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Lorraine Dargavel, B.Mus.Hons.

Lorraine Dargavel is a dedicated violin and viola teacher with more than twenty-five years of Suzuki teaching experience. Her credentials include an Honour Bachelor of Music and Suzuki certificates. She remains current in best practices through professional readings and conferences. Lorraine’s professional playing career includes the Thunder Bay Symphony, Te Deum Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Quattro quartet.

Lorraine conveys her passion for music as she teaches and encourages students from toddler through adult in both individual and group instruction. In collaboration with parents, she brings out each student’s musical ability through detailed instruction for home practice and performances. Lorraine clearly expresses her expectations of students in order for them to achieve their potential. She believes that music is not only for enjoyment but for the development of lifelong skills. In addition, she knows that sometimes students can be the best teachers.

Lorraine’s skills are not just limited to teaching….. Look for her legendary baked goods at the next HSSM fundraiser!!!

Anita Hiripi

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Hungarian violinist Anita Hiripi was born in Debrecen, Hungary. She was involved with music and dance from early age. Anita is a graduate of the Béla Bartók University of Music, Miskolc(Hungary). After graduation, Anita spent several years with the Debrecen Symphony, where a familiarity with the standard operatic and orchestral repertoire was firmly established. As an orchestra member Anita appeared in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxemburg, The Vatican, France, Austria, Tunisia, Denmark, Italy, and the Netherlands.

From 2000-2010, Anita was a member of the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra violin section, and on the faculty of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory. In Lebanon Anita played many times with the L.N.S.O concerts at the famous Baalbeck, Boustan and Tyre festivals, sharing the stage with such renowned soloists and conductors as Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Barnabás Kelemen, Boris Berezovsky, Gert Albrecht, Sergio Croce, Paolo Olmi, Marco Parisotto, Eugene Kohn, Joseph Wilkomirsky, Alain Paris, Wojciech Czepiel, and Eraldo Salmieri,Robert Lehrebaumer, among others.

Since arriving in Canada in 2010, Anita has been involved in Hamilton musical life; she became a second principal violin player at the Hamilton City Ballet Orchestra and has participated in many chamber and orchestra concerts from Niagara on the Lake to Toronto. Anita also teaches at the HWDSB strings program , at the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts School and at her Anita’s Music Studio. Along with her husband she established the Cricket Chamber Orchestra in 2014 .The summer of 2017 the Cricket Chamber Orchestra is invited to participate in the Szentendre Summer Music Festival in Hungary.

Anita received Suzuki teacher training in Columbus, Ohio with Linda Stieg.

Helen Tobias, B. Mus. Hons. BSW, MSW,

Helen Tobias is a founding member of the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music. She has many years of experience with students of all ages, levels and abilities. She is a caring and understanding teacher. Helen is a well trained Suzuki teacher with experience in private and group teaching as well as orchestra conducting. She is an excellent musician and has played with many music groups including The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Te Deum Orchestra and the Mozart Chamber Group.

Allison Cooke, B. Mus. Hons.

Allison Cooke began Suzuki cello lessons at the age of five with Jo-Anne Goyder. Inspired by her own Suzuki experience as a student, she decided that she wanted to become a Suzuki teacher by the age of 8. She graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, where she studied with Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, and members of the world-renowned Penderecki String Quartet.

Allison has studied Suzuki pedagogy for Books 1 through 3 under Sally Gross and Catherine Walker, and has taken supplemental instruction in teaching Suzuki group classes with Carey Beth-Hocket. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is continuing her education in the Suzuki Method through training courses offered at Suzuki Institutes.

She is an active performer as a soloist at various community venues throughout the Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo Area, and as a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under Sabbatino Vacca.

bass, cello, viola, and violin