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Ms. Solomon was born in Laingsburg, South Africa. She began her studies with Neil McKay in Port Elizabeth followed by Pierre de Groote at the College of Music in Cape Town. Nicolette completed her High School and University studies under the tutelage of Alan Solomon, who introduced her to the implementation of the Suzuki method. In 1975 she played at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Scotland and later toured Europe and Israel. She has played in the International Festival Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London and performed in Israel, Taiwan and Hong Kong with Harmonia Juventia. She studied Chamber Music from 1974 – 1981 with Betty Pack and Alan Solomon. She has also been an Adjudicator/Examiner for music competitions and examinations in South Africa and the USA. Ms. Solomon founded and directed the Solomon Suzuki School in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nicolette Solomon obtained a Bachelor of Music (Honors) and Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate) at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her Suzuki training continued with Christophe Bossuat at the Ecole Suzuki in Lyon, France. Nicolette studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan in 1992. During that training, she taught at a private studio in Nagano City, Japan and at Shinshu University.
In 1994, Ms. Solomon attended the International Strings workshop in France, playing in the Eduard Melckus Baroque Ensemble. She has taught at workshops in South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand and throughout the USA and Central America. She is married to Carl van Wyk, has 2 adult children and two grandchildren, Leonardo and Julia.
Ian Salmon grew up in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York. As a child, he began violin training at the age of 6. Ian attended Ithaca College, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Education and Performance. He is also a degreed Suzuki instructor, with a Master of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy under Sanford Reuning. In 2010, he moved to Texas to begin teaching for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Suzuki in the Schools program, where he is still active today. In 2014, he joined the faculty at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. During his summers, Ian has taught at the Atlanta, Austin and Ithaca Suzuki Institutes. As an in-demand clinician, he has taught at workshops in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. This summer he is excited to hold the position of Assistant Dean of the College Division at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC.
As a frequent presenter and coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Ian has found a love for research. He is currently working on a collection of case studies centered around geographic learning trends. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, golf, and all thing tech. Ian is proud to be the Vice President and webmaster for the North Texas Suzuki Association.
Ian has registered training with such teacher-trainers as Judy Bossuat, Teri Einfeldt, Pat D’Ercole, Linda Fiore, Ed Kreitman, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Mark Mutter, Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Edmund Sprunger
Rhea Edelman is currently finishing her DMA at the University of North Texas under the instruction of Dr. Felix Olschofka. In addition to teaching at the Suzuki school, Rhea is a Teaching Fellow at UNT where she teaches string pedagogy.
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Rhea graduated magna cum laude from Whitman College with BAs in both music and biochemistry. In 2008, she completed her M.M. in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David Updegraff and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
While at CIM, Rhea taught Suzuki violin extensively through both the Sato Center and the Solon Center for the Arts, where she maintained a large private studio. Rhea has also been a guest clinician at workshops across the country, including Texas, Ohio, Arkansas and Maine. She spent four summers on the violin faculty of the Encore/Coda summer music camp in Sweden, Maine where she was head of the string department and chamber music coordinator.
Along with teaching, Rhea enjoys playing as a member of several regional orchestras including Dallas Bach and Abilene Philharmonic.
In addition to modern violin, Rhea studies Baroque violin with Cynthia Roberts and has a related field of Early Music. She performs with Dallas Bach and has toured internationally with the Baroque group Musica Angelica. She has studied with members of the Tafelmusik orchestra at TBSI and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
While attendingWhitman College, Rhea was a NCAA Division III competitive swimmer and is also an accomplished equestrian. In addition to music, Rhea enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their two rescue dogs.
“Ms. Hays” began violin lessons at the age of seven in the University of Louisville’s then-fledgling Suzuki program. During her ‘tween and teen years, she studied with Carol Hughes, Virginia Schneider, Guido Lamell and David Updegraff. In addition to teacher training studies with Margery Aber, Lorraine Fink, Doris Preucil, Kay Collier Slone and Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Hays holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Child Study from Smith College and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.
Teaching violin is a third career for Hays, having spent time as a classroom teacher at Louisville Collegiate School, and having served as a regional director for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Before moving to Dallas, she acted as coordinator for the Suzuki program at Southeast Missouri Music Academy in Cape Girardeau. She also taught at Headwaters School of Music and Art in Bemidji, Minnesota, and has served as clinician at workshops and institutes in Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Singapore.
Since 1968, the Suzuki philosophy has been an integral part of Hays’ life, first as a Suzuki student, and then as a Suzuki mom and teacher. She considers herself fortunate to have been on each side of the “Suzuki triangle,” and finds the collective experiences crucial to her teaching. Hays and her husband, Steve, have three children. When she’s not at work, you can usually find Hays on her bike or in the water.
Leah Chae, born in South Korea, began her musical training on the piano at the age of 2 with her mother and started the violin training with Suzuki method at the age of 4 after she immigrated to US with her family. She had played both piano and violin as double-major until she got to attend Kangwon Arts High School in Korea. After she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Kyunghee University in Seoul, she came back to US and started her Master’s degree at Indiana University where she received Jacobs School of Music Graduate Merit-based Scholarship.
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where she studied with Mimi Zweig, a professor of violin and viola and director of IU String Academy. While studying for a master’s degree with Professor Zweig in 2008, Leah started her teaching at IU String Academy where she worked for six years until she left IU, and became an Associate Instructor for Professor Zweig in 2010, from which she earned a full scholarship and stipend for the rest of her doctoral coursework. Her duty as an Associate Instructor included teaching private and group as well as theory teaching. Active as a performer while studying at IU, she studied chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Pacifica Quartet, and had appeared in many solo recitals, orchestra performances, and chamber music concerts. In addition to the modern violin playing and teaching, she also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at IU. She is also an active accompanist, playing in many lessons, masterclasses, and competitions for string players and singers.
Leah has registered for violin teacher training at DFW WOW in 2016. In the spare time she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats, Bob and Johny.