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Artistic/Executive Directors

Douglas Locke & Susan Locke

Summer Institute Faculty

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Artistic/Executive Directors

Douglas Locke - Artistic/executive director, founder and violin teacher for Suzuki Music Columbus. Maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki violin students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. Adjunct Faculty at Otterbein College. Active in chamber music, particularly violin-duo literature with his wife Susan, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection. Personnel Manager and Violinist Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. While at Capital University Conservatory of Music from 1994-2007 he served as violin faculty, director of Suzuki programs, concertmaster Capital/Bexley Community Orchestra. Bachelor of Music in Performance in Violin from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, studying violin with Eric Rosenblith and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. Master of Music Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, completing long-term Suzuki teacher training with Carol Smith and Suzuki pioneer John Kendall.


Susan Locke - Artistic/executive director, founder and violin/viola teacher for Suzuki Music Columbus. Maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. Adjunct Faculty at Otterbein College. Active in chamber music, particularly violin-duo literature with husband Doug, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Columbus. Violinist Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. While at Capital University Conservatory of Music from 1994-2007 she served as violin faculty and co-director of the Suzuki Summer Institute. Bachelor of Music Performance in Violin from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, studying viola with Scott Nicrenz and Rosemary Glyde. Master of Music Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, completing long-term Suzuki teacher training with Carol Smith and Suzuki pioneer John Kendall.


Douglas and Susan Locke  were honored with the 2013 Community Music Educator of the Year award presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.  The Locke's have directed the Summer Suzuki Institute since 1994. They also founded and continue to direct the Suzuki Tour Group, established in 1995 to provide high-quality performing experiences for advanced Suzuki violin students, while instilling a sense of pride and teamwork among their peers. In a positive and nurturing spirit, the group prepares repertoire and enjoys performing and sharing the educational ideas of Shinichi Suzuki's Talent Education. Over the years, the Suzuki Tour Group has performed many concerts in Ohio and internationally in Estonia, China, Italy, Peru, Ireland, and Czech Republic. National concert tours have included performances in Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Plans are in place for a Suzuki Friendship tour to Costa Rica in March 2020.


Summer Institute Faculty

Kristine Boike (IL) - Violin -is the founder of Riverside Suzuki Strings in Riverside, Illinois where she teaches violin. Since 1992 she has resided in the metropolitan Chicago area where she has taught on the faculties of Sherwood Conservatory of Music and the Music Preparatory Department at Saint Xavier University. She has also taught violin at Suzuki workshops and institutes in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee. Having grown up in a family of musicians, Kristine studied violin with her father, David Becker, a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She later studied with Robert Schubert, a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. She has enjoyed playing chamber music both with her father and four sisters. Ms. Boike earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from West Virginia University where she studied with Rex Conner. Later she was a graduate assistant under the esteemed Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where she received her Master of Music degree in violin performance and completed her long-term Suzuki teacher training.  Kristine resides in Berwyn with her three daughters, her dog Wrigley and cat Leia. She enjoys singing in her church choir and is an avid runner.

Casey Cook (OH) - Accompanist - Casey L. Cook began piano study at the age of four and was accompanying by age ten. Two of her most influential teachers were Mary Craig Powell, who nurtured her musical growth for fifteen years and Dr. Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music.  An accompanist for over 25 years, Ms. Cook has been honored to accompany national and regional honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Cook currently serves as principal accompanist at The Ohio State University School of Music where she is pianist for all four choral ensembles.  In addition to her academic appointment Cook has, since 2000, served as pianist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chorus. This position has enabled her to play for some of the finest conductors and soloists in the world. In 2011 she joined the CSO as an Associate Member of the orchestra. Cook is also the pianist for Suzuki Music Columbus.

Bruce Erwin (OH) - Fiddle, Violin -Bruce Erwin’s relationship with the Suzuki Method began as a young student, being part of one of John Kendall’s first Suzuki Method demonstrations. This relationship was rekindled years later when his wife, Joanne, told him to take Suzuki Teacher Training. In between those two dates, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, a Master of Music degree from Baylor University, played in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta de Xalapa in Xalapa, Mexico and the A.I.M.S. Orchestra in Graz, Austria and further violin study at the University of North Texas. After living in Ohio for twenty five years, the Erwin’s decided it was time to be near family, so they moved to New Jersey. Currently, Bruce is trying to find new places to use his many skills and working at being a grandparent to Roderick and Erwin Meyer.

