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Janet Ault
Violin & Viola


Janet Ault
Violin & Viola

Janet received her BA in History from Ginnell College and her Bachelor’s Degree in music Education from Cornell College. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Rebecca Sandrok, Doris Preucil, William Preucil, Sr., and John Kendall. Janet is now retired from teaching in the public school orchestra program in Mt. Vernon where she taught for over twenty years. Janet joined the faculty of the Preucil School in 1976. Four of Janet’s five children are Preucil School alumni.

Ute Brandenburg
Violin & Viola

Ute Brandenburg
Violin & Viola

Ute earned her B.A. from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, in Hannover, Germany, where she studied viola with Hatto Beyerle and Jaap Zeijl. She completed Suzuki teacher training with William Preucil, Nancy Lokken, and Helen Brunner. Ute taught at the UNI Suzuki School in Cedar Falls from 1998 to 2015, where she was the administrative director from 2010-2015. Ute is a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and plays regularly with Orchestra Iowa. She is the parent of a Suzuki violinist and a Suzuki cellist, an experience which has deepened her understanding of the Suzuki philosophy of teaching. When not teaching and performing, Ute enjoys work as an internationally known specialist in German genealogy.

Scott Conklin
Adjunct Violin


Scott Conklin
Adjunct Violin

Scott Conklin earned Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music as a student of Paul Kantor. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Updegraff. During his youth, Conklin was a Suzuki student of Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville (IN). Conklin regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, and is currently Associate Professor of Violin at The University of Iowa School of Music.

Diane Dahl–McCoy
Violin

Diane Dahl–McCoy
Violin

Diane has been a member of the Preucil School faculty since 1983. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College and her Master of Arts in Performance from the University of Iowa. Diane received her long-term Suzuki pedagogy training from Doris Preucil from 1982-83. She was a Visiting Artist Instructor at Cornell College from 1987-1990. Diane is currently a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony/Orchestra Iowa. Her three children are all Suzuki violin students.

Lisa Guttenberg
Assistant Director of Preucil School
Violin

Lisa Guttenberg
Assistant Director of Preucil School
Violin

Lisa is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where she received a BM in Violin Performance and a MM in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. At CIM, she was a student of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Michele George. Lisa also studied for a summer with Koji Toyoda at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She has been a member of the faculty at the Preucil School of Music, the University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School, and the New World School of the Arts. She was Assistant Concertmaster of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Orchestra and also played with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. Prior to moving to Boston, where she taught at the All Newton Music School and Winchester Community Music School, she lived and taught in Valencia, Spain. Lisa returned to the Preucil School faculty in 2014.

Marit Hervig
Violin & Viola

Marit Hervig
Violin & Viola

Marit holds a Bachelor of Music from Western Illinois University and a Master of Music from Arizona State University in viola performance and pedagogy. Marit’s teachers include Doris Preucil, William Preucil, Dr. Roland Vamos, William Magers and William Lincer. She completed her Suzuki Teacher Training with Sonja Zeithamel and Doris Preucil. A former Preucil School student, Marit has taught at the University of Memphis Suzuki Institute, is a registered Music Together teacher, and has been a member of both the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Quad Cities Symphony.

Linda Judiesch
Violin

Linda Judiesch
Violin

Linda received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University, and is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, National Symphony of Chile, McMaster Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Hamilton. She has been on the faculty of the University of Costa Rica, the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music, the Music Center of the North Shore, and the Suzuki School of Music in Bermuda. She was the founding president of the Ontario Suzuki Teachers’ Association, and has been a frequent institute clinician. She has been on the Preucil School faculty since 1997 and is member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Mary Neumann
Violin & Viola

Mary Neumann
Violin & Viola

Mary received a BA in music from Grinnell College and an MA in violin performance from Western Illinois University. She completed long term Suzuki teacher training at WIU with Lois Shepherd and Moshe Neumann. Growing up a Suzuki student herself in Macomb, Illinois, she started violin at the age of four with Doris Preucil and later studied with Almita Vamos. Mary joined the PSM faculty in 1995.

