To learn violin family instruments to the best effect and with a minimum of
frustration you need lessons. You really do. Some instruments are possible
to teach yourself to play enjoyably, but in my experience as both a teacher
and a player, violin (and viola and cello) are not among them. These instruments
are marvelous, but complicated. Bad habits are easy to establish and difficult
to unlearn. Progress is faster and playing is easier when you have a trained
professional to guide you. Besides, taking lessons puts you in a tradition of knowledge
being handed down from player to player in a chain that goes back centuries, which
is part of what makes violin great to begin with. We wouldn't want you to miss out on that!
Several teachers provide lessons in the Korinthian Violins studio throughout the week, giving private instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, and flute.
Teachers currently teaching in our studio include:
GRETCHEN LEANNA, violin and viola
Private and group Suzuki lessons for beginners and intermediate players, specializing in early learning. Gretchen Leanna also teaches in her home studio in Whitefish Bay.
TRAVIS LEANNA, violin and viola
Private lessons for intermediate and advanced players.
CHARLIE COLLINS, guitar
JANET SCHIFF, cello
Janet Schiff studied the cello at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for 10 years and four years of cello performance at The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee under the masters Wolfgang Laufer and Radu Nagy. Janet has over 20 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. Janet was recognized by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry as 2014 Stringed Instrument Player of the Year and 2014 Jazz Artist of the Year. Janet teaches classical cello (age 5+). www.NineteenThirteen.com, www.cellojanet.com
SARAH KRUIS, violin and viola
Korinthian Violins is also happy to promote other string teachers around the Milwaukee area. If you are a teacher who would like to be included in this list please contact us! If you are looking for a teacher close to you, feel free to contact anyone you see here who looks as if he or she would be a good match, or call us during store hours for recommendations.
ALLEN RUSSELL, violin and viola
Allen Russell teaches both private and group lessons for Suzuki beginners, as well as continued coaching at all levels and ages. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to over 20 years of experience playing/performing in a wide variety of popular and traditional styles, he is a registered Suzuki violin teacher. Allen has studied with Mimi Sweig at the String Academy of Wisconsin, as well as with David Becker, Elaine Skorodin and Jerry Franke.
BETH WARNE, violin and viola
BAY VIEW: 414-482-0190
Beth Warne holds a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, both in Violin Performance. She has also done post-graduate work in New York with Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School. Her teaching philosophy and knowledge have been heavily influenced by her teachers Stephanie Preucil, Efim Boico, Stacia Spencer, and Burton Kaplan, who in turn studied with Josef Gingold, David Oistrakh, Mimi Zweig, Ivan Galamian, and Dorothy DeLay. She has taught privately since 1991, and taught at the college level at Austin College in Sherman, TX (1993-5) and at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI (1996-2001). She has coached at the International Suzuki Institute and for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, and has substitute taught orchestra and strings in the public schools in both TX and WI. Her students have won Concerto Competitions with the Milwaukee and Kenosha Symphonies, as well as top chairs in MYSO. Others have gone on to study music at Lawrence University and at UW-Madison. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra’s First Violin Section since 1998, and also freelance in Chicago and Grand Rapids. You can read about her performance biography on Violinist.com.
JUANITA GROFF, violin and viola
SOUTH SIDE/Jackson Park: 414-321-2905
2818 S 46th St, Milwaukee WI
Juanita has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Half of her students are currently in MYSO and numerous past students are now teaching and/or performing professionally as adults. She is an active performer in the area, primarily with Festival City Symphony and the Milwaukee String Quartet. Her performing background includes the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Sherveport Symphony Orchestra, Skylight Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra, Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, and Music Under the Stars Orchestra.
PAMELA FOARD, violin and viola
Pamela Foard is a freelance violinist, and in that capacity has played for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Skylight Opera Theatre, and numerous other fine arts organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin.
As a private music teacher in Brookfield, Ms Foard teaches violin and viola students, and works with Elmbrook Schools on special projects, such as the Elmbrook high school orchestra's appearance in Carnegie Hall in 2002 and 2012. She is also a coach for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony chamber music program, and has worked with MYSO's Progressions program.