Joanne Erwin (OH) - Orchestra, Chamber Music, Cello - String pedagogy specialist Joanne Erwin is Professor Emerita of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory. She is currently teaching cello and directing a youth orchestra at Rowan University in NJ. She served as Professor of music education at the Oberlin Conservatory and founder and director of Oberlin's String Preparatory Program. Dr. Erwin directed the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras for 20 years.. Formerly cellist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, she performed with the Oberlin College Community Strings. Erwin has given presentations at conferences of the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music, and the Ohio Music Education Association, and she has conducted summer camps and honor orchestras in several states. She has presented in Australia, and conducted in London, Singapore, Panama and Ecuador.  A former public-school string teacher in Arlington, Texas, and Danville, Illinois, she also has taught at summer Suzuki Institutes. She began Suzuki training in 1981 and founded the Ft Worth Suzuki School. Erwin has been published in American String Teacher's Journal, Suzuki Journal, and Teaching Music, as well as in the textbook Prelude to Music Education and the method book New Directions for Strings. BS with highest honors, University of Illinois; MS, University of Illinois; PhD, University of North Texas.

Steven Greenman (OH) - Violin, Klezmer Strings - Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive,” and “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Steven Greenman is a multi-talented musical artist, who is equally adept at performing stunning solo violin works with symphony orchestras, soulful East European Jewish folk music (klezmer music) and passionate East European Romani (Gypsy) music.  Steven’s virtuosic performance skills are complemented with his passion for composition and education.

As a classical concert performer, Steven was featured as violin soloist performing the music of violin virtuoso David Rubinoff with an orchestra conducted by maestro Joseph Rubin (“Rubinoff and His Violin concert” - 2018).  As a regular guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Steven has performed his own arrangements of traditional East European violin showpieces and with the Canton and Akron Symphonies. In 2013 Steven explored classical Chinese music performing the famous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto as soloist with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra.  Subsequent solo performances included the Firelands Symphony (2015) and the National Repertory Orchestra (2016).

As a composer, Steven has produced two landmark recordings of his original Jewish and klezmer compositions, Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome, while two of his Jewish liturgical melodies have been recognized and published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.  His latest composition, Klezmer Concert Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra (2018) received its world premier performance in September 2018 with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

A devoted educator, Steven is in demand as a scholar-in-residence and teaching artist at international Yiddish folk arts festivals including KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), Internationales Klezmer Festival Fuerth (Germany), KlezFest London (England) and Master Class de Musica Tradicional Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as well as numerous universities and schools.  He is director and founder of the new Case Western Reserve University “Klezmer Music Ensemble”, the first of its kind at this prestigious university and has been a teaching artist with the Cleveland Orchestra’s “Learning Through Music” program since 2001.

Steven has performed and recorded with several of the world’s leading klezmer ensembles and has been at the forefront of the klezmer revival establishing new ensembles including Khevrisa, Stempenyu’s Dream, Di Tsvey and the R2G Klezmer trio.  With his recording Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music, Steven is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist.  His thrilling collaboration with master pipa-player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of both traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles.  An accomplished performer of East European folk music, in particular, Magyar nota, Romanian lautari, Ukrainian and Slovak folk music, Steven is a performer with Cleveland’s East European ensemble Harmonia.


A serious classical chamber musician, Steven performs with celebrated early music pianist/harpsichordist Byron Schenkman as The Greenman-Schenkman Duo; an ensemble dedicated to performing the Jewish art music repertoire of the early 20th century Jewish composers from the St Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music.  Steven is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance.

Linda Hill Lally (OH) - Recital Coordinator, Accompanist - Linda Hill Lally holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati=College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths, Sandra Rivers, and the late Richard Fields.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Capital University where she studied with Verena Dambrans and Janet Linker. Ms. Lally also has studied organ with the late Dr. Ritter Werner. She has served as the Music Director for Columbus Children’s Theatre, a Faculty Associate in Piano at Wright State University, and as Production Manager of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Ms. Lally also works for the Dayton Opera. She currently is the Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek, Ohio where she conducts the Chancel Choir, the Peace Ringers, and the Winds of Peace as well as leading all weekend worship services. She is the Recital Coordinator for the Summer Institute for Suzuki Music Columbus. Ms. Lally is active as a recitalist and accompanist throughout the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus areas.

