All of our instrument teachers have extensive training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to being talented performers, our teachers have a deep knowledge of music pedagogy and of Suzuki philosophy.
Joy Grimes is an active violinist, violist, and educator in the Boston area. She performs regularly on both modern and baroque instruments in orchestras, solo, and in chamber recitals. Her current endeavors include performing with Cambridge Concentus, L'Academie, Handel & Haydn Society, Grand Harmonie, Marsh Chapel Collegium, La Donna Musicale, Weckmann Project, Ulster Landing, Symphony New Hampshire, and Folk Baroque. Joy spent four seasons with the Utah Shakespearian Festival as a baroque violinist and has spent time at summer festivals, including the Boston Early Music Festival fringe series, Conclave, Amherst Early Music Festival, and International Baroque institute at Longy. Joy holds degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Boston University, where she completed a Masters degree and Doctorate in Viola performance under the tutelage of Michelle LaCourse and Ed Gazouleas. Joy is currently on the faculty at the Suzuki School of Newton and a member of the board for the Massachusetts Suzuki Association.
Lisa Hollis, B.A. Milligan College, M.M. Northern Arizona University. Suzuki teacher training with Louise Scott, Libby Armour, Linda Fiore, Ed Kreitman, and Dorothy Jones. She has taught at Longmont Suzuki Strings in Colorado and at the Bermuda School of Music. Lisa has performed in concert with Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers, John Ingram, Patti Austin, John Legend, Michael McDonald, the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sarah Titterington Ibbett, B.M. in violin performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M. in violin performance with merit, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, Belsize Baroque, the Early Music Experiment, and the Flackton Players, all London-based period orchestras. Suzuki teacher training with Alice Joy Lewis, Nancy Jackson, and Beth Titterington. In addition to taking teacher training courses, Sarah also completed an apprenticeship with the Kansas City Talent Education, where she studied Suzuki violin pedagogy intensively.
San-yi Lin, String Department Chair, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, as well as Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Boston University School of Fine Arts. She received her Suzuki Training with Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Carol Sykes, Alice Joy Lewis, and Kimberly Meier-Sims. Currently a member of Waltham Symphony Orchestra. String Department Chair since 2001.
Georgina McKay Lodge, B.M. Eastman School of Music; M.M. Boston University School of Music. Georgina studied viola performance with some of the best viola pedagogues and performers in the country, including Michelle LaCourse, Carol Rodland, and Peter Slowik. She has played under conductors Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Gaffigan, James Feddeck, Jayce Ogren, Neil Varon, and David Hoose. Suzuki violin teacher training with Carol Sykes and James Hutchins. Georgina has spent time at various summer music festivals, such as California Summer Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Credo Chamber Music, Milan Vitek’s International Masterclass in the Czech Republic, Elizabeth Wallfisch’s Masterclass in Italy, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Hartt Suzuki Institute. After winning an award for best Bach two years in a row at the Ohio Viola Society Competition, Georgina began to research the interpretation of baroque music more thoroughly, and now performs actively on the baroque viola. She is regularly engaged by Grand Harmonie, a chamber orchestra devoted to the interpretation of classical and early romantic repertoire, and also serves on the sub list of Boston Baroque, the oldest continuing period instrument orchestra in North America.
Bekka Schellenberg was raised as a Suzuki kid in Northern VA. B.A. from the University of Rochester and Suzuki pedagogy with Anastasia Jemplis. Graduate studies at Southern Illinois University (Kent Perry and Lenora Anop) and Suzuki pedagogy (Carol Smith and Vera McCoy-Sulentic). Teaching experience: Cedar Rapids Symphony School, Greater St. Louis Suzuki Association, SIU String Development Program. She has been teaching at SSN and freelancing in the Boston area since 2000.
Amy Hao-Ku Tai, B.A. Wesleyan University, Ed.M. Smith College. First Suzuki experience with Carol Sykes at age 7 at The Dana Music School. Suzuki Teacher Training Books 1-6 and Philosophy in Lima, Peru, with Marilyn O'Boyle, Sue Baer, Doris Preucil, Nancy Lokken, Caroline Fraser, and Roberta Centurion. Conducted master classes at International Suzuki Festivals, 2006-2010, Violin Coordinator and private instructor at Qantu Suzuki Association of Cusco, Peru, 2002-2010. Amy enjoys improvisation and various genres of music, including Rock, Folk, Jazz, Blues, and Fusion.
