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John Schultz, violin/viola/chamber music


John holds a Master of Music degree from the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. While there he was a member of the Arreaux String Quartet. Prior to this he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied on full scholarship with Myron Kartman. A strong proponent of the Talent Education Method, John has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Bjork, and has studied viola pedagogy with William Preucil. In addition to owning Schultz Strings, John is on faculty at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City as well and as a faculty member at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. John has developed many music festivals and is currently the executive director of the Corridor Honors Orchestra and Hilltop Chamber Music Festival. When not teaching and administrating he often plays chamber music concerts throughout the corridor area and occasionally performs with Orchestra Iowa and other professional orchestras. Away from music John enjoys spending many happy hours participating as a member of Rotary International working in training, leadership development and youth exchange. He is also an avid cyclist recently completing a cross country ride from San Francisco to Virginia Beach with his wife Rebecca and two young children. 

Dr. Tyler Hendrickson, viola/violin/chamber music


Dr. Tyler Hendrickson began as a Suzuki student at age six, and . He holds a B.A. in Music from Luther College, a M.M. from Wichita State University and a D.M.A. from the University of Iowa. He was a fellowship recipient at the internationally renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He has held positions with the Wichita Symphony and LaCrosse Symphony Orchestras. He was the founding violist with both the Franziska Trio and the Spiritoso Quartet. Dr. Hendrickson is deeply versed in Suzuki Pedagogy, having registered 20 core training units with the Suzuki Association of the Americas including multiple units with William Preucil, Sr (Recording Artist of the Suzuki Viola School) . He has been praised not only for his playing, but also his ideas, energy and understanding of Suzuki pedagogy leading to presentations at the 16th and 17th Biennial Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Dr. Hendrickson has taught across the country and worked with students aged 3 through 80. He has taught college students at Wichita State University and the University of Oregon. His students have gone on to honor orchestras, All-State orchestras, and performed at University of Oregon Basketball Games, the Iowa State Fair, and Carnegie Hall.

Robbie Gearhart, violin/bass/guitar/ukulele

Robbie Gearhart is a musician and composer whose work extends over multiple musical genres including classical, jazz, and musical theatre. He began playing violin at age nine through the Suzuki Program, and bass at age 13. He continued his private and orchestral studies through college, and graduated from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 music education in 2018. Robbie has experience working with students ranging from four to 18 years old in private, small-group, and classroom settings. His approach to teaching is characterized by his ability to diagnose problem areas in students’ playing, and apply appropriate solutions through both comprehensible language and physical demonstration. In addition to his work with orchestral instruments, Robbie also plays guitar and bass in the indie pop band, “The Horse Theory.”

Catherine Rinderknecht Moritz, violin

Catherine Rinderknecht Moritz is a violinist dedicated to connecting with people through the shared experience of music-performing, teaching, and collaborating with others to enhance our human experience. Praised for her “innate artistry,” she strives to bond deeply with music and convey it with the utmost care, vulnerability and sincerity. An advocate for new music and collaboration, Catherine actively commissions and promotes new works for solo unaccompanied violin. In 2016, she commissioned and premiered a series of solo violin pieces for her project entitled, "There Is No Comfort Zone” and was a cocommissioner of Stephanie Ann Boyd's Amerigo violin sonata (2015), giving the Oklahoma premiere as part of the composer’s 50 State Sonata Project. In August 2019, she will begin a large-scale performance project called “Shared Stories” which will bring contemporary solo violin
pieces to every county in Iowa. Catherine is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts program in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with distinction at the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Oklahoma. Her principal teachers include, Scott Conklin, Hal Grossman, and Doris Preucil.

Bryce Christensen, violin/viola

Bryce Christensen has lived in eastern Iowa since the age of two when his family left the farm in western Iowa to move to Iowa City.  (His father planned to attend college at the University of Iowa.)  Bryce attended kindergarten and part of first grade in Iowa City, then lived in Cedar Rapids until his graduation from Washington High School in 1979. He then went on to attend Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, graduating with his Bachelors Degree in 1983.  He then returned to Iowa City to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa and received his Masters degree in Violin Performance in 1986. Bryce currently makes his home in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Kay, their dog, Peter and their cat, Chance.

