Suzuki Teachers

 

Cecilia Goist
Cecelia Goist

Viola and Violin

Cecelia Goist has been teaching Suzuki violin/viola in the Cincinnati area for 30 years. She currently teaches Suzuki at Sands Montessori with the Suzuki Cooperative for Cincinnati Public Schools. She is also an instructor in the Suzuki programs at Northern Kentucky School of Music and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

She was a faculty member at the Cincinnati Waldorf School teaching traditional beginning and intermediate strings classes, grades 3 through 6.

Cecelia attended the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music majoring in viola performance, studying with Peter Kamnitzer and Raymond Stilwell. Prior to that she received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, she taught in the string pedagogy program, which utilized the Suzuki method.

Cecelia began Suzuki teacher training after attending the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has been trained and registered in the current ECC class, 1A and 1B class, and Books 2-6 in violin and books 1-4 in viola.

Cecelia’s Suzuki teachers have included, Kay Collier McLaughlin, Margery Aber, Alice Joy Lewis, Linda Stieg, Roger Stieg, Paul Landefeld, Doris Preucil, William Preucil, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, and Carol Smith.

Cecelia has been a member of the viola section in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She continues to perform as a freelance violist in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Go to Ms. Cecelia Goist’s studio page.

 


Heidi Yenney

Violin

Heidi Yenney was a scholarship violin student of Dorothy Delay and received both her Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was honored with distinction in performance.

While in Boston she was principal second violinist of both the New Hampshire Symphony and the Monadnock Orchestras. She was also a member of Emmanuel Music, where she often performed as concertmaster and soloist.

In Boston, Ms. Yenney co-founded the New England String Quartet, the resident quartet at the University of Massachusetts at both Boston and Amherst. The quartet performed frequently around the New England area, as well as in California, New York (Carnegie Hall), Jamaica and France. It also represented the state of Massachusetts for Young Audiences of America under the direction of Richard Stoltzman and Yo Yo Ma. The quartet traveled to hundreds of Elementary and Junior High schools to introduce the string quartet to children.
Ms. Yenney taught at the prestigious Phillips Academy at Andover, Ma. Her duties there included teaching violin, piano, music theory, and chamber music, conducting the chamber orchestra, and performing with the faculty’s Essex Quartet.

Since moving to Cincinnati in 1993, Ms. Yenney has remained active as a freelance musician. She has performed as concertmaster of the Northern Kentucky and Blue Ash symphonies and as a first violinist in the Cincinnati Ballet orchestra. She currently plays as an extra for the Cincinnati Symphony on both violin and viola and holds a permanent position as principal viola of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Together with her husband, Gerry Itzkoff, a violinist with the CSO, Ms. Yenney founded the Amicus Chamber Players. This ensemble performs a series of concerts in Cincinnati community of Clifton.

Ms. Yenney was professor of violin and director of chamber music at Xavier University from 1997 until 2003. She is presently the violin teacher for North Avondale Montessori’s Suzuki program.

Go to Ms. Heidi Yenney’s studio page.

 


Jennifer Wheatley

Cello

Jennifer Higgins Wheatley began her studies on the cello at the age of 12 and five years later made her solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After receiving her Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1997 from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she began teaching privately and performing professionally across the United States and in Europe. Jennifer plays on a petite cello made c. 1790 in Paris by Grosselet. She has named the instrument Napoleon, because it is little, but makes a big noise.

Go to Ms. Jennifer Wheatley’s studio page.

 


Nadine Monchecourt – Executive Director

Cello

Nadine Monchecourt, cellist, studied at the Eastman School of Music, Preparatory Department (Diploma with Honors in Cello) and the Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (BM, cello, and MA, Administration). Following her studies, she won fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Orchestra Association.

Ms. Monchecourt performed many seasons with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Ms. Nadine performs with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Classical Ensemble of Good Shepherd Church and various freelance shows in Cincinnati. Ms. Monchecourt is also the Executive Director and Suzuki Cello Teacher of the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Go to Ms. Nadine Monchecourt’s studio page.

 


Sarah Gannon

Violin

Sarah Gannon teaches Suzuki violin at both Dater Montessori and Parker Woods Montessori schools. She is Suzuki trained through violin book three.

Sarah has a Master of Arts degree from Queens College (joint program with Mannes College of Music) New York, N.Y., where she studied violin and chamber music with William Kroll.

Sarah performs throughout the year with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She also plays with other musical ensembles in the Cincinnati area.

Go to Ms. Sarah Gannon’s studio page.

 

Laurie Fairlie Weil

Flute

Laurie Fairlie Weil is the Suzuki flute teacher with the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools. She currently teaches at Sands Montessori and North Avondale Montessori schools as well as in her home private studio. She has completed and registered Suzuki flute teacher training for ECC, Books 1–8, books 9 and 11 (Mozart Concerti Overview) and additionally completed the course Teaching Tone and Expression throughout the Suzuki Repertoire.

Laurie performed for 10 years with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of various classical, celtic, folk/jazz ensembles in the Cincinnati area. She has recorded several CDs with various musicians, including an album with her band, King Penguin. Laurie’s teachers include Ken Andrews, Jack Wellbaum and the founder of the Suzuki Flute Method, Toshio Takahashi. She currently freelances in the Cincinnati area and plays with the trio Silverbridge.

Laurie holds a degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University. She is a board certified music therapist who worked for 20 years in adolescent and child psychiatry. Her training includes workshops in art, movement, drama and experiential therapies. She is also a Musikgarten trained teacher.

Laurie and her husband Bruce are the Suzuki parents of two daughters.

Go to Ms. Laurie Fairlie Weil’s studio page.

