Faculty

2017 Institute Faculty

 Violin

Jazz Improvisation

Viola

Cello

Orchestra

Eurythmics

Piano Accompanist

Little Bach Double on the faculty recital

Little Bach Double
on the faculty recital

Meet the Faculty




Kristy Baker (accompanist) has been an accompanist for the Atlanta Suzuki Institute for many years and is one of the accompanists for North Atlanta Talent Education. She is a certified middle school teacher and has been the musical director for Crabapple Middle School’s productions of “Wizard of Oz”, “A Night of the Arts”, “Seussical the Musical” and “Alice in Wonderland”. She is a self-taught musician. She is also a Suzuki mom to her daughter (violin) and son (cello).

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Joanna Binford (viola/violin) is currently the Coordinator of the Suzuki Program at the Academy of Music, based in Norfolk VA. She freelances in the Hampton Roads area and performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony. Awarded the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association 2013 “Outstanding Service” award and District 7 KMEA “Outstanding College/University Music Teacher of the Year”, she is a sought after Suzuki institute and workshop clinician around the country. Ms. Binford is a member of the Suzuki Teachers Association of Hampton Roads. She prepared viola students to perform on the STAHR tour of Peru (June 2014). In addition to her Suzuki classes, Ms Binford also teaches a Fiddling in D class, coaches chamber music and offers an Improvisation Techniques Workshop, upon request. She is featured on several recordings, including the 2016 release of “Almost Home” by the Endless Road Strings, an ensemble specializing in alternative styles.

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Reagan Brasch (violin) graduated with a Bachelors of Music in violin performance and received her Masters in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver. After teaching with Denver Talent Education for five years with James Maurer, she moved to Chicago to teach at the Music Institute of Chicago under the direction of Gilda Barston. Mrs. Brasch gives both private and group instruction in Suzuki. She also teaches early childhood musikgarten classes to toddlers and preschoolers as the part of the Music Institute’s SMART Start program. Her most recently published article was in the Suzuki Journal concerning teaching pretwinklers. Mrs. Brasch has taught extensively at Suzuki institutes and workshops around the country.

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Amanda Brown (accompanist) received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Georgia. An accomplished vocal coach and pianist, she currently teaches and accompanies at North Atlanta Talent Education in Roswell, Georgia. She is also a Suzuki mom to her sons, Graham and Ellis.

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Teri Einfeldt (violin teacher trainer) is the Chair of the Suzuki Department at The Hartt School Community Division of The University of Hartford, where she maintains a studio of 26 students from ages 4 to 18. In her role as adjunct professor at The Hartt School, she instructs Master of Music candidates in Suzuki pedagogy. For more than twenty years, Ms. Einfeldt has been shaping these components into a program which is now considered a national model for teaching the Suzuki method within a university setting. In an effort to provide year-round opportunities in the greater Hartford area, in 1988 Ms. Einfeldt founded the Hartt Suzuki Institute, a weeklong summer workshop for children as well as teachers.
Born and raised in Kingston, New York, Ms. Einfeldt began her study of violin at the age of 7 in the public schools. As a child and growing musician, she enjoyed playing chamber music and participating in orchestra. While at Ithaca College, she studied violin with Thomas Michalak, and began Suzuki training with Sanford Reuning, one of a small group of educators who pioneered the Suzuki method in the United States.
A Suzuki Association of the Americas registered teacher trainer, Ms. Einfeldt is a frequent clinician at weekend string workshops and summer Suzuki Institutes throughout the United States and Canada. She has participated and presented at several international conferences of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, at the Pan Pacific Suzuki Conference in Sydney, Australia, and at the Suzuki World Conference in Turin, Italy. She has also lectured before the Connecticut chapter of American String Teachers Association.
In addition to her busy teaching, training, and lecturing schedule, Ms. Einfeldt continues to be an active performer. A devoted chamber musician, she also plays frequently with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She is the former Assistant Concertmistress of both the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Not surprisingly, Ms. Einfeldt has designed the Hartt Suzuki program to offer ample opportunities for students to participate in the orchestra and chamber music activities that she has always loved. She delights in beginning young quartets and developing them through high school.
Teri is a past chair of the SAA. She continues to be an active member in her roles as chair of the Teacher Development Committee and the Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) Committee.

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Chris Fiore (cello) began his cello studies when he was four years old with his parents, both of whom are established Suzuki Teachers. At the age of 12, Chris began double bass lessons with his father, and has continued to play bass as a secondary instrument. When he was 16, Chris attended the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Pamela Devenport, currently part of the faculty at the School for Strings in New York City. He transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music to finish his Bachelor’s degree, where he studied with former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen Geber. After graduating from CIM, Chris was accepted into the Masters of Music program at DePaul University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Performance studying with Stephen Balderston, former member of the Chicago Symphony. Chris is also a fully registered Suzuki teacher, and has received training with world renowned Suzuki Pedagogue Tanya Carey. Chris currently performs and teaches in the Chicago area.

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Kirsten Marshall (violin), Director of the Orchestral Program and violin instructor, is on the faculty of Ithaca (NY) Talent Education (ITE), as well as Lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. Ms. Marshall received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with majors in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Ms. Marshall also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University, with an emphasis in strings. Her conducting studies were with David Einfeldt (Hartt School of Music, Connecticut), Carl Topilow and Louis Lane (CIM). She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.
Ms. Marshall has conducted the 2014, 2012 and 1998 Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the biennial Suzuki Association Conferences, as well as conducting the faculty orchestras for the youth piano soloist in both the 2008 and 2010 conferences. She has also been a featured conductor at Suzuki institutes and All-State festivals across the United States. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Marshall co-commissioned and premiered a new sonata for violin and piano by Robert Paterson. Additionally, she composes and arranges for string orchestras. She also conducted and produced two premiere string orchestra pieces on a CD released by ITE (Bach to the Future).
Ms. Marshall is an active violinist in the Ithaca area and is a member (David and Lesli Sagan chair) of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca’s professional ensemble. She is frequently sought after as a string clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops across the United States. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging players at the highest level for riveting performances.

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Laura Simna (Eurhythmics/violin) holds an M.M. in Violin Performance from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in String Pedagogy from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Music from Case Western Reserve University with studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Suzuki training from Ronda Cole, Martha Shackford, and Tom Wermuth. Laura has also taken extensive Dalcroze Eurhythmics training at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the concertmaster of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra and performs with many ensembles in a wide range of styles, including classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Her students of all ages have received numerous scholarships, awards, and top rankings in musical competitions and events. Former students have gone on to degree studies in music performance, music therapy, and music education.
Laura currently teaches at the Baldwin Wallace University Suzuki Center, and also runs her own studio, North Olmsted Talent Education. She serves as an Education Consultant for the Cleveland Orchestra, teaching and lecturing in their Education Outreach programs and workshops. Laura has written and implemented successful music-based curricula for schools and education programs, including music and movement, music and literacy, and music and math courses.

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