David Levine (NY) - Violin/Viola - Currently Co-Music Director of Buffalo Suzuki Strings, David Levine has taught violin and viola for the program since 1996. David grew up in Connecticut, and completed a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut, as well as the M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College. He has studied violin and viola with several teachers, including Theodore Arm, Linda Case, Debra Moree, Sanford Reuning, and Almita and Roland Vamos. In addition to long-term Suzuki violin teacher training at Ithaca College with Sanford Reuning, David has also taken short-term violin training courses with Teri Einfeldt, John Kendall, Mary Cay Neal, Carrie Reuning, and Stevie Sandven, as well as many viola units with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. David, an active clinician, has taught at Suzuki Workshops and Institutes in Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and South Africa. In addition to teaching many students, ages 3-18, through Buffalo Suzuki Strings, David is also an active freelance performer on both violin and viola in the Western New York area. David lives in Buffalo with his wife Shannon Levine, cello teacher at Buffalo Suzuki Strings, and their daughters Anna and Miriam.


Alexander Locke (OH) - Viola, Counselor - Violist Alexander Locke is a student of distinguished artists Rebecca Albers and Lawrence Dutton at Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. In his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Locke studied at the Chamber Music Connection, a chamber music education program for young musicians ranging from age 8 to 18. This program gave him the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for prestigious string quartets including The Emerson, Arianna, Jupiter, Ying and Cavani. In addition to these masterclasses came coveted chamber orchestra collaborations with the same musicians. In spring of 2013, Locke's string quartet was awarded the bronze medal at the competitive St. Paul String Quartet Competition. Recently, Alexander earned a Bachelor of Music at the Center for Strings. The rigorous program requires study and performance collaborations with his professors, all acclaimed teaching artists, on a wide range of repertoire including Brahms’s G Major Sextet, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet in B Flat Major. The Center for Strings also affords Alexander and his Center for Strings' classmates rare recording and performance opportunities including the recent recording of a studio album with internationally renowned violinist Robert McDuffie and R.E.M. founder, singer, keyboardist, and guitarist Mike Mills. Alexander will be attending Carnegie Mellon University starting in the fall for his Master of Music degree.


Nicholas Locke (OH) - Violin, Advanced Orchestra - Nicholas has been part of Suzuki Music Columbus since its inception.  He started as a student in 1997 and joined the faculty in 2013. His Suzuki teachers have included, Linda and Roger Stieg and Rebecca White.  He went on to study with David Bowlin of Oberlin Conservatory and Wan Bin Yim at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has done Suzuki training with Linda Stieg and Douglas and Susan Locke.  He is an avid chamber musician, freelance musician, and member of the Newark Granville Symphony. Currently, Nicholas, is a luthier at The Loft Violin Shop. When not working on violins, teaching violin or playing violin, he enjoys playing with his dog Ollie and playing Super Smash Bros.


Eileen MacNaughton (TX) - Violin, Viola – Eileen MacNaughton, violinist and violist, enjoys teaching children of all ages.  She holds the Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Ms. MacNaughton has been a member of the Memphis and Amarillo Symphonies. Additionally, she has served as concertmaster of the Northeast Arkansas Symphony and the Pinebluff, Arkansas Symphony. When not in symphony rehearsals or teaching in her studio, Ms. MacNaughton enjoys crocheting and chauffeuring her three daughters, Emma Joy, Stella and Olivia, around the planet.


Erin Mcintyre (OH) - Yoga - Erin Mintyre graduated with honors from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 2011, and is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice Massage Therapy. She is currently working toward Craniosacral Techniques certification and has a deep passion to help people feel good. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years, and completed yoga teacher training in 2016 and completed further youth yoga training through The Baptiste Institute. Erin loves teaching people how to move and bring awareness to their breath, it is all about connection and assisting the  body's own ability to heal itself. 


