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ESM Workshop 2021: Clinician Biographies

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Cello Clinicians

Sally Gross (IL)

Workshop: Cello masterclasses, group classes, repertoire classes

A native of the Chicago area, Sally Gross is currently on faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Marc Johnson, and a Masters of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College where she worked with Carey Beth Hockett and Sandy and Joan Reuning. Before returning to the Chicago area in 2004, Sally taught at the Suzuki String School of Guelph in Ontario where she was also Artistic Coordinator. She has been a teacher trainer since 1990. As a dual citizen of the US and Canada, Sally has a keen interest in expanding Dr. Suzuki's vision in both countries through her leadership, teacher training, and guest clinician appearances.


Nancy Hair (MA)

Workshop: Cello masterclasses, technique classes

Nancy Hair, cellist, lives in the Boston area where she keeps herself busy as a teacher, and a performer as well as having a family. Nancy is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Suzuki School of Newton, and has a home studio. In addition she can be heard frequently playing in many of Boston's orchestras as well as solo and chamber music. Nancy has been a teacher trainer since 1988 and enjoys traveling and teaching at institutes, workshops, conferences, and festivals. She attended Indiana University, Hartt School of Music, and Ithaca Talent Education. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Raya Garbousova, George Neikrug, and Timothy Eddy.


Paul Pulford (NB)

Workshop: Cello masterclasses, group classes

Cellist Paul Pulford is a chamber musician, soloist, conductor, educator and performer with over 30 CD recordings. As a string quartet player, Paul played with the internationally acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet and Orford String Quartet. He was an artist-in-residence at UNB Fredericton as a member of the New Brunswick String Quartet from 1984-1989. Paul has performed internationally at world-renowned venues, and as a conductor, worked with Symphony New Brunswick, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, Stratford Symphony Orchestra and was Resident Conductor of the NUMUS Ensemble. He conducted premiers of new works, including Tim Brady's opera The Salome Dancer, and Glenn Buhr's Red Sea (2010) and Piano Concerto (2015).

Paul founded Quartetfest, a festival at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral Studies (1989 to 2017) and Associate Dean of Music. His passion for contemporary 20th and 21st century music led him to co-found Blue Rider Ensemble in 1989. Montréal-based Blue Rider released a highly acclaimed CD recording of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, premiered experimental works such as Peter Hatch's Mounting Picasso, and created new works, including the large-scale multi-media work, Frankenstein's Ghosts.

Pulford continues to perform and record as a soloist, with the Festival Trio of the Guelph Musicfest and the Argento Collective. He has recorded the complete works for cello and fortepiano by Beethoven (IBS Label) and Brahms (Doremi Label). He lives in Long Reach, New Brunswick with his partner Anne-Marie Donovan.


Violin & Viola Clinicians

Paule Barsalou (ON)

Workshop: Violin masterclasses, group classes

A native of Dunham, QC, Paule Barsalou holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Laval University (P.Q.) and an M.A. in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music (OH). Her main teachers and mentors have been Michele Higa George, Daphne Hughes, David Cerone, Kathleen Winkler and Gyorgy Terebesi. Ms. Barsalou is a Suzuki teacher trainer approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and directs the long-term Suzuki pedagogy program at the Suzuki String School of Guelph. She has been teaching at the school since 1989 and has been the artistic director since 2004. She is a guest teacher and teacher trainer at institutes and workshops and adjudicates at music festivals throughout Canada. She is the principal second violin of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. She lives in Guelph, ON with her husband, pianist Ken Gee.


Margie Karp (KY)

Workshop: Violin & viola masterclasses

Margaret Karp is Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the University of Kentucky School of Music. She is Concertmaster of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously Principal Second Violin of the Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera, and a member of the Philharmonia da Camera in Dortmund, Germany. Since 2008 she has been an artist faculty member of the Brevard Music Festival. Ms. Karp has performed on violin and viola in chamber music festivals throughout the U.S. She was a student of James Buswell at Indiana University and did additional studies with Yair Kless and Walery Gradow.

Ms. Karp has been on the faculty of Transylvania University, Centre College, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She was named 2005 Studio Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator in 2015 by the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Ms. Karp works closely with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and directs a free outreach program each year for high school string students interested in auditioning for Kentucky All-State Orchestras. In spring 2020 she was the recipient of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts Faculty Award for Teaching.

Ms. Karp began her musical studies at the age of 4 in Tucson, Arizona, where she participated in one of the early Suzuki group classes. She has fond memories of her mother accompanying her in the early Suzuki Books and her dad trying to tune her small violin with the help of a pitch pipe! Ms. Karp and her cellist husband Benjamin Karp reside in Lexington, KY where they raised two sons with whom they play chamber music wherever possible.

