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, Cello

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.

Jeanine Wilkinson, Cello

Jeanine Wilkinson is an active performer, teacher, and administrator involved in many different musical endeavors throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since taking up residence in Knoxville in 2005 she performs regularly with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony, and the Bryan Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Currently Jeanine serves as the Director of Operations for the Tennessee Cello Workshop…

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Cameron Rehberg, Violin and Viola

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…

Sarah Ringer, Violin

Sarah began teaching Suzuki violin in 1999 at the University of TN Chattanooga’s Cadek Conservatory. While there, she received teacher training through book 6 at Suzuki Institutes, taught monthly group classes, directed a Summer Suzuki Violin Camp, and grew her studio to 45 students. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School in Hartford, CT, studying with Katie Lansdale and Teri Einfeldt. Throughout her time in graduate school she maintained a private teaching studio, and after graduating, taught for the Hartt School Community Division for two years.
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Linnea Gaetjens, Piano Lessons
Linnea Gaetjens, Piano Lessons

Linnea Gaetjens, Piano

Linnea Gaetjens graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2019 with a degree in Piano Performance. While in college, she studied with Dr. Catherine Godes and enjoyed collaborating and accompanying other students and playing in the TTU Troubadour Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Her other musical experiences include working as a church pianist for over five years, teaching young private piano students, volunteering with a church children’s choir, and studying at Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. Linnea believes music lessons should be an enthusiastic and encouraging time where children build a lifelong love for listening to and playing the piano.

Kelsey Sexton, Cello

Before she graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance, Kelsey Sexton had performed as a chamber artist at some of the most distinguished music conferences around the world, including the 2015 Music Learning Revolution in London, the 2016 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco, and the 2016 International Society of Music Education biennial in Glasgow. Her invited teaching activities before graduation included major outreach programs like Big Noise (Scotland), In Harmony (England), Kidznotes (North Carolina), the Saint James Music Academy (Vancouver, BC).

Livi Cheney, Cello and Bass

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…

Slade Trammell, Piano

A native of North Carolina, pianist Slade Trammell has appeared in concert across North
America and in Europe. Critics have praised his “technical equipment and rhythmic excitement”
(Classical Sonoma), “mastery of tone,” (Knoxville News Sentinel), and “virtuoso skill,” (Becky
Ball, chief critic, The Oak Ridger). A pupil of Earl Wild, Serge Fournier, and Ruth Slenczynska, and David Brunell, Trammell gave the European premiere of Wild’s Sonata 2000 in 2011 while concertizing in Austria. As a first prize winner of the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, he made his Italian debut in December 2018 at the Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica, in Rome. Also dedicated to teaching, he established his first studio in 2003, and served as Music Coordinator at Hiwassee College. Since 2010, he had also been a faculty member at Roane State.


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…