Faculty: Adam WhitingOregon Suzuki Institute Faculty


  • Kathie Reed
  • Cynthia Scott

Teacher Workshop Faculty for 2016

  • Karlyn Brett, Piano Unit 4
  • Ann Grabe, Cello Unit 4
  • Joe Kaminsky, Violin Unit 4
  • Betsy Stuen-Walker, Viola Unit 2

Student Institute Faculty

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Kathie and Cynthia

Kathie Reed is the second from the left.

Oregon Suzuki Instutute Directors

Kathie Reed, Co-Director
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 as the "Webmistriss"

Cynthia Scott, Co-Director
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
Karlyn Brett is a classically trained pianist, soloist and accompanist who began performing at age 10 and by age 12 was concertizing throughout the western states. She added Suzuki piano pedagogy to her teaching in 1981, studying with Dr. Haruka Kataoka and other well-known trainers, and maintains a large studio in Spokane, Washington. Her many professional hats also include choral directing and composing.

Ann Grabe, Cello Unit 3
Ann Grabe plays in the Eugene Symphony and two chamber ensembles and is principal cellist in the Oregon Mozart Players and the OSU/Corvallis Symphony. She has an active Suzuki cello studio in Corvallis, Oregon, as well as teaching string techniques and cello at Oregon State University. She received a diploma from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, and a BA specializing in performance and Suzuki Education from Ithaca College in New York. In Germany she taught cello and performed extensively. She taught at l’Institute Musical Suzuki de Lyon (France) for seven years and became the first recognized Teacher Trainer of Suzuki Cello in France in addition to founding their cello program. She has taught teachers in Europe and is a recognized Teacher Trainer by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Joe Kaminsky, Violin Unit 3
Joe Kaminsky has taught violin for over 35 years and has been a teacher trainer since 1985. He is also the author of pedagogical articles and a set of violin technique books as an adjunct to the Suzuki volumes. Honored as the MoASTA 2014 Artist Teacher of the Year and the 2000 Studio Teacher of the Year, Mr. Kaminsky has taught at workshops worldwide. Former students play in orchestras in the United States and Europe or have become professional music teachers themselves. But the vast majority of them have gone on to their chosen fields, enhanced by the discipline, cognitive skills and love of music that a Suzuki education can bring

FacultyStudent Institute Faculty



Gail Acosta, California
Clarisse Atcherson, Washington
Susanne Gaye, Oregon
Tracy Helming, Washington
Lisa Humphery, Washington
Joe Kaminsky, Missouri
Sandra Payton, Washington
Barbara Riley, Washington
Katrin St. Clair, Washington


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


Ann Grabe, Oregon
David Holmes, Minnesota
Barbara Salkin, Washington


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


Adam Whiting, Ohio

Third Hour &
Enrichment Classes

Arts & Crafts/Origami

Charlie Graham, Oregon
Cathy Hart, Oregon

Chamber Music

Justin Mackewich, Oregon
Adam Whiting, Ohio

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Molly Porterfield, Oregon

Folk Dance

Barbara McQuillen, Oregon


Laura Frizzell, Oregon

Music History

Sandra Payton, Washington


Suzanne Gaye, Oregon
Gwen Gilbertson, Oregon