Violin & Viola
Artistic/executive director, founder and violin/viola 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 Capital University and Otterbein University. Active in chamber music, as a member of Bel Aurora String Quintet, violin-duo literature with his wife Susan, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection. Principal Second Violin 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 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.
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, as a member of Bel Aurora String Quintet, violin-duo literature with his wife Susan, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection. Violinist with 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.
Meet Our Suzuki Music Columbus Team!
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 for Westerville Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Capital University and a Master of Education from Ashland University. She taught Suzuki violin at Capital Suzuki Program internship from 2004-2007 and has registered Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher training through book 7.
Amy Rieske is co-director of the north branch of Suzuki Music Columbus. She was Music Faculty for Newark City Schools, served as Music Faculty Westerville City Schools (Ohio) and maintains a Suzuki violin studio with Suzuki Music Columbus. Bachelor of Music Education, Capital University. Suzuki violin teacher, Capital Suzuki Program internship, 2005 - 2008. Active member, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) with registered training through book 7. Administrative assistant, Capital Suzuki Institute (summer camp) 2005 to present.
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 five 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 and at Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Maria Di Meglio is a versatile musician with years of experience performing, teaching, and recording. Her performances have taken her from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to folk festivals in Australia, and everywhere in between. She was born and raised in the rich cultural tapestry of Brooklyn, NY, and first picked up a cello at her local public elementary school.
She received her undergraduate and master’s degree in cello performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While at IU she was Peter Stumpf’s graduate assistant instructor. She has played in lessons and masterclasses for Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Sharon Robinson, Yael Weiss, Kevork Mardirossian, as well as for members of the Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. Her principal cello professors include Marion Feldman, Kalin Ivanov, Csaba Onczay, and Peter Stumpf.
As an orchestral musician, Maria served as associate principal cellist of the New York Festival Orchestra, and has also performed in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has performed under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, David Effron, Jamie Laredo, Arthur Fagen, Cliff Colnot, and Jonathan Strasser, among others.
violin & viola
Violinist Ashley Dyer enjoys a multifaceted career as a performing artist and educator. She has performed with a variety of solo artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Rachel Barton Pine, Rod Stewart, and Belle and Sebastian. Ashley has also performed with the Columbus Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, Ashley currently teaches with Suzuki Music Columbus in Ohio. Ashley is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and she completed long-term training for Violin Books 1-10 with Joanne Bath in Greenville, NC. In recent years, she has participated in the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, as well as teaching workshops with Almita Vamos and Simon Fischer. Ashley has served on the faculty of summer festivals at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Summer Chamber Music Institute (NC). In 2020 and 2021, Ashley served as head string adjudicator for the Progressive Musicians online competition.
Prior to relocating to Columbus, Ashley served for many years as Concertmaster of both the Dearborn Symphony and the University of Michigan musical theatre pit orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the National Repertory Orchestra (CO), the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra (CA), and as soloist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra (NC). From 2013-2019, Ashley completed numerous tours across the US, China, and Japan as Assistant Concertmaster of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra (HCO), performing at world-renowned venues such as Beijing's National Centre of Performing Arts and Sapporo's Suntory Hall.
Ashley holds a Bachelors in Violin Performance from East Carolina University and a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Ara Gregorian and Yehonatan Berick. Ashley currently resides in Columbus with her husband, clarinetist Mark Kleine, and their beautiful daughter, Daisy.
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.
Chris Moehlenkamp recently 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 has 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 has taught both chamber music and cello for many summers at the the Central Virginia Suzuki Institute. Chris’s Suzuki training includes study with Gilda Barston, Pam Devenport, Sally Gross, David Evenchick and Alice Vierra. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College-Conservatory of Music, Mr. Moehlenkamp studied with Lynn Harrell, Lee Fiser and Peter Wiley and also performed in master classes for Zara Nelsova. Chris 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. Chris relocated in the fall of 2012 to Columbus, Ohio where he is looking forward to many new teaching and performing opportunities.
Nadine Moehlenkamp, currently a resident of Columbus, Ohio, was founder, director, and primary violin instructor for the very active Woodbridge Suzuki Studio and its performing group The Shenandoah Junior Strings near Washington D.C. 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 violin and music education at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. At CCM, she received her MME in 1980. After being introduced to the Suzuki method at a summer institute, Nadine moved to Knoxville, TN to begin Suzuki teacher training with William Starr at the University of Tennessee. There, as well as studying Suzuki pedagogy and violin performance with Mr. Starr, Nadine joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Suzuki program and became a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.In 1988, Nadine and her husband Chris, a cellist with the USAF Band, moved to the Washington D.C. area and settled in Northern Virginia. There she developed a full Suzuki violin program—books 1 through 10 levels and beyond—which grew and thrived for 23 years and included a cello program, a chamber music group, a performing group and chamber music camp. Following her husband’s recent retirement from the Air Force, Nadine and Chris moved back to her home state of Ohio where she is currently teaching with the Denison University Suzuki Program, and Suzuki Music Columbus. In addition to her teaching and administrative activities, Nadine served as a Suzuki parent for her own two children and continues to be an active freelance performer playing with various professional organizations including Newark Granville Symphony and Central Ohio Symphony.Though nurturing the “whole child” has always been the fundamental focus of her program, Nadine has been fortunate to have had many highly successful and award-winning violinists emerge from her studio. While she has been a frequent guest clinician and faculty member at workshops and institutes for many years, she enjoys updating her pedagogical skills through classes and observation regularly.
