Faculty: Adam WhitingOregon Suzuki Institute Faculty


  • Kathie Reed
  • Cynthia Scott

Teacher Workshop Faculty for 2018

  • Ann Grabe, Cello Unit 3
  • Danette Schuh, Every Child Can! & Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1 (Pre-Natal & Early Years)
  • Edmund Sprunger, Revisiting Violin Unit 1
  • Betsy Stuen-Walker, Viola Overview Units 1– 3

Student Institute Faculty

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Kathie and Cynthia

Kathie Reed is the second from the left.

Oregon Suzuki Institute 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 "Webmistress"

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 2018

Betsy Stuen-Walker, Viola Overview Units 1 – 3
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.

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.

Danette Schuh, Every Child Can! & Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1 (Pre-Natal & Early Years)
Danette Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. She also co-directs the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble. She is an SAA Registered SECE Teacher Trainer. As one of the teachers who taught SECE classes at the 16th World Convention in Japan, she also had the privilege of speaking and presenting the SECE curriculum in depth. A sought-after clinician at institutes, workshops, festivals and schools, she has been teaching for over 30 years, and has held positions such as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (now Southeast Texas Suzuki Association), and state board member of Texas Music Teachers Association. She has received the Houston Music Teachers Association President’s “Bravo” award and was also awarded “Teacher of the Year>“ She has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, contributed a video to Parents and Partners Online, and has presented at numerous SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats. She is currently the SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold. She has had the great privilege of studying SECE with the creators of the curriculum, Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones. Mrs. Schuh also performs with the Möbius Chamber Ensemble and as a freelance violinist and violist in the greater Houston area. She and her husband, Todd, reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

Edmund Sprunger, Revisiting Violin Unit 1
Edmund Sprunger has taught violin for more than 30 years, including hundred of workshops, institutes, and master classes throughout the Americas and Europe, and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the SAA. He holds a BA in music from Goshen College, afterwards studying in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. He also holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and has done extensive post-graduate training at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, where he now serves as the Director of its Child Development Program. He has been on the SAA Board of Directors and was Chair of the ASTA’s Committee on Studio Instruction. In addition to several journal articles, he is the author of Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier, Volume 1, as well as Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practices (both are available from yespublishing.com).

FacultyStudent Institute Faculty



Gail Acosta, California
Clarisse Atcherson, Washington
Susanne Gaye, Oregon
Tracy Helming, Washington
Lisa Humphrey, Washington
Sandra Payton, Washington
Barbara Riley, Washington
Edmund Sprunger, Missouri
Katrin St. Clair, Washington


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


Elizabeth Gergel, Oregon
Ann Grabe, Oregon
David Holmes, Minnesota


Kara Allen, Utah
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

Early Childhood Class

Christine Goodner, Oregon Danette Schuh, Texas

Folk Dance

Barbara McQuillen, Oregon


Laura Frizzell, Oregon

Music History

Sandra Payton, Washington


Gwen Gilbertson, Washington

Texas Style Fiddling

Sherry McKenzie, Oregon