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Ani Gregorian Resnick
Director, Violin Teacher
Over the years Mrs. Resnick has performed with such diverse artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Art Garfunkel, Arlo Guthrie, Olivia Newton-John, the Moody Blues, Don McLean, Donna Summer, Kurt Masur, and Bobby McFerrin. She was first prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as first violinist of the LaStrada String Quartet.
Mrs. Resnick continues to give recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States, and is an active violin teacher and clinician. She is the founder and director of the prestigious music school, Suzuki on the Island (formed in 2000) and The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival (formed in 2013). She was formerly a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Teaching Program.
Violinist Amelia Dietrich received her Bachelors of Music from The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and her Masters degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Lipsett and Ida Kavafian. A native of North Carolina, Amelia grew up studying with her teacher and mentor, Ara Gregorianartistic director of Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and distinguished professor at East Carolina University.
An avid chamber musician, Amelia has performed in chamber series throughout the US, Europe, and Australia including Alice Tully Hall’s Wednesdays at One,National Sawdust, The Guggenheim, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, ClasClas Chamber Festival in Vilagarcía, Spain, and Mimir’s Chamber Festival in Melbourne, among others. She has been invited to spend summers at the Internationale Sommerakademie in Austria, Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, The Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and The Moritzburg Academy in Germany. She is a member of The Noree Chamber Soloists in New York City and regularly performs with various NYC Chamber Orchestras including The New York Classical Players and Shattered Glass.
An advocate of community outreach and bringing classical music to the next generation of youth, Amelia is Perlman Program outreach artist and has given countless interactive performances throughout North Carolina, New York, Florida, and Los Angeles. She was named a Juilliard Gluck Fellow for the 2018-2019 yeara program dedicated to bringing educational performances to the infirm and disabled in New York City. She is a founding member of the Arte Quartet, part of the 2018-2019 Honors Chamber Music program recently featured on WQXR public radio as part of the Midday Masterpiece series. Their 2019-2020 season includes recitals at Alice Tully Hall and The Kennedy Center.
Beyond her musical studies, Amelia, has a passion for teaching and mentoring young musicians. She coaches chamber music at the New York Youth Symphony as well as maintaining a NYC private teaching studio. She is thrilled to now join the faculty of Suzuki on the Island.
Katherine Dennis is a New York based violinist who has distinguished herself as a performer and educator. She was the founder and former director of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Middle School Orchestra, sponsored by the Vh1 Save the Music Foundation. She continues to cultivate music programs across the NY Metropolitan Area.
An avid performer, Katherine has toured across the U.S. and Europe with various chamber and orchestral ensembles. Venturing beyond even the classical universe, Katherine collaborates frequently with her friends in the pop and jazz worlds.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Violin Performance from East Carolina University and a Master of Violin Performance from McGill University. During her undergraduate career, she received two years of intensive Suzuki teacher training and maintains her registration for all 10 Books. Katherine completed the Lincoln Center Scholars Program at Hunter College where she earned a second Masters in Music Education.
Violin and Viola Teacher
Noah participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra for 4 years, the NYSSMA All State Festival Orchestra 2 years, and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies for 4 years, all of which he served as concertmaster. He went to Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied with the former concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the late William Depasquale, and earned BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance. In addition, he played with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge Colorado for 2 years as principal second violin and soloist, as well as in many regional Orchestras in New York.
Noah has enjoyed a performance career all over the world, playing in Alaska, California, Colorado, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and notably at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He recently trained in the Suzuki Method at the School For Strings in Manhattan, NY, an intensive two year program. Noah has maintained a private teaching studio for eight years, as well as teaching for the community outreach programs Harmony Program and Noel Pointer Foundation in New York City.
Violin and Viola Teacher
Alejandra Mahave was born in Chile and comes from a family of professional musicians. She is a graduate of the University of Chile, National Conservatory of Music with a degree in Viola Performance and a former member of the Chilean National Symphony, a position she won by audition while finishing her studies at the Conservatory.
Upon her arrival in the United States, Ms. Mahave toured extensively, performing throughout the country and Canada with the Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber featuring Michael Crawford. As a performer Alejandra has been active in many different aspects of musical life, joining the Riverside Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Westfield Symphony, The New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, City Island Chamber Ensemble and Alma String Quartet. Alternative venues include appearances and recordings with a wide range of popular artists such as Donna Summer, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett and Mark Mangold, as well as on numerous commercials for radio and TV. Ms. Mahave has also participated in Music Festivals around the world including the Festival di Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the Frutillar Summer Festival in Chile, the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the Chamber Music Festival of the Hamptons.
Alejandra started assisting in the studio of violinist Norma Kokisch at a very early stage of her career, making teaching a relevant aspect of her development as a musician. Since then she has been involved with many music schools in the Metropolitan area including the Third Street Settlement, Manhattan School of Music Preparatory School, The Queens College Preparatory School and the Birch Wathen Lenox School. She has done extensive coaching in the Tri-State Area including the Connecticut Youth Symphony and with a special program from BOCES coaching youth orchestras throughout Nassau County. She has been on faculty at Suzuki on the Island for over 15 years.
