Faculty & Staff

DUSP Faculty:Staff Dec 2013

The Denison University Suzuki Program Faculty and Staff

Front row:  Jim Van Reeth, Kristen Wright, Nadine Moehlenkamp, Rebecca White

Middle Row:  Kaitlin Goody, Maryfrances Kirsh, Susan Larson

Back Row:  Jordan Werring, Linda Habig, Brian Flynn, Caryl Palmer, Chris Moehlenkamp

Andrew Carlson, violin, guest group teacher, has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the United States. He has earned both a MM and BMUS from the University of Georgia and a DMA in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.   Dr. Carlson is also professor of violin and chair of the music department at Denison University.

Brian Flynn, Program Administrator, has a Masters in Business Administration and has experience at several private Montessori schools as an administrator and treasurer. Brian has ten years of experience being a practice partner for his two daughters in the program, Kethry and Ceridwyn Hunter.

Linda Habig, flute, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) and studied with prominent teachers in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.  A member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble, she has played with regional orchestras and ensembles in Chicago, New Jersey, and central Ohio.  Linda has taken Suzuki teacher training at both the International Flute Institute at Eastern Tennessee State University, and the Berkshire Flute Institute at Williams College, Mass.  Prior to 2004, Linda had an extensive career in corporate finance.

Maryfrances Kirsh, piano and violin, accompanist,  Publicity Support Coordinator, attended Agnes Scott College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in piano and voice from West Chester University, PA, and a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from The Ohio State University.  She received the bulk of her Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell.  She has been on the piano faculty of the Columbus Suzuki Institute, the American Suzuki Institute, and is co-founder of “Suzuki Piano Friends,” a frequent gathering of Suzuki piano teachers in the Columbus area.  Maryfrances has been the parent/practice partner of three Suzuki violinists and has a passion for supporting other parent/practice partners.

Susan Larson, violin, viola, chamber music, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in violin performance and music education from Kent State University and has completed graduate work in string pedagogy at The Ohio State University and The University of Wisconsin.  She is the founder and music director of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony and is a clinician and conductor for ensembles throughout the country.  Susan also performs with various orchestras, including the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.

Nadine Moehlenkamp, violin, recently relocated to Columbus and was founder, director, and primary violin instructor for the very active Woodbridge Suzuki Studio and its performing group, the Shenandoah Junior Strings near Washington D.C.  Nadine received her Suzuki teacher training from William Starr, is a frequent guest clinician at workshops and institutes, and has served as practice partner for her own two children.

Caryl Palmer, piano, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oberlin College and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Michigan.  While at Oberlin College, she studied her junior year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where The Sound of Music was filmed.  Caryl has taught in Detroit, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri, before coming to Ohio.  She completed her Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell at Capital University and is a registered SAA teacher and is nationally registered by the Music Teachers’ National Association.

Jim Van Reeth, Program Director, violin and viola, holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY and a Masters in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed long-term Suzuki training with Patricia D’Ercole.  Jim has taught in the Suzuki Programs at Encore Music Studios (Columbus, OH), American Talent Education Center (Stevens Point, WI) and Capital University (Columbus, OH), and currently teaches violin at Suzuki Music Columbus.  He has served as a faculty member at the Summer Suzuki Institutes at Capital University, the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, The Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp in Orkney Springs, VA.  Jim performs with the Sterling String Quartet and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. He is the coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) for the 2012 SAA Biennial Conference.

Jordan Werring, piano, accompanist, holds a Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Pedagogy (teaching) from Capital University’s Conservatory of Music.  A product of a combination of Suzuki and Traditional Method training, she has been playing the piano for over 14 years and has been active in the music community in her hometown of Winchester, Ohio as well as in the Columbus area.  She has received Suzuki teacher training from Mary Craig Powell.  She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), National Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists, the Suzuki Association of Americas and is an active alumni member of Phi Beta Fraternity (a Professional, Art-Based Fraternity).  She is also employed as the Music Director at Christ the King Catholic Church in Bexley, Ohio.

Kristen Wright, group class prep teacher, earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Miami University of Ohio.  For the past twelve years, she has been an elementary music specialist in the Westerville City School District.  She has completed training in early childhood music education as well as workshops in the Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly methods of music education.

Rebecca White, violin, group teacher, was born into a Suzuki family and began playing her violin at the age of four. She earned her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois and her masters degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where she studied long-term Suzuki training with Patricia D’Ercole.  In addition to her home teaching, she also teaches at workshops and institutes around the country.