Piper McGee, violin/fiddle

Piper started learning violin and piano by ear at a young age in her hometown in Minnesota; she played with the Winona Fiddler’s Club, directed by Betsy Neil, until moving to Cedar Rapids, IA to further her studies. While at Coe College, Piper was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon - Mu Psi, Concertmaster of the Coe College Symphony Orchestra, and a volunteer musician at local hospitals and nursing homes (sometimes in collaboration with Mu Phi Epsilon). Piper graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree focused on Music and Psychology. After graduating, Piper spent time abroad before moving back to Cedar Rapids to partner with a CR-based record label and compose, improvise, and perform alongside fellow musicians. In addition to vigorous involvement in music, Piper embraces any opportunity to venture into the wilderness and treasures each moment spent off-the-grid.

Anna Wolle, violin/viola/world music

Anna Wolle is an artist, musician, and writer who has devoted a large part of her life to the arts and arts advocacy. A person of many interests, she sees music as a unifying factor that has significantly impacted the different stages of her life. Since the age of four, Anna has studied classical violin in her home state of Iowa, and later added other musical opportunities such as opera study, jazz improvisation, and musical theatre. Anna received her B.A. in French and visual art from St. Olaf College. Shortly after, Anna moved to Dakar, Senegal on the west coast of Africa to found Teranga Strings (Teranga meaning 'hospitality' in the Wolof language) as an El Sistema-inspired social venture which connects students of many ages and economic backgrounds to violin lessons. While in Dakar, Anna also joined guitarist and folk story writer Elhadji Leeboon to form the band Groupe Leeboon: Anna and Elhadji. Wanting to bolster Teranga Strings and learn more through experience and graduate studies, Anna moved back to Cedar Rapids, IA in April of 2019. There, she is working as a violin teacher and string specialist. She is also subbing in local Eastern Iowa symphonies, playing chamber music with her cellist younger sister Ella, and always looking for more creative projects to follow.

Jenwei Yu, viola/violin

Jenwei Yu is a freelance violist based in the Chicago area. A graduate from Arizona State University and DePaul University, and a recent member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago as principal viola, he has worked with esteemed conductors and musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, and members of Silk Road Ensemble. He is also an avid chamber musician as well as a passionate educator, recently being part of the Orchestra Iowa chamber series and Music in the Schools program. Jenwei regularly performs with Quad City, Dubuque, Chattanooga, Northwest Indiana Symphonies as well as Fort Wayne Philharmonic. When he is not busy on the road performing, Jenwei enjoys casual road trips and cuisines from all over the world. His goal is to visit all of the national parks in the United States. 

Dr. Ghyas Zeidieh, cello

French-born Syrian cellist and conductor, Dr. Ghyas Zeidieh is an active musician and educator in the Iowa and
Illinois region. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and master’s from the University of Iowa, and his bachelor’s from the Damascus Conservatory. His dissertation topic is on the Cello Concerto of Syrian composer, Nouri Iskandar.

Zeidieh serves as the director for both the Dubuque Symphony Youth String Ensemble and Philharmonia. He is a
Suzuki Association of the Americas certified teacher and was the Instructor of Cello at Western Illinois University,
where he was a member of the Julstrom faculty String Quartet. An active orchestral musician, Ghyas has played with many orchestras in the Middle East, including the National Syrian Orchestra, Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arab Youth Orchestra, and the Euro-Med Orchestra, and can be heard on several Syrian film scores. Dr. Zeidieh has performed with numerous American ensembles including the National Geographic Midwestern Tour (MN and IL), Revival Theater Company (IA), Theater Cedar Rapids (IA), Dubuque Symphony (IA), Quincy Symphony (IL), and the Dirt Road Ensemble (NH). Past summer music festival experiences include performances at Apple Hill, Salem Music Festival (NY), and Weekend of Chamber Music (NY).

James Ellis, cello

James Ellis is a cellist from St. Clair Shores, Michigan and has received three music degrees. A Bachelor from Western Michigan University, studying with Bruce Uchimura; a Masters from the University of Georgia, studying with David Starkweather; and a Doctorate from the University of Iowa, studying with Charles Wendt. James has played with 17 professional symphonies in Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina and Iowa. He currently maintains a private studio in Iowa City, and in Marion at the Marion Music Academy and Schultz Strings, and also teaches at Cornell College. He has been principal cellist at various times with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Waverly Community Orchestra, and the Quad-Cities Symphony. For three years, he has played with a fledgling new music group, the Durward Ensemble. James also plays regularly with the Iowa City Community Orchestra and the Iowa City Chamber Singers. In his spare time, he works at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City.

