Faculty

Maeve Brophy

Maeve Brophy gave her first solo recital at age 9 and made her orchestral debut at 15. She has given solo and collaborative performances in Wells, England, the Amalfi Coast, Kiev, Ukraine, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Aspen, Nashville, Memphis, and Birmingham. She has performed for the Memphis Chamber Music Society and the Artist Ascending Series in Memphis and is a regular performer with the Luna Nova Ensemble. She has performed for the Lindberg Farm Series and Messiah Lutheran Concert Series in Huntsville. She is also the pianist for Nashville’s alt-classical group chatterbird. Maeve has performed as soloist with the Chernygev Symphony in Kiev as well as the Paducah Symphony and the Central Florida Philharmonic. In high school, her family made the trip from Memphis to Huntsville weekly so she could study with Yakov Kasman. She has a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she studied with Dr. Kasman and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University where she studied with Jose Feghali. She also studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Marc Silverman and at the New England Conservatory of Music with Russell Sherman. She spent time working as a freelance accompanist in Memphis and played for numerous student recitals at the University of Memphis. She has taught students privately as well as at the Boston College of Adult Education. She is currently working an album and live concert video of Mozart and Franck sonatas she recorded in Memphis with her sister, violinist Linnaea Brophy. Expected release date is May 2017. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Maeve currently teaches secondary piano at Belmont University in Nashville and is an accompanist at Vanderbilt University, where she has performed numerous recitals with students, faculty, and guest artists. She is also the pianist for Kingston Springs United Methodist Church. She lives in Nashville with her 8 month old daughter.

 

Carey Cheney

Carey Cheney, a native of Canada has been teaching and performing for 30 years. She is a Registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has done teacher training in all levels of the Suzuki literature, as well as many enrichment courses throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

She holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music in cello performance, from the University of Texas at Austin. While there she studied cello and pedagogy with Phyllis Young and taught cello, orchestra and chamber music in the UT String Project

She has taught at many institutes in the US and Canada including the Mid-Southeast Suzuki Institute, New Orleans Suzuki Institute, American Suzuki Institute, National Cello Institute, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Stanford University Advanced Suzuki Institute, Montreal Suzuki Institute, Edmonton Suzuki Institute, Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute, South Carolina Suzuki Institute, Hawaii Suzuki Institute , Brandon Suzuki String Institute, DFW-WOW Suzuki Institute in Dallas, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute. She has taught at many weekend and short-term workshops all over the US, Canada and Monterrey, Mexico.

She continues to teach and travel internationally, in 1988 Brazil to the Winter Festival in Santa Maria, in 1999 to Japan where she taught at the World Suzuki Conference, in 2006 to Turin, Italy where she taught at the 2006 World Suzuki Convention, in 2008, 2012 and 2013 to New Zealand, and Sydney Australia, and most recently in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 to Mexico City to teach teachers at the FICUP International Music Festival. She regularly travels to cities in Canada to be an adjudicator for the Canadian Kiwanis Music Festivals.

Currently, Carey maintains a large cello studio with her cellist-husband Elliott in Salt Lake City, and she continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals frequently. She has recorded eight audio CDs and prepared eight volumes of her series, Solos For Young Cellists published by Summy-Birchard, a subsidiary of Alfred Music Co. Inc. The 7th and 8th volumes of music were just released in the Fall 2015.

Caroline Fraser

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.

Rita Hauck

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 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. From 1976-1981, she founded and directed a Suzuki School of 350 students, trained 24 Suzuki 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 teacher in the United States and around the world since 1976.

Mrs. Hauck has been 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. She had the honor of being in vied to be the International Piano Clinician and Trainer of Teachers at the 23009 World Suzuki Convention in Melbourne, Australia. Mrs. Hauck has served on state and local committees or 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, and National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Fort Worth Music Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Hauck’s 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 hight school, and all of whom are married adults and still involved in music professionally and semiprofessionally. Mrs. Hauck particularly loves training Suzuki piano teachers all year in a long-term program in her home studio. She loves teaching musk to the children and is grateful to have a part in the positive impact upon them and their families.

Edward Kreitman

Edward 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  (click here to view ordering information).

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.

Mary Ann Mears

Mary Ann Mears is originally from the Memphis, TN area. She studied violin with William Starr at the University of Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Suzuki String Techniques. She studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto during the summers of 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1983. She taught in the Denver, Colorado area from 1980 until 2005. While there, she was a founding member of the Suzuki Association of Colorado. Other training includes certification as a Montessori Infant and Toddler directress. She currently maintains a private violin studio in Germantown, TN.

Allen Moody

Allen Moody, a native Memphian, is the Orff Music specialist at Idlewild Elementary where he teaches music for kindergarten through fifth grade.  Under his direction, the Idlewild Recorder Ensemble performed at the 2014 AOSA National Conference in Nashville, TN. The Idlewild performing ensembles can be seen performing around Memphis at various pop-up concerts and the Overton Square Tree Lighting.   Allen is an active member in the Memphis Chapter of AOSA, serving as the chapter secretary from 2011 – 2013 and currently serving as the chapter program chair.  He received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Memphis in May 2009 and received his Master of Music in Music Education in December 2016.  Allen completed his Orff certification in 2012 at the University of Memphis.  He is an approved AOSA Recorder Instructor for Orff Levels Certification courses and has presented workshop presentations at the state music conference and for local AOSA and WTGMEA chapters.

