Colleen Braid (Viola)
Colleen holds a B. Mus. in viola performance and a B.M.Ed from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and is assistant principal violist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She also teaches at the Prelude Strings summer music camp in Kettering. She plays in the Dayton Philharmonic string quintet and teaches in the orchestra’s SPARK educational program. She is the principal viola for the Lakeside Summer Symphony.
Denise Carter (Violin)
Denise earned her B.Mus. Ed degree from Wright State University and has been teaching privately since 1993. She has received additional training and performance experience at the conservatoire du busobre (Morges Switzerland), Berklee College of Music and was a participant in the Starling-DeLay Symposium at the Julliard School in 2019. Ms. Carter has played in orchestras in the US and Japan and currently serves as the principal second violinist and Youth Strings Director with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. For more information about Denise, visit: DeniseCarterStrings.com
Lois Clond (Viola, Violin)
Lois Clond grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where she graduated from Ruskin High school. She attended William Jewell College where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in music education. She also attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City to work on her master’s degree in violin performance. Mrs. Clond has been teaching the Suzuki method for over 30 years in Hanover, Indiana, Columbus, Indiana, Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Fort Wayne, Indiana. She currently teaches strings at Incarnation Catholic School in Centerville.
Dr. Franklin Cox (Cello)
Dr. Franklin Cox received B.M. degrees in cello and composition from Indiana University, as well as composition degrees from Columbia University (M.A.), and the University of California – San Diego (Ph.D.), where he also served as adjunct faculty member from 1993 to 1995. He studied cello with Gary Hoffman, Janos Starker, and Peter Wiley, and composition with Steven Suber, Fred Lerdahl, Brian Ferneyhough, and Harvey Sollberger.
Karen Johnson (Viola)
Karen Johnson is a violist with the Dayton Philharmonic with over 25 years of teaching experience. She received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Music degree from Rice University where she studied violin and viola pedagogy with Yitzhak Shotten and Mimi Zweig. Karen also has Suzuki training (Books 1-6) and received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor’s School. She enjoys teaching and is very much devoted to the idea that learning should be fun!
Sara Morgan (Violin)
Sara Morgan teaches violin to children as young as three years old using the Suzuki philosophy. Mrs. Morgan studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education with Emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy under William Starr. She is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas through Suzuki Book 8. Mrs. Morgan has over thirty years of experience teaching violin. She combines her love of music with her enthusiasm for teaching children to develop fun-filled, nurturing violin lessons for families.
Kevin Nordstrom (Viola, Violin)
Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar. He has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States. These performances include recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, The University of Florida, and Ball State University, as well as lecture recitals at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Xi’an University of Arts and Science in Xi’an, China. For more information about Kevin visit: KevinNordstrom.com
Jon Pascolini (Cello, String Bass)
Jon is an active musician in the Dayton area and performs with the Dayton Philharmonic orchestra. He also teaches on the faculty at the University of Dayton Music Department.
Matthew Shin (Cello)
Matthew Shin is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Alan Rafferty. Matthew was principal cellist of the CCM Philharmonia. He was one of the youngest members of the 2015 National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) in Breckenridge, Colorado. He returned to the NRO in 2016 as principal cellist. In 2013, Matthew won the Dayton Philharmonic’s David Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition and then made his solo debut at the Schuster Center. He has performed live on WDTN Channel 2 News and was featured twice on NPR’s From the Top.
John Toedtman (String Bass)
John C. Toedtman holds a Bachelors degree in Double Bass performances from the Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University. John was a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra between the years of 2000 and 2003. He has also substituted with the Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Indiana Symphony, West Virgina Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony.
Shelbi Wagner (Cello)
Ms. Wagner is Adjunct Professor of Cello at the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College. In addition to having performed internationally in Europe and Mexico, Shelbi performs in the Aviatori Piano Trio, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Bach Society. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors in cello performance from Miami University and has additional doctoral studies in cello performance and pedagogical practices at the Ohio State University. She has taken masterclasses from such noted artists as Janos Starker and Yo-Yo Ma and believes that music is as much an enjoyable part of life as it is a career and profession!
Heather York (Viola, Violin)
Heather York has been teaching violin/ viola throughout the greater Dayton area for the past 18 years. Aside from teaching, Heather keeps a busy performing schedule with The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (1997-present), The Lima Symphony Orchestra (2004-present), Silver Strings Chamber Players (2012- present), and the violin and clarinet duo Fiddlesticks and Licorice (1999-present). She is also a former member of The Middletown Symphony. Influenced heavily by her classical training, Heather teaches violin students of ages 4 years old and up, and beginner viola.