Kat Fritz began studies on the viola at the age of 11 when she was offered one from her elementary school collection. It was love a first sight and she has enjoyed three decades of playing and teaching since then. She loves the process of working so closely with each of her students and their families. "We celebrate each small gain. I know through each accomplishment, they build a strong technical foundation and deep musical sense. And most importantly, they develop a beautiful heart through the study of music."
Always interested in many subjects, she studied Viola Performance, Biological Science, Anthropology and Great Plains Studies at Lawrence University, Nebraska Wesleyan University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning a Bachelor's degree and many minors. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner and takes every opportunity to continue to learn and grow.
Kat worked as a teacher, administrative director and area coordinator for many music and education organization including the New Orleans Suzuki Forum, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Island Strings of Whidbey Island, South Whidbey School District, Music Together of Whidbey Island, Boulder Valley School District, and as a clinician at the Suzuki Association of Washington State. In 2008, she co-founded and became the music director(2008-2010) of the Whidbey Island Orchestras.
Kat has performed in a variety of orchestras, chamber groups, tango bands, and fiddle bands . In August 2011, she moved to Louisville and is excited to be meeting a new community of players and students in the Boulder area. She continues to expand her musical horizons by playing agogo in the Boulder based group, Bateria Alegria.
Kat recently took a trip to the Caribbean Island, St. Lucia. She was invited by the founder of the Laborie Folklore Music School to study and record the unique music style from the village of Laborie on the south end of the Island. She studied the music of the Shakshak band traditions, worked with students and teachers from the area, and is excited to bring this music to Colorado.
Cello/Art/Afternoon Ensemble Teacher
Heather received a bachelor degree in Music Performance and Music Education from New Mexico State University where she graduated With Honors and as Valedictorian of her class in 2002. During her time there, she performed in the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, the Doña Ana Lyric Opera, and the University Orchestra. She also assisted teaching in classes in the local schools and taught privately.
Heather graduated with a master degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado in 2005. During her time there, she participated in the Takacs Chamber Music Program, the University Symphony Orchestra, completed a graduate recital on the cello, and also began her education within the Suzuki Method. In 2009, Heather completed her long-term training within the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver.
Heather’s love for music has always been strong and has always wanted to pass on that joy through teaching. Heather began teaching through a private studio her junioryear of high school and maintains that still today. She also taught herself to play the violin in order to further her teaching career and better assist her students. Heather’s public school teaching began in 2003 within the Boulder Valley School District. Heather currently teaches students in the fifth through twelfth grade levels.
Heather also enjoys playing her cello immensely and has played with many groups over the years including the Denver Pops Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, and currently, with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra.
Flute/Dalcroze Eurhythmics Ensemble Teacher
Flutist, Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor, and Suzuki educator, Emma Shubin has been joyfully making music since the age of six. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied music, creative writing, and photography. A proponent of integrative education, Emma is the co-founder and director of the Colorado based non-profit Integral Steps, which strives to bring integrative education and balanced development to individuals, families, and communities through music, movement, psychotherapy, ecology and creative arts.
Emma received her MM in flute performance under the tutelage of Marco Granados (flute) and her Licensure and Certificate in Dalcroze with master Dalcroze pedagog Lisa Parker. Her teachers include legendary flutist Robert Willoughby, and she completed her BM in flute performance as a student of Christina Jennings at CU Boulder. Emma received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2012, and continues to be active in research around mammals and the effects of climate change on the Rocky Mountain Region.
Emma is always looking for ways to share her love of great music, masterful composers, mixed media, and the performers who bring their mediums to life with diverse audiences throughout the Front Range. She is the founder and director of the concert series Meet the Composer, focused on an in-depth exploration of one composer per performance, and Among Friends, a mixed media concert series dedicated to combining visual and musical mediums in performance.
She travels nationally and internationally making music in both classical and improvised genres, and is currently touring as the flutist and serving as the co-director of the Musical Arts Program with the Sounds of Lyons in Lyons, CO (SOL MAP) and Arts Evolution and BenFeng Music Festival throughout Taiwan. She served as the Eurhythmics Chair and Co-chair of the Music Fundamentals Program at Dana V. Music in Louisville, taught flute at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and Colorado Music Festival, and was an instructor with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. She has appeared as a Teaching Artist and Dalcroze clinician at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, the Desert Suzuki Institute (Las Vegas, NV), Cantabile Singers of Boulder, Boulder Valley School District, and Suzuki string institutes throughout the Denver-metro area, as well as the Lesley Ellis School (Arlington, MA).
Emma can be found enjoying the Rocky Mountain Region from her home in Louisville, CO where she works on various projects from composing and recording, performing and collaborating, to community engagement and integrative education and artistic events. She travels throughout the year performing all genres of music, giving workshops and masterclasses on audience engagement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Integrative education, and she teaches Skype/FaceTime and private lessons from Boston to Boulder and beyond. She is the co-executive director of Integral Steps and currently serves as the coordinator for new programming and an instructor with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies.
Returning to Summer Strings camp for a second year after masterminding the craft projects of 2016, Angie has been working with children and young adults as long as anyone can remember. Her experience in the field includes assisting the speech and language staff at Thornton High School, leading youth group at St. Louis Catholic Church, and teaching preschool in the Early Learning Center. She holds a degree in Audiology from UNC and is well attuned (pun not intended) to the best ways to keep kids’ hearing healthy.
Angie lives in Lafayette with her husband of eleven years and can usually be found homeschooling their three children - Joseph (10), Helen (8) and Therese (5). They are closely connected with Old Town Suzuki, having begun studying with Kat Fritz five years ago. When time allows, her artistic endeavors have included cupcakes, peg dolls, oil painting, decoupaging, costume designing, party planning, and generally leaving the world a much more delicious and colorful place.