VIOLIN AND VIOLA
Alicia Casey (violin, viola)
received her B.M. from the QLD Conservatorium of Music, Australia where she was a student of Elizabeth Morgan and her M.M. from the UMASS, Amherst where she was a student of Elizabeth Chang. Alicia has performed with orchestras, quartets and as a soloist throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. Alicia grew up as a Suzuki student and has completing formal Suzuki teacher training in Books 1-10 across the USA. Alicia currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband Ben and daughter Elizabeth, and is the Suzuki program coordinator and is the director of the Advanced Performance Ensemble at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, NH where she has been teaching since 2010.
Alison Eldredge (violin, viola)
Alison has played violin and viola in orchestras in Canada, Spain and Mexico. She did her Suzuki teacher training with Sandy and Joan Reuning, Michelle George, Ed Kreitman and Barbara Barber among others. Alison introduced the Talent Education approach in Guanajuato, Toluca and Xalapa Mexico, and has a lifelong membership in the Mexican Suzuki Association in recognition of her pioneer work. She is absolutely thrilled to return to GMSI from her present home in Wellington NZ, where she has a private Suzuki studio, teaches in summer institutes, and runs an el-Sistema-inspired program in an under-served neighborhood. She is the proud mum of two Suzuki daughters who grew up in Vermont and Mexico.
Martha Bruce Ellerman (Violin)
Martha grew up in Vermont and started playing the violin at age 6. She was a member of Vermont Suzuki Violins all throughout her childhood, as well as the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Martha graduated with a Masters of Music in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Maryland.
Martha is a teacher with Vermont Suzuki Violins, and maintains a very fun and busy teaching schedule in Hinesburg, Vermont. She and her husband welcomed their daughter Clara in 2016, and are kept quite busy by her, their mischievous corgi, and their two cats.
Rachel Keyser (violin)
Rachel Keyser, a Suzuki trained violinist from Vermont, started playing at the age of six. She began private and group lessons with Pam Reit, and later studied under Ira Morris and Evelyn Read. Rachel participated regularly in Vermont ensembles, and played with the Vermont Youth Orchestra for 3 years. Rachel attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California to study violin her junior year of high school.
Rachel attended the University of Vermont for 2 years while beginning her teaching at the Richmond Elementary School with the Green Mountain Strings program. She was then accepted at Denver University where she completed her Suzuki Book 1-8 Teaching Certificate while studying under James Maurer, founder of the Colorado Suzuki Organization. Rachel began teaching violin at a studio in Denver while completing her course work. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has attended many lectures and workshops about the art of teaching violin, including the Suzuki Institute for teachers at Indiana University. In 2016 she became director of the Burlington After-School String Program. She teaches group lessons at Edmunds Elementary and with Vermont Suzuki Violins weekly, and often plays with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra.
Rachel is currently teaching in the Burlington area. She enjoys working with both young children and adults. Rachel’s other interests include photography, theater, pure barre, and the outdoors. Rachel is married to Bill and has a 3 year old daughter named Sienna and a husky named Bella.
Gretchen Judge (violin, viola)
Gretchen has taught strings in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. She holds an MM in Music Education from Ithaca College. In addition to her private studio in Rochester, NY, Gretchen is the co-founder and musical director of Strings for Success, a non-profit program which brings violin lessons into the inner city schools in Rochester NY. She is a mother of three boys who study Suzuki piano and play hockey.
Lisa Lederer (violin)
Owner and Director of the Cambridge Suzuki Violins, located at the Cambridge Music Consortium in Cambridge MA. Her students have performed in local venues such as Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, at local events such as the WGBH Cartoon Festival, the Harvard Square May Fair and have performed the National Anthem for the Boston Celtics. Active in the MA Suzuki community, she is a Board member of Suzuki:MA and is a past Director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, past President and past Membership Secretary of Suzuki:MA and has also served on the Suzuki:MA violin committee. In addition to teaching in her private studio, Ms. Lederer is on the faculty of the Rivers School of Music in Weston, MA, and the Somerville Public Schools String Camp. She is a former faculty member and Director of the Longy School of Music Suzuki Program, the New School of Music and the Bedford Public Schools after school string program.
Mark Mutter (violin)
A registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He received his Bachelor and Master of Violin Performance studying with Walter Schwede, Angel Reyes and Camilla Wicks. He is the Executive Director of the Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. He oversees 14 teachers who teach over 180 students. He has been a clinician at Workshops and Institutes throughout the U.S. and has led the SRO Tour Group Camerata to Carnegie Hall, Disney World, England, Austria, The Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Canada, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and most recently Ireland. Mark is the father of three children: Maria, Paul and Elizabeth.
Pam Reit (violin, viola, Artistic Director)
has a Bachelor of Music from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and a Masters of Music from Rice University in Houston. She has been a Suzuki teacher since 1986 and has taught at workshops and Institutes all over the country. In 1992 she created Vermont Suzuki Violins which provides weekly Suzuki Group classes and chamber music coaching, as well as many performances and special events. Pam was the 2012 winner of theSuzuki Association of the Americas "Creating Community Award." Pam is a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She teaches private students at home in Hinesburg, Vermont. Pam is married to violinist Ira Morris and they have two daughters and three cats.
Dr. Julia Gish Salerno (violin, viola)
teaches violin and viola at Eastern Washington University and also maintains a large violin studio in the Cheney/Spokane area. She received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, and her M.M. and D.M.A in Performance from the University of Southern California. Julia studied Suzuki Teacher Training with Kathleen Spring, Cathy Lee, and Ellie LaRoux, and also teaches and co-directs the Walla Walla (WA) Suzuki Institute each summer. Julia is an active chamber musician, performing frequently on violin and viola, as well as violin soloist with orchestras around the US. Julia stays especially busy being mom to twin toddlers and a sweet newborn!
is a faculty member of Centenary(College of Louisiana) Suzuki School in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has received teacher-training from such SAA luminaries Ronda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Hiroko Driver, as well as continuing to learn year-after-year from his fabulous GMSI colleagues. Mr. Santelices has been the Violin/Viola Professor at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, Master-Teacher for the University of Kentucky String Project and Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches. He is Founder- Director of the Centenary Chamber Music Summer Program (formerly the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Program). He also manages a career as an active orchestral musician/ performer with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and Assistant Concertmaster for the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.