Instructors

We have connections with the best music programs and instructors in Eastern Iowa. Please contact us if you want a recommendation or contact information. We have several of the most experienced teachers right at our Cedar Rapids location. Please contact us for more information about these and other instructors!


John Schultz, violin/viola/chamber music

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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. 

Tyler Hendrickson, viola/violin/chamber music

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Tyler Hendrickson began as a Suzuki student at age six. He holds a B.A. in Music from Luther College and a M.M. from Wichita State University. 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 recently played viola with the Spiritoso Quartet. 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. 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. 

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.

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. 

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

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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. 

Robbie Gearhart, bass

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.”

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