ABOUT OUR FACULTY

MaryLou Roberts, Coordinator & Guitar Teacher
MaryLou Roberts graduated with a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance and the valedictory prize from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Gilbert Biberian and John Holmquist. While on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, she taught guitar, music theory for Suzuki students and directed two guitar ensembles. She received her Bachelor Degree in Guitar Performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, studying with John Holmquist. MaryLou is a member of the National Suzuki Guitar Committee and a registered Guitar Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has conducted teacher training courses in Ann Arbor, and festivals worldwide, including the Hartt Suzuki Institute, the International Suzuki Guitar Festival in Califonia, and festivals in Lima, Peru, Asuncion, Paraguay, Bogota, Columbia and the Suzuki Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia. MaryLou is coordinator of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music, and has an active Suzuki Guitar program. MaryLou also is director of the week long Ann Arbor Suzuki Guitar Institute, which draws teachers and students from throughout North America. www.marylouroberts.arborguitar.org

Contact MaryLou at: 

annarborsuzuki@gmail.com
or 734-726-0171 
for contact information for individual 
teachers or any other questions about the institute.

Derek Weller, Bass Viol Teacher

Instructor of Double Bass. M.M., B.M., University of Michigan and a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Mr. Weller taught for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and was a Lecturer of bass at the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo. He is currently on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Mr. Weller is Principal bass of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Carmel California Bach Festival. He is also a member of a select international committee organized to rewrite the Suzuki Bass Method.

Alice Greminger,
 Cello Teacher
For over thirty years Alice Greminger has been teaching Suzuki cello. Upon learning about Suzuki Talent Education in her University of Michigan String Pedagogy class, she immediately signed up and studied with many of the leading Suzuki teachers. Additionally, after studying cello with Rafaele Altweg of Die Akademie der Musik in Zurich, Switzerland and receiving her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Strings from the University of Michigan, Alice developed the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute Cello Program. While during this period she directed strings and orchestra in the Manchester Public Schools. 'Teaching of Action in String Playing' workshops with violinist Paul Rolland and cellists Margaret Rowell and Irene Sharp directed Alice to England and her first Alexander Technique lessons. To expand her professional activity, Alice completed a four year teacher training program in Philadelphia, resulting in her familiarizing her students with 'Alexander's Freedom of Movement', an approach that enhances students' technique, expression, and poise. This amazing technique aids students from ages three through seniors. Ms Greminger has taught Alexander Technique at the Superior String Alliance Music Camps and at Meadowmount School of Music. She also conducts workshops such as 'Alexander Technique as Movement Medicine' for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
Alice Greminger has performed with many ensembles including the Oriana Baroque Ensemble and the Superior String Alliance Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles. She delights in presenting solo recitals and currently performs with the Westside Trio and plays in the Ann Arbor Kirtan.
 In addition to her private studio, Alice has taught in Emerson School's after-school music program since 2009. Visit her website at agreminger.musicteachershelper.com

Joseph Jansma, Cello Teacher
Joseph graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and he has taken Suzuki training with Andrea Yun and Wendy Azrak. In addition to studying cello performance at the University of Minnesota, he studied music theory and composition, which he integrates into his Suzuki lessons. Joseph maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor, and is an instructor at the Toledo Symphony School of Music and Emerson after-school program.
Visit his website at JosephJansma.weebly.com


Andrea Yun, Cello Teacher
Andrea teaches privately in Ann Arbor and is an active performer. She is currently the principal cellist of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has served as principal of the Flint Symphony and Laredo Philharmonic in Texas. Andrea served as Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at San Antonio and was adjunct faculty at Bowling Green State University. She also was the orchestra director at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and at two Okemos Middle Schools. She has been on faculty at many clinics and camps, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Suzuki Family Camp, Interlochen All-State Orchestra Camp, and several Suzuki workshops in the state. At Indiana University, Andrea earned a dual bachelor's degree in music education and mathematics, and also a master's degree in cello performance; she completed her doctorate in cello performance from the University of Michigan.

