Our Team

The 2020 Atlanta Suzuki Institute features pre-eminent faculty from around the United States.  We welcome you to learn more about their expertise and dedication to the Suzuki Method.

Dr. Rachael Fischer
Director
Kristin Jutras
Director
Dr. Beth Cantrell
Cello, VA
Ryan Caparella
Violin/Viola, IL
Derek Deakins
Violin/Fiddling, SC
Lisa Deakins
Violin/Fiddling, SC
Anne Donaldson
Violin, DC
Teri Einfeldt
Violin, CT
Chris Fiore
Cello, PA
Leah Jacobson
Violin, CA
Edward Kreitman
Violin, IL
Mira Larson
Eurhythmics, UT
Kirsten Marshall
Violin, NY
Lynn McCall
SECE, CT
Christy Paxton
Violin, AR
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  • DR. RACHAEL FISCHER
    Director

    Dr. Rachael Fischer began her Suzuki violin studies at the age of four, and currently maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Rachael maintains a Suzuki violin studio at the University of Georgia Community Music School, and has completed training courses with Linda Case, Teri Einfeldt, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Carrie Reuning-Hummel. She is also a past president of the Suzuki Association of Georgia. In addition to her involvement in the Suzuki community, Rachael is Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia Gwinnett College. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her saxophonist husband, Stephen, and their cat, Sophie. 

  • KRISTIN JUTRAS
    Director

    Kristin Jutras, Director of the UGA Community Music School, began studying the violin through the Suzuki Method at the age of 4 with Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music.   She continued her studies at Eastman, receiving her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance, a Performer's Certificate, and Suzuki Method Teacher training. She has since completed Suzuki training at Texas Christian University, Atlanta Suzuki Institute, Ithaca Suzuki Institute, and the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.  As past President of the Suzuki Association of Georgia, Kristin helped lead the organization to a become an SAA Chapter Affiliate and was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Prior to focusing on her teaching career, Kristin was a full-time member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  

  • DR. BETH CANTRELL
    Cello, VA

    Dr. Beth has taught children and adults at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. She currently serves on the SAA Board, is a member of the SAA Cello Committee, and as a Registered Teacher Trainer. She maintains a thriving private studio at Crozet Arts in Central Virginia. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cantrell has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, the Charlottesville Chamber Orchestra, the Waynesboro Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. A founding member of the Charlottesville Cello Club, she serves on its steering committee.

    She was active in the Atlanta area for 18 years as a teacher, chamber and orchestral performer, adjudicator, and recording studio musician. Prior to moving to Virginia with her family in 2001, she served as principal cellist for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and was on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Academy of Music. While serving as the director of the community outreach program for the School of Music at Georgia State University, she was actively involved in reestablishing the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She can be heard as cello soloist on the bestselling album “Orinoco Flow” by the Taliesin Orchestra.

    Dr. Beth earned degrees in cello performance and music history from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. She has two young adult children, and has been married to Paul Cantrell since 1986.

  • RYAN CAPARELLA
    Violin/Viola, IL

    Ryan Caparella serves on the violin and viola faculty of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School where he maintains a studio of students ages 3-18, leads the Viola Choir and co-directs the Summer Chamber Music Camp.  Prior to moving to Chicago, Ryan taught for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio in New York. 

     

    Ryan holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music and University of Miami respectively, and has pursued extensive study in violin & viola pedagogy. Ryan completed his Long Term Training in Suzuki Pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt and has pursued additional pedagogy study with Edward Kreitman, Elizabeth Faidley, Thomas Wermuth, and Doris Preucil.  In 2013, Ryan was invited to present at the American String Teachers’ Association National Conference. In 2017, Ryan was a recipient of the Suzuki Association of America's Certificate of Achievement, a designation recognizing teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement.

  • DEREK DEAKINS
    Violin/Fiddling, SC

    Derek Deakins is a fiddler, violinist, guitarist, and orchestra conductor originally from Kingsport, Tennessee.

     

    Derek's musical journey began with Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five and has taken him all around the world as a professional musician.  Derek has performed in several foreign countries and all of the 48 contiguous United States in venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Grand Ole Opry.      

     

    Derek graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. 

     

    While living in Nashville, Derek performed with major recording artists such as The Osborne Brothers, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Neil McCoy, and Blake Shelton. His television appearances include Grand Ole Opry Live, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, and Late Night with Craig Ferguson.  

     

    Derek has recorded and produced four professional albums, titled "If I Could Give the World," "The Fiddle, Bluegrass, and Me," "Double Fiddle Time," and "Where We Belong," as part of the Gravel Road Acoustic Trio.  

     

    Derek has enjoyed working as Director of Orchestras at Wando High School in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.  He also pioneered the guitar program and Advanced Placement Music Theory program. Derek has been named a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award and has co-authored a music book called Fiddlin' Favorites Volume 2 for violin students.