Christopher Moehlenkamp (OH) - Cello - Chris Moehlenkamp teaches cello at Suzuki Music Columbus and at the Denison University Suzuki Program. He is an associate member of the Columbus Symphony and also performs with the Newark Granville Symphony and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Chris retired from the United States Air Force where he had served as principal cellist in the premier Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band for 23 years. During that time, he continually maintained a private cello studio in his home in Northern Virginia and has been involved in Suzuki education as a parent, teacher cello group instructor, and chamber coach in his wife Nadine’s Suzuki violin studio. In addition, he taught both chamber music and cello for many summers at the Central Virginia Suzuki Institute. Chris’s Suzuki training includes study with Gilda Barston, Pam Devenport, Sally Gross, David Evenchick, Annette Costanzi, and Alice Vierra. Upon moving to Columbus in 2012, Chris completed a long-delayed Master of Music degree at The Ohio State University, studying cello with Mark Rudoff. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College-Conservatory of Music, Chris studied with Lynn Harrell, Lee Fiser and Peter Wiley and also performed in master classes for Zara Nelsova. He has appeared as featured soloist in numerous orchestras including the Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Mount Vernon Orchestra, Prince William Symphony and the Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band. He has served as principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony (TN) and of the Alexandria Symphony (VA), and assistant principal cellist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (VA), as well. 


Nadine Moehlenkamp (OH) - Violin - is currently on the violin faculty for the Denison University Suzuki Program and Suzuki Music Columbus, was founding director and primary violin instructor for the highly successful Woodbridge Suzuki Studio in Northern VA and its performing group the Shenandoah Jr. Strings from 1990 until 2012. A music graduate of Miami University of Ohio in 1974, Nadine taught public school strings and was a freelance performer in the Cincinnati area for several years while studying at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she received her MME in violin. Nadine did long term Suzuki teacher training with William Starr at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Suzuki Program and performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. After moving to Northern Virginia with cellist husband, Chris, Nadine developed, managed and administered the Woodbridge Suzuki Studio which included instruction in violin, cello, and chamber music. During this time, she also studied the parenting side of the Suzuki triangle with her two, now grown children and their teachers. Nadine has been an active violin clinician in workshops and institutes for many years, as well as a professional freelance violinist both in the D.C. area and now in Ohio.

Joseph Petron (PA) - Violin - Joe Petron has a B.S. in Music Education and M.M.Ed both from Duquesne University. Presently teaching at Trinity Christian School, he taught general and instrumental music in public schools. He has taught Suzuki violin and has been the director of the Suzuki programs at Carnegie  Mellon University and Duquesne University. In addition, he has taught at Suzuki summer institutes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Washington, DC. In 1985, he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at Talent Education in Matsumoto, Japan. Joe also has a private music studio in White Oak where he teaches violin. He has been a church organist and choir director and has played violin in the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.

Debbie Price (OH) - Chamber Music - Regarded as an innovative pedagogue and versatile performer, Deborah Barrett Price can be found any day of the week coaching chamber music with joy and love for the music, her students, and the art form.  She is larger than life as she speaks and sings to her students while staying in perpetual motion, demonstrating the broad range of emotions conveyed in a movement, measure or even in a single note. Her passion for chamber music and movement of all kinds began early, in her parents’ living room holding her great grandfather’s violin playing with her siblings and father, and while studying and performing dance under the mentorship of dancers and musicians from the New York City Ballet. The culmination of this life of joyful connection to others through music and movement is embodied in the message Debbie frequently repeats to musicians in The Chamber Music Connection (CMC), a nonprofit organization she founded 25 years ago: “Breathe together, move together, play together.”

In recognition of her work as a chamber music entrepreneur, pedagogue, and performer, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory recognized Debbie with their Alumni Achievement Award and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra with their Community Educator of the Year Award. She has also received multiple nominations for the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Arts Administration. CMC ensembles under her mentorship have medaled in the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Coltman National Chamber Music Competition, and Discover Chamber Music Competition, and received features on NPR’s From the Top, including Carnegie Hall, and last spring by CMS in Alice Tully Hall.

A respected performer, Debbie currently serves as principal violist of Opera Project Columbus and the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and is an Artist-in-Residence at the Caroga Lake Music Festival. She has directed and performed in festivals throughout Europe including performances at Santa Cecelia in Rome and the Beethoven Festival in Prague. For over a decade, she served as the co-conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Camerata Strings and as the music director of the Women-In-Music String Sinfonia.

In addition to CMC, Debbie serves on the faculty of Denison University, is a Yamaha Certified String Educator Clinician, a frequent guest artist for festivals, and has given numerous presentations at music schools and national conferences. Articles highlighting her unique teaching style are published in American Music Teacher, Journal of American Viola Society, Keyboard Companion Magazine, American String Teacher, and Chamber Music America.