Ms Foard has had extensive experience in the arts, including administrative positions. She has been Personnel Manager for the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, Executive Director of Present Music, the Milwaukee-based new music ensemble from 1996-1999, and Administrative/Artistic Director for Sinfonia Concertante, an all-string ensemble, from 19080-1984. In 1979 Ms Foard founded Les Artistes Music Agency, a corporation devoted to providing live music for events such as weddings, fundraisers, and corporate celebrations. The company is in its 30th year under a new owner and continues to provide high quality classical and jazz music for corporate and private events.
LAURA ROONEY, violin and viola
GLENDALE, MEQUON, MILWAUKEE (EAST SIDE): 414-228-0062
B.M. Music Education, M.M. in Performance, university of Wisconsin, Madison. Laura received her degrees while teaching strings in the Madison public schools. She has performed professionally as a violist and violinist in the United States and Europe, and taught elementary and middle school strings in Oshkosh, WI for 9 years. She directed the orchestra program at Pius XI High School for 4 years before deciding to devote more time to studio teaching. She freelances in the Milwaukee area. She is ABD towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, and has been published in American String Teacher. She also heads Downtown Community Strings, a community string orchestra for players 18 and up.
JULIE BAMBERGER ROUBIK, violin and viola
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music: 414-276-5760
WCM faculty member since 2009. B.M. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and M.M. form the HARTT School of Music, both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Viola teachers include Roland Vamos, Korey Konkol, Victoria Chiang, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she has studied Suzuki pedagogy training in both violin and viola with Teri and David Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork, Carrie Reuning, Susan Kempter, and Betsy Stuen-Walker. Ms Bamberger Roubik currently performs with Kenosha, Racine, and Festival City Symphonies. Prior to moving back to Milwaukee she was on the faculty of the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program in Pasadena, CA, and was a member of the San Bernadino and Redlands, CA Symphony Orchestras. Ms Bamberger Roubik was also the violinist for Jane Seymour's Hollywood Star party and a back up musician for artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, and Keiko Matsui.
Julie Bamberger Roubik teaches at all branches of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
SASCHA MANDL, advanced violin
One of the foremost violinists and conductors of Brazil, Alexander Mandl, or Sascha Mandl, as many know him, maintains an active and diverse career as violinist, conductor, and educator. Mandl serves as Associate Lecturer of Violin at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Adjunct Professor of Music at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He also served on the faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, where he was also conductor of their chamber orchestra. In addition to his academic posts, he is also the Concertmaster of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Kenosha Symphony and Guest Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony, Music Director/Conductor of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, and Conductor and guest faculty at Elm City ChamberFest.
Internationally, Mandl has performed in Europe, North and South America at renowned halls, including Alice Tully, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Music Hall, Sprague Hall, the Mellon Institute, the Memorial of Latin America and Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada. A versatile musician, Mandl has partaken in myriad projects throughout his career. Along with famed cellist Jian Wang, he participated in the famous Duke Ellington Concert Series performing throughout Northeastern United States along with the Mitchell-Ruff Duo. In 2002, he recorded for CD Baby's Heavenly Lullabies dedicated to the orphans of 9/11, produced in New York City. That same year, he recorded J.S. Bach's E major concerto with the UFPB Chamber Orchestra (Brazil) under the direction of maestro Sidney Harth. Mandl also appeared frequently as a featured guest at the Ted Sawyer program of WQED, Pittsburgh.
