Violin, viola and cello lessons for children age 3 - 18

Faculty and Adminstration

Our violin, viola and cello teachers set HRSM apart

Our teachers are known throughout Westchester County – and beyond -- for their depth of experience, their active involvement in the music community, and their rigorous but accessible approach to musical education.

Laura Barnet

Laura teaches Eurhythmics at HRSM. She received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Shipps. She continued violin studies in New York with Isaac Malkin while earning an M.A. in liturgical music from St. Vladimir's Seminary.  Laura studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Ruth Alperson and Ann Farber and is a certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher. She also teaches at Hoff Barthelson Music School and Huguenot Nursery School and maintains a private violin studio. She spends her spare time practicing with her two sons who study violin and cello.

Katherine Dennis

Katherine Dennis is a violinist and educator who has completed two years of intensive Suzuki instructor training, and currently maintains registration for all 10 Suzuki books.
Katherine is an active musician having founded the Thurgood Marshall Academy String Orchestra, in Harlem, New York. Recently, Katherine facilitated an intricately designed music education workshop at Carnegie Hall, in collaboration with The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from East Carolina University, a Master's degree in Violin Performance from McGill University, and a Master's degree in Music Education from CUNY Hunter College.

Nancy Dexter

Nancy Dexter’s formal music education began with studies on the double bass with Anthony Bianco, principal bassist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in performance and music education she began teaching in public and private schools in the New York City area.  Upon developing an interest in the Suzuki pedagogy she began studying the violin with Louise Behrend using the basic tenets of the Suzuki method. Miss Behrend invited her to join the founding faculty of the School for Strings, where she served for ten years. When she moved to Westchester she joined the faculty of the Westchester Music Conservatory and the Hudson River School of Music. Nancy has also taught at the Westchester Suzuki Institute for many years.  She holds a teacher-training certificate from the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  She served as the director of the Hudson River School of Music for 30 years. 

Lisa Olsson

Lisa graduated from the School for Strings Cello Teacher Training Program in New York City in 2008, where she studied with Pamela Devenport. Previously, Lisa studied Suzuki pedagogy at Ithaca Talent Education and Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute. Lisa has been teaching in her home studio in Dobbs Ferry since 2005, and has taught in the Ovation After School Music Lesson Program (now part of Riverarts Music Program) since its inception in 2006. Lisa was a founding board member of Ovation. She is currently teaching the beginner cello program at HRSM. Lisa plays and performs in various string quartets, chamber groups, and orchestras in Westchester, and is the assistant principal of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English, where she also studied ethnomusicology and jazz. At the time she played and performed classical, jazz and improvisational music on the string bass. Lisa is a native of Hastings-on-Hudson and has fond memories of playing under the baton of Larry Hayden, participating in NYSSMA and going to All-State Orchestra to play under Howard Hansen at Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Amy Rosen

Amy Rosen is the Director of HRSM. She has been a violin instructor at the school for three decades.  In addition, Amy is the founding Director of the Westchester Suzuki Institute.

Amy has also been the Orchestra Director at two elementary schools in the Mamaroneck Public School District (located just north of New York City) since 1980.  In addition to conducting the two orchestras, Amy teaches over 200 string instrument students in Mamaroneck.Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Performance from Manhattan School of Music and holds a Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate from The School for Strings.  Amy is a certified SAA Teacher Trainer.  She is an active clinician in Westchester County Music Festivals, Suzuki workshops and Institutes.  As a violinist, she is active in local Orchestras and performing groups.Amy has been a String Editor for both Carl Fischer and Kendor publishing companies.  She has published many of her own string orchestra arrangements and a number of string instrument etude books.  Her article “The Suzuki Method in the Public Schools” was printed in the Suzuki Association Journal.

Anneke Schaul-Yoder

Anneke Schaul-Yoder performs regularly at New York’s foremost venues in both modern and period styles. She is solo continuo cellist and artistic director for SIREN Baroque, the internationally acclaimed all-female early music ensemble. Anneke is also a member of the Piano Music & Song Trio, a trumpet/cello/piano trio that improvises over art songs, and Skid Rococo, a group with soprano and lute that performs derelict and touching songs of the 18th century. With pianist Derin Öge, Anneke presents eclectic chamber music for cello and piano. She also performs as solo cellist with the Morningside Opera Company, BalletNext, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and other ensembles. A devoted educator, Anneke has maintained a private cello studio since 2003, is on the faculty at the Platte Clove School in New York, and organizes music outreach programs for other schools and libraries. Anneke has recordings on the Bridge, System Dialing, and Naxos labels, and records and collaborates with members of Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Antibalas, and the Sway Machinery. Throughout 2013, Anneke presented all of Benjamin Britten’s string quartets at Lincoln Center. In 2012, she was a featured guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and in 2013 she appeared on Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, televised on PBS. In 2009, Anneke was granted a fellowship for a four-month intensive study of Bach and Britten solo suites at the Banff Centre.

