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VIOLA TEACHERS

PATRICIA COSAND (MESA)

Patricia Cosand is a graduate of California State University at Fresno, where she studied violin. She also received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where her teacher was William Magers. A member of the Phoenix Symphony for ten years, she is currently principal viola of the Arizona Opera Orchestra, and co-owner of the Mesa Violin Studios. Patricia is married to pianist Walter Cosand and they reside in Tempe.

Known for his versatility as a violist, Louis Privitera maintains a balanced career as an active chamber musician and educator. A founding member of the Tetra String Quartet, Louis has toured extensively as a performer and teaching artist throughout the Southwestern United States, Brazil, Ecuador, and Germany. Louis is a Faculty Associate in chamber music at Arizona State University and was previously on the faculty at Arizona School for the Arts. Louis also maintains a private studio of students of all ages, some of which have gone to study music at universities and conservatories throughout the United States.

Louis earned a Master of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Arizona State University. His principal teachers include Victoria Chiang, Nancy Buck, and Cynthia Dubrow. For more information, visit www.louisprivitera.com or contact Louis directly at 623-680-8260 or [email protected]

Brooke Mickelson holds a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors from Boise State University. She is currently studying viola with Nancy Buck as a Graduate Teaching Assistant pursing a Master of Music Performance (Performance Pedagogy) at Arizona State University. She studied with Dr. Linda Kline in her undergrad and with Jennifer Drake in high school. Brooke has attended many prestigious summer music festivals, such as the Brevard Music Institute, the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She often performs in chamber music ensembles with her peers for private events and student recitals, and she has a special interest in composer

I provide the highest quality private violin and viola lessons for students of all ages and abilities, conveniently located at Southern and Rural in Tempe, AZ. I use a traditional teaching style, adapted to meet the individual needs of each student. I have been most strongly influenced by both the Suzuki and Rolland methods of string instruction for beginners and intermediate students, and by the Dounis method for advanced players. I use aspects of all methods in my teaching. Beginners and intermediate students are instructed as to proper posture, note reading, rhythm, basic bow strokes, beginning shifting, and vibrato, using the Suzuki method books through Book 4. Advanced students build on their previous knowledge to refine technique, learn three-octave scales, and learn more complex repertoire. Advanced students also prepare for youth orchestra auditions, high school Regional auditions and, if desired, high school All State auditions. 

SAMARA HUMBERT - HUGHES ( CHANDLER ) 

I grew up in the Valley of the Sun in Mesa, AZ and joined the school orchestra in fourth grade on viola. Since then, my educational and performing pursuits have taken me all around the world.

After obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Arizona State University and operating a private studio in Mesa for 5 years, I moved to Oregon. At the University of Oregon in the lovely northwest, I completed both my Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts Degrees in Viola Performance with a supporting area in String Pedagogy.While in Oregon, I was fortunate to begin my journey as a registered Suzuki Method instructor, have a wonderful private studio and to teach at the Community Music Institute and in several capacities through the Arts Umbrella Organization.

Ms. Klopfenstein was born and raised in the Midwest and began performing with her sisters in a family band at a young age. A classically trained violinist, violist, and pianist, she is also a bluegrass fiddle champion and Celtic fiddler. She is a self-taught guitarist and ukulele player, learning to play whilst traveling on the road, performing music for people on street corners, bus stations, subways, and cafes. Ms. Klopfenstein is a certified Suzuki instructor, studying pedagogy with Mr. Edward Kreitman, a student of the sensei, Dr. Suzuki. Ms. Klopfenstein is a freelance performer, performing in professional and community orchestras, various ensembles, special events, has been a piano accompanist, singer, and director of both sacred and secular choirs, as well as teaching in K-12 public, private, and charter schools as a string director, choir director, and general music teacher.