|Preparatory Program Directors|
Michelle is looking forward to directing the Preparatory Strings Program during the 2011-2012 school year! 2011 marks the start of Michelle’s work towards a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy here at CWU. Michelle graduated in 2008 from CWU wit
a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Violin Performance with four years of experience working with the Prep Program as a coach and director. She then stayed in Ellensburg to teach violin! Michelle is currently teaching violin at Ellensburg Christian School and teaches private violin lessons from her home. When she is not playing violin Michelle loves to read, cook, and (her favorite) take long walks with husband Kevin and their two dogs Lily and Max.
|Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra|
James is a Conductor, Teacher, Clarinetist and Guitarist rooted in the
Viola: Glenn Wilcott
Cello: Molly Tourtelot
Brass/Percussion: Cameron Guerrero
Tim Rooney grew up in Spokane, WA and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2007. Since then, he's enjoyed pursuing his bachelor’s degree in music education here at CWU. Over the past couple of years, Tim has enjoyed taking viola, piano, and voice lessons and has been heavily involved in string and choral ensembles. He hopes to eventually teach middle school orchestra or high school choir somewhere in Eastern Washington. This is his fifth year working with the Prep Strings program and third year as a Prep Strings director.
Bret Smith is a teacher educator, conductor, and cellist who specializes in instrumental music education. He holds degrees in music and systematic musicology from the University of Washington, where he worked with James C. Carlsen and Barbara Reeder Lundquist, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy in music education from the University of Michigan, where his mentors were Robert L. Culver, James O. Froseth, Richard J. Colwell, and Anthony Elliott.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
My name is Marysa Gunning. I have been playing cello for 12 years. I am a junior and I started working with the Prep program my freshman year. I worked with beginning strings freshman year and sophomore year. During these years I worked with both Beginning Strings and the Suzuki Early Beginners. This year I am the director of Beginning Strings and the youngest Suzuki group, Early Beginners 1. I have learned so much about teaching from the Prep Program and I am excited to keep learning and teaching these kids!
|Early Beginners Violin Class|
Barbara Riley, violinist and violist, received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Western Washington University. While in Bellingham, WA, she was introduced to the Suzuki Method and encouraged to begin teaching. In 1988, she spent several months in Matsumoto, Japan, studying with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. For 23 years she led a busy life in Seattle, teaching violin and viola and playing in musical theater. Barbara has taught at many Suzuki Institutes including Seattle, Oregon, Idaho, Palouse and Walla Walla. Since moving to Ellensburg, Washington in 2005, Barbara enjoys sharing the Suzuki method and philosophy with her new students and their families. She continues to be active in chamber music, orchestra and fiddling groups, and enjoys her new life on a small farm that she shares with her husband, a dog, a cat, and two horses.
Molly Tourtelot EBi
Ali Velasco, EBii
Flutist Stephanie J. Miller will be performing a flute recital with pianist Maria Roditeleva-Wibe onKairos String Quartet And Guests Will Perform Concert
On April 20, members of the Kairos String Quartet, along with CWU faculty member Jon Hamar and UniveCWU Faculty To Present Composition Recital
The Central Washington University Department of Music is proud to present a Faculty Composition Reci