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.
Cello/ Orchestra Teacher
Noted for his passionate and expressive playing, Dr. Adam Riggs is an avid chamber musician, teacher, and performer. He has performed at music festivals across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic. In addition to being the principal cellist of Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Adam is also a member of Boulder's Green Room Artists and performs on occasion with the Boulder Philharmonic, as well as with Colorado-based dance company, Life/Art Dance Ensemble. In 2014, he wrote, performed, recorded and produced a 60 second aural dance for Life/Art that was aired on Colorado Public Radio’s “Radio Dances.” In May 2016 he was a guest soloist for the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th Anniversary concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. Most recently, Adam created and produced the inaugural Colorado Cello Summit, an event geared towards strengthening and connecting Colorado’s cello community.
An avid teacher, Adam completed his Suzuki Teacher Training in 2016 with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver and Rick Mooney at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute. He currently teaches at Rockley Music in Lakewood and Silver Strings Academy in Westminster, while maintaining a robust private studio in Arvada. Previously, he has taught for the continuing education department at the University of Colorado, at Parlando School of Musical Arts, and coached chamber music at the University of Colorado’s Summer Music Academy program. Adam also serves on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of Colorado.
Adam began his cello studies at the age of four, and soon became a regular award winner at local and provincial competitions. He competed at the national level during his high school years before continuing his musical studies at University. He holds a Bachelor of Music Honours Performance Degree and a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), a Master of Music Performance degree from The Hartt School (Connecticut), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Colorado Boulder. His principal teachers include Sally Gross, Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, Mihai Tetel and Judith Glyde. He has also studied with András Fejér, Thomas Heinrich, Aldo Parisot and Shauna Rolston. Adam has also performed and worked with members of the Takacs, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Penderecki String Quartets.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Adam is owner and photographer at AR Pictures (http://www.adamriggspictures.com), and resides in Denver with his wife, Jessica.
Jennifer Lang is a violinist and music teacher from the Twin Cities area, performing regularly with the Minnesota Sinfonia and the Lyra Baroque Ensemble as well as developing her own recital programs. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional style, group classes and private students, in classroom settings and within her studio. Jennifer has been teaching the violin for over 15 years, having begun tutoring younger students as a junior and senior in high school.
After finishing her performance and French degrees at Oberlin College, Jennifer lived in Paris, France, where she taught English and violin while attending music conservatory and professional translation school. She helped found Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), a French non-profit arts organization showcasing young professional musicians, while also performing and coordinating festival performances in Switzerland and Corsica. Most recently, Jennifer worked with local dance historian Jane Peck to create a recital program integrating baroque instruments and dance. In May of 2016, Jennifer collaborated with local composer Janika Vandervelde to create an acoustical composition, KAYAK, that incorporates themes of nature, sound, and improvisation.
Outside of music, Jennifer is certified through the Permaculture Research Institute as an urban farmer. She is very interested in organic and biodynamic agriculture as well as the integrity of the agricultural life cycle. Currently she is working to complete her Master Recycler Certification. Jennifer just finished up her term of service as president on the board of Cooperative Energy Futures, a Twin Cities-based energy cooperative with a strong focus on the community solar garden model, and is the author of The Art of Wellbeing: A Resource for Health and Healing.
Jennifer is excited to be traveling to the Boulder/Denver area this summer, where she looks forward to working with the Old Town Suzuki Team and students!
Author – The Art of Wellbeing https://artofwellbeingbook.com/
Violin Faculty, The St. Paul Conservatory of Music https://thespcm.org/jennifer-lang/
Musician – The MN Sinfonia, The Lyra Baroque Orchestra https://www.mnsinfonia.org/about-us/musicians/jennifer-lang-violin
Member, Cooperative Energy Futures https://cooperativeenergyfutures.com/about/our-team/
Master Recycler/Composter Volunteer
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.
Weronika Balewski is a flutist and educator in the Boston area. Praised for her “joyful, resonant” playing and as a “creative thinker …dedicated to reaching audiences in rich and surprising ways,” she is a founding member of Marvento Duo and a winner of the Brookline Symphony Concerto Competition. She teaches musicianship at the Suzuki School of Newton, and has an active private studio. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Longy School of Music and is currently finishing her Dalcroze Certificate.
Dr. Sasha Garver
Dr. Sasha Garver teaches at the Preucil School in Iowa City. Previously she was faculty at Community School for Music and Arts (Mountain View) and Dominican University of California from 2012-2015. Former chair of the music program at Northern New Mexico College, where she taught Music Theory, Music History, Flute, Choir and Voice. Sasha taught Suzuki flute and piano with Santa Fe Talent Education from 2009-2012. An active performer, she has been a soprano soloist, chorister as well as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Santa Fe Symphony. Sasha performed as second flute/solo piccolo of the Macau Orchestra, SAR China. While in Asia, she studied with Toshio Takahashi, founder of the Suzuki flute method. Sasha has been a concerto soloist with the Denver Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony.
Sasha holds her Doctorate in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from CU-Boulder and MM from The University of Cincinnati. She has two Bachelor of Music degrees in flute and voice. Dr. Garver has studied with flutists Alexa Still, Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman and Jack Wellbaum. Her voice teachers include Regina Rickless, Tina Milhorn Stallard, Cathy Kasch and Emily Bullock. Sasha is a columnist for Flute Focus International Flute Magazine (NZ), and has contributed to the American Suzuki Journal. Sasha has lectured at the Suzuki World Conference, the National Flute Convention (2009 and 2015), the Suzuki Association of the America's International Conference, and the Albuquerque Flute Fiesta. Sasha has been flute faculty at Regis University, Colorado Christian University, Desert Suzuki Institute, Santa Fe Talent Education, Santa Fe Suzuki Institute, Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, and the 2009 Suzuki World Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Sasha has also taught at the 2014 and 2012 Cedros-Pan American University Suzuki Institute in Mexico City, and was Flute Ensemble Conductor for the 2010 and 2012 SAA Conference.
Danielle Lewis teaches violin and viola in the greater Denver area and performs with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Utah. Her teachers include Linda Wang, Ralph Matson, Barbara Williams, Monte Belknap and Mary Straub. Danielle recently completed her Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate at the University of Denver with Kathleen Spring and has also received teacher training from Patricia D’Ercole, Allen Lieb and Denise Willey.