Geoffrey Herd, Violin

Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed recitals at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Herd has also performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the…

Wesley Baldwin, Cellist

Cellist Wesley Baldwin is a co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy. Initially taught cello in the Suzuki method as a child, Dr. Baldwin has been an active as a cello teacher for more than three decades. His Suzuki teacher training has been with Melissa Kraut. Wesley holds a BA, cum laude, from Yale College, a Master of Music degree (with honors) from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA in cello performance from the University of Maryland.

A passionate teacher, Wesley has taught at the University of Maryland and Florida International University, where he was artist-in-residence with the Plymouth Quartet. He serves now…

Livi Cheney, Cellist

Cellist Livingston Cheney performs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Poland as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Livi has performed as a guest artist at the National Cello Institute in California, the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Gore Bay Museum, the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, the Festival Los Cedros in Mexico City, and the Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland.

 

Born to two Suzuki cello teachers, Carey and Elliott Cheney, Livi grew up a Suzuki student, beginning to play cello at the age of 3. He received his Suzuki teacher training in all 10 volumes by the age of 20, the youngest cellist ever to do so. Livi has completed Suzuki training with the renowned teachers David Evenchick, Jean Dexter, Pamela Devenport, Carey Cheney, and Avi Friedlander. Livi is continuously repeating teacher training to get the insights of other teachers as well.

 

Livi has also studied performance with acclaimed cellists Colin Carr, Philippe Muller, Lawrence Lesser, and Eric Kim. Additionally, Livi has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from University of Ottawa, Canada with Paul Marleyn and University of Tennessee, Knoxville with Dr. Wesley Baldwin respectively.

 

Livi is an enthusiast for new music and crossover into other genres, and has collaborated in electroacoustic ensemble with DJ Spooky in a lecture performance at the University of Tennessee and studied jazz with bass professor Jon Hamar, also at UTK. He actively pursues performances outside of his comfort zone.

 

Livi is also well-read in psychology and is planning to pursue a degree in it in the future. Livi loves to explore nature and paint and actively practices meditation and yoga, which he feels pairs with studying music wonderfully.

Cameron Rehberg, Violin

Cameron Rehberg is currently a freelance violist in the Knoxville area, and a violin and viola instructor at the Knoxville Suzuki Academy. He received his Bachelors of Music in Viola performance from UNT, and an Artist Certificate from the University of Tennessee where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Hillary Herndon. Mr. Rehberg has studied privately with Bruce Williams, Cynthia Roberts, Dr. Ames Asbell, Dr. Susan Dubois, Hillary Herndon, and Dr. Wendy Richman. Mr. Rehberg has attended the Sewanee, Roundtop, and Montecito festivals, the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, Winter Viola Intensive, and is a registered Suzuki instructor. An in demand orchestral violist, Mr. Rehberg has played with the…

Grace McMullen, Piano

KSA piano teacher Grace McMullen has been teaching piano to students of all ages for years, and recently started her Suzuki training.  She received her Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she held a graduate assistantship in collaborative piano. During her time at UTK, Grace served as a vocal coach and accompanist for VolOpera (the undergraduate opera scenes program) and the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre (UTOT). She also served as a keyboardist for the University of Tennessee Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and accompanied a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students in both vocal and instrumental areas. She earned her B.M. in Music with Elective Studies in Business from Berry College (Mount Berry, GA) where she was a winner of both the Berry College Symphony Concerto Competition as well as the Rome Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2013.

Grace is currently a member of the Viano Trio (Holly Tumblin, clarinet and Jerram John, cello) and serves as an accompanist for students at the Knoxville School of Voice. She is also an active freelancer for undergraduate and graduate students at UTK.

Having grown up in the church, Grace also has a wide range of experience as a church musician. She has played keyboard for contemporary worship services, but also has worked as an organist and pianist in more traditional, liturgical-style services since high school. She has also served as music director and vocal coach for musical theatre productions in both collegiate and community theatre settings.

In addition to performing, Grace is also interested in arts administration and is currently the administrative assistant for the newly-formed, Knoxville-based ensemble, Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony.

Grace has studied in the studios of Dr. Kevin Class (collaborative piano), Dr. Kris Carlisle (piano) and Dr. Edie Johnson and Steven Wooddell (organ).