Violin & Viola

 
 
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Jacob Olbrot

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 Holcomb

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.

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Harmony Kelly

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.

 

Piano

 
 
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Dan Koshelnyk

Dan is a pianist and multi-instrumentalist who has been teaching for 17 years. He is also the Director of Music at St. John Bosco and St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Churches, in addition to being active in multiple bands around Kalamazoo, and an instructor here at the Suzuki Academy.


Jessica Mauer

Jessica Mauer has completed Suzuki Piano teacher training through Book Four and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She received her training from Marilyn Andersen.

She began her musical studies at age four with Suzuki violin lessons, and started traditional piano lessons around age seven. In high school she played in the String Orchestra of Kalamazoo directed by Dr. Barry Ross, accompanied the Middle School Music program at Calvary Bible Church, and took lessons from various teachers on both instruments. While in college, she attended the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN as a student and assistant violin coach, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry with the Annie Moses Band. She is a graduate of Liberty University Online with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies.

At the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, Jessica teaches private and group piano lessons, and accompanies the strings at group classes and recitals. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage parents and students to learn with love, as Dr. Suzuki taught, in order to develop a lifelong love of music.

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Somi Yoon

Teaching piano has been Somi’s passion from the beginning of her professional career. She has been actively involved in the Kalamazoo Area Music Teachers Association (KAMTA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She is an expected graduate of Western Michigan University and studied under the tutelage of Lori Sims and Jeremy Siskind. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in her belief that every child benefits from music lessons and has a potential to become an awesome musician. 

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Cello

Grace Field

Grace holds a BA in cello performance from Michigan State University, where she studied with Louis Potter, Jr. She also attended the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Orlando Cole, cellist of Curtis String Quartet and professor of cello at Curtis. She received her Suzuki certification at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

In the past, Grace has been a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (1959-1989), a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (1963-1989), the Bach Festival Orchestra, the Arion Trio and Quartet, and the Four Seasons String Quartet.

In addition to teaching at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, Grace has also taught at Kalamazoo College, and has served as a Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher and trainer in Brazil, Australia, and Calgary. She continues to be a clinician at many US workshops.

Grace is the director of the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo cello program, and is also a director of the Chamber Music Workshop here in Kalamazoo, MI. She has also served as the president of the Michiana Cello Society, the Stulberg International String Competition, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Women's League. She is a current member of SAA, ISA, and ASTA. She was the 2000 recipient of the Community Medal of Arts Award and the 2002 recipient of the PRISM award given by Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

She has two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Guitar

Bill Jones

Bill has a Masters in Music Composition/Theory from Western Michigan University and has been teaching guitar for 24 years. He is experienced in electric, acoustic, classical, and bass guitars. In addition to teaching for Suzuki, he performs and writes/produces music for TV and radio commercials. He also enjoys being a dad, ancient history, books, movies, and astronomy.

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Percussion

DEDE ALDER

From humble beginnings, Dede has paved her way on her own experimental, alternative, off the grid musician journey. Dede has been studying, performing, recording and writing music for over 15 years. She has studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Northwestern Michigan College, National Frame Drum Association, and in Ireland and Italy. She has worked with world renowned percussionists including Gwen Burgett: MSU Percussion Instructor, Roger Kashou: Percussionist in the National Arab Orchestra, Alessandra Belloni: World renowned Italian Tambourine Performer and many more. Dede has a fun and supportive teaching style that is backed by a deep passion for music. She loves to teach group and private lessons.

Operations Manager

RosaLee WarD

RosaLee holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography and intermedia from Western Michigan University. She has a background in design, marketing, management, and administrative work as well. She is our dedicated jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes, managing everything from our web presence and communications, to accounting, to scheduling, to human resources - you name it, she does it! She will often be your first point of contact at the Suzuki Academy, and can always be reached at suzukiacademykalamazoo@gmail.com.

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