2019 Clinicians’ Biographies


Teri Einfeldt is chair of the Suzuki department and adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. An SAA registered teacher trainer, Teri is a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, she has taught for four years at Music Adventure, a chamber music camp in Italy, at Tenuta di Spannocchia, in the heart of Tuscany. She has participated and presented at several SAA conferences as well as lecturing at CT–ASTA conventions. In addition, she has taught at the Pan-Pacific Suzuki Conference in Sydney, Australia, the 14th Suzuki World Conference in Turin, Italy and the 16th Suzuki World Conference in Matsumoto. Japan. She appeared as a guest lecturer at the Juilliard School for the Starling DeLay Symposium in June 2011. She is the former assistant concertmistress of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently with the Hartford Symphony. Teri is a past board chair of the SAA and continues to be an active member in her roles of chair of the Teacher Development Team and of the Suzuki Principles in Action committee. She maintains a studio of 26 Suzuki students, ages 4–18, at the Hartt School Community Division.

Venetia Gauthier began her music studies in Kingston, Ontario.  She studied with various local violin teachers including Denny Williams, Gisele Dalbec and Kenneth Perkins, attending Suzuki Summer Institutes as well as the prestigious Indiana String Academy.  Venetia also studied with Helen Brunner in England and toured North America with the London Suzuki Group. She went on to win a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music in the U.K. She has been a member of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra first violin section for over 20 years and has played with many local ensembles, including Melos and Orchestra Kingston.  Venetia has taught with Canta Arya for the last 14 years and has taken extensive teacher training through the Suzuki Assocation of the Americas with Allen Lieb, Ed Sprunger and Karen-Michelle Kimmett.  She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University Kingston.  Her other great passion is art history in which she holds a Masters Degree and has been published. In her former life in London she was a Specialist in British Pictures at the auction house Christie’s. Venetia is the mother of two boys, both of whom are violinists in Canta Arya.

Margot Jewell received her Bachelor of Music from McMaster University and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. This was followed by studies in Matsumoto Japan with Shinichi Suzuki, and lessons on Baroque Violin with Jeanne Lamon and Kevin Mallon.
Margot has performed with many groups in the Greater Toronto area including Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Te Deum Orchestra and Opera York She has enjoyed working with young people and their families as a founder, faculty member and director of the Hamilton Suzuki School, Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and at Suzuki institutes and music camps across Canada. As a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer she relishes fostering the next generation of Suzuki teachers. Margot has enjoyed adjudicating at music festivals from Prince Edward Island to the Yukon. An examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she is presently the string specialist, involved in the training and development of examiners.
Mélanie Grenier teaches the violin in a private studio and work to develop this method in Quebec city, where she lives. Many years ago, she created a document in French to present and explain the method. She also, with a group of Suzuki parents organize a Workshop every other year, and many pedagogical activities for her students. She founded the group “ Jeux d’Archets Suzuki” and directs the summer camp “Fa-Do-Sol” since 25 years. Melanie teaches regularly in Workshops and summer institutes in Canada and in United States. SHe loves to transmit to the younger her passion for music, with varied and rich experiences, and help them develop a discipline, perseverance, pleasure to play, and a desire for well done work. Mélanie holds a Bachelor in Music from Laval University and McGill University, and a DESS from Montreal University. During those years she studied violin with Claude Richard, Vladimir Landsman and Gyorgy Terebesy. She then studied for a Master degree in violin performance at  Hartford University, CT, where she was lucky to work with the Emerson String Quartet and Katie Landsdale. She also did two great years of Suzuki training with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School, a great place to learn and a great Suzuki environment. Since then, she continued her training in summer institutes and workshops with Nancy Lokken, Ed Kreitman, Teri Einfeldt, Linda Fiore, Thomas Wermuth…


Christine Vlajk has performed extensively in North and South America, Europe, much of China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She has performed with the Penderecki String Quartet have at the Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, REDCAT Hall in Los Angeles, and the Hong Kong Academy to name a few.
She has held the positions of violist of the Penderecki String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier University since 1997. She has received Prizes at the Banff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, Carmel and Evian Chamber Music Competitions. She was granted the Friedlander Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory and Scholarships to attend the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, The Julliard and Cleveland Quartet Seminars, all helping to pave the road for a life as a chamber musician. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Vlajk has Bachelor degrees in Viola Performance (B.M.) and Music Education (B.M.E.) from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Master’s degree in Viola Performance (M.M.) from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her teachers have included Oswald Lehnert, Jerry Horner, Denes Koromzay and members of the Cleveland, Julliard, LaSalle, Takacs, and Fine Arts Quartets. She has been guest soloist with the West Virginia Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Peterborough Symphony and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She has performed recitals in Canada, the United States and Germany.