Terry Farmer, Guitar Teacher
Terry studied classical guitar with Ricardo Iznaola at the University of Denver, John Holmquist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Gerald Klickstein at Michigan State University. He has toured nationally as guitarist and band leader. Starting from a young age in his family band, Terry’s music career has taken him to all four corners of the country and beyond as a player and band leader, including a 2 year stint as lead guitarist with surf legends Jan & Dean, and 3 years of national touring with his original rock & roll band, The Bead Band. Terry has been artistic director and musical director for many initiatives. Terry has also performed at festivals such as Blissfest (MI), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX) and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), in addition to many folk/theater venues around the country. As part of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute Terry is a certified Suzuki teacher and runs a thriving guitar studio. He is adjunct faculty at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and direct the contemporary service at the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor. http://www.terryfarmermusic.com/

MaryLou Roberts, Guitar Teacher
See above under Institute Coordinator

Katherine Almquist, Violin & Viola Teacher
Kathy Almquist (viola/violin) received a Bachelors Degree from the Hartt School and a Masters degree at the Yale School of Music. Her viola teachers include Patricia McCarty, Harold Coletta, Lawrence Dutton, Rosemary Glyde, Jesse Levine, and Scott Nickrenz. After completing studies at Yale, she went on to Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training in viola as well as violin with Teri and David Einfeldt at the Hartt School of Music. Suzuki training continued with Carol Smith, Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. She has been a faculty member of The Hartt School Suzuki Program, The Suzuki School of Newton (MA) and was Upper Strings Coordinator and viola faculty for Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. In addition to a growing private studio in Ann Arbor, MI, Kathy is a frequent guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and Summer Institutes.A former member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, she has often performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a substitute player at the National Opera of Finland. Her students have included two featured violists on Public Radio’s From the Top, a 2011 Virtu Foundation Scholarship recipient, the winner of the 2010 Rosemary Glyde Scholarship from the New York Viola Society, the 2009 winner of the A-muse the World Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2008 New England String Ensemble Concerto Competition in addition to principal violists in every orchestra of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Current and former students have continued their studies at such places as Harvard University, Amherst College, Oberlin College, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Bates College, University of Michigan, the Walnut Hill School, the Meadowmount School of music, and the Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Italy.

Wendy Azrak, Violin &Viola Teacher
Wendy Azrak is a violist and music educator who currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BM in Viola performance and MM with string specialty from the University of Michigan, and she holds a teacher’s certificate in the states of Michigan and Colorado.  Wendy also holds a CMP (Certified Music Practitioner) from the Music for Healing and Transition Program. 
    Wendy currently maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor (Scio Ridge Suzuki Studio), and is a core member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. She was director of Huron Valley Suzuki Program for seven years. She has taught numerous workshops, festivals and Institutes over the years in multiple states. As a violist, Wendy has played with the Flint Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Littleton Symphony, and the Life Sciences Orchestra.
    Wendy has been a Suzuki Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). She has led numerous ECC (Every Child Can) classes and unit training.  Wendy is active at the state and national level, presently a member of the following boards: Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Michigan American String Teachers Association.  She was elected as 2016 Studio Teacher of the Year by MASTA. 
    She is known for her welcoming and skillful encouragement of new Suzuki teachers, and new Suzuki Teacher Trainers. In short, Wendy demonstrates a strong desire to nurture communities by bringing teachers, students and families together to experience the joy of music. For more information go to:  www.scioridgesuzukistudio.weebly.com

Judy Blank, Violin Teacher
Judy Blank has her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Illinois University, and has studied privately with one of the great violin masters, Ruggiero Ricci. She has extensive Suzuki training, and travels to teach at Suzuki Institutes throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland and Puerto Rico. Currently a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony for the past 20 years, and she maintains a large studio of students age 3 to adult. "I particularly enjoy developing children from a young age and teaching them through advanced levels."