Debbie resides in Worthington Ohio with her husband, Tim Price, of thirty-four years and enjoys collaborating and performing with her daughter, violist Stephanie Price-Wong, son-in-law, violinist David Wong, and son, cellist Kyle Price, Founder and Artistic Director of the Caroga Arts Collective in Caroga Lake, NY. Debbie is happily introducing chamber music to her new grandson, Felix, who has already enjoyed over thirty CMC and CAC concert events at the ripe old age of four months.

Amy Rieske (OH) - Administrative Assistant, Violin - Amy Rieske is co-director of the north branch of Suzuki Music Columbus. She served as orchestra director in the Newark City Schools (Ohio) from 2010 to 2015 and maintains a Suzuki violin studio with Suzuki Music Columbus. Bachelor of Music Education, Capital University 2008. Suzuki violin teacher, Capital Suzuki Program internship, 2005 - 2008. Active member, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) with registered training through book 6. Administrative assistant, Capital Suzuki Institute (summer camp) 2005 - 2007, and Suzuki Music Columbus Summer Institute 2008 to the present.


Dawna Rone (OH) - Administrative Assistant, Violin, Viola, Parent Education -Dawna Rone teaches violin and viola for Suzuki Music Columbus and frequently coaches groups at the Chamber Music Connection.  She received her B.M. from The Ohio State University where she studied under Michael Davis and Catharine Carroll, and her M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied under Catharine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki.  Dawna has taken teacher training courses from Ed Sprunger, Linda Stieg, Ronda Cole, Ed Kreitman, and Kimberly Meier-Sims. In addition to maintaining her teaching studio, Dawna is an active freelance performer in the central Ohio area. She was the principal violist of the Westerville Symphony from 2009-2017 and currently holds positions in the Newark-Granville and Springfield Symphony Orchestras.  Dawna lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband Jeff, and 3 kids: Elijah, Abby, and Jacob.


Martha Shackford (FL) – Violin, Violin Teacher Training  – BA from Oberlin Music Conservatory; Suzuki Association Teacher Trainer for Violin Martha first met Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in 1964 and has followed his principles in her teaching ever since.  She has taught these principles in many different situations:  public schools, private studios in 6 states, as a faculty member of various Arts & Music Schools, Suzuki Institutes in the USA, Canada, and Latin America.  Martha has helped found 3 non-profit organizations, has sat on various Boards of Directors, and headed up several committees in various Suzuki communities where she has lived.  Although she played first violin in the North Arkansas Symphony for 2 decades, her real passion is helping to facilitate community.  She helped form and conducted the youth symphony of that orchestra for several years.  Her favorite pastimes are reading, playing with her dogs, knitting, swimming, playing games, and enjoying friends.  She now lives in Bradenton, Florida, where she has launched the Suzuki Music and Teacher Training Academy of Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, Florida.  She teaches in St. Petersburg, Saroasota, and Bradenton, Florida.

Kimberly Shimpo (TX) - Cello - born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and began playing the cello at age 8. Throughout her youth, Kim attended the University of Oklahoma Preparatory Program, studying cello with Marjorie Cornelius and chamber music with Michael Ma. From 1992-1996, Kim earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Kansas where she studied with Ed Lout. In 1996, Kim attended the University of Akron to complete her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance with Michael Haber. Kim has enjoyed performing as a soloist throughout the United States and Canada for numerous festivals and master classes. She has had the honor to perform for Itzhak Perlman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Nathaniel Rosen. From 1996-1999, Kim received the repeated honor and invitation to perform at Indiana University’s week-long master class sessions with Janos Starker. As a teacher, Kim has enjoyed sharing her love of music with children of all ages. In 2001, she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Summit County Children and Family Services for co-authoring a creative arts curriculum for children with special needs. Kim began teaching cello while in high school and has continued to maintain an active private studio since moving to Ohio in 1996. In 2005, she began her Suzuki training in Ontario, Canada. Since then, she has enjoyed continuing her training with instructors including Catherine Walker, Gilda Barston, and Susan Gagnon. Kim was on the faculty of Western Reserve Suzuki School from 2006-2014, teaching cello and theory.  In the Spring of 2014, Kim earned her Master of Music Education degree and relocated to Texas. She is currently the Head Director of Orchestras for North Mesquite High School in the Mesquite Independent School District, located in Mesquite, TX. As director, Mrs. Shimpo serves over 200 students in the district. She lives in Forney, Texas with her husband, Ryoji, two sons: Brody (7) and Kai (11), and petmates: The Kitten (4) and The Little Guy (1). 