As a soloist and orchestral musician, he has collaborated with notable conductors, such as Eleazar de Carvalho, Gunther Herbig, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Santoro, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Robert Shaw, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Sidney Harth, and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others. Most recently, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony, University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony, and Paraiba Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated and passionate chamber musician, Mandl has collaborated with eminent artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jian Wang, Mathieu Dufour, Erick Friedman, Sidney Harth, Aldo Parisot, Alex Klein, Humberto Lucarelli, Nai-Yuan Hu, Elizabeth Sawyer, Frank Morelli, Todd Levy, Jeanyi Kim and Ole Akahoshi, among many others. He is a founding member of the Philomusica Quartet, Yale Piano Trio, and Quintessence Piano Quintet, which recently performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, with live broadcast on WFMT, Chicago. As a chamber musician and featured artist, he has appeared at numerous music festivals, including most recently, the Sunflower Music Festival and the Shreveport Music Festival.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A.), Yale University (M.M. and A.D.), and the University of Wisconsin (D.M.A.), Dr. Mandl has won several significant competitions as well as numerous honors and prizes, including the Francis G. Wickes fellowship, the Andrew Carnegie Tradition Award, the Milles Prize, the Yale Alumni Award and the prestigious Ivan Galamian Award. Mandl frequently serves as an adjudicator at competitions, clinician at festivals and workshops, and also conducts masterclasses, most recently in Paraiba, Brazil. His primary violin teachers were Sidney Harth, Erick Friedman, Vartan Manoogian, Robert McDuffie, and Erich Lehninger. He received conducting instruction from maestros Eleazar de Carvalho, David Stern, David Becker and James Smith. Major chamber music influences have been the Tokyo Quartet, Aldo Parisot, Peter Frankl and Felix Galamir. He performs on a Guarnerius violin from 1705 and has recently edited Leopoldo Miguez's Violin Sonata Op. 14.
JEANYI KIM, advanced violin
Jeanyi Kim is the Associate Concertmaster (Third Chair) of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, she served as a Guest Assistant Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. As an orchestral musician, the Toronto native has performed in illustrious venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, Salle Pleyel, and the Concertgebouw.
Recent solo appearances include performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate chamber musician, Kim is a founding member of the Philomusica Quartet, and as a member of Quintessence, she has been a featured artist in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Kim has performed in numerous international music festivals throughout North and South America and Europe.
Dedicated to teaching, she and her husband, Alexander Mandl, have been faculty members at the Eleazar de Carvalho International Music Festival in Brazil and the Elm City ChamberFest. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has served on the faculties at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, University of New Haven, and Neighborhood Music School, to name a few.
In 2008, Kim, along with pianist Daniel del Pino, recorded for a Boosey & Hawkes book/CD compilation entitled, 10 Violin Solos from the Masters. In February 2009, it was released and distributed by Hal Leonard, and is now available at major music retailers.
Her major teachers include Erick Friedman, Berl Senofsky, Kyung Yu, and Rebecca Henry. Other important influences include Sidney Harth, Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot, Tokyo String Quartet, and Peabody Trio. During her time at Yale, she was the recipient of the Yale Bach Society Award, Friends of Music at Yale prize, and the Stuart Walker Memorial Scholarship. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, from which she also earned her BA, MM, and MMA degrees.
Kim performs on a 1705 Petrus Guarnerius violin.
LAURIE ASCH, violin and viola
EAST SIDE: 414-963-8742
Laurie Asch teaches violin and viola out of her East-Side home. Over 30 years of teaching privately and in public schools. Presently performs in Festival City Symphony and Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.
GLENN ASCH, violin and viola
EAST SIDE: 414-963-8742
(MSO violinist) teaches violin and viola out of his East-side home. He is knowledgeable in a wide variety of styles such as jazz and fiddle styles.
MARIE LOEFFLER, violin
Marie Loeffler is an experienced violin instructor who teaches all ages, and who works with all musical styles. She currently instructs at Outpost Music, Carroll University, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She is trained to teach through Suzuki book level 10 and has actively attended and lectured at Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) seminars, workshops, and conferences, and she has performed in SAA faculty recitals. She has worked with most professional classical repertoire, performing solo as well as in professional orchestras. Her students have had the opportunity to play for/attend masterclasses at Chicago's major music institutions. Her students have participated in school string ensembles, chamber groups, Suzuki training camps/seminars, UWM Honors Orchestra, WI School Music Association Festival, WI State Honors Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Loeffler is also an author, with several reviews and poems appearing in various publications, including Verse Wisconsin and The Lilliput Review.
MARTI KREIFALL, cello
Marti Kreifall graduated from UWM and plays in Festival City Symphony and the Milwaukee String Quartet, and has done free lance playing with most of the local orchestras. She specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate cello students.
