Posts tagged violin teacher
Alayne Wegner, Violin & Viola
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Alayne Wegner is a freelance violinist, teacher, and arts administrator based in Columbus, Ohio. Her creative yet detail-oriented teaching style provides her students with the tools necessary to tackle the various nuances of violin playing; by focusing on building a solid foundation of technique, her students are able to engage with their musicality in efficient and creative ways. Wegner specializes in teaching Classical and Irish/Celtic music and uses supplemental materials that are catered to each student’s needs. A recent graduate from Kenyon College (’17) with a dual degree in Music and Sociology, Wegner holds such achievements as the Thomas B. and Mary M. Greenslade Award for Music Performance, the first place prize in the Collegiate Division of the Young Musicians Competition with the Knox County Symphony, and Distinction in Music for her senior comprehensive exercise. For more information about Alayne Wegner, please visit www.alaynewegner.com.

Natalie Orth, Violin
Suzuki Violin Lessons Cincinnati

A native of Cincinnati, Natalie began her violin studies at the age of seven with Mrs. Jacquie Fennell. In middle school and high school, she was a member of Cincinnati Junior Strings and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic Orchestra where she developed her passion for making music. Natalie is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance at the College Conservatory of Music where she studies with Timothy Lees. During her freshman year, Natalie placed runner up in the College Conservatory of Music’s Undergraduate Scholarship Competition. Her sophomore year, she served as Principal Second Violin for the CCM Concert Orchestra. During May, 2018, she won third place in the Matinee Musicale Nancy F. Walker Memorial Scholarship Award.

Teaching is one of Natalie’s favorite aspects of playing the violin, so during August 2018, she traveled to Pittsburgh and completed Unit One of the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training program. Natalie plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Violin Performance and a career as a violin teacher and orchestral musician.

Shelby Thompson, Violin & Viola
Cincinnati Violin Teacher in-home

Shelby Thompson is in demand as a chamber and orchestral violist and as a teacher. She has performed with members of the Leipzig Radio Symphony in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and members of the Houston Symphony domestically. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, Shelby was principal violist of the symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras at the Moores School of Music. She has been a frequent guest with the Tallahassee and Albany Symphonies and served as principal of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra. During her master’s Shelby served as violist of the Eppes String Quartet at Florida State University. An avid proponent of new music, Shelby has appeared as soloist with the AURA New Music Ensemble and collaborates frequently with the Society of Composers, Inc. at FSU.

Shelby’s experience beginning viola in her elementary school orchestra in her native Alexandria, VA has driven her enthusiasm for teaching. She is a Suzuki-certified teacher and maintains a private studio of young viola and violin students. Shelby is currently pursuing a doctorate at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. Catharine Lees Previously, Shelby studied with Wayne Brooks at the University of Houston and Dr. Pamela Ryan at Florida State University.



Sarah Thomas, Violin
Cincinnati Violin Lessons

Sarah Thomas is a Master's student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studies with Alexandra Kazovsky of the Ariel String Quartet. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she began her violin studies at the age of three and a half. Despite falling asleep in lessons during the "Twinkle years," she has pursued her passion for music all of her life. She earned a B.M. in Violin Performance, summa cum laude, from The University of Tulsa, where she was an active chamber musician and concertmaster of the TU Symphony. Sarah is an alum of the IES Vienna Music Program, where she spent Fall 2015 studying music, performing, and attending concerts. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and The National Orchestral Institute. She has enjoyed playing with the Tulsa Symphony, Signature Symphony, and Kentucky Symphony. From 2016-2017, Sarah taught elementary school orchestra in Tulsa Public Schools and was the Beginner Strings Teacher at Sistema Tulsa. 

Alistair Watson, Violin & Viola
Cincy Violin Teacher

ALISTAIR WATSON, Violin & Viola

Alistair began his collegiate education in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under the internationally acclaimed polish violinist Piotr Milewski and Alexandra Kazovsky of the Ariel String quartet. Later on progressing under Evgeny Zvonnikov and the grammy nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet. Whilst there, he served as a section leader under the baton of Mark Gibson during the Beethoven and Mahler Festivals. Additionally, he served as a section leader in the Suprima Chamber Orchestra which toured throughout the US and Russia. Afterwards, Alistair pursued a MM in violin performance, serving as a graduate assistant under stipend and full scholarship at Texas Christian University. During this time he also had the honor of studying under Misha Galaganov, and playing as a section leader in the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, which won third place in the orchestral division of the national "American Prize" competition.

Teaching Philosophy
Alistair’s goal is for his students to cultivate their inner confidence, and articulate themselves through music. In lessons Alistair emphasizes, in an encouraging environment, the importance of body and mind in relation to playing the violin while simultaneously demonstrating the technical and musical skills needed as a musician. As a result of Alistair’s tutelage, students will learn important practice skills in a fun and nurturing environment! In his spare time Alistair likes to spend time with his wife, go surfing, and play with his German Shepherd. 

Dr. Yein Jin, Violin & Viola
Cincinnati Violin Lessons

A native of South Korea, Violinist and Instructor Dr. Yein Jin earned both the Master of Music and Doctoral of Music Arts degrees in violin performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with University Graduate Scholarship Award under Piotr Milewski. She also studied Chamber music with Sandra Rivers, Lee Fiser, James Tocco and William Grubb.
Dr. Jin is an active chamber and orchestra musician. She has performed at Music 08 festival with Steve Reich, Grandin Festival, "Daniel Drake Medal Ceremony" by College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, and "The sights, sounds and tastes of Korea" Festival in Cincinnati Women's Club. As an orchestra player she was in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s training program, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Currently Dr. Jin is a member of the  Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharonic Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.