Venetia Gauthier (see above) 


Sally Gross, a native of the Chicago area, is currently Cello Director at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School.  Before returning to the Chicago area in 2004, Sally taught at the Suzuki String School of Guelph in Ontario where she was also Artistic Coordinator.  She is currently celebrating her 38th year as a Suzuki cello teacher and still loves every minute of it. She was the cello director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute from 1983-2014.   In 2008 Sally was the Coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference.  In 2010 she was one of 9 teachers in the country awarded the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement.  She has been a teacher trainer since 1990. As a dual citizen of the US and Canada, Sally has a keen interest in expanding Dr. Suzuki’s vision in both countries through her leadership, teacher training, and guest clinician appearances.

Geneviève Schirm-Joyce began her Suzuki journey at the age of 2 with Suzuki cello teacher Jo-Anne Goyder in Waterloo, Ontario. After her formative years of study, including summers at SOSI,  Geneviève attended Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with renowned cellist Paul Pulford, and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Diploma in Chamber Music. Geneviève went on to study with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver where she received her Master of Music Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy in June 2009. Geneviève currently performs as principal cellist for the Cambridge Symphony and Waterloo Chamber Players, as well as cellist for the Quinten Quartet. She is a founding teacher and director at Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo.
Geneviève lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she enjoys instructing aquafit at the YMCA when she isn’t teaching or running, and is a co-Suzuki parent with her husband Marc to her two sons and daughter.


Wendy Stern (coming soon)


Maureen McReynolds (North York), Ellen Berry (Cambridge), Gail Lange (Guelph) (please see the piano clinic page for more details).

Music and Movement

Caroline MacDonald, B.A., B. Ed. has been a teacher for over 30 years in both the public and private educational fields. She received her music education degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON and her education degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. She was a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian and music teacher (grades 1-6) with the Upper Grand District School Board for 12 years.
She is a certified MUSIKGARTEN instructor and Orff specialist as well as having Kodaly training. She owns and operates Musikgarten of Guelph teaching piano classes and providing preschool classes and grade school classes at three Guelph Montessori schools. She also teaches a Rhythmic Reading program at the Suzuki String School of Guelph.


Paul Hyman – Brain Fitness International – is a “Brain Trainer” specialist combining mind/body approaches and brain research. Interest in effective performance began with his career of 15 years as a professional recording musician for popular entertainers, TV and movie industry. Working 9 years with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, he was on faculty at Hong Kong University and Academy for the Performing Arts. Committed to supporting the next generation of musicians, Paul has worked with the Humber College Music Program, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Glenn Gould School, Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and Art of Teaching Conference – The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Understanding performance issues, he created a comprehensive wellness approach towards the prevention of Repetitive Strain Injuries. His experiential style of teaching and growing collection of playful toys/teaching aids makes for a fun, one-of-a-kind memorable learning experience; an experience which promotes life-long wellness.

Drama improvisation

Hayley Kellett brings over 10 years of experience helping individuals and teams across North America become more open, happy and productive by harnessing the tools of improvisation. Hayley has a long history with the world renowned Second City as a youth and adult instructor and Tour Co. alumnus. Hayley is a recipient of Guelph, Ontario’s Top 40 Under 40 award (2017), a Canadian Comedy Award Nominee (2015), a YMCA-YWCA Guelph Woman of Distinction (2018) and was recently nominated for a Guelph LGBT2QI+ Community Award. Other career highlights include stage-kissing Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie on the mouth. Twice.

Practice Notes 101 for Adult Learners

Paule Barsalou and Christie Zimmer (coming soon)