Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors in the country. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world. His dynamic teaching career includes over 700 workshops and institutes! His performance career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Malaysia and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger. Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program in the University of Louisville’s Community Music Program. Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 75 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren. He believes in the magic of music’s power to enrich our lives.
Yukiko Konishi: B.A., Osaka College of Music; Studied: Kanazawa, Dorensky, Mikowsky. World Music Drumming Certificate. Dalcroze Certificate, Dalcroze School of Music, NY with Abramson, Alperson, Farber, and Schuster. Dalcroze License training at Longy School of Music, MA with Parker. Winner: Young Artists Piano Competition, Hanshin, Japan. Soloist: Kansai Philharmonic, Arukadia Chamber. Recording: EMI. Former Vice President of Dalcroze Society of America. Dalcroze
Faculty: Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale in NY, The Lucy Moses Music School and the Special Music School (New York City Public School for musically gifted children) in the Kaufman Music Center in NYC. Dalcroze instructor for Hoff-Barthelson community outreach programs; Port Chester Head Start Daycare; Mt. Vernon Head Start; West Help Daycare at a family shelter in Mt. Vernon, NY; and Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Dalcroze clinician for Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School in NYC
Jack Ashton (bio coming soon)
Megan Titensor: Cellist, has a large studio of private cello students and is a freelance musician in Salt Lake City, UT. Megan completed her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at CU-Boulder and her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at Utah State University. Also an accomplished pianist, Megan has extensive experience as a performer and collaborator, enabling her to accompany her own students. Her students range from young Suzuki cellists to adult beginners. Megan has also had experience teaching early childhood music and movement classes and enjoys teaching Music Mind Games. She loves skiing, hiking, biking, cooking, and yoga.
Kristiana Henderson: Her energy and passion for music-making has led to orchestra positions and solo performances on a national level. She currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin with the Ballet West Orchestra, has played full-time with the Utah Symphony, as a finalist with the New World Symphony in Miami and has been assistant concertmaster in the South Dakota Symphony. She also plays frequently in Salt Lake valley recording studios for musicals, movie & TV recordings for LDS Motion Pictures Studio and LA East, and works on other CD projects like Kurt Bestor and Jenny Oaks Baker. She holds a Masters of Music degree in violin performance from Rice University and a Bachelors of Music degree with a major in violin performance and minor in psychology from the University of Utah. Kristiana has maintained a private studio for the past fifteen years. Kristiana loves teaching students of all ages and levels and enjoys seeing each individual student develop their own skill and musical personality. She enjoys life as a professional performing musician and encourages her students to achieve their maximum potential regardless of how far they decide to ultimately take their musical talent. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of Utah and the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed professional training. Music has always been in Kristiana’s life. She began studying violin at the age of four. Her main teachers are Sergiu Luca, Gerald Elias, Geof Applegate, and Deborah Moench.
Jenny Wadsworth: I have taught now for 20+ years and have four awesome kids ranging from age 12-21. Two cellists and two violinists. I am a certified Advanced Active member of the Suzuki Association of Utah. I have lectured across Utah on the subject of abuse in music families and how to change that trend. My training includes BA in Music from BYU, both long term and short term certification through the Suzuki Association of the Americas as well as more than a thousand professional development master teacher observation hours. I am a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and I love to hike, mountain bike and cook.
Lyndsay Fife Szczesny started violin lessons as part of the Suzuki Strings program in Cedar City when she was 6 and later earned her Bachelor of Music Education at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Lindsay has led many musical youth groups including Cascade Strings and Fife Fiddle Camp and currently conducts Cedar City’s Suzuki Strings Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and with the Southwest Symphony. Ms. Szczesny currently teaches private violin lessons, plays first violin in both the Southern Utah String Quartet and the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and performs with her husband Stan as part of their guitar-violin duo. Lindsay enjoys hiking, reading to her children, and long road trips.