Georgina McKay Lodge
Kate de Bethune, M.M in cello performance, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University; undergraduate cello performance study at Oberlin College and Boston University. Her primary teachers are George Neikrug and Norman Fischer, for whom she served as teaching assistant at Rice University. Kate has also been an adjunct faculty member at Brandeis University and the Phillips-Exeter Academy, has taught at Greenwood Music Camp, The Music School (Providence, RI), and in the Arlington, MA Public Schools. She has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Indian Hill, and numerous other arts organizations throughout New England. She is Suzuki-certified, having trained with Nancy Hair here at the Suzuki School of Newton.
Alyssa Lawson, B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College, M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles. Alyssa has received Suzuki teacher training from Nancy Hair, Barbara Wampner, Carol Tarr, and David Evenchick. Alyssa is a member of The Morning Architect, an acoustic indie pop quartet, and the Miras Project, an ensemble dedicated to Middle Eastern music. She is also the assistant director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival.
Ben Peterson, Presser Scholar in Theory and Composition from Grinnell College. Studied with Yehuda Hanani at the Peabody Institute, and Charles Wendt at the University of Iowa. Suzuki training from William Preucil at the University of Iowa. Active conductor, soloist, and chamber musician. SSN faculty since 1998.
Robb Aistrup, B.M., University of Kansas; M.M., Indiana University. Suzuki training with Dr. Daniel Swaim. Robb has held contracts with orchestras such as the Evansville Philharmonic, the Owensboro Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Kansas City Symphony. Robb spent 7 years as the Associate Principal Double Bass with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain and was Professor of Double Bass at the Conservatorio Superior in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain. Currently an active performer and teacher in the Boston area.
Hee-Young Chae, B.M. Magna cum Laude From the Boston Conservatory. M.M. from the Longy School of Music. Suzuki Piano Teacher training with Caroline Fraser, Doris Koppelman and Doris Harrel. Piano faculty and accompanist at SSN since May 2004.
Sachiko Isihara, Director, Piano Teacher Trainer. B.M. with honors, New England Conservatory; M.M., Juilliard. Suzuki training in Matsumoto, Japan with Haruko Kataoka and long-term teacher training in Lyon, France with Colette Daltier. European Suzuki Association certified piano teacher. Member of the Organizing Committee Concert Centenaire in Paris, France featuring 1,000 children from 17 countries. Former faculty Ecole Koenig, in Paris and Third Street Music School in New York. Various solo and chamber music recitals in the USA and France. Clinician for Mass Suzuki Festival; adjudicator for the South Shore Conservatory piano competition. SSN director since 1998, Director of Suzuki by the Green summer institute. Suzuki Teacher Trainer since 2008.
Fani Liao, B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. She has experience teaching for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Practical Exams. Concerto soloist with the Queensborough Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, and the Great Neck Symphony. As a composer, received favorable New York Times review for her arrangement of the Alban Berg Piano sonata, and has written commissioned works for the Absolute Ensemble, Formosa Chamber Music Society and the New York University Chinese Glee Club. Suzuki training in Magog, Quebec with Mary Craig Powell and in Chicago with Doris Koppelman.
Yuting Lin, B.M. Vocal Performance, National Taiwan Normal University. M.M. Collaborative Piano, New England Conservatory of Music. Additional studies in music education at NEC. Suzuki teacher training with Elizabeth Landman and Doris Harrel. Certified public school music teacher grades 7-12 in Taiwan. Former piano faculty of Centre Music House in Framingham and The New School of Music in Cambridge. Former choir director at the Boston Taiwan Christian Church. Piano accompanist for Paulette’s Ballet Studio in Medfield. SSN faculty since 2009.
James Scaramuzzino started his music education through the Suzuki method learning violin. He holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in music composition and production. James completed his Suzuki piano training with Suzuki School of Newton Director Sachiko Isihara. He currently studies with former concert pianist Eugenie Malek.