NANCY MAIO, violin and viola
Versatile is the word that best describes Nancy Maio. Her love for all types of music, coupled with years of experience in the field of entertainment music has honed her skills as a freelance musician and teacher. Ms. Maio, a Milwaukee native, has a B.M. in violin performance from UW Madison and a M.M. in violin performance from Boston University. She has been contracting music since 1992, first with Syrinx Inc., and currently with Elegant Music Services, which provides ensembles in classical, jazz, Celtic, strolling, and mariachi styles. She is active as a violin teacher, and she maintains a studio at the Center for Strings in Wauwatosa. She performs with several local orchestras including the Racine Symphony, the Festival City Symphony, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and she is orchestra director at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Ms. Maio plays with the Celtic bands, the Wise Maids, the Jeff Ward Band, and Rira, and is sought after as an Irish step dance competition musician. She also is an expert strolling musician, service musician, and she is a founding member of the Mariachi Voz de Mi Tierra.
LIZ DEGER, violin and viola: beginner to advanced, cello and bass: beginner to intermediate
FRANKLIN: 608-628-4747, email@example.com
Lessons during the summer only.
Liz has been a string educator for over 30 years in Minnesota and Wisconsin public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota. Liz has recently performed as Principal Violist with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, Middleton Community Orchestra and Madison Savoyards Orchestra. She has also played with the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. While teaching in Minnesota, Liz received the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association Master Teacher Award. Along with teaching, Liz enjoys managing and performing with the Camerata String Quartet and playing with the Kettle Moraine Symphony.
JONATHAN LANDIS, violin
MUSKEGO: 414-217-7340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan teaches the Suzuki Method to younger children as well as older beginning adults and is eager to share his love of the violin and viola with students. He received his early training at the Wisconsin Conservatory and the String Academy of Wisconsin under the instruction of Mimi Zweig. This training was augmented by intensive summer training at Indiana Univeristy and the National Orchestral Institute of Maryland. He received a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his teachers include Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Yuri Beliavsky, and Jerry Homer. He has performed with many area professional orchestras including Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and Festival City Symphony Orchestras as well as recording with Rick Forkes on the CD Suitable for Framing. Jonathan also plays the electric violin in a bandwith heavy metal musicians. He. Currently, he is studying Bach masterpieces and partitas. He is an active performer and loves to practice a few hours a day. His influences in his playing are Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, David Oistrakh, Fritz Kreisler, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman.
MARISSA REINHOLZ, violin and viola
Marissa has studied with many notable teachers, and has performed in many countries around the world including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, The Czech Republic, Italy, and Norway in addition to performing across the Midwest. Marissa has had the honor of receiving awards such as the Edda Valborg Ofstie Memorial Scholarship, Stephen D. Morton Scholarship, Cecil and Jessie Jennings Burleigh Orchestra Award, University Music Scholarships, Ellen Beth Thomae Memorial Scholarship, the Janet Fleming Ruggeri Scholarship for Violists, and the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Exemplary Award. She also received an honorable mention in 2006 and 2007 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow. Aside from classical music, Marissa enjoys collaborative folk music and improvising. Marissa has recorded albums with Thistle and the Thorns and Aaron Thompson. She also had the opportunity to perform with Stew, a Tony award winner for his off-Broadway musical Passing Strange, at a show at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
SARAH GREENWALD, violin and viola
BRADEN & ADRIAN ZITOUN, cello
INGRID HAAG-TIHTCHEVA, cello
SOUTH SIDE: 414-840-2519, email@example.com
Ingrid runs a private studio in the city of Milwaukee and teaches a variety of methods depending on the needs and level of each student. She is an active orchestra and chamber musician with over twenty years teaching experience. All ages are welcome!