Gregory Morris

Greg Morris has been teaching more then 35 years. He began teaching in the University of Memphis Suzuki Program in 1980 and was the Coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at The University of Memphis from 2005-2016. He has been a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Greg holds a Master of Music degree in violin pedagogy. He studied Suzuki Pedagogy with John Kendall, Allen Lieb and Yuko Honda. He now teaches privately.

Marilyn O’Boyle

Marilyn O’Boyle became involved with the Suzuki Movement in 1972, starting a Suzuki violin program in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then started programs in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile, where she lived in the 1980s. A registered Teacher Trainer, she has taught long term courses at the University of Nebraska, and short term courses in the United States and many Latin American countries. Marilyn is an SAA liaison to Latin American programs. She has directed several summer Suzuki Institutes, including the Eastern Nebraska Suzuki Institute, the TCU Institute and the New Mexico Suzuki Institute. She teaches in Albuquerque, New Mexico in her home studio. She has twice served three year terms on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors.

Myra Ann Patterson

Myra Ann Patterson is a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, and performer with fifteen years experience bringing the joy of music to students and audiences of all ages.

She plays viola with the Memphis String Quartet, fiddle with the Earthquakers contra-dance band, guitar and vocals with her trio Myra Hall and the Players, and teaches violin, fiddle, viola, and guitar at Lane Music in Germantown.

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina amidst the sonorous music of Appalachia, she earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Appalachian State University and Masters in Humanities from the University of Chicago where she studied ethnomusicology, anthropology, history and journalism.

While in Chicago Myra taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and played viola in the Artesian String Quartet. She wrote her master’s thesis about the Chicago blues scene, where she performed with Billy Branch, James Wheeler, and Mary Lane.

Previous to moving to Chicago, Myra performed with the Hayes String Quartet, Western Piedmont Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, High Country Klezmorim and Lees McRae Theater. Her teachers include Nancy Bargerstock, David Yonan, Simon Ertz, Glenn Muegel, Russell Fallstad, Andy Page, Ken Lurie, and John Gloria.

Alex Paulus

Alex Paulus is originally from southeast Missouri, but has been a resident of Memphis, TN since 2007. He received his MFA in 2009 from the Memphis College of Art and has been teaching ever since. Paulus’s work has been shown in numerous galleries in Memphis, Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis, London and many others. His work has also been published in Studio Visit magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Glasstire. Additional information and images of his work can be seen at www.alexanderpaulus.blogspot.com.

 

Mary Halverson Waldo

Mary Halverson Waldo received a BA in Music from the College of St Scholastica, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, in Performance of Early Music (Recorder and Traverso). A member of Waldo Baroque and Friends, she has made guest appearances with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choirs (Columbia, SC), Broad River Renaissance Band, the Bach Society of Minnesota, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Opera, Fayerwether Friends, and Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston.

Ms. Waldo was a faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), and the Saint Paul Conservatory (MN), where she introduced recorder and flute into the Suzuki programs. She is a regular faculty member at music institutes and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, and England. Her teenage recorder students have won honors and awards in competitions sponsored by Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and Piffaro! She is a registered Recorder Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the European Suzuki Association.

Formerly a Music Director for the Twin Cities Recorder Guild (the MN chapter of the American Recorder Society), Ms. Waldo has been a writer for the American Recorder magazine and the American Suzuki Journal, and has served on the boards of the American Recorder Society (ARS) and the American Recorder Teachers’ Association.

Pamela Wilensky

Pamela Wilensky has been a String Specialist for Memphis City/Shelby County Schools for 20 years, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She is the Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. She has had extensive Suzuki Teacher Training and taught in the University of Memphis Suzuki Program for 20 years. She is a co-director of Memphis Music Camp as well as Shelby County Schools’ Artsfest. She is an active performer in Memphis and with the Germantown and Delta Symphony Orchestras, and was a member of the Jackson Symphony for 20 years. Pamela is an active member of the West TN School Band and Orchestra Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has been the State Orchestra Chair for TNMEA. She has been a guest conductor for the Memphis City Schools All-City String Festival, Jackson Symphony Music Camp, the Quad State String Festival at Murray State University, the Austin-Peay University honor Orchestra and the Alabama Honor Strings Festival. She has been on the faculty of the Memphis Suzuki Institute for many years, teaching orchestra and technique classes.

 

Elaine Yontz

Elaine Yontz teaches, performs, and organizes concerts in the Greenville, North Carolina area. She studied recorder at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida, where she was assistant director of the University of Florida Renaissance Ensemble. She has been active in 3 chapters of the American Recorder Society and is a certified teacher of Suzuki Recorder through Level 4. Elaine is the assistant director of this year’s Memphis Suzuki Institute.