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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 Cho is a native of Seoul, Korea. She completed doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Connecticut, and earned her second master's degree in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University. In 2010 she began training in piano pedagogy through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and joined the Toledo Symphony School of Music faculty in 2011. She lives in Bowling Green, pursuing a PhD in theater/performance studies at Bowling Green State University.
David Dyer has been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra twice, having auditioned his way in again after five years with the Puerto Rico Symphony. A doubler, he is the only TSO member contracted as both a string (violin) and wind player (recorder). He has also performed with the TSO as a percussionist (Lion’s Roar), keyboardist (MIDI Sampler), viola da gambist, and sawist (musical saw).
Dyer’s musical interests beyond the symphonic world have featured music outside the traditional symphonic repertory, particularly pre-symphonic and new music. He finds a particularly close kinship between the complex rhythms and forms of the late Middle Ages and serial compositions of the early 20th century. He directed the Old West End Baroque Ensemble, formerly in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, for 9 years, and as a violinist for the Current and Modern Consort of Ann Arbor spent five years performing music by living composers only.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“I believe in finding out how the student learns best and adjusting the teaching according to the interests and learning style of the student. My most treasured memories as a young cellist included performing with others at an early age especially other string players.”
Aileen Pagan-Rohwer holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Rice University respectively where she studied primarily with Norman Fischer. Additional mentors included Richard Weiss and Stephen Geber, Christopher French, Desmond Hoebig, Alan Harris, Regina Mushabac and the late Leopold Teraspulsky. After completing a minority fellowship with the Houston Symphony, Aileen went on to perform with the Memphis Symphony as Assistant Principal. She has participated in such festivals as the Aspen Music Festival, Musicorda in Massachusetts, and has performed with the New World Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. She has also had the honor to be a part of the one and only 1994 Solti Orchestra Project directed by the late Sir Georg Solti and is an alumnus of The New York String Orchestra under the direction of the late Alexander Schneider; both events took place at Carnegie Hall.
Aileen has taught cello for over 20 years and has had students ranging from age 3-adults. Suzuki trained in Cello Book I under Carol Tarr, Aileen uses a combination of teaching styles tailored to the individual student based on the students’ level which may include Suzuki techniques for a younger child as well as traditional techniques that cover note reading and theory for the more advanced student.
In addition to teaching and performing, Aileen enjoys bringing audiences and performers together. She managed Chamber Music Ann Arbor from 2000-2003 and was the founding chair of the Allen Creek Preschool Benefit Concerts as well as the founding Director of Cultural Art Strings in Manchester, Michigan, a group dedicated to bringing string instrument instruction to the Manchester children. Her greatest joy is raising her three sons with her husband, Robert Rohwer, in a house full of wonderful music.
René Schiffer, cello & viola da gamba, studied principally with the great cellist Anner Bijlsma in Amsterdam. He also studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints.
He received soloist diplomas with honors in both modern and baroque cello in the Netherlands. A founding member of Apollo's Fire, has has performed internationally with artists such as Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bijlsma, Sigiswald, Wieland, and Barthold Kuijken, Bruno Weil, and Steuart Pincombe. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken's La Petite Bande for many years, he toured internationally and appeared as soloist on European television. He has also performed with Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski), the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Koopman), the Belgian ensemble Il Gardellino, and Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a soloist, he has appeared at major festivals throughout Europe, including the early music festivals of Bruges and Utrecht.
René Schiffer has served as a guest teacher at CWRU, Oberlin Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory.
Schiffer has received Suzuki training from Jean Dexter and Andrea Yun. He has predominantly been teaching at the Toledo Symphony School of Music since 2010. Schiifer has also given classes at Cleveland's music school The Settlement.
As a composer in historical and modern styles, his works have been performed by Apollo's Fire, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. His Tango Concerto can be heard on the Apollo's Fire CD Vivaldi & Friends. Mr. Schiffer can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato and Sony labels, as well as on Apollo's Fire recordings on the AVIE, Koch and Eclectra labels.
Schiffer enjoys about every cuisine's accomplishments as long as Brussels sprouts do not belong to the ingredients.
RACHAEL SCHULTZ ZEITHAMEL
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. In addition to her work at the Toledo Symphony School of Music, Rachel is a part-time faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bowling Green State University, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement.
Violin & Viola
Cheryl Trace has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 1991.
But wait! There's more:
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 (the tropics were just TOO good), 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, and founded Toledo Suzuki Strings in 1992, teaching violin to children as young as 4 years of age.
She has no spare time, her family keeps her too busy.
Viola and 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.