Toledo Symphony School of Music - Faculty

JENN BURNS 

Viola & Violin

Jenn Burns has been playing with the Toledo Symphony since 2007. She has also performed with the Tulsa Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and is a sub for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Jenn received her Master's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, both in viola performance. Her main teachers have included Jeffrey Irvine, Mark Jackobs, Masumi Rostad and Rudolf Haken. 

Jenn has also participated in the Kent/Blossom and Round Top music festivals and has performed on a cruise ship with a string quartet for a summer. Jenn has enjoyed teaching children of all ages for many years with the Suzuki Method and traditional approaches. She received her Suzuki training on violin and viola from a long term program at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Kimberly Meier-Sims. She has also received additional teacher training from Pat D’Ercole, William Preucil, Sr. and Mimi Zweig. 

In her spare time, Jenn enjoys swimming, hiking, kayaking, reading and all things chocolate.

 

CLAIRE HYECUN CEON-CHO
Piano

Claire Hyecun Ceon-Cho, a native of Seoul, Korea, completed her doctoral program in piano performance at the University of Connecticut. Her teachers include Soojeong Shin, Jinwoo Chung, Atarah Jablonski, and Neal Larrabee. After being touched by the Suzuki teaching of her daughter’s cello teacher, Renee Goubeaux, she started her Suzuki training in 2010 and has been a passionate Suzuki teacher at Toledo Symphony School of Music since 2012. Other than teaching piano, she is interested in social aspect of music, which led her to receive a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology and a graduate certificate in Performance Studies, both from Bowling Green State University. She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on the performativity of Korean American’s music making and the relationship with the mainstream U.S culture. 

 
cheryl freeman

Cheryl Freeman has a B.A. in Music from Central Connecticut State University. It wasn't until experiencing firsthand the benefits of music for infants, toddlers & preschoolers with her own children, that she developed a desire to begin teaching music.  For the past 15 years, she has taught early childhood music & movement locally in Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan, beginning with Gymboree Play & Music and Kindermusik, then branching out on her own in 2013 with Musically Me llc. Musically Me offers Cheryl the challenge and flexibility of writing her own curriculum, and writing/selecting music for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to music classes for children ages birth through 7, Musically Me llc offers music classes to preschools, and private special needs elementary schools in the greater Toledo Area for children up through age 12. When not teaching classes of children, Cheryl enjoys one on one time with her 50 piano students which range from early beginner through late intermediate. Cheryl has been recognized by The Toledo Area Parent Magazine as the "Top Teacher in Toledo" in the 2008 Toledo Family Favorites awards, and received a Shining Star from the TAEYC in 2009 as an Outstanding Teacher in Enrichment. Her desire as a music teacher is to connect with children through music, and help adults learn how to become actively involved with their child to aid them in growing and developing to their full potential. 

 
RENEE GOUBEAUX


Cello

Renee Goubeaux, cello, has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 2003. In the summers she performs in Yellowstone Park with the Lake String Quartet. Renee is a Columbus native and began playing cello in a public school strings program. She went on to earn performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. In 2007 she began training in cello pedagogy through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and currently teaches cello at the Toledo Symphony School of Music. Renee has been a young artist at the Scotia Festival in Halifax, a semi-finalist at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and principal cello at the National Orchestral Institute. Her European performances include recitals in Poland with the Medea String Quartet and concerts with Opera Theatre of Lucca Festival Orchestra and as part of the World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. She lives in Toledo with her husband, Robert.

 

AMY HERITAGE


Flute

Amy Heritage has been a member of the Toledo Symphony flute section since 2005.  From 1991-2003, she was a lecturer at The University of Toledo where she taught flute, flute choir, chamber music and music theory. While at the university she performed extensively with the Toledo Wind Quintet and the flute and guitar duo, Duo Ami.  Amy has performed with numerous regional orchestras in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.  She has music degrees from Indiana University and Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music and is a registered teacher of the Suzuki flute method.  

Amy enjoys teaching flutists of a wide range of ages and abilities, but she is especially excited to be expanding her teaching of young musicians through the Toledo Symphony School of Music where students can participate in group classes, recitals and other enrichment activities as part of their lesson experience.  Young flute lovers are fortunate that the flute has been adapted for smaller arms and hands.  A flute with a curved headjoint makes it possible for children as young as four to learn to play.  The Suzuki method of teaching music to young children has also been adapted for flute.  Using this approach, lessons with Amy emphasize parent involvement, positive encouragement, imitation, repetition, listening, and learning in individual and group settings.

