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.

672A6111 EditHannah Murray (violin) currently serves as the Associate Concertmaster of the Signature Symphony and the Associate Principal Second of the Tulsa Symphony. Additionally, she is a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the Tulsa Opera, and the former Concertmaster of the Oklahoma Baptist and Shawnee Community Orchestra. Ms. Murray is the second violinist of the Tulsa Rock Quartet, an ensemble that performs everything from Bach to Rock and collaborates with a diverse array of artists and ensembles including local singer-songwriters and the Tulsa Ballet.

Hannah has performed in masterclass for James Ehnes, Felicia Moye, Janet Sung, Blair Milton and Kevork Mardirossian. While still in High School she was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Mandura String Scholarship. In 2013 and 2014 she was a top prizewinner of the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition and in 2011 received third prize in the CICA International Concerto Competition.

She has performed, recorded, and collaborated with a diverse collection of composers, ensembles, and performers including Amy Grant, Michael Bublé, Michael W. Smith, Jordan Smith, Astronautalis, P.O.S., Me and My Arrow, Junebug, THEMES, Booka B, A Whisper in the Noise, WIVE, Bombee+ Noah Keesecker, and, Elliott Miles Mckinley.

Hannah has toured Europe extensively as a member of the bands A Whisper in the Noise, WIVE, and Bombee+ performing at historic concert halls, universities, artist collectives, and national monuments. She has also appeared at many indie rock, jazz, and classical music festivals all over the country including Aria, SXSW, Marrowstone Music Festival, The Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, BRAVO!, The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the CICA International Music Festival.

She is a certified Suzuki Method violin teacher and a Master Teacher Artist with the Harmony Project of Tulsa. Hannah is currently completing her D.M.A. at the University of Oklahoma where she also received her M.M. Upon graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy she continued her studies at the University of Minnesota earning her B.M. in violin performance with Sally O’Reilly.

Blecha Wells HeadshotMeredith 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.