Violin Faculty

Jakob Hofer

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Violin Faculty GMSPD
Suzuki Certified


BM, Peabody Conservatory
MM Peabody Conservatory


Mischa Lefkowitz, Stephen Clapp, Violaine Melancon, Dr. Hasse Borup, Rebecca Henry, Harlan Parker, Kip Wile, Risa Browder

Professional Affiliations and Activities
University of Utah Graduate String Quartet
performed in many historically authentic concerts
violin instructor at the Olenka School of Music, the Bel Air School of Music and Dance, the Baltimore Suzuki String Orchestra camp at the Garrison Forest School, and the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra’s Bridges program for Baltimore’s inner-city elementary schools
Completed several Suzuki teacher training workshops, and is a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas

Suzuki School for Strings Faculty

Rachel Bower Karr

Rachel Karr

Violin Faculty, GMSPD
Orchestra Coach, Chamber Music Teacher, GMS

MM Cleveland Institute of Music, Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy
BM Cleveland Institute of Music, Violin Performance

William Preucil, Deborah Moench, Leonard Braus, Stephen Rose, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Eugene Watanabe

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Soloist with the Utah Symphony

Suzuki School for Strings Faculty

Rebecca Moench


Violin Faculty, GMSPD
Orchestra Coach, Chamber Music Faculty, GMS

MM, San Francisco Conservatory

Professional Affiliations
Member, Utah Symphony


Dr. Elizabeth Wallace


Viola and Violin Faculty GMS and GMSPD Orchestra Coach GMS Education DMA Stony Brook University MM Stony Brook University BM University of Kansas 
Past Teachers Ben Sayevich, Lorand Fenyves, Katherine Murdock Professional Affiliations and Activities Current viola faculty, Utah Valley University. Fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival.

Suzuki School for Strings Faculty

Eugene Watanabe

eugene watanabe

Founding Executive Director
Artistic Director

BM Curtis Institute, Violin Performance
BM Curtis Institute, Piano Performance

Past Teachers
Leon Fleisher, Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, Andres Cardenes

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Founder and director, Gifted Music School. Performances with Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, New York String Orchestra at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, Utah Symphony. Solo tours through Europe, Canada, and United States. Major awards at Honens International Competition, Kosciuzko Chopin Competition, Bachauer Young Artist Competition, two time MTNA National winner, Kingsville Competition. His students have been recognized nationally and internationally, many have continued studies at top conservatories and established professional careers.

Mr. Watanabe is a Steinway Artist.