     

     When Derek is not teaching, you might find him playing guitar and singing as part of Gravel Road Acoustic Trio.  He also enjoys performing with various other bluegrass and country groups throughout the southeast including Pinecastle recording artists, Merle Monroe.  Additionally, Derek is honored to be a musician and conductor on staff at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

  • LISA DEAKINS
    Violin & Fiddling, SC

    Lisa Deakins is a violinist, fiddler, and Suzuki violin teacher in Charleston, South Carolina. Her music has taken her to renowned stages including the Grand Ole Opry, the Crook & Chase television show, and Song of the Mountains. Lisa’s students study classical playing as well as various fiddle styles. She has arranged a series of music books for Suzuki violinists called “Fiddlin’ Favorites,” licensed by the International Suzuki Association.

  • ANNE DONALDSON
    Violin, DC

    Anne Donaldson holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Northwestern University, and her primary training in the Suzuki Method has been under Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Ronda Cole. As a guest clinician, Ms. Donaldson has taught in Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Columbus. Ms. Donaldson currently lives in Washington, DC, where she performs frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • TERI EINFELDT
    Violin, CT

    Teri Einfeldt is the Chair of the Suzuki Department at The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, where she maintains a studio of 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. In an effort to provide year-round opportunities in the greater Hartford area, Ms. Einfeldt founded the Hartt Suzuki Institute in 1988. A Suzuki Association of the Americas registered teacher trainer, Ms. Einfeldt is a frequent clinician at workshops and Suzuki Institutes through the United States and Canada. In July 2011, Teri ended her position as chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She continues to be an active member of the organization, particularly in her roles as chair of the Teacher Development Committee and the Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) Committee. 

  • CHRISTOPHER FIORE
    Cello, PA

    Cellist Christopher Fiore began studying the cello at the age of four with his parents, both of whom are established Suzuki teachers and performers in the Philadelphia area. Christopher holds degrees in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University, and completed Suzuki training with Tanya Carey. In addition to teaching privately, he spends his summers traveling to various Suzuki Institutes. He is also an active performer, playing with orchestras in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and greater Philadelphia areas.

  • LEAH JACOBSON
    Violin, CA

    Leah Jacobson is a professional violinist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has a private violin studio, is the founder of the String Orchestra of Decatur and Atlanta (SODA), a string orchestra for young players, and performs regularly with various regional orchestras. Leah also currently performs regularly with her trio, Luna Strings. She holds violin performance degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, and she has studied conducting with Michael Palmer.

  • EDWARD KREITMAN
    Violin, IL

    Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. Mr. Kreitman received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University where he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. In 1986 , he studied at the Talent Education Summer School with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan.

     

    Mr. Kreitman has served the Suzuki Teacher’s Association in many capacities including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, Teacher Development team and as Coordinator for several National Suzuki Teacher Conferences. Recently he served on the SAA team which developed the Every Child Can! introductory course. Edward Kreitman enjoys an international reputation as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops. Mr. Kreitman is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is the author of Teaching from the Balance Point: A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and Students and Teaching with an Open Heart: A Guide for Developing Conscious Musicianship. In 2008, Mr. Kreitman was honored with the Suzuki Chair Award at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

  • MIRA LARSON
    Eurhythmics, UT

    Originally from Chicago, Mira Larson started training in cello and dance at an early age. She continued her cello studies at Northwestern University (BM) and the New England Conservatory (MM). Upon discovering Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Mira immediately enrolled at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and has attended conventions held by the Dalcroze Society of America and the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (Genève, Switzerland). She holds a Dalcroze Certificate and is completing her License. Mira lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches at the Gifted Music School, La Maison des Enfants, and her own Rythmique Music School.

  • KIRSTEN MARSHALL
    Violin, NY

    Kirsten Marshall, director of orchestral programs and violin instructor, is on the faculty at Ithaca Talent Education and lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. Ms. Marshall is an active violinist in the Ithaca area and holds the 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. Ms. Marshall is a registered SAA violin teacher trainer. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging players at the highest level for riveting performances.

  • LYNN MCCALL
    SECE, CT

    Lynn McCall was named the first SAA teacher trainer for Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) in the United States in 2015. She received her Suzuki long-term training from Dorothy Jones and Leena Crothers. Director and co-founder of Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music School in New Haven, CT, which was founded as the pilot program in Connecticut for SECE in 2006. She has maintained an active piano studio, working with young children since 1995. She is a sought after clinician for national and international workshops and Suzuki institutes.

  • CHRISTY PAXTON
    Violin, AR

    Christy Paxton is the Director of the NWA Suzuki School of Music in Bentonville, Arkansas, and has been a Suzuki teacher for the last 25 years in Missouri and Arkansas. She has completed extensive teacher training, and now leads the Suzuki School with inspired vision, influenced by many great Suzuki teachers. The school has grown to serve over 100 students in violin, cello, and classical guitar. Christy is committed to teaching excellence through lifelong learning, and is an advocate for the Suzuki Method. She founded the Ozark Suzuki Institute in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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