Sarah Mitchell is a Southern native, having “grown up” in Alabama, Tennessee and Texas, and began studying the violin at age 4½ as a Suzuki student of the late Dr. Michael Gattozzi at the University of Alabama. After moving to Tennessee, she continued her violin study with Mary Kathryn Vanosdale at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. Her other teachers have included Soh-Hyun Park Altino, Beverly Shin, Julianna Waller and William Hayden. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Kentucky University and began her Suzuki violin teacher training at the University of Memphis with Kimberly Meier-Sims, earning a Master of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy while completing violin units 1-10. Her violin teacher training also includes courses and workshops with Lorraine Fink, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Carol Smith, Mark Bjork, Hiroko Driver, Joseph Kaminsky, Mary Cay Neal and Terry Durbin. In addition to her violin study, Sarah has also trained with Dorothy and Sharon Jones to become a Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher.
In 2003, Sarah was invited to help launch the Pre-College String Program at Western Kentucky University teaching Suzuki violin and beginning viola, and to help introduce string education in the Bowling Green/Warren County public schools as Professional-in-Residence. While in Bowling Green, she was a member of the Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra and the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Owensboro Symphony on occasion. From 2005-2015, she served as a full-time faculty at Buffalo Suzuki Strings in Buffalo, NY, teaching Suzuki students from birth through 18 years of age. Her advanced students have been invited to perform at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conference, and around the world as members of the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Friendship Touring Ensemble. Besides her violin teaching at BSS, she served as lead teacher for the Suzuki Early Childhood Education program for infants and toddlers and directed the Fiddle Club performing group made up of violin, viola, cello and guitar students. Sarah enjoys fiddling, and as a fiddler has performed with Brother Trouble, Danny Potter and Rory Feek.
Sarah moved back to Middle Tennessee in 2015, excited to bring Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes for babies and toddlers to Music City. In addition to teaching Suzuki ECE classes, Sarah now serves on the Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association Board of Directors and teaches violin, viola and directs the FSA Fiddle Club at Franklin Suzuki Academy. She is very excited to be back home in musical Middle Tennessee!
Annalise Ohse holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where she received her masters in Suzuki pedagogy. Annalise revisited her Suzuki studies and received additional teacher training from the School for Strings in New York City. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and has taken numerous enrichment courses to expand her knowledge of the Suzuki method and strengthen her skills as an educator. Her primary teachers include Brian Lewis and Katie Lansdale. Her Suzuki mentors include Christie Felsing, Teri Einfeldt, Allen Lieb, Cathy Lee, Mark Mutter, and Katerina Gerson. Annalise has been an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 2008 and is registered to teach units 1-10.
Annalise began lessons with her father at age 4 and at age 15, attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. Growing up near the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Annalise was exposed to alternative styles at an early age. As a child, she won numerous youth fiddle competitions throughout Texas and Kansas. Today, Annalise incorporates some of the skills and benefits of the fiddle tradition to classical violin students.
Annalise has taught with the Hartt Suzuki Program in Hartford, Connecticut, and WHIN Music Project in New York City. She is also an active clinician having taught workshops and masterclasses in the New England area as well as Austin, TX. While living in Texas, Annalise taught with the Austin Suzuki Music School and local public middle and high schools. In the summers, Ms. Ohse directs the Topeka Fiddle Camp in Topeka, KS and is part of the faculty at the Hartt Suzuki Institute in Hartford, CT.
Andra Prewett began her teaching career in 1999 as a student teacher at Lawrence University while pursuing her viola performance degree. In one of her violin courses, she read Shinichi Suzuki’s autobiography, “Nurtured by Love.” Intrigued, she contacted Chicago-based Suzuki teacher, Edward Kreitman to observe a few lessons, which turned into a year-long training in Suzuki Violin Book 1. The course inspired Andra to become a full-time Suzuki teacher.
Andra has a diverse performance background that includes playing viola for various regional orchestras in the Midwest, being a singer-songwriter with a small following in the Chicago underground rock scene, and playing guitar and singing the part of Nancy Wilson for a Heart Tribute band. She toured nationally for three years playing fiddle with her band, Tin Horse, which lead her to move to Tennessee in 2010. Andra is a sought after private teacher and guest clinician. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She is also a Suzuki community builder and serves on the Board of Directors of the Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association. Andra holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Lawrence University. Her teachers include Matthew Michelic, Peter Slowik, Roland Vamos, and Li-Kuo Chang.