Interested in orchestra lessons in Middletown, CT? Want to learn the violin or cello? Our professional instructors can help you learn, no matter what your skill level.Hannah Gebhard – Violin, Viola & Cello
Ms. Hannah Gebhard is thrilled to join the teaching staff at Middlesex Music Academy. Ms. Gebhard is a native of Saratoga Springs, NY and recently moved to Hartford to begin pursuing her Master's Degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. She studies cello with Professor Mihai Tetel and is receiving her Suzuki Training from Nancy Hair. Prior to attending the Hartt School, Ms. Gebhard studied at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam from which she received her Bachelors of Music Performance. While at Crane, she studied cello with Dr. Brian Carter and Professor Emeritus Dr. Mathias Wexler. In 2014, Hannah was the orchestral pit cellist for the College Light Opera Company where she discovered her love of musical theater. She has since began to pursue orchestral pit performance and is looking to pursue a career as an orchestral pit musician upon completion of her Master's degree. She has also participated in NY's Summer Chamber Music Program where she studied with the renowned cellist Marion Feldman. This past summer, Hannah was a counselor at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies at Skidmore College where she enjoyed mentoring young musicians and coaching two chamber ensembles. Ms. Gebhard has been playing cello for 15 years and violin and viola for 7 years. Ms. Gebhard has been teaching all of these instruments for 8 years and has experience with students of all ages and abilites. Ms. Gebhard's teaching philosophy includes aspects of traditional styles but is heavily based on the Suzuki method. Though Ms. Gebhard enjoys playing all styles of music, she is extremely passionate about musical theater, opera, and move soundtracks.
Jenna Lawson – Violin, Viola & Fiddle
Jenna is a native of Colorado Springs, CO. As a member of a military family she has had the privilege to live in San Vito, Italy as well as the Boston, Massachusetts area gathering many musical influences. Jenna has played violin for 20 years. While living in Colorado Springs she performed with the Young Concert Artists and took lessons with Rebecca Lee, Principal Second Violinist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She also had the opportunity to perform in the pit of the Pulpit Rock Churches production of Fiddler on the Roof. She graduated from Denison University, in Granville, OH. in 2007 with a B.A. in Music and continued her musical education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, where she graduated with a M.M. in Musicology, with a focus in Ethnomusicology. At both institutions she performed with the university orchestras. At Denison University, Jenna also performed with the university bluegrass ensemble gaining advanced fiddling skills and techniques from Andrew Carlson, Georgia State Champion Fiddler and 2000 Ohio Grand Champion Fiddler. With the ensemble she also had the opportunity to perform at the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH, opening for the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Awards Entertainer of the Year “Cherryholmes”. She also traveled to Dahlonega, GA. with the ensemble for a bluegrass music presentation at North Georgia College & State University. At both Denison and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Jenna studied extensively in music theory, ear training, music composition & music history.
James Queiros – Cello, Double Bass
James Queiros has his degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. At Hartt, he has studied closely with renowned bassist Robert Black and education expert Dr. Joshua Russell. James is able to teach all generas of music including classical, jazz, folk and popular music. He is the co-founder of the Mikey’s Place Summerfest, an annual concert of young local musicians with all proceeds going to benefit the Mikey’s Place handicap accessible playground in Wethersfield.