Violin Lessons with Shelley Beard Santore
As an active chamber musician, Shelley Beard Santore was a former and founding member of both the Tononi Quartet and the prize-winning Mühlenberg Piano Quartet. As a member of these ensembles, Ms. Beard Santore has performed at numerous concert venues including The Julliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, the Samuel Barber International Chamber Music Festival at Westchester University, Temple University, RamapoCollege, Wesley College, An Die Musik (Baltimore), Ursinus College, and for the Pottstown Symphony Chamber Music Series.
Chamber music collaborations include performances with members of the Minnesota and Cleveland Orchestras, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and at summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and Credo Chamber Music Institute at Oberlin Conservatory.
Ms. Beard Santore is currently the Suzuki Academy Department Head and Master Faculty member at The Music School of Delaware. She has served as Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and former President of the Philadelphia Viola Society. Ms. Beard Santore is a graduate of the Peabody Institute (BM) and Indiana University School of Music (MM) and has extensive Suzuki Teacher Training. Her mentors include David Holland, Victoria Chiang, and Mimi Zweig.
Ms. Beard Santore's students have placed and won top prizes in many classical and folk competitions including the American Viola Society solo and ensemble competitions; the ASTA Eclectic Strings solo and ensemble competitions; the Tri-County Concerts solo and ensemble competitions; various orchestral concerto competitions including Kennett Symphony, Lansdowne Symphony, Newark Symphony, and the Wilmington Community Orchestra.
Ms. Beard Santore's students have been accepted to some of the finest musical institutions, including:
The Juilliard School
Cleveland Institute of Music
Aspen Music Festival
Interlochen Arts Academy
And many more!
Ms. Beard Santore has received the Suzuki Association of the America's Certificate of Achievement, was a finalist twice for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Ovation Award, and most recently was awarded the American Viola Society's Maurice W. Riley Award for "creative teaching and enduring commitment to excellence in viola education". She has been published in Strings Magazine and the American Suzuki Association's Journal on numerous occasions and has taught/guest lectured at the following: Westminster Choir College, University of Delaware, Gettysburg College, Eastern University, and Ursinus College.