Connie Hadlock (ID) Violin
Connie Hadlock of Caldwell, Idaho, began teaching in 1977 under the founder of the Idaho Suzuki Institute, June Itami. In 2005, she started the first orchestra at her high school Alma Mater. She taught for three years in the Caldwell school district, 5th-8th grade orchestras. She has served on the faculty at Suzuki Institutes in Utah, California, Montana, and Idaho. During the past 30 years, she has served as both co-director and director of the Idaho Suzuki Institute, now in its 43rd year and has been an advisor/coach for a high school auxiliary/dance team. Connie continues teaching violin/viola lessons in her private studio as well as performing with various ensembles and the Symphonia at the College of Idaho. She enjoys traveling the country and spending time with her 22 grandchildren.
Charles Regauer (LA) Violin/Viola
Charles Regauer, a native of Brazil, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil and a Master’s degree in Music from the University of New Mexico with double concentration in Viola Performance and Violin Pedagogy. He attended several music festivals in Brazil, where he had the opportunity to learn from great teachers as Eric Rosenblith, Richard Young, Ori Kam, Paul Biss, Rainer Moog, Clara Takarabe, Renée Moore-Skerik and Timothy Deighton. In the year 2008, he won the SESI/Fundarte concerto competition for young soloists, where he performed a solo with the orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Charles Regauer has been teaching violin and viola since 2006 and completed the Suzuki Violin Long Term-Training with Susan Kempter. He has continued his teacher training in viola with Elizabeth Stuen Walker, Bill Preucil and Sarah Montzka. He has attended other teaching courses with Mimi Zweig, Barbara Barber, Winifred Crock, Nancy Jackson, Pat D’Ercole, Doris Preucil, Laurie Scott, Mark Mutter and Pat D’Ercole. He has taught in Suzuki workshops in Brazil, Mexico and the United States; having fun learning and teaching, sometimes dressed as Gandalf or Waldo, playing scales, movie songs, Bach Minuets, leading the viola groups or teaching master classes. Currently, he works at the Centenary College of Louisiana as a violin/viola instructor and administrator to the Centenary Suzuki School in Shreveport, LA.Kelli Ingels (OK) ViolinKelli Ingels is the founder and director of the Norman School for Strings, a Suzuki school located in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. Kelli won a position with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic while an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma. She also plays for the Oklahoma City Ballet, and has played for the Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, and Lyric Theatre. In her 30 years as a professional musician, she has performed the greatest works for orchestra and shared the stage with acclaimed concert artists, but her biggest loves are teaching and Suzuki education. Kelli is a believer in life-long learning and has spent her summers traveling around the country supplementing her training. She has trained extensively with Cathryn Lee at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute and was privileged to become a member of the faculty there in the summers of 2018 and 2019. One of the highlights of her summer travels is meeting so many wonderful Suzuki families and teachers, and she is thrilled to be in Lafayette as a member of the Acadiana Suzuki Strings Institute faculty this year.
Rachel Alvarado (TX) Violin/Viola
Rachel Alvarado serves as Lower and Middle School Orchestra Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Previously, she served as head orchestra director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD, earning sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. Mrs. Alvarado also maintains a private Suzuki violin and viola studio through the Austin Suzuki Music School and is a regular clinician at the Austin Suzuki Institute, Ozark Suzuki Institute, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and many other Suzuki music festivals throughout Texas. Additionally, she conducted the Camerata Orchestra in the Austin Youth Orchestra program and enjoys performing regularly in the Austin area.
Jillienne Bowers (MI) Violin
iolinist Jillienne Bowers began her musical studies at the age of eight in her native town of Seal Beach, California. After two years at Chapman University in Orange County, California, she ventured to the east coast to continue her studies. Jillienne received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University and pursued graduate studies, earning her Master of Music degree from the University of Boston. During this time, she studied with Dr. David Margetts, Charles Libove, Raphael Druian, and Camilla Wicks. She was also fortunate to work under Alexander Schneider in the New York String Orchestra for two years, allowing her to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York and the National Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has given solo performances in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio. She has given chamber recitals in Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, and Germany. Currently, Jillienne performs with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as 4th chair first- section violinist and has been a member for 26 years.
