Oregon Suzuki Institute

Oregon Suzuki Institute Faculty

Oregon Suzuki Instutute Directors

Kathie Reed
Received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in music from Lewis and Clark College. She began studying the Suzuki method in 1979 at the Pacific Northwest Suzuki Institute, now known as the Oregon Suzuki Institute. Her first teacher training was on violin. She has since studied both cello and piano teaching in the Mother Tongue method. Kathie has taught in the Lake Oswego Public School District since 1988. She teaches at the Portland Community Music Center and conducts the Overture Orchestra in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Association. Kathie maintains a private studio of over 40 students of cello and piano and performs cello with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

Cynthia Scott
Cynthia Scott received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters of Music in a self-designed degree program in violin and viola pedagogy with an emphasis on the Suzuki approach from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She began teaching Suzuki violin in 1974 as an assistant to Sr. Jeanette Wood in the Suzuki program at Marylhurst Education Center for Life-Long Learning. After earning her masters, she taught in the Suzuki pedagogy program at CCM-UC and started a Suzuki violin program in Batesville, Indiana. After returning to the Portland area, she taught at Marylhurst College for four years before leaving to start her own studio. Cynthia has been on the Suzuki faculty at the Portland Community Music Center since 1995, has taught in the Lake Oswego Public School District elementary strings program since 1988, and has given Suzuki-based group classes in the Oregon City District home-school program since 2000. She has performed on violin and viola with the Portland Opera, the Portland Ballet, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the Chehalem String Quartet. She is currently principal violist in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and principal second violinist in Sinfonia Concertante.

Teacher Workshop Faculty 2015

Betsy Stuen-Walker
Viola Unit 1

Betsy Stuen-Walker is a well-known clinician who maintains a studio in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches viola and violin in addition to her roles as a church choir director and performer. She has received degrees from Eastman School of Music and Yale University School of Music. She is a recent past Board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas where she served as secretary. She has published ­arrangements for viola ensembles and a treble clef book for violists.

Karlyn Brett
Piano Unit 3

Ann Grabe
Cello Unit 3

Joe Kaminsky
Violin Unit 3



Student Institute Faculty


Yoko Acheson, California
Gail Acosta, California
Clarisse Atcherson, Washington
Susanne Gaye, Oregon
Tracy Helming, Washington

Joe Kaminsky, Missouri
Lisa Humphery, Washington
Sandra Payton, Washington
Barbara Riley, Washington
Katrin St. Clair, Washington

Lisa Humphery, Washington
Barbara Riley, Washington
Betsy Stuen-Walker, Washington

Carey Beth Hockett, California
David Holmes, Minnesota
Barbara Salkin, Washington

Kara Allen, Utah
Karlyn Brett, Washington
Ethel Fang, Wisconsin

Adam Whiting, Ohio

Charlie Graham, Oregon
Cathy Hart, Oregon

Yoko Acheson, California

Justin Mackewich, Oregon
Adam Whiting, Ohio

Molly Porterfield, Oregon

Barbara McQuillen, Oregon

Laura Frizzell, Oregon

Sandra Payton, Washington

Suzanne Gaye, Oregon
Gwen Gilbertson, Oregon



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Tigard, OR 97281-0666

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