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Paxson-Abberger, Gretchen

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Gretchen Paxson-Abberger received her undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied violin with Ariana Bronne, and Burton Kaplan. She completed her Masters degree in Baroque Violin with a full scholarship at the Mannes College of Music’s Historical Performance Department studying with Nancy Wilson. She has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier in Toronto, as well as with Artek and Rebel Baroque Orchestra in New York City.

Gretchen was part of a 10-year project with Rebel Baroque Orchestra completed in 2009 with the release of a 3-volume CD set of Haydn’s great masses on the NAXOS label commemorating the celebration the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death.
As a Suzuki teacher she completed a two -year training course at the School for Strings in New York where she worked closely with Louise Behrend. On completion of her training, she was asked to become a faculty member at the School for Strings and the Manhattan School of Music preparatory department as well. In addition, she has taken workshops with Ronda Cole, Alan Lieb, and Ed Sprunger, Carey Hockett, and Daphne Hughes.

She currently makes her home in Toronto where she is on the faculty at the North York Suzuki School of Music and is the Artistic Director as well as a violin teacher at the Miles Nadal jcc Suzuki Program. Gretchen also directs a weeklong Suzuki Summer camp at the MNjcc. She has been a guest teacher at Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music winter workshops, and in Ottawa for the combined studios of Leslie Wade and Laura Nerenburg, and recently taught at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. She founded Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert Performances, a charitable community organization currently in its 11th season. She is currently on the board as Treasurer for the Suzuki Association of Ontario. Gretchen, and her husband John Abberger are parents of two teens who are studying violin and are part of the Miles Nadal jcc Suzuki program.