Jillienne began her Suzuki pedagogy training 26 years ago in Snowmass, Colorado, with Joanne Bath. Deeply influenced by Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that every child can learn to play with excellence, she continued her studies with Suzuki trainers, Nancy Lokken, Ronda Cole, Alice-Joy Lewis, Wendy Azrak, Linda Stieg, Cathryn Lee, and Master Suzuki teacher, John Kendall. She teaches a private studio of eighteen violin students in her home, with a few of those students pursuing degrees in Music performance or Music Education. She is a proud mum of three boys, Christopher, Colin, and Charles, all raised to play musical instruments. She currently resides in Adrian, MI, with her husband, Bryan, and their English Labrador, Kiira. In her spare time, Jillienne loves spending time outdoors in her garden, swimming, walking with her dog, and reading.
Christopher Fiore (DC) Cello
Christopher Fiore started the violin at the age of three with his mother, who is an established Suzuki teacher and Teacher-Trainer in the Philadelphia area. At the age of four, his father, a Suzuki bass teacher and performer, switched him to cello while his mother was out of town. Fortunately, she has since forgiven them both. When he turned 16, Christopher began his undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. After two years, he transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Cello Performance while studying with Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduating, Christopher moved to Chicago to start his Masters in Cello Performance with Stephen Balderston, who had just retired as the assistant-principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony. He also obtained a Performance Certificate while studying with Brant Taylor, another cellist in the Chicago Symphony. While in Chicago, he worked with world-renowned Suzuki teacher Dr. Tanya Carey to be registered in all 10 Suzuki Books, and participated in a private Practicum Course with Dr. Carey, where his teaching was extensively evaluated over an entire school year. Christopher has been teaching since the age of 18, and has taught in various Suzuki Institutes and Workshops across the United States, as well as Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. He has helped to build numerous cello programs, including working with Michele George and Diane Sloane at East Cleveland Rainbow Suzuki Strings, in East Cleveland, Ohio, and the DePaul Community Music Division in Chicago, Illinois. He has also been the Cello Director at both the Oak Park String Academy in Oak Park, Illinois, and the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Christopher is also an active performer, playing with various orchestras in the D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Greater Philadelphia areas.
Mark Mutter (MI) Violin
Mark Mutter is a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He received his Bachelor and Master of Violin Performance studying with Walter Schwede, Angel Reyes, and Camilla Wicks. His orchestral career began in Hong Kong as the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He also taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. Mark studied Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall, Ronda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, Jacquie Maurer, and Geri Arnold. He is the Executive Director of the Suzuki Music Academy of Michigan, formerly known as Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. He oversees 10 teachers who teach over 150 students. He has been a clinician at Workshops and Institutes throughout the U.S. and Asia. Mark has led the SRO Tour Group on concert tours throughout Europe and Canada, as well as two performances in Carnegie Hall. He is presently on the conducting staff of the Wu Family Academy, the Detroit Symphonies youth orchestra program. He conducts the Concert Orchestra and Pizzicato String Ensemble. He is also a lecturer in Suzuki Pedagogy at the University of Michigan.
Alice Ann O’Neill (OH) Cello Teacher Training
Dr. Alice Ann M. O’Neill, attended Boston University to study cello performance, and subsequently obtained a master’s degree in cello performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Western Illinois University, and a doctorate from The Ohio State University, in cello performance and string pedagogy. She has performed in professional orchestras and chamber ensembles, and as a solo cellist throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. She has taught many clinics and workshops concerning many aspects of pedagogy and presented at state and international education conferences. Her research articles have been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, the American Suzuki Journal, and the Vincentian Heritage Journal. Her cello students have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” and won top prizes at the St. Paul’s String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Several cello students of Dr. O’Neill have continued their studies at schools such as Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Catholic University of America, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University, Harvard University, and the Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, Dr. O’Neill is professor of cello, teaches chamber music and string pedagogy, and supervises new teachers at Mount St. Joseph University and directs the Mount St. Joseph Talent Education program in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Catholic nun and member of the Sisters of Charity.
Christine Balfa (LA) Fiddle
is one of Cajun music's most talented and revered vocalists and guitar players. She began playing music as a teenager with her father, Dewey Balfa, and has continued her family legacy in a major way. Christine is founding director of the non-profit organization, Louisiana Folk Roots, an organization dedicated to preserving Louisiana's valuable cultural landscape. Christine leads the powerhouse Cajun band, Balfa Toujours, and plays rhythm guitar with Grammy-nominated band, Bonsoir Catin. She is fluent in Cajun French and in 2014 obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Christine teaches the ASO&C Do-Re-ME!
program at Church Point Elementary, Central Rayne Kindergarten, Crowley Kindergarten, and Epiphany Day School.
