their Ambassador Clinician Artists.
A proponent of integrative education, Emma is the co-founder and director of the non-profit Integral Steps, which strives to bring integrative education and balanced development to individuals, families, and communities throughout Colorado.

She currently serves as the Dalcroze Musicianship Teacher and Band Instructor at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School, and in addition to her private studio, travels most weekends to give recitals and masterclasses on audience engagement, Dalcroze and flute. She serves as the coordinator for new programming and an instructor with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies.

 

 

Scott Walker : Fiddle, Irish Fiddle, and Irish Cello

Scott Walker graduated from E. Carolina Univ. in ’69.  Since then has been teaching strings in public and private schools maintaining a private studio in the Greensboro, NC area. In the 80s he taught music at the “New Garden Friends School”, began training to become a Suzuki  Teacher, had two children and established “The Enchanted Workshop”, a Suzuki related mail order business. He is soon to finish 12 years of teaching at the “Greensboro Day School”.  He began exploring  Irish music in the 90’s, and has developed materials for young fiddlers and celloers. He established The Walker Family Band Music Workshop, a fiddle camp, held in Blowing Rock, N.C., and established a student group, the “Walker Street Fiddlers”. Looking forward to more!

 

 

Musicianship Faculty:

Emma Shubin : Musicianship

Flutist, Dalcroze, and Suzuki educator, Emma Shubin has been joyfully making music since the age of six. She plays piccolo with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and is represented by flute maker Wm.S Haynes as one of their Ambassador Clinician Artists.
A proponent of integrative education, Emma is the co-founder and director of the non-profit Integral Steps, which strives to bring integrative education and balanced development to individuals, families, and communities throughout Colorado.

She currently serves as the Dalcroze Musicianship Teacher and Band Instructor at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School, and in addition to her private studio, travels most weekends to give recitals and masterclasses on audience engagement, Dalcroze and flute. She serves as the coordinator for new programming and an instructor with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies.

 

 

Kirby Kay : Musicianship

Kirby Kay grew up with music education as an integral part of her family life. She graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance in 2008 and found her true passion for teaching upon graduation. She has pursued training with such teachers as Doris Preucil, Alice Joy Lewis, Carol Dallinger, Winifred Crock, Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Nancy Jackson and Edmund Sprunger.

Kirby co-founded West County Strings (St. Louis) with her husband, Brad, in 2013 where they enjoy a thriving Suzuki program for violin and viola, after holding a position at the STL School of Music from 2008-2013. Her students hold leadership positions in the STL Youth Orchestra, and the Missouri All-State Orchestra. Kirby especially enjoys her time on faculty at summer Suzuki Institutes an Chamber Music Camps. She is a recurring featured soloist for the Town and Country Symphony, St. Charles Symphony, Kankakee Valley Symphony.

 

 

 

Collaborative Piano:

Heidi Brymer : Collaborative Piano

Heidi grew up in the Denver area studying Suzuki piano & violin since the age of 4. She received a degree in piano performance from the University of Denver and also completed her Suzuki Violin teacher training.

Heidi has been accompanying recitals from Suzuki book 1 to Master’s recitals since the age of 16. She currently resides in the Raleigh area with her husband & 4 children. She continues to teach & accompany.

 

 

 

Peter Friesen: Collaborative Piano

Peter Friesen is an active performer and teacher near Denver, Colorado. He has been an affiliate member of the piano faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2007, and maintains a large private studio. With degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Point Loma Nazarene University, he has performed and given master classes across the United States.

As a teacher, his holistic pedagogical approach aims to provide each student with the tools of healthy playing and musical creativity, from traditional Western music and notation to blues, improv, composition, and rock/pop learned by ear. Mr. Friesen is heavily involved in the local community of music teachers as an executive board member for the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He regularly presents for teachers’ associations around the state on topics such as extended piano techniques and incorporating technology into teaching.

Nan Shannon : Collaborative Piano

Nan Shannon is a versatile pianist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed as a soloist and as a member of such groups as the Colorado Chamber Players, Parabola Trio, and Denver Eclectic Concerts, in numerous concerts in a variety of settings in the area. A proponent of new music, she spent five seasons as a member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., giving premieres of works by composers from around the world. Ms. Shannon received her DMA in Performance from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Ann Schein, and earned her Master’s in Accompanying from the University of Southern California as a student of Jean Barr. She has been an Affiliate Faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Regis University since 2001, and has also worked as a Collaborative Pianist for the Colorado Suzuki Institute since 2001.