Doris Preucil
Preucil School Director Emerita
Violin & Viola

Doris Preucil
Preucil School Director Emerita
Violin & Viola

Doris is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Preucil School of Music. An honors graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she was a violinist with the National Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic. She has served on the faculties of Western Illinois University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Interlochen Arts Camp, and performed and presented workshops throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Korea. A Suzuki teacher since 1963, she is the author of the Suzuki Viola School, and a Past President of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Iowa String Teachers Association in 2005 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastman School in 2004.

William Preucil
Advanced Viola

William Preucil
Advanced Viola

William is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, former principal violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Stradivari Quartet, and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Iowa, where he received its annual M.L. Huit Award for Teaching Excellence in 1992. He is the recording artist for the method books of the Suzuki Viola School, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, vice-president of the International Suzuki Association, and vice-president of the American Viola Society, which gave him its Creative Achievement Award in 2008. He is also the recipient of the American String Teachers Association 2009 Artist Teacher Award. An SAA registered Teacher-Trainer, Mr. Preucil has performed concerts and taught classes in more than thirty-five countries on six continents.

Tabitha Rasmussen
Violin

Tabitha Rasmussen
Violin

Tabitha received her Bachelor of Music and Teaching Certificate and Master of Music Education at the University of Iowa. Tabitha is an alumna of the Preucil School where she studied with Diane Dahl-McCoy and Doris Preucil. She taught public school orchestra in Lamoni and Davenport, Iowa and currently teaches orchestra in the public schools in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Her children are currently violin students at the Preucil School.

John Schultz
Violin & Viola

John Schultz
Violin & Viola

John Schultz holds a Master of Music degree from the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. Prior to this John received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied on full scholarship with Myron Kartman. He has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Bjork, and has studied viola pedagogy with William Preucil. In addition to teaching at the Preucil School, John offers chamber music concerts throughout the corridor area.

Sonja Berven Zeithamel
Director of Preucil School
Violin & Viola

Sonja Berven Zeithamel
Director of Preucil School
Violin & Viola

Sonja co-founded the Preucil School of Music in 1975 as Assistant Director and was named Director of August 1997. She is an honors graduate of the University of Iowa School of Music. As a member of the Preucil School of Music faculty, she teaches violin, viola, coaches string quartets and conducts string orchestras. She is a registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and travels throughout the United States as a clinician at Suzuki Institutes and Workshops. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Cello & Bass Faculty (Click Picture to View Biography)

Whitney Allen Giller
Cello

Whitney Allen Giller
Cello

Whitney holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Louisville and DePaul University respectively. She also holds certification for K-12 music education in the state of Iowa. Whitney has played with many groups around the country, including Orchestra Iowa, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Britt Music Festival. She has training in both Suzuki and Orff Schulwerk methods and thoroughly enjoys the energy and spirit of young children. She became a registered Music Together teacher in 2011 and has been teaching Music Together at the Preucil School since January 2012. Whitney joined the cello faculty in 2015.

Anthony Arnone
Adjunct Cello

Anthony Arnone
Adjunct Cello

Anthony Arnone is conductor of the Preucil School String Orchestra (PSSO). He is also the Assistant Professor of Cello at The University of Iowa School of Music. He is on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival and the Stonybrook Summer Music Festival where he teaches and performs. A native of Honolulu, Mr. Arnone received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Colin Carr. He completed his master’s degree in conducting at Wichita State University.

Kathryn Langguth
Cello

Kathryn Langguth
Cello

Kathryn is a Preucil School of Music alum. She received her B.M. from the University of Iowa where she studied cello with Amos Yang, Tony Arnone, and Hannah Holman. Kathryn also received teacher certification from the University of Iowa after a stateside student teaching placement and an international student teaching placement in Sydney, Australia, at Methodist Ladies College. She received her M.M. from The University of Denver where she studied cello with Richard Slavich and Suzuki Pedagogy with Carol Tarr (cello) and James Maurer (violin). Currently, Kathryn conducts elementary orchestra rehearsals and teaches string lessons in the Iowa City Community School District and performs in the South East Iowa Symphony Orchestra and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Kathryn taught previously at the Preucil School and rejoined the faculty in 2015.