Elizabeth Bakalyar Friedman, Violin Teacher
Elizabeth Bakalyar Friedman relocated to Ann Arbor, MI from Oxford, UK in 2016. She holds her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Michigan and her Master of Music in violin performance from Rice University. She has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, having taught violin at the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory School at Rice University, and violin and beginning viola at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and at the Woodlawn String Instrument Program, a part of the Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization (MAGIC). In Oxford, she taught a large and active studio for five years while completing her Suzuki teacher training with the European Suzuki Association.  Elizabeth began her Suzuki training in the USA and trained through Book 10 with the British Suzuki Institute while living in Oxford. She thoroughly enjoys helping children grow from the beginning as well as working with more advanced students.

Kevin Horne, Violin Teacher
Kevin Horne studied with Jascha Brodsky at the New School of Music in Philadelphia and with Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music. After performing in several orchestral ensembles in Philadelphia, he attended the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point with Ed Kreitman. He then continued his teacher training up to book 7 with Linda Fiore, Martha Shackford, and Cathy Lee. He became a sought after Suzuki teacher in Philadelphia teaching at the Darlington Fine Arts School, the Sibelius Academy and his home studio. From 1999-2002, Mr. Horne was the Suzuki Department Head at the Wilmington Music School, in Delaware. Currently he maintains a full studio as a member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, and teaches at the Great Lakes Suzuki Institute in Canada.


Rebecca HunterViolin Teacher
Rebecca Hunter is an active educator and performer in the Ann Arbor MI area. She served as Assistant Professor of Applied Violin and Violin Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina (2010-2015), and was the founding director of the Suzuki Strings at USC program. She has taught at various music camps, festivals, Suzuki workshops and institutes, adjudicated festivals and competitions, and led master classes across the U.S. and abroad. She has given presentations at regional and national conferences, and in Saint Lucia and Thailand. As a performer, Rebecca has been a soloist with orchestras including the Chiang Mai Symphony and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and a section player with various orchestras including the Hallé Symphony and the Eugene Symphony. She presently plays with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, a Masters of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy at Ithaca College with Sandy Reuning, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon with a secondary area of Musicology. Rebecca is also a licensed Andover Educator, a somatic education which aims to train musicians to move according to their structure promoting facility and preventing injury and limitations.

Shannon Jansma, Violin Teacher
Shannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
Visit her website at shannonviolin.com




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Rebecca Kaltz, Violin Teacher
Mrs. Kaltz is known as a dedicated performer and teacher. She has played with many local orchestras in the area including the Saginaw Bay, Battle Creek, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Adrian, Lansing, Ann Arbor and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras. Rebecca has been actively teaching violin lessons for the past fifteen years, and received her Bachelors degree in Violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also did two years of graduate work with Piotr Milewski there as well. For her Suzuki pedagogy training, Ms. Appert studied with both Pat D’Ercole, Martha Shackford, Linda Fiore and Mark Mutter. She also has extensive experience playing for opera and musical theatre genres, as well as recording studio experience with various types of music such as rock, jazz, Celtic and folk. Currently she maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor. Other projects include managing and performing with the Horizon Strings Group. She also occasionally plays fiddle with her Celtic folk band, Foxtree. Originally from Vancouver, Washington, Ms. Appert enjoys hiking in the great outdoors, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. Visit her website at: rebeccaappert.com



































































Debbie Stanton, Violin Teacher
Debbie earned her official 
Suzuki teacher training from the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, but also studied privately and received training with/from Carolyn Tarzia (Suzuki specialist and longtime APS teacher) for several years. She also did much observing of Suzuki teachers Geri Arnold, Wendy Azrak, Cathy Keresztesi, Vicki Vorreiter and others at various Suzuki workshops in Ann Arbor, Okemos and Troy, MI and Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp. In addition, Debbie has a degree in Education from the University of Michigan and has also studied Instrumental Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. At EMU she had training in viola, cello and bass, played violin in the Symphony Orchestra and was a student of Prof. Daniel Foster,having taught for just over thirty years, Debbie has worked with children of all ages up to adulthood. She is a single mom of three children who are now young adults. Over the years, Debbie has been invited to be a guest teacher for Suzuki workshops in Adrian and Tecumseh, MI as well as Blue Lake Suzuki Camp. She is a returning teacher to the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, having taught here from 1983 - 1991, serving as Violin Coordinator, before starting her own Suzuki studio.





































































