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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.
Violin and Viola Teacher
Violinist/Violist 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 Gregorian-artistic director of Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and distinguished professor at East Carolina University.
A passionate chamber musician, Amelia has performed in numerous chamber series across 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 Spain, and Mimir’s Chamber Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Amelia has collaborated with several distinguished musicians, including performances with Guy Braunstein, Robert McDonald, Hye-Jin Kim, Miriam Fried, Caroline Shaw, Natasha Brofsky, Alessio Bax, Amihai Grosz, and Marc Coppey. She regularly performs with NY based chamber orchestras including appearances with The New York Classical Players, Shattered Glass, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
A strong advocate of community outreach and making classical music accessible for the next generation, Amelia is Perlman Program outreach artist and has given countless interactive performances throughout the United States. While at Juilliard, she received the Gluck Fellowship, a distinguished role dedicated to bringing educational performances of classical works to the disabled community in New York City.
Amelia is a founding member of the Terra String Quartet, formerly known as The Arte Quartet, who were selected for Juilliard’s prestigious Honors Chamber Music program in 2019. The quartet’s performances include recitals at Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, a radio appearance on New York’s WQXR, and Winter Workshop at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. They are honored to be Si-Yo Music Foundation Artists through which they were able to collaborate in concert with the Quartetto di Cremona in Fall 202
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
A member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) since 2016, Israeli/German violinist Maya Lorenzen has performed around the world as a soloist and ensemble player. She is a prizewinner of the 2016 Karl-Adler Competition (Germany) and 2013 Mehta Chamber Music Competition (Israel). Since 2004, she has received annual awards and scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Maya has been an invited soloist with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, NK Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Conservatory Orchestra. She has also served as concertmaster with various orchestras including the Young Israeli Philharmonic.
Maya received her undergraduate degree in music performance from Tel Aviv University and continued her master’s studies at HfMT Hamburg. She has pursued studies with Haim Taub, Hagai Shaham, Tanja Becker- Bender, Philip Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi and Arnaud Sussmann, and has received coachings from members of the Emerson String Quartet, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Berliner Philharmonic. Now a doctoral student of musical arts at Stony Brook University as a student of Philip Setzer, Maya performs with various chamber and orchestral groups both in the US and Europe.
A former teaching assistant at Stony Brook University, she is dedicated to teaching her growing violin studio in New York. She is on the faculty at Great Neck Conservatory and is excited to further her teaching experience at Suzuki on the Island!
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!
Cellist Madeline Fayette, praised for her “charisma…lovely tone and phrasing”, is part of a new generation of artist-teachers creating audiences through inventive community engagement and compelling performances. An in-demand collaborator in both standard and experimental repertoire, she regularly performs with the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society, New York Classical Players, Shattered Glass, and innovative genre-defying organizations Cantata Profana and Heartbeat Opera. She has also appeared with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Broadway’s recent revival of Hello, Dolly with Bette Midler. Based in New York, Ms. Fayette has performed at some of the city’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Roulette, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
In her role as cellist of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society, Ms. Fayette designs and presents annual concerts for Music for Autism, which recognized the Society as their 2020 Spotlight Artist. Fair Trade is also a yearly artistic partner with the Corona Youth Music Project, which strives to promote social inclusion by empowering children in Corona, Queens to excel through their participation in musical ensembles. In 2019, Fair Trade held a residency at Smith College, performing works of female composers and holding workshops for composition students.
Ms. Fayette was a 2017 and 2018 guest artist at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, where she designed school presentations, interactive performances and engrossing concert programs for audiences of all ages, which culminated in her appointment as Bravo’s Teaching-Artist-in-Residence for their 2019 season. Ms. Fayette is also an inaugural member and current Operations Manager of the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, which was founded in 2016 to present innovative concerts in fresh and unexpected ways.
Ms. Fayette became one of the youngest cellists to attend the Juilliard Pre-College when she was accepted at age seven. She went on to receive both a Bachelor and Master of Music from Juilliard, where she studied with Bonnie Hampton and Natasha Brofsky. Ms. Fayette was a 2016-18 Fellow in Ensemble Connect – a post-graduate program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education – which trains classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Having grown up in a Suzuki program in Long Island and coming from a family of professional musicians, Maddy is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the students at Suzuki on the Island!
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!