Bradley Sowash (OH) – Jazz Improv -Bradley Sowash is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator known for his innovative online group jazz piano classes, widely-acclaimed keyboard improvisation books, and as the co-founder of 88 Creative Keys workshops and webinars for music teachers.


Megan Stallard (OH) – Administrative Assistant, Violin  - Megan Stallard is co-director of the north branch of Suzuki Music Columbus.  She taught orchestra and Suzuki violin for Delaware City Schools for seven years and spent one year teaching orchestra in Westerville Schools.  She obtained a Bachelor of Music Education from Capital University in 2007 and a Master of Education from Ashland University in 2015. She was a Suzuki violin teacher in the Capital Suzuki Program internship, 2004 – 2007 and has registered Suzuki training through book 6. Megan has also been at different times a Teen Dorm counselor, administrative assistant, and teacher for Capital/SMC Institute from 2005 – 2010 and 2015-2019.  She lives in the Columbus area with her husband, Jeff; son, Fletcher; daughter, Lydia; and her crazy dog. 


Linda Stieg (OH) – Violin, Violin Teacher Training - Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Kodaly from Capital University. Additionally she received a Suzuki Teacher Training degree after two years of study with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan under Dr. Suzuki and is a certified Suzuki Teacher Trainer. She also has earned a certificate in Teaching English as a second language. Linda started and developed an orchestra program in the Pickerington Public Schools and also was the co-founder of the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio. Linda has recently retired from the public schools but is actively involved with Suzuki Music Columbus, teaches a string method class at Ohio Christian University as well as teaching private Suzuki violin lessons. Linda is a sought after clinician for workshops and Suzuki summer institutes. She is regularly featured at the summer institutes at Otterbein University. the Indiana Arts and Music Festival in Indianapolis, and the Suzuki and Worship Camp in South Carolina. She is currently teaching her five grandchildren.


Roger Stieg (OH) - Violin, Violin Teacher Training -Roger received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and  his Masters in Violin Performance from Michigan State University. Additionally he received a Suzuki Teacher Training degree after two years of study in Matsumoto, Japan under Dr. Suzuki and is a certified Suzuki Teacher Trainer. Roger has retired from the Columbus Public schools string Orchestra program after 32 years of teaching and currently teaches applied violin and viola at Ohio Christian University as well as for Suzuki Music Columbus. Roger is also the co-founder of the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio. Roger is a sought after master teacher and clinician as well as a teacher trainer at workshops and summer institutes throughout the year and regularly featured at the summer institutes at Otterbein University, the Indiana Arts and Music Festival in Indianapolis and the Suzuki and Worship Camp in South Carolina. Roger has performed in a string quartet in Japan on three different occasions as a ministry to the churches. He is also orchestra director at Ohio Christian University and enjoys taking the group to perform at Karuizawa Union Church in Japan.  Roger has a unique perspective on teaching not only from Dr. Suzuki but also from teaching their children four times over and working with his five grandchildren.


Jim Van Reeth (OH) – Violin – Jim Van Reeth is director of the Denison University Suzuki Program in Granville, OH and teaches violin. He is a member of the faculty at Suzuki Music Columbus in Bexley, OH and enjoys teaching music appreciation at Denison University. Jim holds a Bachelors of Music in violin performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY and a Masters in Music Education with Suzuki Talent Education emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed long-term Suzuki training. Jim is a member of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. His favorite food is ice cream.


Lori Walls (OH) - Musicianship - Lori Walls is currently in her 15th year of teaching general music, K-5th grade, including 5th grade band and children's chorus. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2001, she taught and lived in Springfield, OH for four years. She is now living in Columbus and is in her 18th year teaching for Olentangy Local Schools. In 2008, she earned her Master's degree and Kodaly Certification in Music Education from Capital University. She is director of children’s music at Bexley United Methodist Church and was Director of Children's Music at Linworth United Methodist Church for seven years.