|Preparatory Program Directors|
Monica Freshley, a conductor, teacher, and cellist, is looking forward to being part of the Preparatory Strings Program family this year! While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at Gonzaga University, she performed with the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, University Choir, and Chamber Choir, and conducted both the Choir and Brass Ensemble.
|Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra|
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.
|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.