 

aaron keaster

Cello & Double bass

Aaron Keaster resides in the Toledo area and has been a member of the Toledo Symphony double bass section since 1996. In addition to having a private studio teaching cello and double bass in the Toledo area for over 15 years, Mr. Keaster has held teaching positions at Adrian College, Bowling Green State University, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and with the Perrysburg, OH Public Schools. He also currently teaches music lessons at the Toledo School of Arts, as well as leads sectionals for the Perrysburg Public Schools Orchestra Program. Mr. Keaster received a Master's degree in Music Performance from the University of Indiana and a Bachelor's of Music Education Degree from The Wichita State University. While in Wichita, he performed with the Wichita Symphony and the Wichita Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Keaster has performed with several other orchestras, including the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Evansville Philharmonic and the Adrian Symphony. He has played for national tours of Broadway musicals, including Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Producers and Spamalot. Mr. Keaster joined the TSSM faculty in 2017.

 
STEVEN KRUSE


Violin

Violist Steven Kruse currently performs with the Toledo Symphony and teaches at the Toledo Symphony School of Music and at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.  He has performed as principal violist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Camerata, Windsor Symphony, and Flint Symphony and has appeared as soloists with several orchestras throughout the United States, Romania, and Vietnam.  For twenty summers, Dr. Kruse served on the faculty at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Previously, he taught for twelve years at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri—Kansas City, serving as string area coordinator for four years.  He has also held teaching positions at West Virginia University, University of Toledo, University of Windsor, William Jewell College, and the University of Notre Dame. 

Dr. Kruse has performed in Germany, Romania, Israel, Italy, Taiwan, and Vietnam, where he appeared as both viola soloist and conductor.  He performs regularly with his wife, violinist Penny Thompson Kruse, as part of the Kruse Duo.  Dr. Kruse earned a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate from Ball State University. His principal teachers have been Lillian Fuchs, Milton Thomas, Robert Slaughter, Robert Becker, and Jerzy Kosmala.  He completed Suzuki teacher training under Mark Mutter, director of the Suzuki Royal Oak School near Detroit. 

Dr. Kruse is past treasurer of the International Viola Society and the American Viola Society.  He has co-authored articles in the Strad, Strings, and American String Teacher.  He has performed at five International Viola Congresses, in the United States, Europe, and South Africa.  This past June, Dr. Kruse was invited to perform at the William Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival, held at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.

 

NANCY LENDRIM


Harp

Nancy Lendrim is Principal Harpist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where she holds the Lois Nitschke Harp Chair. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nancy was a student of renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. Her studies included twelve summers with Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.  

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Nancy has participated in several summer music festivals, including those in Breckenridge and Evergreen, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Bar Harbor, Maine and Graz, Austria. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony on their Classics, Chamber, Mainly Mozart and Neighborhood Concert series. A recent review described a solo appearance with the Akron Symphony as bringing "... a proficiency and professionalism to Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances and to Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. (Lendrim) raised the level of playing with her performance." She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her chamber music performances across the United States have been highlighted by numerous world premiere performances, most recently in St. Louis and Norfolk.

Nancy has appeared as a performer, presenter and clinician at regional, national and international harp conferences. She joined forces with fellow harpist Jody Guinn in 2000, creating the Salzedo Harp Duo. In that same year, the Duo was awarded the first of two Mellon Foundation Grants, as coordinated by the Toledo Symphony, to research and prepare Carlos Salzedo’s little-known duo harp repertoire for public performance. Since then, the Duo has presented concerts, workshops and master classes across America. In 2002, Nancy performed at the Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland with the Salzedo Harp Duo, and in 2008, the Duo performed at the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. She has recorded two CDs with the Salzedo Harp Duo on the Azica label and with the Cleveland Orchestra on the London label.

Teaching has always been an important part of Nancy's career. She is Instructor of Harp at the University of Toledo, is on the faculty of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, the Saratoga Harp Colony & Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Toledo School for the Arts. She was formerly on the faculty of the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. In 1997, she founded Northwest Ohio Harp Week, and continues to serve as Co-Director of this music camp for area harpists. She has been an adjudicator for harp competitions in Ohio, Georgia and New York. Nancy is also Director and Coach of the University of Toledo Harp Ensemble. She plays a Lyon & Healy Style 26 concert grand harp.

Offstage, Nancy maintains an active roster of private students, is President of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, and is a regular contributor and reviewer for The Harp Column magazine. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio with husband Roger Greive and sons Elliot and Oliver.