violin & viola
Dawna has taught Suzuki violin and viola in the Central Ohio area for over 20 years. She is a frequent guest clinician at workshops, high schools, and youth orchestras, and frequently coaches groups at the Chamber Music Connection. In addition to teaching, Dawna is an active freelance performer in the central Ohio area. She was the principal violist of the Westerville Symphony for many years and is currently a violist in Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
As an undergraduate, she earned a B.M. in violin performance at The Ohio State University & earned her Masters in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Some of her most influential teachers include Michael Davis, Catharine Carroll, and Masao Kawasaki. Dawna has taken teacher training courses from Ed Sprunger, Linda Stieg, Ronda Cole, Ed Kreitman, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Ann Montzka-Smelzer.
Dawna has a passion for string pedagogy, child development, cooking, and reading. Dawna lives in Hilliard with her husband, Jeff and their three kids, Elijah, Abby, and Jacob.
violin & viola
Elise Skaggs started studying the violin through the Suzuki Method in 1994. She grew up studying violin with Susan Sommerville and Douglas Locke and was a member of the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group from 2003-2009. She is profoundly delighted that she has returned to Columbus and is now teaching in the program that first taught her Twinkle. Elise received a Master of Music in performance/pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She also earned a Bachelor of Music in viola performance and a Bachelor of Art in strategic communications from Miami University. Principle teachers include Victoria Chiang, Erika Eckert, Mary Harris and Choon-Jin Chang. Elise currently performs as a professional member of New Albany Symphony, where she is also on staff as librarian.
violin & Teacher Training
Ms. Stieg Studied Suzuki pedagogy for two years in Matsumoto, Japan with Shinichi Suzuki and received the Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Institute. Taught for the Pickerington Public Schools and is a faculty member of Suzuki Music Columbus and Ohio Christian University. Founded, and continues to be actively involved with the Columbus Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Graduate work in music and education at Michigan State and the University of Dayton, and Master of Music in Kodaly Education from Capital University.
violin & Teacher Training
Mr. Stieg Studied Suzuki pedagogy for two years in Matsumoto, Japan with Shinichi Suzuki and received the Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Institute. Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. A string specialist in the Columbus City Schools, he has taught public school strings for many years and has served as clinician at workshops and institutes through-out the United States. Violin faculty for Suzuki Music Columbus and Ohio Christian University. He has four children, and has been married to Linda Stieg, also a Suzuki teacher. His experience with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan, his fine musicianship, his public school experience and his experience as a Suzuki parent four times over, gives him a unique perspective to share with teachers.
Jim Van Reeth
Jim holds a Bachelors of Music in violin performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY and a Masters in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed long-term Suzuki training. Jim has taught in the Suzuki Programs at Encore Music Studios (Columbus, OH), American Talent Education Center (Stevens Point, WI) and Capital University (Columbus, OH), and currently teaches violin at Suzuki Music Columbus. He has served as a faculty member at the Summer Suzuki Institutes at Capital University, the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, The Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and the Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp in Orkney Springs, VA. Jim performs with the Sterling String Quartet and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. He was co-coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) for the 2010 SAA Biennial Conference.
violin, viola, & cello
Susan received her Suzuki teacher training in violin at various Suzuki Music Columbus Summer Institutes, studying with teachers Linda Stieg, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Roger Stieg. She studied Suzuki Cello pedagogy at Ithaca College Suzuki Institute with teacher Sally Gross. Susan was on the faculty of the Suzuki Violin School of Columbus-Worthington from 2001 until 2015 when she joined the faculty of Suzuki Music Columbus. She also maintains her own active teaching studio, with students of violin, viola, cello, and piano, as well as performing with various chamber music groups throughout central Ohio.Susan has played piano as long as she can remember. Her mother taught piano lessons at home, and with students constantly coming for lessons, young Susan thought that all kids played piano! Later she fell in love with the sound of strings, and studied violin, viola, and finally cello. In the 1960's she studied viola with Robert Courte at the University of Michigan, and in the 1970's cello with Ernst Silberstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also participated as a cellist in a pivotal month-long chamber music workshop in 1968 at SUNY-Binghamton with the Guarneri String Quartet.With a Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University, Susan taught English and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University from 1981-1998. Realizing that these teaching responsibilities left far too little time in her life for music, she made a life change and is now so thankful to be teaching and performing music full time. Music is indeed a universal language that enriches everyone's life.