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419 W 54th St,New York,NY 10019,USA

"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart." -Shinichi Suzuki

Sanchie Bobrow

Sanchie Bobrow began her violin studies with Margaret Gilbert and continued her studies as an undergraduate with Joseph Kovacs.  She holds a B.A. in Music Education, with a major in Violin and a minor in Composition.  Her composition studies with Noel DaCosta lead to her pursue an M.A. in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where her main teachers were composers Hugo Weisgall and George Perle. Postgraduate violin studies continued with British violinist Ruth Waterman and Suzuki training with Louise Behrend. Ms. Bobrow has been on the violin faculty of the School for Strings since 1987. She has also served as a Suzuki Strings Coordinator at the Academy of Arts at Wagner College. Miss Bobrow is the founder and  Director of The Mighty String Demons, an ensemble of young Staten Island violinists.

Carla Francis

Carla Brasch Francis received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. She has registered numerous training courses with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, including long-term training at the University of Denver and at The School for Strings. Carla has attended several music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival and Encore School for Strings. Her teachers have included Blair Milton, David Updegraff, Donald Weilerstein, Linda Cerone, James Maurer, and Louise Behrend. She enjoys teaching and performing, and has been a faculty member at various workshops and institutions around the country.

Sarah Geller

Performing to critical acclaim in many prestigious venues, violinist SARAH E GELLER has been hailed as possessing “the simple, poised, confident stage presence of a seasoned performer.” In June 2002, Sarah made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as a winner of the Artists’ International Special Presentation Award. Upon invitation from their Alumni Series, she also presented a solo recital in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall in May 2004, premiering Jeffery Story’s Driven for solo violin and dancer. Since her inaugural performance on the Donnell Library series in February 2004, Sarah has been awarded an annual appearance on their series.

Sarah performs regularly beyond her home of New York City. This past season Ms. Geller was invited to perform on both the An die Musik LIVE! series in Baltimore and at Buckingham’s Choice in Frederick, Maryland. She recently founded SEGUE, an ensemble that features various combinations of award-winning artists, musicians and dancers. Committed to innovative programming, SEGUE often features lesser-known works by mainstream composers and premieres of new works. This spring they presented a dazzling debut performance on the Heritage Hills Concert Series in Somers, New York.

Frequently returning to her native Maine, Sarah is presented regularly on the Arts Institute of Western Maine series at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has also performed at Steinway Hall, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, the Chappaqua Library, the University of Toronto and the University of Maryland. Geller has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras across the Northeast, including the Ocean City Pops Orchestra (NJ), the Baroque Aria Ensemble (NYC), the Maine Chamber Ensemble and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her extensive performing schedule, Sarah enjoys educating the next generation of string players. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the School, she is also the director of The School for Strings Outreach Violin and Cello Program at PS 116.

A recipient of the Helen Airoff Dowling Award for “outstanding undergraduate violinist,” Sarah completed her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Her former teachers have included Michael Gilbert, Patinka Kopec, Sylvia Rosenberg, Gregory Fulkerson and Lawrence Golan. Currently she works with Joey Corpus.

Lucie Gelinas

 Lucie Gelinas, a French-Canadian violinist-violist, was born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. In 1985, Ms. Gelinas moved to Montreal to attend the Conservatory of Montreal's Performance Degree Program in violin. Throughout her years of study, she assisted her teachers, including Raymond Dessaints et Johanne Arel during their summer festivals. In 1990, she moved to New York City, heard a recording of Emanuel Vardi, had an opportunity to speak with him and consequently took up the viola at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Gelinas also studied conducting, formed the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and received a conducting fellowship to the Brevard Summer Music Festival. After her completion of a Bachelor Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Gelinas was hired by the Westchester Conservatory, teaching private violin lessons and group lessons for the outreach programs in Westchester County Public Schools. The Westchester Conservatory spontaneously offered her the opportunity to attend the teacher's training program at the School for Strings in Manhattan. There, she met and trained with Ms. Louise Behrend, the founder of the School for Strings and a disciple of Dr. Suzuki who brought his method to New York and United States. Upon completion of her training, she was immediately hired by the School for Strings. Music School authorities, parents, and students all praise Ms. Gelinas for her brilliance in teaching, her talent and wide experience. Her innate abilities to motivate and understand her students are enhanced by her obsession for good work, and above all her contagious passion for music. Over the past two decades, Ms. Gelinas has performed as violinist and violist on storied stages, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, Place des Arts in Montreal, as well as at the White House for President Clinton. In addition to her continuing involvement at the School for Strings, Ms. Gelinas is currently teaching at the Allen-Stevenson School and the MAP division of The Juilliard School. She also maintains a private studio. While some members of the musical performing community might consider teaching as a humble way to "get by" Ms. Gelinas, in conjunction with becoming an accomplished musician, has always believed that teaching is an invigorating experience and ultimately, an act of love and creation. Her Conservatory experience combined with her study of the Dr. Suzuki approach makes her an irresistible teacher who loves getting on her knees for the youngsters and inspiring dedication in the students preparing for college. For those students fortunate enough to have Ms. Gelinas as a teacher, the habits of study, passion and dedication, conveyed to them through Ms. Gelinas' infectious energy have inspired her students to make music a lifetime habit.

Eva Gerard

 A highly sought-after violist, Eva Gerard has played solo recitals in such celebrated venues as The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and Juilliard’s Paul Hall. As an orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Gerard has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall as principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, BAM Café, Merkin Hall, MoMA’s Summergarden, Le Poisson Rouge, and Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre with Midori and Friends. She has also participated in such festivals as The Schleswig Holstein Orchestral Academy, Aspen Music Festival, The New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Juilliard’s Chamberfest. She has studied both modern and baroque viola, frequently performing with the early music ensemble Juilliard415. Ms. Gerard is on the faculty of The School for Strings as well as sitting on the board of the Interschool Orchestras of New York. She has studied with Junah Chung, Samuel Rhodes, and Masao Kawasaki. Chamber music coaches include such renowned musicians as Baruch Arnon, Peter Basquin, Nicholas Mann, and Michael Tree. Eva completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School and is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center where she studies with Karen Ritscher and Junah Chung.