6th Annual Lehigh Valley Suzuki Strings Workshop


Dominick Fiore

Dominick Fiore, cello and bass, began the study of the double bass with Wes Fisher in Reading, Pennsylvania, at the age of 14. He attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he was a student of John Schaeffer, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic. After graduation, Mr. Fiore freelanced in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, performing in Broadway shows, The Brooklyn Orchestra, the National Balet of Canada, and the Duke Ellington Pops Concerts. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Chester University and began teaching in the Ephrata, Pennsylvania School District. Mr. Fiore has been director of orchestras and chamber music at the Mid-Southeast Suzuki Institute, Snowmass Suzuki Institute, Chicago Institute, Calgary Suzuki Institute, Central Pennsylvania Institute, and the Hartford Suzuki Institute, as well as clinician at the Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hickory (North Carolina) and Augusta (Georgia) Suzuki workshops. He and his wife Linda Fiore co-direct Ogontz Suzuki Institute in New Hampshire. Previously, he was the director of the five Suzuki orchestras of the Community Division at the Hartt School of Music. In addition, Mr. Fiore had a thriving young bass program through the Community Division at Hartt. He and Ms. Fiore Currently live in the Lehigh Valley where they have established a Suzuki studio and freelance throughout the region.

Linda Fiore

Linda Fiore, violin, is a Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer. She bagan violin lessons at age 5 with her mother Louise Wear, a Suzuki violin teacher. She earned a B.Mus. in violin performance at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT and studied with violinist Raphael Bronstein in New York City. She studied with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan for 18 months and earned her Japanese teaching certificate. She was the first Suzuki violin teacher at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. From 1983-1997 and again since 2007, she and her husband Domenick have run DaCore Talent Education. She has presented student performing groups in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Europe, and throughout the United States. From 1997 to 2007 she taught college students and young students at the Hartt School of Music where she was also a Suzuki teacher trainer in the graduate degree program. The Fiores currently run Fiore Performing Strings in the Lehigh Valley area and co-direct the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in New Hampshire. Linda has done extensive orchestra, chamber orchestra, and chamber music performing over the course of her career. She trains teachers and students nationally and internationally.

Rosalie Keddington

Rosalie Keddington grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she studied violin with her father - violinist, professor and conductor, Dr. LaVar Krantz, as well as Kathryn Lucktenberg and Simon Kim. She also studied with Zaven Melikian, Gerald Elias and Barbara Williams.

As a violinist, Rosalie has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Chamber Orchestra (soloist and associate concert master), Utah Chamber Orchestra (associate concert master), Intermountain Chamber Orchestra (soloist and concertmaster), Bear Lake Music Festival (soloist), Utah Chamber Artists, and other orchestras, in addition to recording motion picture sound tracks at LA East studios in Salt Lake City.

Rosalie earned a B.Mus. in violin performance from the University of Hawaii and has completed extensive Suzuki training with teachers including John Kendall, William Starr, Rhonda Cole, Jackie Maurer, Cathy Lee, Jeanne Grover, and Linda Fiore. In addition Rosalie trained and became a licensed Kindermusik Educator, which has been a valuable asset in working with younger students.

She runs Lehigh Valley Talent Education (LVTE), with a central focus on Suzuki Violin instruction. LVTE also incorporates BFF Musical Performers - a girl’s music performance group (which she directs) - and early childhood music education classes.

Rosalie teaches at Institutes throughout the United States, bringing with her the combined experiences of performing professionally, teaching privately, and raising four children, ages 5 - 18 (all musicians). She resides near Allentown, PA with her husband and four children

Susan Reed

Susan Reed (Web page) is an award winning classical violinist, folk musician, singer, storyteller, author and educator from the Boston area, honored by Parents’ Choice, Mom’s Choice, Tilliwig, and NAPPA for her books and CD’s. Common to all of her performances is a trademark sense of humor and optimism, and her conviction that music has the power to broaden people’s understanding of the world around them. Susan is dedicated to education at every level. She is a seasoned Suzuki clinician worldwide and also serves on the Board of Overseers and the President’s Council for Entrepreneurial Musicianship at New England Conservatory, in Boston, MA. Susan is a member of TED. For more information, please visit www.susanreed.com.

Christopher Souza

Christopher Souza began studying the violin at the age of nine, studying with Suzuki teachers in the Boston area. During high school he studied with Mark Thielien and Dorothea Baxter at the Harrison Center in Lakewood Florida. He joined the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and performed with renowned acts such as The Moody Blues and violinist Eugene Fodor. He also had the opportunity to take masterclasses with the members of the Colorado String Quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra in the Florida International Festival. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lee University, he gave concerts on stages across Europe on three international chamber music tours.

While working on a masters degree in Springfield, Missouri, Christopher studied viola with Darrel Barnes, former principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony and member of the Lenox Quartet. He performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Opera Company and The Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks as well as the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. Christopher maintains an active performance calendar. In addition to freelance work, he performs regularly with the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra. He recently completed 2 concert tours: a tour of Eastern Europe playing principal viola with the Lehigh Philharmonic Orchestra, and a tour of the American West playing principal viola with the Barbizon Chamber Orchestra. Christopher is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with a studio in Tannersville, PA. He has received Suzuki training from Michelle Higa George and Linda Wear Fiore. He also teaches regularly at the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in New Hampshire.

Nancy Terlaak Poot

Nancy Terlaak Poot enjoys an active career as violin/viola pedagog and chamber musician. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from SUC Potsdam, studying with Nardo Poy, and her Master of Music Degree from the College of St. Rose, studying with Nathan Gottschalk, both with a concentration in viola. She has been a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony, Bucks County Symphony, and has performed with the Trenton Symphony, Allentown Symphony, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. She finds her musical outlet immersing herself in chamber music with fellow chamber players in New England, Philadelphia and the Greater Lehigh Valley.

She has done extensive violin and viola pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Rebecca Henry at Indiana University, Lee Snyder in Philadelphia, and the SAA Suzuki Violin Training program, certified thru book 9 as well as supplemental units. She maintains an active music studio in Coopersburg, and is on the faculty at Moravian College, as well as the Moravian Community Music Institute. She has founded and directed the Lehigh Valley Fall Suzuki Strings Workshop at Moravian College since 2008. Utilizing the premise that string performance involves the physical, psychological, and musical abilities of a player, her philosophy of teaching, based on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment, explores all three of these elements of performance. Nancy integrates the violin pedagogy, musical vision, and teaching philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian and Mimi Zweig. Her students have won concerto competitions with the Allentown Symphony, Lehigh University Philharmonic, and the JSP and YPP orchestras. Her students have competed in District, Regional, State, and All East Coast Orchestras, as well as being members of JSP, YPP, Lehigh University Philharmonic, Moravian College Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. All are actively involved in their school music programs. Some have pursued violin or viola performance degrees at major conservatories both nationally and internationally. Others have pursued careers in law, medicine, architecture, film, teaching, technology and parenthood. All have taken with them a life long love and understanding of music.



Moravian College Music Institute

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in eastern Pennsylvania tracing its founding to 1742. It is recognized as America's sixth oldest college. The Music Institute is the Community Lesson and Event division of the Department of Music.

Music degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music in performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz), music education, composition, or sacred music.

Of the college degrees, the Bachelor of Arts program allows for musical study within a liberal arts curriculum. The Bachelor of Music is for students who desire more comprehensive music studies.