SAA Unit Courses - 2019

Violin Unit 4: Cathryn Lee, July 8-12
Violin Unit 8: Allen Lieb, July 8-12

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Cathryn S. Lee (Violin) San Francisco based violin teacher Cathryn S. Lee has taught families and teachers around the world since 1976. She is respected for teaching all ages and levels using her detailed and practical “best of both worlds” approach inspired by her studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and her “traditional” studies with concert artist Dame Camilla Wicks.

As a teacher trainer, Cathryn has taught and lectured at SAA National conferences, Leadership Summits, Suzuki Method World Conferences, the first International Suzuki Teacher Trainer Conference in 2009 and most recently at the 16th World Conference.  She has given master classes and pedagogy classes in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States.  Cathryn is a guest lecturer in String Pedagogy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cathryn is the author of Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and the Bow Stroke Excerpts books.

In 1977, Cathryn founded the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco where she continues to teach students and train teachers.  Her students have held titled chairs in numerous youth and school orchestras and placed in numerous competitions.  Cathryn has a B.A. in Performance and Composition, M. A. in Performance from San Francisco College for Women and a teaching certificate from the Talent Education Institute in Japan.  She and her husband raised their sons, Whit, an actor/violinst in New York City and Corin, a violinist with the ETHEL Quartet.

Allen Lieb (Violin) received his MM in Performance from SIU/Edwardsville, studying Suzuki philosophy with John Kendall.  He received a Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Japan after several years study with Shinichi Suzuki.  A registered Teacher-Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Allen has taught at institutes, workshops and conferences across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.  He is Chair of the SAA Violin Committee and a member of the SAA Heritage Committee.  Currently residing in New York City, he is Head of the Violin Department and instructor of the Teacher-Training Seminar at The School for Strings, violin instructor at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Newark Early Strings Program, a Suzuki-based violin program jointly sponsored by the Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for which he was recognized with the 2008 Samuel Antek award for Music Education.

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Beth Goldstein-McKee (Cello) brings her extensive performing and teaching experience to her work with students and teachers at institutes and workshops across the United States and in her studio. A registered Suzuki Association of the Americas Cello Teacher Trainer, she has had the honor of teaching students from around the world at the 16th World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan and training teachers from South and Central America at the 24th International Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru. She has served on the Board of Directors of the SAA, as Cello Coordinator for the 2016 SAA Conference, and she has been a presenter at the American String Teachers Association and the SAA conferences. Beth has recently moved to Western PA where she is starting a new generation of students. Beth maintained thriving studios on the west coast for over thirty years, first in Berkeley, CA and then in Ashland, OR. In addition, in Ashland, OR, she was the cello sectional and chamber music coach for the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, and played with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Rogue Opera, and in chamber orchestras. In California, she was also on the faculty of Holy Names College’s Suzuki Program and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. She was the cellist in several new music ensembles in Boston, NYC, and London, England, and she received the National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Grant to bring contemporary classical music to new audiences. Beth, a native of NYC, graduated from Brandeis University and trained as a teacher of the Suzuki Method at the School for Strings, NYC. 

Joseph Kaminsky (Violin) has taught violin for over 35 years. His teachers have been Almita Vamos, Roland Vamos, Shinichi Suzuki, John Kendall, Fryderyk Sadowski, and Donna Wiehe. He has been a registered SAA teacher-trainer since 1985.  Since 2000 Mr. Kaminsky has authored over 30 pedagogical articles appearing in the American Suzuki Journal, developed the "Vibrato From the Ground Up” DVD for teaching vibrato, and has authored a set of violin technique books as an adjunct to the Suzuki volumes. 

Mr. Kaminsky has taught over 250 workshops/institutes in 33 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, at the 2006 International String Conference in Singapore, and at the 1999 World Suzuki Conference in Matsumoto Japan.His former students have played or currently are playing professionally in the Arkansas Symphony, Ann Arbor, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, New World, New York Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphonies.  Other students have gone on to become professional music teachers themselves.  But the vast majority have just gone on to their chosen fields, enhanced by the discipline, cognitive skills, and love of music that a Suzuki education can bring.

Mr. Kaminsky was the MoASTA 2014 “Artist Teacher of the Year” and the 2000 “Studio Teacher of the Year”.