Suzuki and Traditional Violin
Claudia moved to Sarasota from Colorado where she owned and operated her own teaching studio for over 20 years and coached for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Denver and has extensive training in Suzuki violin. Claudia was a member of the Colorado Springs Symphony and is currently assistant concertmaster of the Venice Symphony. She has soloed with the Pueblo Symphony and the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. She loves working with Suzuki or traditional students at all levels.
Suzuki and Traditional Violin & Viola
Robert Birdsall is originally from Michigan and started piano lessons at age 5. He then transferred to violin at age 8. He has a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Eastern Michigan University, where he also was introduced to the Suzuki Method of violin instruction.
He left Michigan to join the Colorado Springs Symphony and later continued his Suzuki training in Colorado. He has worked with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, a public middle school in Colorado Springs, a cooperative Suzuki group teaching situation, and has maintained a private studio. He enjoys teaching students from both traditional and Suzuki backgrounds.
Suzuki Violin, Piano, Guitar
Nathan is a Sarasota native and a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in music education. Nathan is a certified Suzuki violin instructor and teaches beginning piano and voice as well. His passion is instrumental instruction, particularly with string instruments. His mission for his studio is to ensure that all students find a connection to music that will enhance their interactions in their everyday life. Nathan is very excited to continue building his studio and reaching a wide demographic of students.
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Banjo
Richie grew up in Sarasota and is a recent graduate of the Guitar program at Florida State. Prior to his studies at FSU, Richie has performed in places such as Italy and Quebec for competitions and recitals. Richie has had the privilege to study with renowned guitarists such as Bruce Holzman, David Leisner and Antigoni Goni. He has been actively teaching and performing for many years and had a full studio of guitar and piano students in Tallahassee while completing his undergraduate studies. He is a gifted guitar player and loves to compose and arrange music for his students to enjoy and learn with.
Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Voice
Royal Conservatory Program
Mary Healey has spent her entire life in music, having been born into a musical family. Her formal studies began at age seven with piano, and gradually expanded to include clarinet, trumpet and organ.
Mary obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Rivier University and two additional Masters Degrees in Music Pedagogy and Education. Continued Piano studies were at Boston University with Prof.Leon Tumarkin. Organ studies were at New England Conservatory. Her performances include the Harvard Summer Band, The Middlesex Orchestra, and the B.U Alumni Concert Band. Additional positions include Choir/Organist at St. Annes’ in Peabody, Sacred Heart in Lynn, and Robert Bellarmine in Andover, all in MA.
Throughout her years as Music Director, K-12, Mary initiated studies for herself and staff to include the 5 major Music Methods: Suzuki, Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze and Alexander Techniques. The music curriculum that resulted reaped significant results with the children in the K-12 grades. As a result Mary was invited to serve the Massachusetts State Board of Accreditation for K-12 music programs.
Piano, Flute, Royal Conservatory Program
Nikki Lachambre moved to Sarasota from Kingston, Jamaica in 1999. She studied piano performance at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts and holds several certificates from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Nikki continued her piano studies in Florida at the University of South Florida.
She earned her degree in pi-ano with an emphasis on music history. She became a member of the Music Teachers National Association along with its State and local affiliates. Nikki began teaching in Sarasota in 2003. She is a past Executive Board Member of the Sarasota Music Teachers Association, Gold Cup Chairperson for Seminole District in conjunction with the Florida Federation of Music Clubs, Pianist for the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bradenton.
Laura Miller received a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Florida Southern College with a concentration in voice and piano. She has served as a pianist in church and teaches both voice and piano at the Institute. She has instructed with the Florida West Coast Children’s Chorus.
In addition to instructing at the Institute Laura is on the staff at the First United Methodist Church. Laura is a registered teacher with the National Music Certificate Program.
Dr. Joyce Mizer
Piano, Violin, Royal Conservatory Program
Dr. Joyce Mizer is founder and former director of the Suzuki Institute. She has degrees from Madison College, James Madison University, Commonwealth Open University and Sherwood School of Music, Chicago. Joyce taught music in public schools and served as an adjunct professor at Bridgewater College in Virginia. As a teacher-director in Virginia, she was awarded highest honors. She attended Catholic University, receiving training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her students have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Wolf Trap Farm, Virginia. She was a soloist in the guest artist series at the Pentagon, Washington, DC and a guest conductor of The United States Air Force Band. Joyce is a founding teacher of the Carnegie Hall Royal Achievement Program in the United States. In 2004 she was nominated to the Marquis Who’s Who for her service and dedication to the arts.
Piano and Trumpet
Ron has been teaching music for 13 yrs., first in Cleveland, Ohio and then in Sarasota, Florida.
He was educated at John Carroll University for his undergrad degree and attended Baldwin Wallace University for his graduate degree. Ron studied trumpet with Geoffrey Hardcastle of the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra and Dave Duro of the Columbus Symphony. His piano teachers were Christina Tan of Akron University and Singapore, Nancy Bachus and Jay Hecey from Hudson, Ohio and Hungary, respectively. Currently, he plays with the Venice Concert Band and performs with the Piano Friends of Sarasota.
Mark De Rose
Drums / World Percussion
Drummer/percussionist Mark De Rose is known throughout Asia for his recording and performance work. His drum and percussion credits can be found throughout Asia on CD recordings with popular artists, television and movie sound track recordings and television commercial recordings.
Mark has been teaching drums and percussion for over 30 years. His teaching credits include: Drum & Percussion Instructor for the Yamaha Popular Music School, Tokyo, Japan, and Latin Percussion Ensemble Instructor for the Kyoto Conservatory of Music, Kyoto, Japan, and Drum & Percussion Instructor for the Antonio Adolfo School of Brasilian Music, Hollywood, Florida. He maintains an active professional life as a musician, frequently performing with bands and music ensembles in Florida and accompanying productions at the Venice Theater.
Mark has a B.M. in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts and Percussion Performance Studies and Music Education Studies at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mark is a certified Black Belt with the InYou Ryu Honbu Dojo in Kyoto City, Japan.