Cultural Art Strings
String Music Education
for ages 5-18
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Guitar
We give every child an opportunity for one-on-one lessons to ensure they succeed at their individual pace. Teachers are invested in an innovative approach and deliver the support every student needs to succeed. Recitals and public performances are developed each semester as a evaluation of our group & individual success. Our staff of university graduates and seasoned professionals encourage and nurture each student as an individual through a wide variety of creative and innovative approaches. A professional and supportive approach with fun activities and artistic sensibilities.
SHARING OUR MUSIC
Our students love to give back by presenting concerts around the city throughout the year. Whether it be at Alber Orchards, the Manchester Historical Society, or at Christmas in the Village our student will be there sharing their music!
At the end of both the Fall and Spring sessions our students present a group recital for their parents and the greater community. Throughout the sessions, students also present solo recitals as they graduate from their current book level.
Through our group classes and activities students share their music with each other while also preparing pieces for our outreach concerts. Group classes and activities range from large ensembles to small chamber ensemble. Many different genres are explored!
MEET OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied History and Violin Performance. He has served as guest concertmaster of the Dearborn Symphony and the Michigan Philharmonic, and he is a member of the Kalamazoo, Flint, and Battle Creek Symphonies. Daniel has been a teacher with CAS since 2013.
Ryan received his training at Emory and Henry College in Virginia, Austin Peay State College in Tennessee and most recently studied Suzuki Bk 1-3 training with Mary Lou Roberts who is one of the top Suzuki guitar instructors in the country. Ryan is extremely well versed in many other styles of music including rock, blues, jazz and folk music. Ryan has been a teacher with CAS since 2015.
As a classically trained orchestral cellist, she holds cello performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University. Always wanting to give back, Aileen has taught students from ages 4-adult for over 30 years. Besides teaching strings at Cultural Art Strings and the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Aileen is also the Executive Director at Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, a non-profit management agency for performing artists.
Zachary Brown was born in Brentwood, NY. In 2016 he completed a double degree in cello performance and jazz studies from Ithaca College, and in 2019 he completed a masters in cello performance from SUNY Purchase. Zachary has many years of professional teaching experience and has appeared as a guest artist and has given instructional workshops on “chopping” and improvisation at the New Directions Cello festival as well in at the Ithaca Winter Strings Festival. Zachary has been a teacher with CAS since 2019.
Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in Double Bass Performance from the University of Michigan where he received the 2017 Earl V. Moore Award in Music. He also holds a Master of Music in Improvisation and a Master of Music in Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. His passion for acoustic music has led him to pursue a wide range of musical genres, from classical to Cajun, folk, jazz and more. Jacob has been a teacher with CAS since 2017.
DOUBLE BASS/STRING COORDINATOR
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Colleen Wang comes from a musical lineage, with her mother being a former violinist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra as well as a former pupil of the late violin virtuoso, Ruggiero Ricci. Colleen was admitted to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music earning her Bachelor and Master of Music in Violin Performance. She spent five years in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar) as a member of the Violin Faculty at the Qatar Music Academy. While living in the Arabian desert, she co-created a 12-year pre-collegiate curriculum, an admissions procedure, as well as an internal examination system for the Violin Department.