The Denison University Suzuki Program Faculty and Staff
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.
Kate Cremean, Music and Movement, teaches the Group Class Prep students in the Denison Suzuki Program. She introduces them to the concepts of music making in a group through singing, moving, and playing percussion instruments. Ms. Cremean holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. She is the proud Suzuki piano mom of David and Emily.
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.
Chris Moehlenkamp, cello, recently retired from the United States Air Force where he had served as principal cellist in the premier Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band for 23 years. He maintained a private cello studio in his home in Northern Virginia and was involved in Suzuki education as a parent, teacher, cello group instructor, and chamber coach in his wife’s Suzuki violin studio. Chris’ Suzuki training includes study with Gilda Barston, Pam Davenport, Sally Gross, David Evenchick, and Alice Vierra. He is pursuing graduate work at The Ohio State University and is a member of 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.
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.