YouTube: "Benjamin & Margie Karp: Educators | Snapshot Bio"


Rob Richardson (MB)

Workshop: Violin & viola masterclasses, group classes, Teen Talk session

Mr. Rob Richardson, a sessional faculty member at Brandon University, teaches and conducts at Suzuki workshops, Institutes and music festivals regularly throughout North America and beyond. He has presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teachers' conference, leadership retreats and at International Suzuki Conferences. Along with maintaining an extensive violin and viola studio in the Suzuki Talent Education Program at Brandon University's Eckhardt-Grammatté Conservatory of Music, he also conducts string orchestras and coaches chamber music. Robert performs regularly on both violin and viola in numerous chamber ensembles, including the Brandon Chamber Players of which he is a founding member. Unfortunately due to the precautions in our community Mr. Richardson had to stop teaching in the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI) Suzuki Strings Program, which consisted of over 70 students. He has served on the board and on several committees for the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association and the Festival of the Arts both locally and provincially and is happy to serve on the steering committee for the Canadian Suzuki e-Newsletter, the Suzuki Vision Canada steering committee and the Canadian Suzuki DEIA committee.


Ed Sprunger (MO)

Workshop: Violin masterclasses, group classes, Parent Talk session

Edmund Sprunger has taught violin for over 35 years, including over 300 workshops and masterclasses throughout the world, and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. Sprunger holds a BA in music from Goshen College, where he studied violin with Lon Sherer, and piano and piano pedagogy with Marvin Blickenstaff. In addition, he studied violin and violin pedagogy with Shin'ichi Suzuki at the Saino Kyoiku Kaikan in Japan. Additional violin studies have been with Chihiro Kudo, Reinaldo Couto (Alexander Technique/Violin), and Kent Perry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and as Chair of the American String Teachers Association's [ASTA] Committee on Studio Instruction. In 2004 he received an ASTA Citation for Leadership and Merit. Also a psychotherapist in private practice, he holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has done extensive post-degree training in psychoanalysis. His books, Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier (Vol. 1) and Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practices, are available from


Irene Tandberg (ON)

Workshop: Violin masterclasses, enrichment classes

Violinist, Irene Tandberg's career as performer and pedagogue spans four decades. She has established vibrant private and university studios where her students have been honoured with many prestigious scholarships and awards, obtained positions at notable international and domestic schools and orchestras, and pursued distinguished solo careers.

Irene's long tenure as Co-Director of Forest City School for Talent Education, FCTE, inspired her to further enrich students' experience by creating the Young Artists Pre-College Academy. YAPCA's diverse programming cultivates motivated high school and university students who are inspired to explore a high level of technical finesse and artistry through chamber music in a collegial, non-competitive environment. YAPCA is actively engaged in collaborative projects throughout the community and is partnered with Western in Community Engaged Learning.

Irene was born in Denmark. Her first teacher was her grandfather, Wolf Notkin (a member of the Royal Danish National Symphony Orchestra), who is to be credited with nurturing her deep love of music and inspiring a life long journey of discovery through sound. In later years, her principal teachers were Gwen Thompson and Dana Mazurkevich at the University of Western Ontario.

Past recordings and performances reflect an eclectic range of engagements on Modern and Baroque violin. She has had the privilege to perform in core, principal and solo positions with many fine orchestras and chamber groups including L'Harmonie Universelle, Nota Bene and Arcady. In 1989 she founded the string quartet, Octo Mani.

Irene is a vastly experienced and fervent pedagogue who has both written and given invited talks on performance, teaching and practice strategies. She is in high demand as a festival adjudicator, masterclass teacher and workshop clinician in music programs and teaching institutions across Canada. In addition to running her private studio, acting as the Coordinator for Western 360 and Directing YAPCA, she is a very active faculty member in the Performance Department at Western and recipient of the student council "Award of Excellence" in teaching.


Danette Warren Schuh (TX)

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SECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education) Clinician

Danette Warren Schuh (TX)

Workshop: Violin masterclasses, SECE session

Danette Warren Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. She also co-directs the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble. She is an SAA Registered SECE Teacher Trainer. As one of the teachers who taught SECE classes at the 16th World Convention in Japan, she also had the privilege of speaking and presenting the SECE curriculum in depth. She is also the Director of the new Houston Suzuki Institute. A sought-after clinician at institutes, workshops, festivals and schools, she has been teaching for over 30 years, and has held positions such as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (now Southeast Texas Suzuki Association), and state board member of the Texas Music Teachers Association. She has received the Houston Music Teachers Association President's "Bravo" award and was also awarded "Teacher of the Year". She has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, contributed a video to Parents and Partners Online, presented at numerous SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats, and served as SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold. She has had the great privilege of studying SECE with the creators of the curriculum, Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones. She also performs with the Möbius Chamber Ensemble and as a freelance violinist and violist in the greater Houston area.


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