Heidi Schaul-Yoder

Lauded by the New York Times as “colorful, committed” and “finely polished,” violinist Heidi Schaul-Yoder lives in Manhattan and enjoys a diverse career as a chamber music performer, teacher, arts advocate and yoga instructor. Heidi holds a passion for contemporary music, and has performed with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, premiered David Little’s well-received chamber opera, “Dog Days” with the Newspeak ensemble, and performed in Tokyo alongside musicians of the Ensemble Modern. As a chamber musician, she has performed at such festivals as the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, and on the MOMA's Summergarden series. A devoted teacher and educator, Heidi has given masterclasses and interactive performances for students through the GURI Santa Marcelina Program in Brazil, and for students across the Adirondack Park Region with the outreach organization Associated Solo Artists. During the summers, she serves on the faculty of the Point Counterpoint chamber music festival in Vermont. Heidi's fascination for the mind-body connection led her to also become certified as an Aligned Flow yoga instructor, and her knowledge of yoga strongly informs her music performance and teaching.  Heidi holds degrees from Rice University and the Juilliard School, and has studied with Ronald Copes, Laurie Smukler, Naoko Tanaka, and Kathleen Winkler. 

Heather Vogel

Violinist Heather Vogel received her B.A. in Music Performance from SUNY Purchase, and her Suzuki Teaching Certificate from The School for Strings in Manhattan. She also studied at Indiana University and in Berlin, Germany. Her teachers include Nelli Schkolnikova, Charles Castleman and Rachmael Weinstock. Part of Heather’s early Suzuki training came from years of accompanying group classes as a scholarship student at a Community Music School. Heather is a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performs frequently in chamber music and local orchestras. Heather has been a teacher at HRSM for fourteen years and has also taught in several public schools, in Montessori programs and at the Westchester Suzuki Institute. She is currently also a violin/viola teacher at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Heather has two daughters, Emalyn and Luisa, both enthusiastic young violinists!

Evelyn Wadkins

Evelyn Wadkins, cellist, is a founding member of the New York-based music groups Cadillac Moon Ensemble and TRANSIT. Evelyn has premiered numerous works, and recently attended the Lucerne Academy Festival with Pierre Boulez. She is also a member of the newly reformed band Arturo en el Barco, led by Angélica Negrón. In addition to her dedication to new music, Evelyn is an active freelancer and is a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She has toured with musical groups throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South America. Evelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Stephen Geber, and a Master’s degree from SUNY Purchase, where she was teaching assistant to Julia Lichten and recipient of the Dean’s Award. Evelyn's teaching philosophy is based on the belief that a love for music is the best motivator for children, and that every child has something unique to bring to their instrument.

Suzanne Wagor

Suzanne Wagor, violist, an avid chamber musician, has collaborated with numerous artists, including members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the Nash Ensemble of London, and the Peabody Trio.   Suzanne holds a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory, an M.M. from the Juilliard School, a Performance Diploma in Orchestral Training from the Guildhall School of Music, with additional chamber music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include William Preucil, Sr., Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Ian Swensen, Roger Chase, Heidi Castleman, and Misha Amory.  A native of Iowa, Suzanne made her concerto debut at the age of 15 with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and she has twice been a finalist of the American String Teachers Association National Competition.  Suzanne is a founding member of Five Seasons Chamber Music, and performs regularly in New York City and internationally, with performances in the Czech Republic, Croatia, and around the US.  

Suzanne has over twenty years of teaching experience. She received her Suzuki training at the School for Strings under the tutelage of Louise Behrend, and has served on the faculty of Northern Arizona University, Coe College, The School for Strings, the Special Music School (P.S. 859), and The Lucy Moses School, and the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. She is currently on the faculty of Montclair State University Preparatory Program and The Hudson River School of Music. She serves as Artistic Director of Five Seasons Chamber Music, helping to organize their festival each June, and serves on the faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary during the summers.  


Amy Rosen, Director
Anna Gedrich, Scheduling

Board of Directors

Susan Lee Chong - Board President

Alexa Brandenberg - Bookkeeper

Anna Gedrich 

Chris Saraceni

Rex Tan

Sonya Terjanian

Michael Mon