Teachers – Strings

Strings - ColleenColleen Braid, viola and violin

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 has taught 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.




Strings - Jim BraidJim Braid, violin

Jim holds a B.Mus. Performance degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and received that school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985. He performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is the Concert Master of the Lakeside Summer Symphony. He teaches classical and popular violin and viola.






Lois ClondLois Clond, Suzuki violin and viola

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. Later she attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City to work on her master’s degree in violin performance.

Mrs. Clond has been teaching using 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.




coxfranklinwebDr. Franklin Cox, cello

Dr. Franklin Cox received B.Mus. 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.) Dr. Cox has received numerous fellowships, prizes, and commissions from leading institutions and festivals of new music, including fellowships from the Schloss Solitude and the Sacher Stiftung, the Kranichsteiner Prize for both composition and cello performance from the Darmstadt Festival. He has taught at Wright State University since 2007.





Guitar - DanDan Gellert, clawhammer banjo, fiddle

Dan has been playing traditional music for nearly 50 years and is a nationally recognized master old-time fiddler and banjoist. He teaches those instruments, along with guitar, mandolin, autoharp, ukulele and more, in a wide variety of traditional styles. More at www.dangellert.com.







kjohnsonwebKaren Johnson, viola

Karen Johnson is a violist with the Dayton Philharmonic with over 25 years teaching experience. She received a Bachelors 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!




Strings - Linda KatzDr. Linda Katz

Linda has been teaching cello in the Dayton area for over thirty years. She is principal emeritus of the Dayton Philharmonic and performs with the orchestra, the string quintet, and is a musician with the SPARK educational program through the Philharmonic. She has taught cello at Wright State, University of Dayton and Stivers School for the Arts. She has attended numerous master classes and teacher training programs in recent years.





Yoshiko Kunimitsu, violin

Yoshiko received a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree from CCM, as well as additional training at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. She plays section violin with the Dayton Philharmonic. When not playing the violin, you can find her traveling abroad, reading non-fiction, and doing yoga.







Dr. Kevin Nordstrom, violin, viola

Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as both performer and teacher. He has performed in much of the United States as well as in Canada, Italy, and Austria, and has given numerous solo recitals in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree, an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.






pascoliniwebJon Pascolini, bass and cello

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.






Zsuzsanna Przyzycki, violin and viola

Zsuzsanna Przyzycki is from Budapest, Hungary where she graduated from the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, and her Masters in Education from Western State University of Colorado. She was a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 years, and played with several orchestras in Chicago before that, such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Pops Orchestra. She has been teaching for over 20 years, leading a very successful private studio. Her public school teaching included heading an extensive Suzuki program in Bristol Elementary School in Colorado Springs.
Zsuzsanna and her family moved to the Dayton area in the Fall of 2016, and she is looking forward to working with students at her new home town.

Caroline Slocum

Caroline Slocum has recently relocated to the Dayton area from Rochester, New York where she was a public school string teacher for 20 years. She taught elementary orchestra grades 1-5 for 9 years, and middle school grades 6-8 for 11 years, loving each unique stage of development. Caroline has also taught pre-twinkle and Suzuki cello classes with the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, sectional and quartet rehearsals at the American String Teacher Association camp at Ithaca College and managed facilities and schedules for the SCOR! String camp for adults in Rochester, New York. Caroline had performed with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, her church’s worship team, in various string trios and quartets, and even a vocal group for many years.




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John Toedtman, string bass and electric bass guitar

John holds a degree from Peabody Conservatory, and performs and teaches extensively in southwest Ohio. He teaches several styles of bass playing, including orchestral and electric instruments, and is one of our busiest teachers and performers in the region.




wardwebMary-Jo Ward, autoharp and hammered dulcimer
Mary-Jo competes nationally with her autoharp, and plays pieces including “76 Trombones”. She brings her students a wealth of experience in old-time, Appalachian and gospel music.








Heather York, violin/ viola Strings - Heather York

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 age 4 years old and up, and beginner viola.

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