SCOTT COOK, cello
JoANN HAASLER, violin and viola
PAMELA SIMMONS, violin
ELLEN SCOTT, violin
MARIA TERRES, fiddle
TJ HULL, fiddle
BARBARA BALLIN, cello
TOM SMITH, cello
PATRICK REINHOLZ, violin, viola, cello, and bass
MILWAUKEE/BAY VIEW: 262-617-3408 Pat.Reinholz@gmail.com
HEATHER LEWIN, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, suzuki
MILWAUKEE: 414-322-7759 www.heatherlewinmusic.com
SHARON SLATTERY, violin
Laura Thompson, violin and viola
MILWAUKEE/EAST SIDE: 414-940-4365
Laura Thompson, a native of Milwaukee, received her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Royal College of Music in London, UK, and her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University. She is also an avid Irish fiddler, and qualified for the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competition in 2011. Her principal teachers were Berent Korfker, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Jeanyi Kim. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. She teaches both violin and viola lessons, and has taught at Downtown Montessori Academy, Brass Bell Music Store, Greater Milwaukee El Sistema, and the Chicago YOURS Project.
WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: 414-276-5760
THE STRING ACADEMY OF WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE/EAST SIDE: 414-963-4729
BARCEL SUZUKI STRING ACADEMY
WAUWATOSA/MEQUON: 414-258-2881 www.barcelsuzuki.com
The Barcel Suzuki String Academy provides Suzuki violin instruction for students of all ages as well as Suzuki Early Childhood Education for children ages 0 to 3. BSSA aspires to create an environment of learning and excellence, using music as a tool to nurture the whole child and enrich the community through outreach.
BRITTANY THAYER, violin
Brittany Thayer is a first year graduate student working towards her Master of Music - Music Performance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under Dr. Bernard Zinck, where she has been awarded a full graduate assistantship as a co-manager and concertmaster/principle second violin of the University Community Orchestra. Ms. Thayer is also on the sub list for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Thayer currently teaches at two studios in addition to teaching privately outside of studios.
During her studies at Kennesaw State University, where she earned in her Bachelor of Music – Music Performance, Ms. Thayer studied under Helen Kim, a student of Dorothy Delay and violinist at the Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Thayer has performed all over the Metro Atlanta area as a freelance musician.
Ms. Thayer began her violin studies at the age of 11 under Marla Feeney, violinst at the Rome Symphony Orchestra, and Ying Zhou. She has performed in violin master classes under Kenn Wagner (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist), and in chamber master classes under David Becker (former orchestra director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. Leonid Yanovsky (Professor and Director of Strings and Orchestra at the University of West Florida) and Dr. Carol Payne.
CHLOE GROTH, violin
MENOMINEE FALLS: 864-238-0151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chloe Groth, violinist, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Master of Music Teaching and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Her primary teachers have been Gregory Fulkerson, Marilyn McDonald, and Ronda Cole. Chloe maintains a Suzuki Violin Studio at her home in Menomonee Falls and performs frequently with the Wisconsin Philharmonic and Festival City Symphony. Chloe's goal as an instructor to invest her time, abilities, and heart into nurturing the talent and humanity within each child. She believes violin lessons are also a vehicle for some of the most important skills as human beings: how to connect with another person, to be mindful in the present moment, to listen well, to express oneself, to persevere and problem solve through challenges, to work efficiently, to find joy in challenges, and to deepen our sensitivity to art and to other human beings.
AARON ZAUNER, cello
EAST SIDE / SHOREWOOD: 920-904-4969 email@example.com
New to the Milwaukee area, Aaron Zauner recently completed his undergraduate music studies at Luther College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at Luther College, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician. His primary teachers include Eric Kutz, Scott Cook, & Peter Thomas, and he has had additional study with eminent cellists such as Timothy Eddy, Paul Katz, & Astrid Schween. Currently, Aaron is a performing member of Milwaukee‚Äôs MacDowell Club and has performed regular solo recitals throughout the Greater Milwaukee Region. Aaron has also appeared with The Lutheran Chorale, Chant Claire Chamber Choir, & Danceworks.
For adult players looking for community orchestras to participate in, please contact one of these fine groups:
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA at UWM in Milwaukee: 414-229-4609
CONCORD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in Wauwatosa: 414-750-4404
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY STRINGS in Milwaukee: 414-228-0062