TEACHERS AND STAFF

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PIANO

Katie Hooper

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(GMSI Chamber Music Coordinator) Katie maintains an active Suzuki studio in Saratoga Springs, NY. In addition to regular studio recitals, all of her students participate in a chamber festival and a Capital District Contemporary Music Recital every year. She is also the high school choral music director at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. She holds a BM from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and enjoys the outdoors.

 

Cynthia Huard 

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Cynthia teaches at Middlebury College as well as running a Suzuki studio. She has both an MM in piano performance and an MM in early music from Indiana University, and has studied extensively in Austria. Cynthia is the Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society. Devoted to chamber music and collaborative music making, she has performed with the Lark Quartet, chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the National Symphony, among others, and has met and played for "Mr. Rogers."

 

Renee Robbins 

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Mrs Robbins has been a piano teacher since 1966 and has taught Suzuki piano lessons since 1974. Her first piano student was a Navajo/Chippewa/Ottawa/Laguna girl while in VISTA on the Navajo Nation. She holds a BA in music from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York; an MA in piano accompaniment from Eastern Michigan University; and an MSW in social treatment from the University of Michigan. Her major piano teachers have been José Échaniz and Joseph Gurt. Further training has come from the Dorothy Taubman School of Piano in Amherst, Massachusetts; at chamber music camps at Interlochen, Michigan and Adamant, Vermont; and at numerous Suzuki workshops in Tennessee,New York, Wisconsin,Ohio and Matsumoto, Japan. She has taught at Suzuki workshops around the United States and Internationally. She is nationally certified as a Suzuki teacher trainer,is past president (2005-07) of the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild, and is an active collaborative pianist and gardener.

 

Debra Smoller 

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has enjoyed teaching piano to children since 1993. Debra began her Suzuki training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in 1997 on flute. In subsequent years, she had the pleasure of studying Suzuki piano with Peggy Swingle in Seattle, WA. Teaching music in the Suzuki method has come naturally to Debra through humor, love for the child, love of music, and a strong belief in Suzuki’s vision that “Perhaps it will be music that will save the world”.  Debra received a BA in Psychology from Burlington College in 1987 and graduate coursework in music education in 1991-92. After 15 years in Seattle, Debra returned to Vermont in 2011 with her husband and two children, now 14 and 17. Aside from teaching piano Debra serves on the board of the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier, enjoys cooking, hiking, bicycling, and XC Skiing.