Peter Romney is a cellist and music teacher currently located in the Washington County Area, though he also has opened his studio to remote students via FaceTime and Skype. Having switched from the violin at age six, Peter made music the main focus of his childhood. He successfully graduated from all ten Suzuki books under the guidance of Richard Hoyt in Salt Lake City, and competed in the Utah State Fair six consecutive years, receiving an honorable mention at age 13 for his performance of the Saint-Seans concerto in A minor. He also performed and toured with the Young Artists Chamber Players, the Valley String Quartet, and on his own. Since high school, Peter has performed with various jazz and alternative music ensembles, most recently Theta Naught, with whom he recorded four studio albums and completed three tours of the western US. Peter has continued his study in the Suzuki method and has maintained a home studio for 12 of the last 14 years. He is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Suzuki Association of Utah, and is registered with the SAA in pre-twinkle, and Books 1 through 3, most recently under the guidance of AliceAnn O’Neill. “It is my belief that teaching music through the Suzuki method is the best way to nurture the expression of a beautiful soul. In my studio it happens through music, but it is my goal for the student to continue that expression in everything they do.”
Amanda Clarke: Music has always been a defining element of Amanda’s life. At 4-years-old, she began her musical journey in the Southern Utah Suzuki Strings program with Sara Penny. She has studied the violin with Dorothy Baldwin and at age 16, began taking lessons at Southern Utah University with Dr. Xun Sun. Within the last several years, she has taken particular interest in the WHY of music—why should we invest in it? What is the purpose of music? How does it contribute to our society? What does it do for our character? She feels that understanding the principles of music will not only establish commitment and a driving passion for aspiring musicians, but also contribute a great deal to the development of society. Amanda has been teaching for 15 years and currently has a studio of 30+ students in Cedar City. She delights in watching these individuals progress not only through musical development, but most especially through the development of their fine character.
Russell Wulfenstein is an accomplished performer and composer specialized in traditional American and International folk music. In addition to teaching at the Wulfenstein School of Music, Russell is a regular guest instructor at regional events including the Bryce Canyon Music Camp. He has performed in many of the largest folk dance and folk music festivals in the world touring as a musician for Brigham Young University’s International Folk Dance Ensemble and with the West Valley based dance team, Clog America. He is a two-time Utah fiddle and mandolin champion and has also won the Utah guitar picking division. He has judged and hosted various instrumental competitions throughout Utah. Russell has previously served on the State board of the Utah Old-time Fiddlers and Country Music Association and the World Folkfest board of directors. He is a current member of the Institute of American Music, and is a founding member of Jzuki and the Seguine Music Foundation.
Lyndsey Wulfenstein: Lyndsey highly values the strong connection between music and dance. Her understanding of music has helped her express movement in a way that enhances the overall artistic experience. While attending BYU, Lyndsey danced as a member of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble 2005-2008. During this time she traveled to 12 different countries performing traditional dances from around the world. She met her husband, Russell Wulfenstein, who played music in the band, and thus began their adventures in promoting music and dance together! Lyndsey has taught in the Dance Department at BYU 2008-2014. She has taught dance at the Shelley School of Irish Dance in Cedar Hills, Utah 2009-2014, and also has taught at the Academy of Ballet in Provo, UT in 2008. She has taught dance for the Community Arts Classes in Spanish Fork, UT in 2009 and 2011. Since 2013, Lyndsey has been a member of the Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts. Lyndsey served on the Springville World Folkfest Board from 2009-2015. Lyndsey frequently teaches and calls Barn/Community dances for Church and Community Dance events. Lyndsey has been a guest choreographer for prestigious dance groups such as The BYU Performing Arts Company, The World Folkfest Dance Ensemble, Clog America, The Shelley School of Irish Dance Company, The Days of ’47 Pioneer Dance for Clive Romney, and On Stage Dance Company in Cedar City, UT. Lyndsey and her husband perform all over Utah as The W Duo, performing bluegrass, country, old time, and original music. They have recently made their home amongst the red rocks in Kanab, UT, raising their 4 children and performing and teaching their hearts out! Lyndsey is currently teaching at the Red Rock Dance Academy.
Sara Syrett grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her passion for art was there as a young girl. She continued her education by attending Southern Utah University she studied fine art. Sara believes that each and every child should have the opportunity to learn and express their unique artistic talents. She feels that visual arts education is an integral part of every student education and should be available to every child. She believes that lessons learned through arts education become applicable to every aspect of our lives. Sara lives in the Bryce Canyon area with her husband Lance where she spends her time raising her 4 children, with three that currently play the violin. She has a passion for creativity and design and encourages that creativity in her children and people around her.