Laura Shaw
Cello

Laura Shaw
Cello

Laura is an alum of the Preucil School of Music. She received her B.A. at Luther College as a triple major in Music, French, and English. She received a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Shaw has won several awards, including the Luther College Concerto Competition, the Fort Dodge Concerto Competition, and the Pelzer Competition at the University of Iowa, where she currently is a doctoral student. Ms. Shaw has participated in numerous music festivals and master classes. She earned a two-year fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival, and was principal cellist of the Sinfonia Orchestra there. She is currently Assistant Principal of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.

Kate Vos
Cello

Kate Vos
Cello

Kate studied at the Preucil School for 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Music and long-term Suzuki Pedagogy training at Western Illinois University with Prof. Tanya Carey. Kate completed her Master of Music degree in cello performance at the University of Michigan where she studied with Anthony Elliott. Kate has been teaching at the Preucil School since 2001 and is a member of the Preucil faculty quartet. She is also a member of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.

Jeanette Welch
Bass

Jeanette Welch
Bass

Jeanette received her BA in Music from the University of California at San Diego where she studied with Bertram Turetzky. She received an MA in Bass Performance at the University of Iowa under the direction of Diana Gannett in May 2000. She has also studied with Ed Barker, principal bass of the Boston Symphony, Klaus Trumph in Munich, Germany and is now studying with Volkan Orhon at the University of Iowa. She performs with the Cedar Rapids Symphony/Orchestra Iowa, the Dubuque Symphony and occasionally with the Quad Cities Symphony. She is also on the faculty of Kirkwood Community College, and enjoys playing with her band “Brace for Blast” which can best be described as “eclectic neo-hardcore rock.”

Piano Faculty (Click Picture to View Biography)

Lauree Christman
Piano

Lauree Christman
Piano

Lauree is a graduate of Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND) where she studied piano and bassoon. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa where she studied with Kerry Grippe and John Sims. Lauree completed her Suzuki Teacher Training at the American Suzuki Institute in Steven’s Point, WI where her teachers included Haruko Kataoka, Doris Koppelman, Loraine Landefeld, Carole Bigler, and Valerie Lloyd-Watts. She has taught at Cornell College, Viterbo College and at Suzuki Institutes in Korea. Lauree joined the Preucil School of Music faculty in 1981 and has been head of the Piano Department since 1986.

Debra Helene Hernstrom
Piano

Debra Helene Hernstrom
Piano

Deb received her Bachelor of Music from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and her Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Iowa. Being blind since birth, she is always accompanied by her wonderful dog, Wade. Although Deb is blind, she offers a unique set of skills to her students. She has a highly attuned and keenly enhanced sense of hearing, which enables her to know exactly which note is being played and precisely which finger is playing it, without ever seeing the keyboard. She has the ability to transpose on the spot, identify and play back advanced harmonic progressions, and has an amazing memory for music - in fact she always performs from memory, including when she plays organ at St. Wenceslaus Church. Deb incorporates her passion for music, education and music history into her teaching of theory, certificate program class piano and Suzuki piano. She joined the Preucil School of Music faculty in 1982 and is currently co-chair of the piano department. Deb has been a keyboardist for St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City since 2000.

Ruth Gambs Johnson
Piano

Ruth Gambs Johnson
Piano

Ruth graduated with honors from Drake University with a Bachelor of Music in organ/church music and a Bachelor of Music Education. She received her Suzuki piano training from Harlow Mills and Carol Hendrixson in Southern California and from Sue Vasquez at the Greater Pittsburg Suzuki Institute. She taught privately in Pasadena and at the Claremont Community School of Music in Claremont, CA. For 15 years, she had a private piano studio in Fort Dodge, IA and was on the staff of Grace Lutheran Church. She joined the Preucil Music School in Iowa City in the fall of 2006, having recently relocated to the Iowa City area.

