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.
Bekka Eowind 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.
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.
Kenneth Mok, has been teaching violin for over 18 years. Recently, he has held positions as the Artist-in-Residence at the Suzuki Institute of Boston and as a faculty member at the Making Music Matters program in the Boston Public Schools. Kenneth received a Master of Music in Violin Performance from The Boston Conservatory in May 2010 under the tutelage of Irina Muresanu, Ronan Lefkowitz, and Markus Placci. He completed his Bachelor of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University and studied with Lau Yin Pui at the Central Conservatory of Music at Beijing in an exchange program in 2005. In 2003, he was awarded a diploma in Violin Performance by the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music.
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.
Thomas Barth received his Master’s degree from The New England Conservatory of Music in 2019, where he was a recipient of the Gregor Piatagorsky Memorial Fund scholarship. In recent months, he has performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, and at Boston’s Jordan Hall as principal cellist of the New England Conservatory Philharmonia. His primary teachers include Richard Aaron and Lluís Claret, and he has performed in masterclasses for leading concert cellists such as Truls Mørk, Anner Bylsma, and Johannes Moser. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance with highest honors from the University of Michigan with supplementary studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands. In addition to performing with ensembles throughout New England, he serves on the teaching faculty at the Suzuki School of Newton and the Kingsley Montessori School and teaches privately throughout metro-Boston. Thomas maintains a daily meditation practice, and is a strong believer in music’s ability to spread kindness and compassion to audiences worldwide.
Alyssa Lawson holds a master's degree in Cello Performance from Boston University, where she studied with Michael Reynolds. She is a Fulbright scholar (Belgium, 2009-2010) with a B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. Alyssa has completed Suzuki teacher training in all ten volumes, primarily with Nancy Hair and David Evenchick. She is on the faculty of the New England Suzuki Institute and is a founding member of Cellos on the Charles, a group that supports cello education in Eastern Massachusetts. Alyssa has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Morning Architect, and various chamber ensembles.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Hodges graduated from Plymouth State University, cum laude, as a music major with concentrations in piano and flute. She studied with Dr.Carleen Graff and Aubrie Dionne. Liz studied Suzuki flute pedagogy with Laurel Maurer at the Hartt School of Music and Suzuki piano pedagogy with Gail Lange in Waterloo, Canada and Sachiko Isihara in Newton. Elizabeth maintains a private studio in the Manchester, New Hampshire area.
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.
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.
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).
Julia Dombek is a freelance horn player and educator based in the greater Boston area. Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, she had her first professional orchestral experience performing with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Having been greatly impacted by this and other orchestral experiences, Julia moved to Boston and obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory. Julia has performed with various ensembles in the greater Boston area, including the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, the Boston-based Phoenix Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, and Symphony Nova, for which she was awarded a fellowship position for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons. Julia is currently working on completing a post-bachelor’s program for K-12 Music Education licensure at Bridgewater State University, and has completed Orff training level 1 certification. Beyond her musicianship classes at the Suzuki school, Julia teaches K-4 music at the Johnson Elementary School in Natick, and teaches horn lessons both privately and through the Natick and Milton public schools.
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.
Carlo Serrano, Bio coming soon!
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.