 

SARAH MAGOUN
Violin

Sarah Magoun is a violinist with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra. She studied Suzuki violin as a child and continued her studies through Freshman year at Wellesley College before pursuing a medical degree. She has continued to be an active musician throughout her life playing with the University of Michigan Campus Orchestra, Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra, playing for weddings and funerals, and sharing music with many churches and nursing homes. Sarah has also had the opportunity to be a Suzuki parent to two of her three children. She loves children, violin, and the Suzuki method so much that she began her Suzuki teacher training this summer and is looking forward to continued involvement with the Toledo Symphony School of Music as a teacher. Sarah is also a pediatrician with the Maumee Pediatric Associates.

 

DR. JEFF MANCHUR


Piano

Dr. Jeff Manchur is equally dedicated to teaching and performing. As a pianist, he performed across the United States, notably in important new music festivals, advocating for the works of living composers alongside the classical masterpieces. As an academic, he has spoken at conferences in the USA, Canada, England, and Ireland.

As a teacher, Dr. Jeff has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Toledo School for the Arts, and Marietta College, teaching private and group piano lessons as well as classes in music theory, history and appreciation. In his final year of doctoral studies, he was the College of Musical Arts nominee for the BGSU Graduate College’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. His students regularly rate his teaching very highly, especially noting his sensitivity and adaptability to difficulties in the learning process. Dr. Jeff takes pride in working alongside students, using his experience and wisdom to lead students to musical and pianistic discoveries.

Born and raised in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Dr. Jeff obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brandon University. Living in the USA since 2009, he has graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Master of Music) and Bowling Green State University (Doctor of Musical Arts) where he was teaching assistant to his own mentor and professor, Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. Dr. Jeff now teaches Suzuki piano at the Toledo Symphony School of Music, and continues as a freelance performer around the Northwest Ohio region.

 

KATHLEEN SCHNERER

Kathleen Schnerer teaches orchestra in the Perrysburg School District. Once a Suzuki student, always a Suzuki student, Kathleen began the process of becoming a Suzuki teacher herself in 2015. She joined the faculty of the TSSM in 2016.

 

CHERYL TRACE


Violin & Viola 

Cheryl Trace has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 1991.

Educated at Butler University, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. Her major teachers were Arthur Tabachnick and Vartan Manoogian. While in Indiana, she performed regularly with the Indianapolis Opera Company and the Arriaga String Quartet, in residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She spent one summer at King's Island amusement park singing and playing fiddle in the country show. 

After one year of free-lancing in Indianapolis, Cheryl accepted a position with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She also performed concerts with the Puerto Rico String Quartet, the Pops Orchestra and Concerto Chamber Players. She held a teaching position at the Conservatory String Program (founded by Pablo Casals), teaching violinists and co-directing the summer music program. She also did a great deal of recording studio work, playing jingles for commercials and albums for vocal pop artists. Her intention was to stay for one year.

Ten years later, she took positions in Hartford with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Opera Company. Upon arrival in Connecticut, the orchestra went on strike. This unfortunate event led to more auditions and soon after she was awarded a contract with the Toledo Symphony. She now performs regularly with Toledo Symphony String Quartet and the ZIN Quartet playing quite a number of educational programs, weddings and special events. She is also a founding member of Apollo's Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) playing baroque violin and viola and has performed two seasons with the Des Moines Metro Opera Company. 

Her musical projects/tours have taken her to places such as: Boston, Washington D.C., Aspen, Spain, New Zealand, Italy and Germany, among others. She has been the recipient of three Mellon foundation grants, each one designed to bring several free performances to the general public. 

Cheryl loves teaching as much as playing. She maintains a very active teaching studio, teaching violin to children as young as 4 years of age. 

She has no spare time, her family keeps her too busy.

 

RACHEL SCHULTZ ZEITHAMEL


Piano 

Rachel Schultz Zeithamel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Upon completion of the degree, Ms. Schultz taught at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa. There she maintained a large Suzuki piano studio and created the Preucil School's first Dalcroze Eurhythmics program. In 2006, Rachel returned to CIM to pursue a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano. Before directing the TSSM, Rachel was on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bowling Green State University and was interim director of the Suzuki program at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.

 

TIM ZEITHAMEL


Viola & Violin

Tim Zeithamel joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 2008. He began studying the violin at age 3 with his mother, Sonja, co-founder of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA. Mr. Zeithamel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has previously been a member of the Quad Cities Symphony, Assistant Principal of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Principal of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. His major teachers include William Preucil Sr., Christine Rutledge, and Mark Jackobs.

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