Anya Burgess (LA) Fiddle
Anya Burgess is a graduate of Indiana University's violin making program, and has been servicing the needs of string players in South Louisiana since 2002. From her shop, SOLA Violins
, in downtown Lafayette, LA, she sells, rents, and repairs violins, violas, cellos, and bows and accessories. Anya enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities, from students to professionals, Classical to Cajun. Anya also plays the fiddle professionally with two Grammy-nominated Cajun bands, the Magnolia Sisters and Bonsoir Catin. Her love of playing violin is a great compliment to her love of building and working on stringed instruments. She is a member of the Violin Society of America and the Grammy's Recording Academy.
Bonnie Camos (LA) Art
Bonnie Camos is a visual artist, curator, arts educator, and native of Lafayette, LA. For 25 years, Bonnie has been professionally exhibiting her art and actively participating in the cultural communities where she resides, having served on the boards of the Acadiana Arts Council and the Louisiana Crafts Guild. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was an artist-in-residence at Louisiana Artworks in New Orleans in March 2007. Bonnie was chosen as an official artist for Festival International de Louisiane in collaboration with Craig “Whoojoo” McCullen to create the official art piece and poster for the year 2010. She also created the “Games of Acadiana” poster in 2012 for the Miles’ Perret Cancer Services Center. Her work shifts from acrylics to her current images using encaustic and mixed media assemblages. Bonnie teaches children’s art classes in addition to conducting summer arts programs for the Children’s Museum of Acadiana and the Acadiana Symphony cultural camp.
Erin Fort (LA) Percussion
Erin Fort currently teaches at Lafayette Renaissance where she is the K-8th general music teacher. In addition to general music classes she teaches the Percussion Ensemble, Elementary Choir, and the Japanese Club. Mrs. Fort is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana. She is the Vice President of the Red Stick Orff Association and holds two levels of certification in American Orff Schulwerk from Texas A&M at Kingsville. She is also certified in World Music Drumming from Milwaukee, WI and Musikgarten Curriculum from Dallas, TX. Mrs. Fort has worked with the Noel Community Arts Program in Shreveport, LA, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Academy of Acadiana. Her goal is always to make learning music a fun and enjoyable experience!
Lauren Baker (LA) Director/Violin
Lauren Baker studied violin performance at Oberlin College and also holds a BA in Communications from Spring Hill College. At the age of 12, Ms. Baker played her first solo with the Mobile Symphony performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto with her mother, Nancy Head, who was her first teacher. She continued her studies with Harold Wolf and then at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of David Cerone and Stephen Staryk. She has maintained a violin studio in Lafayette since 1986. Members of her studio range in age from 4 to 18 and have performed several times with the ASO as part of the Educational Concert Series. Several of her students have been members of the ASO. Her students have also enjoyed master classes with many guest artists including the Cavani String Quartet, David Cerone, Midori and Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and have been accepted to some of the country’s leading summer programs and conservatories. She has served on the faculties of many Suzuki institutes across the country. Since 1988, Ms. Baker has been concertmaster of the Acadiana Symphony. Her commitment to the ASO has also included Orchestra Committee Chair and terms on the Board of Directors as Orchestra Representative. She has been a member of many orchestras, often holding principal positions. She is a widely sought-after freelance musician and is co-owner of “Vermilion Strings” (vermilionstrings.net
) which provides musicians for special events. Ms. Baker is committed to creating an environment of learning excellence for all string students. ASSI is a critical part of this environment, and she is most grateful for those who support it, from students and their parents, parent & teacher volunteers, ASSI sponsors, and our fabulous faculty!
Molly Goforth (LA) Co-Director/Cello
Molly Goforth is an active chamber and orchestral musician based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Ms. Goforth is the principal cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, a member of the Acadiana Symphony, cello faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at McNeese State University, and is a frequent performer of chamber music with her faculty colleagues at ULL and the Baton Rouge-based group Magnolia Strings. Ms. Goforth also maintains an active private studio. Her private students are regularly accepted into the Louisiana All-State Orchestra, the LPSS Gifted & Talented program, participate in the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, UL-Lafayette Orchestra, and are employed by various churches and other organizations as gigging musicians. Ms. Goforth has a Master of Music degree in cello performance from DePaul University in Chicago, a BM from the University of Louisville, and has received Suzuki Teacher Training through Cello Book 5. Ms. Goforth has studied privately with Stephen Balderston, Alan Harris, Darrett Adkins, Craig Hultgren, Alice Ann O’Neill and Paul York.