Matt Laughlin, cello

Matthew served as cello faculty at The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem for two plus years where one if his students won first prize in the 2012 Palestine National Music Competition. He taught at the Concord Community Music School, in New Hampshire for 7 years where he was a member of a piano trio that concertized regularly throughout New England. Currently, he teaches at the Preucil School in Iowa City and the Orchestra Iowa School in Cedar Rapids. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Music from the University of New Hampshire and is currently a D.M.A. candidate (ABD) at the University of Iowa where he served as an RA for 3 years in the Center for New Music. Matthew has performed as a soloist & chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Czech Republic, Germany, China, Israel, Jordan and Palestine. Matthew has performed with the Palestine National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Manhattan Philharmonic and now performs regularly with Orchestra Iowa. Matthew has played in master classes for Janos Starker, Paul Katz, Colin Carr & Yo-Yo Ma and studied with Emilio Colon, Emmanuel Feldman, Larry Veal, Terry King and Anthony Arnone.

Carey Bostian, cello


Carey has been conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra since 1998. Born and raised in Granville, Ohio, he came to study at the University of Iowa in 1993. He holds a MFA in orchestral conducting as the last student of James Dixon, and a DMA in cello as a student of Charles Wendt. Carey is the incoming Artistic Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music and is the former Principal Cellist of Orchestra Iowa. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the Preucil School of Music, and has served as conductor at Coe College, Grinnell College and Lawrence University. Carey is an active clinician as both conductor and cellist throughout the region and actively promotes new music. Carey lives in Iowa City with his wife, Miera Kim, a violinist, and their two sons, Oliver and Adrian. 

Leah Anderson, piano

Leah Anderson has been teaching piano for 19 years, and enjoys leading piano lessons filled with widely diverse music, captivating to whatever level of development the individual is at. Leah studied piano performance on scholarship at the University of Iowa with Dr. Rene Lecuona, and received Suzuki training with Caroline Frasier at the Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Leah was also a longtime student of respected Russian pianist Helena Khomchenko. She is a member of IMTA (Iowa Music Teachers Association), and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)  .In 2003 she completed Music Together teacher training at the Center for Music and Young Children® in Princeton, New Jersey. Possessing a European pianistic style and method of training, Suzuki Method's--Mother Tongue Approach, and Music Togethers’ Philosophy, The Four Principles of Music Together®. These methods and philosophies have influenced her personal style and method when leading piano instruction. 

Leah believes that we are all born musical and that fundamental musical growth starts at age 0 and that the musical ability of a parent or caregiver, does not determine the child's own musical ability. She is confident that what ultimately determines musical growth is the environment at home, the expanse of music being played or listened to, and how we interact with it. Leah believes these initial early childhood experiences with music allow natural listening to occur and develop— which nurtures a strong connection and passion with music. 

Leah and her family live on an acreage where she enjoys spending time with their 2 dogs, 2 goats, enjoys many house plants, gardening, and painting.

Chuck Michaelson, piano

Chuck Michaelson started piano lessons at age five with his father, Samuel Michaelson, who was a private piano instructor and church organist in Minneapolis. Chuck attended Wartburg College and York University in Canada studying with Eugene Hudson and Reginald Godden, respectively. He returned to Wartburg College and received his Bachelor of Music degree. After graduating from Wartburg, he attended the University of Iowa and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy while studying with Kenneth Amada.

While at the University, Chuck gave a series of performances and workshops throughout Iowa as part of the Arts Outreach program. He has performed in the Cedar Rapids area as a member of the duo piano team accompanying the Theater Cedar Rapids production of “Side by Side by Sondheim” and as the accompanist for “Nunsense” with the Old Creamery Theater. Chuck has also been in recital at Jacksonville University in Florida, Bethel University in the Twin Cities, First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, and Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. He recorded a solo classical piano CD in 2004. In addition to his background in classical music, Chuck has maintained an interest in popular music and has played electronic keyboards in several rock and blues bands over the years since high school.

Chuck has had students go on to major in music at colleges and universities such as The University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Valparaiso, St. Olaf College, Luther College, Wartburg College, and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Chuck and his wife Barbara have two children: Sarah, a biology teacher at the Westover School for Girls in Middlebury, Connecticut, and Erik, a senior software engineer in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Jeiran Hasan, flute

An active and versatile musician, Dr. Jeiran Hasan enjoys a multi-faceted career as a flutist and educator. She is the
principal flutist of the Knox-Galesburg (IL) Symphony and was the former Flute Professor at Western Illinois
University, in addition to the Adjunct flute teacher at Cornell College. A sought-after teacher and adjudicator, Dr.
Hasan has given masterclasses in four continents and has won numerous awards and research travel grants, in
addition to competing in over 20 international and national competitions. Please visit for more


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