AMANDA DEVLIN - CELLO
As a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with private students for the past 10 years. It is one of the great joys of my life. My studio currently consists of students of all ages who study cello, piano, or violin with me.
As a lifelong student of music, myself, I have been blessed to study under a number of great teachers, including world-famous cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and I hold a Bachelors of Music Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
I have also had the chance to record cello for film, classical albums (including recordings by Maestro Paul Phillips and Dr. Jack Delaney), and contemporary music projects.
In drawing on my experiences both as a teacher and performer, my goal with each of my students is to guide them on a focused, disciplined, but always-fun journey of musical discovery as they learn their chosen instrument.
KIERSTEN SMITH - VIOLIN
For Kiersten, music has always been a large part of life. She started playing violin at the age of 4. In junior high and high school, she played with the Sacramento Youth Symphony, touring Europe and winning first prize in the Vienna Music Festival and the Prize of the City of Vienna. She has studied with a number of master teachers including, John Coppin, Victoria Tognozzi and William Barbini. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she studied violin with Ted Ashton and viola with Kevin Call. Kiersten has taught private violin lessons for the past 20 years. After graduating from college, she taught orchestra in Idaho Falls, ID before moving to Southern California, where she taught as an elementary instrumental music instructor in the Arcadia School District. Kiersten's main job now is being a mother to her two young children, but she also maintains a small private studio.