 

Cecilia Goist
Cecelia Goist

Viola and Violin

Cecelia Goist has been teaching Suzuki violin/viola in the Cincinnati area for 30 years. She currently teaches Suzuki at Sands Montessori with the Suzuki Cooperative for Cincinnati Public Schools. She is also an instructor in the Suzuki programs at Northern Kentucky School of Music and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

She was a faculty member at the Cincinnati Waldorf School teaching traditional beginning and intermediate strings classes, grades 3 through 6.

Cecelia attended the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music majoring in viola performance, studying with Peter Kamnitzer and Raymond Stilwell. Prior to that she received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, she taught in the string pedagogy program, which utilized the Suzuki method.

Cecelia began Suzuki teacher training after attending the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has been trained and registered in the current ECC class, 1A and 1B class, and Books 2-6 in violin and books 1-4 in viola.

Cecelia’s Suzuki teachers have included, Kay Collier McLaughlin, Margery Aber, Alice Joy Lewis, Linda Stieg, Roger Stieg, Paul Landefeld, Doris Preucil, William Preucil, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, and Carol Smith.

Cecelia has been a member of the viola section in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She continues to perform as a freelance violist in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Go to Ms. Cecelia Goist’s studio page.

 


Heidi Yenney

Violin

Heidi Yenney was a scholarship violin student of Dorothy Delay and received both her Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was honored with distinction in performance.

While in Boston she was principal second violinist of both the New Hampshire Symphony and the Monadnock Orchestras. She was also a member of Emmanuel Music, where she often performed as concertmaster and soloist.

In Boston, Ms. Yenney co-founded the New England String Quartet, the resident quartet at the University of Massachusetts at both Boston and Amherst. The quartet performed frequently around the New England area, as well as in California, New York (Carnegie Hall), Jamaica and France. It also represented the state of Massachusetts for Young Audiences of America under the direction of Richard Stoltzman and Yo Yo Ma. The quartet traveled to hundreds of Elementary and Junior High schools to introduce the string quartet to children.
Ms. Yenney taught at the prestigious Phillips Academy at Andover, Ma. Her duties there included teaching violin, piano, music theory, and chamber music, conducting the chamber orchestra, and performing with the faculty’s Essex Quartet.

Since moving to Cincinnati in 1993, Ms. Yenney has remained active as a freelance musician. She has performed as concertmaster of the Northern Kentucky and Blue Ash symphonies and as a first violinist in the Cincinnati Ballet orchestra. She currently plays as an extra for the Cincinnati Symphony on both violin and viola and holds a permanent position as principal viola of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Together with her husband, Gerry Itzkoff, a violinist with the CSO, Ms. Yenney founded the Amicus Chamber Players. This ensemble performs a series of concerts in Cincinnati community of Clifton.

Ms. Yenney was professor of violin and director of chamber music at Xavier University from 1997 until 2003. She is presently the violin teacher for North Avondale Montessori’s Suzuki program.

Go to Ms. Heidi Yenney’s studio page.

 


Jennifer Wheatley

Cello

Jennifer Higgins Wheatley began her studies on the cello at the age of 12 and five years later made her solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After receiving her Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1997 from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she began teaching privately and performing professionally across the United States and in Europe. Jennifer plays on a petite cello made c. 1790 in Paris by Grosselet. She has named the instrument Napoleon, because it is little, but makes a big noise.

Go to Ms. Jennifer Wheatley’s studio page.

 


Nadine Monchecourt – Executive Director

Cello

Nadine Monchecourt, cellist, studied at the Eastman School of Music, Preparatory Department (Diploma with Honors in Cello) and the Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (BM, cello, and MA, Administration). Following her studies, she won fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Orchestra Association.

Ms. Monchecourt performed many seasons with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Ms. Nadine performs with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Classical Ensemble of Good Shepherd Church and various freelance shows in Cincinnati. Ms. Monchecourt is also the Executive Director and Suzuki Cello Teacher of the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Go to Ms. Nadine Monchecourt’s studio page.

 


Sarah Gannon

Violin

Sarah Gannon teaches Suzuki violin at both Dater Montessori and Parker Woods Montessori schools. She is Suzuki trained through violin book three.

Sarah has a Master of Arts degree from Queens College (joint program with Mannes College of Music) New York, N.Y., where she studied violin and chamber music with William Kroll.

Sarah performs throughout the year with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She also plays with other musical ensembles in the Cincinnati area.

Go to Ms. Sarah Gannon’s studio page.

 

Laurie Fairlie Weil

Flute

Laurie Fairlie Weil is the Suzuki flute teacher with the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools. She currently teaches at Sands Montessori and North Avondale Montessori schools as well as in her home private studio. She has completed and registered Suzuki flute teacher training for ECC, Books 1–8, books 9 and 11 (Mozart Concerti Overview) and additionally completed the course Teaching Tone and Expression throughout the Suzuki Repertoire.

Laurie performed for 10 years with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of various classical, celtic, folk/jazz ensembles in the Cincinnati area. She has recorded several CDs with various musicians, including an album with her band, King Penguin. Laurie’s teachers include Ken Andrews, Jack Wellbaum and the founder of the Suzuki Flute Method, Toshio Takahashi. She currently freelances in the Cincinnati area and plays with the trio Silverbridge.

Laurie holds a degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University. She is a board certified music therapist who worked for 20 years in adolescent and child psychiatry. Her training includes workshops in art, movement, drama and experiential therapies. She is also a Musikgarten trained teacher.

Laurie and her husband Bruce are the Suzuki parents of two daughters.

Go to Ms. Laurie Fairlie Weil’s studio page.

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