Her primary teachers include David Geber, David Soyer, George Neikrug, Mary Lou Rylands, and Andres Diaz. Ms. Fairbanks has performed with the Circe Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Salome Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and alongside members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been a finalist and prizewinner at the Montpelier Arts Center Competition as part of the Circe Ensemble, the New England Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Fairbanks plays an Italian cello made in 1910 by Carlo Carletti. She teaches privately as well as at the Turtle Bay Music School and Saturday Music Project in New York City. She is happy to be joining the faculty of Suzuki on the Island!
As a freelance musician, Ms. Hanish performs frequently for theater, chamber ensembles, orchestras and new music groups around NYC. While in Cleveland, Ms. Hanish spent a decade as Assistant Principal for the Akron Symphony, and freelanced with orchestras around the Northeast Ohio region. As a soloist, she performed the Boccherini Bb Cello Concerto in 2014 and the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Andréa Belding Elson in 2013. Ms. Hanish was also a founding member of the Azalea String Quartet, which received high accolades as finalists at the Hugo Kauder and JC Arriaga International Competitions in 2010.
Equally versed in the non-classical scene, Tara plays cello for the Cleveland-based rock band Seafair and the NYC-based alternative cello duo, The Whiskey Girls. As a back-up musician, Tara has performed with notable artists like The Foo Fighters, Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, she performed at the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters as a You Tube My Grammy Moment winner.
A passionate educator, Ms. Hanish works with students of all ages and levels through an individually tailored blend of Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to Suzuki on the Island, Ms. Hanish is on the faculty at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies at Queens College, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the JCC Thurnauer School in Tenafly, NJ.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Adam Ali first learned the piano at age six with his grandmother, Lalan Parrott, who was herself a pupil of the legendary pianist and pedagogue Rosina Lhevinne. After several years, Adam entered the Prep Division of Mannes College, joining the studio of Irina Edelman. At the same time, he attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Arts, and graduated from both schools with honors. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he studied under Dr. Donald Pirone.
Adam has given numerous solo and chamber performances in the New York City area, in such venues as Mannes Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. At Queens College, Adam was the recipient of several awards and scholarships, and he gave a number of recitals in the esteemed LeFrak Concert Hall, where his programs included such works as J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 6 in E minor, Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, and Brahms’ Piano Sonata no. 2 in F-sharp minor. In 2016, he performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Queens College Symphony Orchestra.
Holding a firm belief that every child should experience classical music, Adam enjoys an extensive career as a piano instructor. He currently serves on the faculties of East-West Music School and the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College, in addition to his work as Music Director at Grace Baptist Chapel. He is pleased to join the Suzuki on the Island family.
Sing Ing Ho
Ms. Sing Ho was born in Taiwan and came to America when she was 18. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Piano at Queens College where she studied with Morey Ritt and a Professional Studies degree in piano from Mannes School of Music, where she studies with Diane Walsh.
Ms. Ho received numerous awards and scholarships and was an accompanist for the Choir/Choral Society under Robert White and Dr. Lawrence Eiseman. She also performed with the Violin and the Wind Repertoire Ensemble under Daniel Phillips and Ronald Roseman at Queens College.
She has toured with the Canticum Novum as an accompanist under Harold Rosenbaum and as a member of a piano/violin duo with Penny Ho, with whom she continues to perform in such places as Queens College, Colgate, and Yale University. Ms. Ho has also performed extensively throughout Europe, specifically in noted concert halls in Salzburg, Vienna, London and at the Saracusa Summer Music Festival in Sicily.
Ms.Ho received her Suzuki Piano Teacher Training from Trinity College at Chicago. She supplemented her training with a course titled “ Music and Brain” . She was granted a residency for Nassau County’s BOCES Arts in Education in 2006 and 2007. Ms. Ho was on the piano faculty in Center for Preparatory Studies in Music program at Queens College to 2014.
In addition to being a piano teacher at Suzuki on the Island for over 15 years, Ms. Ho is currently a Music director at Calvary Lutheran Church at East Meadow.
A captivating soloist and collaborative pianist, Zhihan Shang (Shauna) is a talented, soulful, impressive performer who is devoted to piano and chamber music performances. Shauna was born into a musical family in China. Her piano study began at age four after she watched her grandma playing in an exhibition. At age twelve, Shauna was accepted to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SCOM), one of the top music schools in China. From a young age, she has traversed the country to participate in competitions and music festivals. The same year she graduated with the distinguished award from SCOM in 2013, Shauna was invited to the United States to enter the finalist competition of the New York Concert Festival. She then performed in multiple concert halls in New York, including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She received advanced training at Manhattan School of Music, under Nina Svetlanova for piano performance and Dr. Heasook Rhee for collaborative piano performance. Shauna has been actively performing and accompanying in various concerts and recitals, appearing as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. In addition, she has participated with her chamber groups in Competitions, Master Classes and coached by Philippe Müller, Nicholas Mann, Laurie Carney, Curtis Macomber, David Geber, Julia Lichten, Pascual Martinez-Forteza, Paul Cohen. In 2019 Shauna had the honor of being invited by the SCOM to co-directed at the annual concert.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and is working towards a Master of Music Education degree from Aaron Copland School of Music, which will be completed in 2022. Shauna also holds New York State Teacher certifications in music for grades K-12.
Shauna has an extensive teaching history, including teaching at a private studio for seven years and serving as faculty collaborative pianist in the Manhattan School of Music. Shauna is currently living, operating, and teaching in the area of Long Island. She is excited to be joining the faculty of SOTI!