Steven Snitzer grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he went to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic often, and he also heard live performances by Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz and Rudolf Serkin. Steve earned an M.M. at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Jacob Maxin, and had coaching and master classes with Benjamin Zander and Russell Sherman. Steve did Suzuki Teacher Training with Michiko Yurko, Carol Bigler, and Haruko Kataoka. Steve plays chamber music as well as solo repertoire in a variety of settings around New England. He teaches at SSN and at his home studio in Needham, Massachusetts
Asako Yoshida, B.M. Kunitachi Music College in Tokyo, Japan, and M.M., University of Michigan School of Music where she was elected Pi Kappa Lambda. She is on the faculty of South Shore Conservatory and Wellesley Public Schools. She has Suzuki Flute pedagogy training from the top Suzuki flute teachers in the world, including founder Toshio Takahashi, Pandora Bryce, June Warhoftig and Jerilee Kechley. She has had Suzuki pedagogy training in Pennywhistle from Mary Beth Norris. She has been performing as a member of the Willow Flute Ensemble, known as one of the most active flute ensembles in New England. She has also been a Suzuki parent following the studies of her daughter in Suzuki violin.
Jay Rosenberg, B.S. Union College. Additional studies in jazz theory, solfege and choral conducting at Berklee, Longy, and Harvard. Classical guitar studies with Frank Wallace and William Buonocore. Suzuki training with Bill Kossler and Frank Longay. Faculty, Powers Music School. Former Artistic Director of Northern Harmony. Performs with Voice of the Turtle and Promised Land. SSN faculty since 1997.
Tess Maxwell is a Boston-based harpist playing and teaching throughout New England. has an impressive range of professional experience including the Arlington Philharmonic, Waltham Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Boys Choir, West Valley Symphony, Arizona Opera, and Arizona Masterworks Chorale. Prior to her career in Massachusetts, she served as a Faculty Associate of Harp at Arizona State University and the Adjunct Harp Faculty at Brigham Young University. She studied with Suzanne Balderston, Dr. Nicole Brady, and Dr. Lynne Aspnes and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance.
Weronika Balewski is a teacher and performer who lives in Medford, MA. B.M. flute performance from Carnegie Mellon University. M.M. flute performance from Longy School of Music. Speaks Spanish, German, and Polish. She teaches flute students at her home studio in addition to Suzuki classes. Weronika is head of the musicianship department at the Suzuki School of Newton.
Julia Scott Carey began her formal musical training in piano and theory at the age of six with Barbara Roth-Donaldson. For eight years, Julia attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a composition student of Rodney Lister. At her graduation from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Julia received the Lanier Prize, becoming the first composition student elected most outstanding graduating senior by faculty vote. Julia attended Harvard College and was one of the first students accepted into the New England Conservatory—Harvard University combined degree program (AB Harvard 2008 / MM NEC 2009).
Grace Choi is a pianist, composer, and conductor who has studied at Brandeis University, Peabody Institute, and Seoul National University. She received fellowships from ACDA, France, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Germany, Brandeis University, Tanglewood Music Center, Wellesley Composers Conference, Djerassi Arts Program in San Francisco. She won the ASCAP/SCI first prize, Composition Competition for Peabody Alumni, Grand Prize of the Contemporary Music Society of Korea, and the National Association of Composers USA competition. Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Arts, ISCM Festival, University of North Carolina, University of West Virginia, New England Conservatory, Bowdoin University, and at various concerts in Boston, Rome, Seoul, San Francisco, Baltimore, Maine, NYC, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy.
Ginny Latts is currently on the faculty of Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. She trains students and teachers nationally in workshops at Tanglewood, MENC Eastern Division, Boston University, and UMass-Lowell. She is a grant recipient for music composition for theater, piano, songs, and school residencies. B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Macalester College; Dalcroze Certificate and License, Longy School of Music. She has also studied at Columbia University, Juilliard School, Dalcroze School of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. Latts also has training in modern dance and Orff techniques.
Joanne Wheeler is a Boston area flutist and music educator, teaching flute lessons in Cambridge and Winchester. She has performed with the Curry College Pit Orchestra, Ip Piano School, Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley, Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Boston based flute quintet In Radiance. M.M. Flute Performance from the Longy School of Music, B.M. Music Education from Syracuse University.
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