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

Teaching since:
September 2006

Violist Anne R. received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music from the University of Colorado, and is currently enrolled in a Feldenkrais training program. Her viola teachers included Peter Slowik, Karen Ritscher, and Jon Kendall and she was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Colorado with Erika Eckert, and Geraldine Walther, of the Takacs Quartet.

Subsequently Ms. R joined the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 she moved to Europe, living and working as a freelance musician and teacher in Berlin, Corsica, and Vienna. While living in Corsica, she immersed herself in Corsican culture and folk music, playing many concerts with local musicians, deepening her love of folk music and improvisation. She also founded a music festival, Trio Ristorcelli, a series of concerts of both classical and Corsican music. She has also performed and improvised with Senegalese musicians in Dakar.

During this time, Ms. R. started playing with the Norwegian Vefsn Ensemble, touring throughout Norway and Sweden, and teaching at the Toppen International Music Course in Mosjoen, Norway. Every summer she travels to Italy to play at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca.

Ms. R. currently lives between Vienna, Austria, and her hometown in Nevada, and she continues performing, teaching violin and viola, and immersing herself in the Feldenkrais method.

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Violin/Viola teacher
Sep 2006 - Present
Private studio

As a teacher, I strive to give my students the knowledge and confidence to eventually continue on their own path of learning. I had the opportunity to study with such great pedagogues as John Kendall and Peter Slowik, and their teaching has influenced me greatly. John Kendall, the man who brought Shinichi Suzuki to the US, taught through teaching his pupils how to practice. I continue to use his ideas on a regular basis. I also frequently use the exercises and problem-solvers that I learned from Peter Slowik.

In 2014 I injured my shoulder and was not able to play for an extended period of time. This seemingly disastrous event turned out to be life-changing in an extremely positive way. It opened my eyes to the problems of tension in playing, and the fact that so many string players suffer from unnecessary playing-related injuries. I used my time away from the viola to study anatomy and observe lessons on the basics of playing. This whole experience made me realize just how much I could help students to develop an awareness of playing that could keep them pain and injury free. Wishing to deepen my knowledge in this area, I enrolled in a Feldenkrais training program . I am very excited to apply my new knowledge and skills into my teaching.

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Teaching Assistant
Sep 2007 - May 2009
University of Colorado

I worked closely with Professor Erika Eckert to prepare and lead scale classes, orchestral viola section sessions, and private lessons for undergraduate and graduate level viola students.


Master of Music, Viola Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2009
University of Colorado
Bacelor of Music, Viola Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2007
Oberlin Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Anne R.

Performing at my chamber music festival, Trio Ristorcelli, in Corsica!

Trio Ristorcelli playing corsican music on the beach!

Improvising Corsican folk music with Pascal et Michel in Porto Vecchio, Corsica.

Photo by Anne R.

Photo by Anne R.

Coaching students at the Toppen International music festival in Mosjoen, Norway.

Leading the youth orchestra for our final concert in Toppen!

Playing Schumann at the Ritratti festival in Monopoli, Italy.
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Nick Jan 24, 2016
Viola · In home

I have known Anne as a teacher and player for several years. I am a professor of conducting, and Anne has taught many of the violinists and violists who have played in my orchestras. She is one of the finest teacher/trainers I have ever encountered. When she teaches she brings out the very best in all her students; they are always well-prepared and come to the rehearsals with such a positive, musical attitude. It makes my task so much easier to know that they are in such good hands.

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Maren Jan 22, 2016
Viola · In home

I've had Anne as my viola instructor at Toppen International Summer Academy & Festival of Music in Mosjøen, Norway. Anne is patient with both kids and young adults, and is well liked. She explains in a way that you understand, and also shows it with the viola. Anne has a bubbly personality that makes me want to play the viola:)

Looking forward to meet again, sounds exciting about that Feldenkrais training.

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