Chiaki Kubota
Piano

Chiaki Kubota
Piano

Chiaki graduated from Kobe-Yamate University School of Music in Piano Performance. A native of Japan, she joined the APA Chamber Music Association after graduation and continued to study Piano Performance and Chamber Music. Chiaki was on the faculty of the Yamaha Music School in Kobe, where she also worked as a chamber musician and accompanist. Following a move to Ohio, she worked as an accompanist for a Suzuki cello studio in Columbus as well as accompanying for other studios and recitals. After moving to Detroit, Chiaki worked as an accompanist for the Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music in Detroit and other string studios, including those of Anthone Eliott and Caroline Coade at the University of Michigan. The students she accompanied played in competitions and master classes, including one by Yo-Yo-Ma. Chiaki has accompanied most of the instruments, including voice. She is a Suzuki mom to two children (cello and piano; and viola) who are now majoring in music in college and love chamber music. Chiaki joined the Preucil School in 2013.

Barbara Michaelson
Piano

Barbara Michaelson
Piano

Barb studied piano with the Eugene Hudson at Wartburg College, and received her B.M. and M.A. degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she studied with Kenneth Amada. She was a winner in the IMTA Collegiate Piano Competition, and Wartburg College Concerto Competition. Barb received her Suzuki piano training from Cheryl Holmes in St. Paul, MN. She is featured as the pianist on the CD recordings of William Preucil’s “Suzuki Viola Book 7”, and flutist Claudia Anderson’s “American Flute”, and has appeared frequently as an accompanist in the Iowa City area.

Aura Strohschein
Piano

Aura Strohschein
Piano

Aura graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French with university honors. She studied piano at the Conservatoire National de Region de Lille in France for three years under the direction of Bernard Lerouge. She obtained her Master of Music degree from the University of Toledo, studying piano with Dr. Michael Boyd. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Iowa under the instruction of Dr. Rene Lecuona.

Flute, Harp & Voice Faculty (Click Picture to View Biography)

Jennifer Wagaman
Flute

Jennifer Wagaman
Flute

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Flute Performance and Music Management. She completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Northern Iowa in Flute Performance. She is also the Suzuki flute teacher at the Symphony School in Cedar Rapids and at the UNI Suzuki School in Cedar Falls. Jennifer joined the Preucil School faculty in 2006.

Pam Weest-Carrasco
Harp

Pam Weest-Carrasco
Harp

Pam received her music degrees from Indiana University where she was a student of Peter E. Eagle. In addition, her Suzuki teacher training took place at the Texas Christian University Suzuki Institutes with Mary Kay Waddington, and she has been teaching Suzuki harp since 1992. She plays second harp for the Cedar Rapids and Quad City Symphonies as well as with the University of Iowa Ensembles. Before moving to Iowa City in 1990, she free-lanced in the Washington, D.C. area, playing with the Arlington Symphony and at Ford’s Theatre ("A Christmas Carol"). Her free-lancing has included concerts with Julio Iglesias, Lainie Kazan, Jack Jones, Toni Tenille, Mark O'Conner, the Moody Blues and Josh Groban. All three of her children were students at the Preucil School.

Gloria Galask
Voice

Gloria Galask
Voice

Gloria is a graduate of the University of Iowa Department of Music with a Master's Degree in Voice Performance. She studied with Prof. Herald Stark who was a legendary pedagogue in voice, as well as with Prof. Albert Gammon. While at the university she performed leading roles in the Opera, including "Suor Angelica", Micaela in "Carmen" and Tatyana in "Eugene Onegin." She was also the understudy for Martha Shiel in the New York City Opera's production of "Madame Butterfly." After graduating she taught voice for many years at both Coe College and Cornell College and performed in and was music director for a number of Riverside Theatre productions. She was active in the Iowa City Community Theatre and music director for local fundraisers. She continued to study with Thomas Hauser of Scranton, PA, Perl Wormhoudt of Oskaloosa, IA and Rudolf Knoll of Salzburg, Austria. She also attended a number of summer workshops for teachers of singing at Marywood University.