Anna Bittar Weller, Violin Teacher 
Anna Weller received her Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin. She did further study at the Bern Conservatory of Music in Switzerland and received a diploma in chamber music from the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome,Italy.She lived in Rome,Italy for six years performing with the Soloisti L'Aquilani and the Sinfonia Abruzzesi. Anna has performed frequently with the Toledo Symphony and is currently a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.She has taught violin for over twenty years, teaching both traditional and Suzuki method. During the summer she teaches at the Intermountain Suzuki Institute in Salt Lake City and the American Suzuki Institute in Steven's Point. She is the head of Studio Teaching of the state chapter (MI) of the American String Teachers Association. She maintains a full studio of students, ranging from age three to eighteen in Ann Arbor, where she resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and 14 year old daughter. Anna hobbies are yoga, running, cooking and travel.

Wendy Caron Zohar, Violin and Viola Teacher

Wendy maintains an active studio in Ann Arbor, has been on the faculty of institutions including Blue Lake Arts Camp in Michigan, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Queensgate School, London, and gives workshops and masterclasses. Her orchestral experience includes the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Primavera Chamber Orchestra of London, UK in which she was section leader and soloist, the Ann Arbor and Saginaw Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Ohio Ballet and Opera Orchestras. Wendy leads string sectionals at area high schools and adjudicates at regional music competitions and exams. Her degrees include Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Henry Meyer and LaSalle Quartet); Master of Music in Violin Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Music (Thomas Moore and Pro Arte Quartet); and Diploma-Advanced Degree in the Kodály Method from the British Kodály Academy and Liszt Academy of Music. Additional violin and viola studies were with Charles Castleman, Max Hobart, Ramy Shevelov, Haim Taub, Immanuel Horowitz, Simon Kuhn, Heidi Castleman, Paul Doktor, and Garfield Jackson; and Alexander Technique with Shmuel and Ora Nelken. Central to Wendy’s teaching is the pedagogy of Shinichi Suzuki (studied with Ronda Cole), and also that of Galamian, Gingold, Kodály and Rolland. She incorporates music theory, solfège, singing and movement, improvisation, and interactive musical games in her teaching. She believes that every child CAN learn to play (and sing!) and find the music inside. Wendy helps her students aspire to develop into dedicated, fine musicians who love music and have fun playing, while cultivating kind hearts and noble souls. Wendy also enjoys painting, writing, and culinary arts, and is a singer/songwriter/folk guitarist and a gardener. She practiced law for ten years.

Shannon Jansma, 
Suzuki Early Childhood Education
See above under Violin Teacher

Cathy Keresztesi-Stevens, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Cathy Keresztesi-Stevens is a trained Suzuki violin teacher through level 6 and has taught Suzuki violin for over 42 years.  She was a former faculty member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute after which she moved to Virginia.  Her undergraduate music education degree is both in violin and voice.  She received her masters’ degree in early childhood education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  She also is certified as a pre-school Montessori teacher and has taught both in Montessori and traditional preschools.  She has recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan.  Her most recent employment included general music teacher at a Montessori school, toddlers through middle school which included a string program of violin, viola and celli. She was also a Suzuki teacher with the Academy of Music in Norfolk, VA.  She is co-author to the Suzuki style reading method, “Mississippi Hot” series.  Her interests include music’s impact on the development of babies and young children, travel and writing.  She enjoys the outdoors and is a strong environmentalist.