Saturday, November 17, 2007

Teacher Feature: A Fresh New Face in Omaha

Catherine Wadhams is the first teacher we have included here in our new series “Teacher Feature.” Cat is a great addition to the Omaha community because of her completed Suzuki training (done at Southern Illinois University, one of the original homes of Suzuki in the US) and her high level of artistry and her youthful enthusiasm.

Her studies at Southern Illinois in violin were with Lenora-Marya Anop, a student of Dorothy DeLay and Paul Kantor, and her studies in pedagogy were with Vera McCoy-Sulentic, who Cat has said was a “good thorough teacher, who had a special touch with little kids.” While in college, she performed as concertmaster of sever college groups, and is currently performing with the Omaha and Lincoln symphonies. She has already taught in several professional institutions in Edwardsville and Saint Louis areas, and joined the Omaha Conservatory of music faculty in the fall of 2007. She studied in the summer at Aspen where she enjoyed witnessing “the development of young prodigies” and seeing “inspiring master classes like the ones taught by outstanding artists such as Bobby McDuffie.” These experiences gave her the depth of training necessary to teach students from 3 to 93 rooted in the finest traditions of Suzuki and the Franco-Belgian violin schools.

Catherine loves “watching young student progress” and is continuing to develop her career as a performer and teacher. You can call Catherine at the Omaha Conservatory of Music 402.932.4978 or e-mail her at if you are interested in studying with her or her performance.

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