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Clark, James Educated on scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, James has played drums and/or percussion with Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Michael Mclean, Joe Zawinal (of Weather Report), the Joe Muscolino band, George Gregory, Dan Weldon, the Little Big Band, 7 seasons at Pioneer theater company, more than 30 musical theater soundtracks and countless CD’s and commercial recordings. James has a private teaching studio in Davis County where he keeps a schedule of sixty students year round. His students have received scholarships to all of the local and universities and out of state schools as well.
Eldridge, Pam Pam Eldridge really enjoys teaching. The individual personalities of students make this a fascinating job. She has been fortunate enough to teach at Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, American Suzuki Institute, Amadillo Suzuki Institute, and Utah Suzuki Institute. On weekends, Pam is principle harp with the Colorado Ballet and Ft. Collins Symphony. Her daughter Maddie keeps her busy in many activities, especially Girl Scouts.
Fedson, Delaine Leonard Delaine Leonard Fedson is a vibrant educator based in Austin, TX. She has been a Suzuki teacher since 1986, when she started the first Suzuki Harp program in the State of Texas, and a teacher trainer since 2004. Delaine also is the harp professor at the University of Texas Butler School, Southwestern University's Sarofim School, and at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. When she's not teaching, or running the American Harp Society, Inc. (as the current President and Director-at-Large), she likes to perform orchestral and chamber music with the Dallas Opera, Austin and San Antonio Symphonies, and her university colleagues.
Hugo, Chilali Chilali Hugo, recipient of the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music, London (Dip RAM), moves freely between classical and popular music, constantly seeking out new and invigorating performance experiences. Dedicating herself to pedagogical excellence early in her career, Chilali spent many summers on faculty at the internationally-recognized Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, where she was once a student in the Michigan All-State Program. She has been on the faculties of the Flint School of Performing Arts and the School for the Performing Arts-Ann Arbor. Chilali currently directs the Harp Program in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University as well as teaching students of all ages and levels in her private studio in Logan, UT. In addition to these activities, Chilali is certified as a Music Practitioner (CMP), providing therapeutic bedside music. Her principal teachers include Lynne Aspnes and Skaila Kanga.
Lemire, Janell Janell Lemire graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1981 with a B.A.S. degree. She is the solo harpist with the Duluth Superior Orchestra and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and the Festival Orchestra. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She studied the harp with nationally known harpist, Kathy Kienzle, and continues Suzuki training and pedagogy with Mary Kay Waddington. She also maintains a private teaching studio of traditional and Suzuki students and has been invited to be a guest clinician for summer institutes in Colorado, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Lemire, Nikki Nikki Lemire received her Bachelor Degree in Performance from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, and her Master of Music Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has studied with her mother, Janell Lemire; Kathy Kienzle, principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra; and Elizabeth Cifani, former principal harpist of the Chicago Lyric Opera. She is an accredited Suzuki Harp teacher of all four books and teaches at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Nikki also maintains an active performance and recording career with many ensembles in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nikki has performed with the Minnesota Opera in their productions of Strauss’ Salome, Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights and the debut of the Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night. She has recorded with the Minnesota Opera, the Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and the National Lutheran Choir. When she is not teaching or playing around town, she enjoys shopping for vintage home goods, and cooking Thai food with her husband Kent Bodurtha at their home in Uptown Minneapolis.
Niemisto, Elinor Elinor niemisto holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. She is instructor of harp at Carleton College (since 1980) and St. Olaf College (since 1982). Elinor is principal harpist with the Rochester (MN) Orchestra (since 1979) and the La Crosse (WI) Symphony (since 1990). Elinor teaches traditional and Suzuki harp lessons to students from ages 6 to 60. A long time Suzuki harp specialist, she has been an instructor at the Salt Lake City (UT) Suzuki Institute and at the Stevens Point (WI) Institute.
Ownbey, ShruDeLi ShruDeLi Ownbey has been a Suzuki harp teacher for over 30 years. She is Director of Lyon & Healy West and a professional musician. She taught at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, in her own studio and has performed in professional orchestras over 30 years in both the Utah Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony. ShruDeLi has toured with harp students across the US, to Canada, Australia, and three World Harp Congresses. Because of her students’ accomplishments, ShruDeLi has twice received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Her students have won many awards and competitions both National and International. ShruDeLi Ownbey has a BA and MA from the University of Utah and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
Tracy, Phala Phala is a harpist who loves to teach theory. She has developed a curriculum of Music Theory in Song and Rhyme which transforms potentially confusing and complicated theoretical concepts into playful, accessible, collaborative outbursts of pure musical joy. In addition to the Utah Suzuki Harp institute, Phala has taught theory at the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute (CO), the Lyon and Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest (UT), Susan Allen’s Summer Harp Course (CA), and The Harmony Project (CA). She holds a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Phala lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband Zack and her daughter Larcom. She teaches harp at the MacPhail Center for Music and Gustavus Adolphus College.
Waddington, Mary Kay Mary Kay Waddington graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance. Her study has included working with many fine Suzuki teachers in this country as well as three months in Japan studying with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute. She has worked extensively with harp-builders to develop high quality instruments suitable for young Suzuki students, and has invented Right-hand Levers and Pedal Extensions to further the ability of small children to play the instrument. As well as authoring the Suzuki Harp Method, Mary Kay has developed reading materials specifically for Suzuki-trained harp students. Her students have received prizes in both regional and national competitions, and her teaching skills, for training both students and teachers, are in great demand across the U.S. and in many other countries.
Whitman, Jill Jill Whitman has taught and researched the Suzuki method for over 20 years. She has toured for the Community Concerts division of Columbia Artists throughout Canada, concertized in Europe with the American Sinfonietta, and toured Japan, Germany, Canada, and New Zealand. She currently performs with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She serves as harp professor at Western Washington University and maintains an active Suzuki studio in Bellingham.
Willis, Angela Dastrup Angela Dastrup Willis has performed throughout Western Europe and the United States and has received recognition in state, national, and international competitions. She recorded the Suzuki Harp Book 3 CD for worldwide distribution in 2007, followed by Book 4 in 2010. As a Level I ARTS Week Winner and 2005 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Angela was a special guest at the White House (George W. Bush) and performed in Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. A lifetime student of her Suzuki teacher, ShruDeLi Ownbey, Angela has also studied with Catherine Michel, former principal harpist of the Paris Opera Orchestra. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Harp Performance from Brigham Young University where she was a student of Nicole Brubaker Brady. A Utah native, she recently returned west from Massachusetts and now lives in Layton, Utah with her husband and two children.
Wilson, Shannon Shannon Wilson graduated with a BA in music with an emphasis in Choral and vocal education in 2002. She has taught private voice and piano lessons for the last ten years. She certified as a Kindermusik educator in the summer of 2005. She is actively involved in her community arts program, both as a performer and director. She loves teaching music to children and is constantly awed at their enthusiasm and energy. She believes you can never underestimate the power of music or a child’s capacity to learn and enjoy it.
Zopff, Jane Jane Zopff wanted to learn to play the harp when she was five years old, but finally began harp lessons her senior year of undergraduate school. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and continued harp studies during graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, and at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Jane has been teaching Suzuki harp in her Mason, Ohio studio for many years. Jane’s students have received scholarships and performance opportunities with: Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Arts Academy High School, Denver High School for Performing Arts, “From the Top” on NPR, Chanticleer Children’s Chorus of West Virginia, Cincinnati Choral Society, Indiana University, University of Toronto, and University of Minnesota, studying with Judy Loman, Susann McDonald, and Kathy Kienzle.