Leanora Giannini

Leanora G.

Pasco, WA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I started playing the viola when I was 8 years old. I started when I was in elementary school. From then on, I started learning the Suzuki Method and continued on into high school. I was a music performance major. I briefly went to University of Iowa, attended Eastern Washington University and Walla Walla University. Some of my teachers included Maria Zlateva, John Owen, Dr. Philip Baldwin and John Marshall. Unlike other players I have never played the violin so I understand the physical struggles that a violist deals with on a daily basis.
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Leanora teaches



Leanora delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:

I would characterize myself as a laid back, fun, and energetic individual which has served me well personally and professionally. I began my studies approximately thirty years ago. During that time I studied at three different universities specializing in music performance (Walla Walla University, Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University). I received a masters in social work and a Bachelors in history. While social work is a far cry from music performance, I have found that this particular profession has assisted me substantially in providing a safe and nurturing environment to new and advanced students. Being able to relate to children and adults who may be shy or unsure of themselves has worked to my advantage. I am always looking to ameliorate the foundation for strong technique. As a performer and teacher my greatest satisfaction comes from challenging my students comfort line and watching them grow professionally and artistically.

I currently play with four symphonies, chamber groups and substitute for other symphonies throughout Washington state. Because I have been through so many audition processes I feel as though I have excellent insight into the process. I would be able to assist my students in a process that can possibly be one of the most stressful events of their professional lives.

My string studies began at the age of age of eight with Jim O'Brian (served in Army orchestra). Following graduation from Kamiakin High School in 1998, I was accepted into the University of Iowa's school of music. However, I decided to stay close to home and study at Columbia Basin College. It was there that I met my next professor Robert Burroughs. My other university string professors included Maria Zlateva (graduated from University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Philip Baldwin, and Dr. John Marshall who is currently principal cellist of the Spokane Symphony.

My style of teaching is the Suzuki method or string basics. I was raised on the Suzuki method and have found that it provides an excellent foundation for string players. Many of my students have found this helpful with their technique and music theory. My youngest student participated in a talent show with their orchestra last year. Through her hard work and determination she was able to gain a substantial amount of information prior to entering junior high.

What sets me apart from other teachers is that I am strictly a viola instructor. Many viola teachers list themselves as violinists as well. I believe this has helped me because I understand the physical and mental challenges that "we" violists face on a daily basis. I feel privileged knowing that very few people can read alto clef and play such a beautiful instrument. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, don't hesitate to ask me a question.

To all my violists out there inspire yourselves from the greats; William Primrose, Yuri Bashmet, David Carpenter, and Nigel Kennedy.

Thanks for looking at my bio.
Happy playing :)

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Jun 2017 - Present
Ensign Symphony

Member of a Seattle based symphony in Washington State.

May 2013 - Present
Mid Columbia Symphony Chamber group

The chamber group provides services to various events such as The Barnard Griffin "Beatles" tribute concert and silent film events.

Aug 2008 - Present
Walla Walla Symphony

Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Oregon East Symphony

Sep 2004 - Jul 2005
Eastern Washington University

Principal violist
Sep 2001 - Jun 2003
Walla Walla University

Apr 1998 - Jun 2001
Columbia Basin College Orchestra


Master of Social Work
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Walla Walla College
Bachelor in History
Aug 2006 - May 2007
WSU Tri-City
Viola performance
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
Eastern Washington university
Aug 2001 - Jul 2003
Walla Walla College
AA music
Aug 1998 - May 2001
Columbia Basin college


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Master of Social Work
Jun 2012
Walla Walla College


Magna Cum Laude
Jun 2012
Walla Walla University
Cum Laude
May 2007
WSU Tri-City


Amateur Chamber Music Players
Jun 2017

ACMP — The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”

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Photos & Videos

string recommendation/review
My formal introduction
One of the many artists that have inspired me throughout my years as an artist.
My inspiration for playing the viola.
the new 2017-18 season of the Walla Walla Symphony
Photo by Leanora G.

Photo by Leanora G.

Photo by Leanora G.

Photo by Leanora G.
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Edward Jun 14, 2017

Leanora is a very experienced violist and a fine person with which to work. I know you will enjoy your lessons with her.

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