Suzuki Faculty


Our Faculty: 

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Esther Fellows (violin/viola) is a performer as well as teacher of violin, viola, and piano. In July, 2015, Esther became a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, the only one in Oklahoma. In addition to her position of Violin/Viola Instructor at Oral Roberts University and maintaining her own private studio, she is a section First Violinist with the Signature Symphony (Tulsa, OK) and Assistant Concertmaster of the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra (OK), Principal Viola with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (AR), as well as section violist in the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (OK). As of August, 2015, she is First Violin in the Signature String Quartet. Esther received her BMEd from the University of Colorado, where her teachers included Abraham Chavez (violin), Oswald Lehnert (violin), and Guy Duckworth (piano), and Storm Bull (piano).

Highlights from her extensive musical credentials include becoming the first SAA Teacher Trainer in Oklahoma, being nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association on violin, viola, and piano (certification through recital, lesson videotapes, examination, and Pedagogy Notebook), registered in Suzuki training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), advanced violin training at the Starling-Delay Symposium, at The Juilliard School. Esther has held the positions of Parliamentarian, President of Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, as well as Chair of Scholarship Auditions, Recording Secretary and Chair of the Sonatina Competition for TAMTA. She is a member of Hyechka Club of Tulsa, Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teachers Association, American Viola Society and the American Federation of Musicians. She is published in American Music Teacher and the American String Teachers Association. Esther is also listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of American Education, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Screen Shot 2017 08 24 at 8.34.43 AMKatie Rolf (violin) is in her fifth year as an orchestra director in the Ponca City Public Schools. She serves as an Assistant High School Orchestra Director, directs the East Middle School Orchestra, and teaches string classes at Garfield, Liberty, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Trout, Union, and Woodlands Elementary schools. In addition, Ms. Rolf maintains a studio of violin and viola students and stays active performing in chamber music. She has served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp for six years.

Ms. Rolf graduated from Ponca City High School in 2009 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University in 2013. She studied violin at OSU with Dr. Laura Talbott-Clark. Ms. Rolf is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

 

 

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Meredith Blecha-Wells (cello), a sought-after instructor and performer, has played and taught throughout the United States, as well as Central America, Australia, and Asia. She enjoys a varied performing career, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Dr. Blecha-Wells has played regularly with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, the Tulsa Camerata, and the Pangaea Chamber Players.

As a recording artist, Dr. Blecha-Wells is looking forward to the upcoming release of her debut album, Small Storms: A Collection of Short Pieces for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu. This CD will be released on the Navona label and distributed by Naxos. Additional recording endeavors include projects for the Lorenz Corporation, as well as live performances on KOSU, KUCO, and KWTU.

Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Her students have won a number of competitions, including prizes in Classics Alive Artists, American Protégé Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, MTNA, Hyechka String Competition, among others. As a devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has seen her students accepted to study at prestigious institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Indiana University, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Blecha-Wells received a bachelor's and master's degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. Additional studies include festival participation at the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Blecha-Wells is passionately invested in community engagement. Most recently, she formed the Global Pedagogy Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing teacher training to musicians living in developing countries. Visit www.globalpedagogyinitiative.com to learn more about this organization. 

Lauren Leonard (cello): Bio forthcoming

IMG 8745 2Samantha Schroeder (cello): Samantha Schroeder is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Oklahoma State University where she studies with Meredith Blecha-Wells. Ms. Schroeder is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has received teacher training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Ms. Schroeder is currently the Marketing Coordinator of the OSU CelloFest and is a member of the OSU Orchestra and the Grieg String Quartet, a group she recently co-founded.