Posts tagged violin teacher
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.

Molly Hickey, Violin
Violin Lessons at Home

Molly Kathleen Hickey is a professional violinist born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her MM in Violin Performance in May 2019 at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Professor Annie Chalex-Boyle (USC, Julliard). She is an active member of the first violin section in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performed with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. As a teaching assistant, Molly instructed undergraduate violinists and managed the String Area division at TTU School of Music.

Before traveling to West Texas for her Masters, Molly received her Bachelors in Performance at Miami University (Oxford) under the instruction of Dr. Harvey P. Thurmer (NEC, Mozarteum University of Salzburg). While attending MU, Molly spent her junior and senior years as Concertmaster of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the 2014 Concerto Competition, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Molly has been a member of several professional and regional orchestras, including Lubbock Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Lakeridge Chamber Orchestra, Lebanon Symphony and Chorale, and the Clermont Philharmonic. During highschool, Molly spent four years in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, finishing each season in a side-by-side concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall. She is also an experienced chamber musician, performing professionally for weddings and events throughout the midwest and southwest regions.

Molly has extensive experience in Arts Administration, having interned with arts organizations throughout Cincinnati including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Marketing), Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (Arts Admin and Production), and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Education). She received a minor in Arts Management from Miami U and continued to use her skills and passions for arts admin through her Teaching Assistantship at Texas Tech University.

Molly is an active Suzuki Violin Instructor and has been certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas through Suzuki Book 4. She is an instructor for the STELR (Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region) Program and teaches private and group classes to children ranging in ages 2-16. Molly is continuing her teacher training, planning to receive her certification through all 10 books.

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 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.