Violin & Viola
Jacob Olbrot is the Executive Director of the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo as well as an instructor. He attended Western Michigan University's School of Music, and was brought up in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo before becoming part of its staff in the early 2000s.
Additionally, Jacob is the Director of Strings at Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, and he is a core member of the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra.
Jacob enjoys klezmer music, improvisation, and collecting records. He has a wife, Sheri, and two daughters, Mayim and Zoe, who keep him on his toes.
Josh teaches both violin and viola at the Suzuki Academy. He studied at the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University, as well as in Mysore, India, where he learned to play classical Indian violin. Josh also has a background in folk and bluegrass, and he dabbles in various stringed instruments aside from violin and viola. He has also studied rhythm with Dede Alder. Additionally, he is a member of the Earthworks Collective Ensemble and he plays viola in Dede and the Dreamers. He has been teaching for 10 years in the Kalamazoo area. If Josh could be alive in any time period, it would be in the 60s and 70s.
Playing violin has always been a passion for Harmony, who started taking lessons at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo when she was 3 years old. She has previously studied with Dana Duncan-Davis, Alvaro Gomez, and is currently taking lessons with Renata Knific. She is a sophomore at Western Michigan University and she is majoring in Music Therapy and Violin Performance with a minor in Psychology. She has always enjoyed working with kids. She also really enjoys being outside and taking walks in the park.