Violin Lessons

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Emily Jensenius
violin, viola, piano, ukulele
Emily Jensenius (they/them) was born in Issaquah, Wa., into a family of music lovers that includes several pianists, an opera singer, and a zither player. As a teen, Emily played viola in the Seattle Youth Symphony and also performed on Classic King FM radio with their string quartet. Emily went on to study viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, and Florida State University. Their major teachers were Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, James Dunham, and Pamela Ryan. At FSU Emily received assistantships to coach viola and chamber music, as well as to play with the College of Music's Eppes String Quartet, which collaborated with student composers on new works. The Eppes was coached by cellist Greg Sauer and mentored by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. As an orchestral musician in Florida, Emily played with many professional ensembles, including the Tallahassee Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Albany Symphony. After graduation Emily was fortunate to live in Oxford, England, for a few years, where they taught privately and performed as a member of the Oxford Chamber Orchestra and the Oxford Sinfonia. Emily currently lives near Washington, D.C., and teaches for Mode online.
 
Emily encourages students to be self-directed, and will follow each player's musical interests while also fostering a healthy technique and critical listening skills. A lesson with Emily will typically focus on physical setup, pitch and rhythmic awareness, style and phrasing, and strategies for efficient practice. Emily's goal is for every student to enjoy being a musician and to feel increased self-confidence as they improve. Some of Emily's other interests are distance running, watching video essays, listening to oldies, folk, or pop music, and baking pies.
Daisy Sky
Cello - Violin Viola - Voic - Beginning Piano

Daisy Sky grew up immersed in music. Her father, George Shangrow, was a prominent figure in Seattle’s classical music scene and there were always rehearsals, auditions, and post-concert parties happening in her home. Her mother, Julie Reed, is an active cellist and singer, so Daisy Sky was enveloped in the vibrations of cello and voice before she was even born. Daisy Sky started on violin and piano before she even started kindergarten, but realized within a couple of years that she was truly born to play the cello. She studied privately with Mara Finkelstein for nearly ten years, and she played in the Seattle Youth Symphony, Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and in several school orchestras and chamber ensembles growing up.

Daisy Sky also is an avid singer, previously leading sections in Northwest Girlchoir and the Amherst College Choir, as well as singing with the Seattle Chamber Singers and for years in church and school choirs. She studied music theory, ear training, music history, performance, and creative expression at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and spent a summer at the distinguished Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Now, Daisy Sky has expanded her musical ventures and is singing and playing cello with Wolfchild, a Seattle-based indie band. She hopes to support young artists in developing the foundation to fully express their creativity in any style of music they want to play.

VENMO: @cellodaisy

PAYPAL: dshangrow@gmail.com

CASHAPP: $dshang

Jonah Byrne
Violin - Viola

Jonah Byrne has been playing violin for over 25 years, performing, recording, and composing in a wide variety of styles. He studied music composition at University of Colorado and has been active in the Seattle music scene for the past ten years. In that time he has played with country band Country Lips, experimental bands Beast Please Be Still and Snowman Plan, indie rock band Pilot Lights, and many others, alongside teaching and writing music. He believes a good ear and good technique are the foundation that lets us play and enjoy any kind of music there is.

VENMO: @jonah-byrne

Jacqui Sandor
Piano - Violin - Viola - Cello - Bass

Jacqui is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose teaching mantra is "I am a coach, and I will help you grow into the musician you want to be at your pace." She has been a teacher for 15 years, is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ and gender equality, and has worked with neurodiverse students. She loves helping people work through their performance anxiety - getting past that has been a challenge of hers as well, and she knows all the tricks.
Growing up in Renton she was the principal bassist of the Renton Youth Symphonic Orchestra and studied bass with Chuck Israels and Ben Musa at WWU. In New Orleans she got her degree in String Bass Performance from the University of New Orleans. While there she studied with Harold Battiste who encouraged her vocal career, and has graced the stage both as a bassist and as a vocalist with many of New Orleans' best musicians on many of its biggest stages. She was the principal bassist of the New Orleans Civic Symphony for many years, and played bass in the pit orchestras in every musical theater house in New Orleans. She recently held the bass chair at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
She has performed professionally in various settings on violin, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, viola, and cello. Her folk music career, where she plays guitar and sings Irish and American folk and traditional music, has taken her on tours and residencies around the country. She is currently travelling, teaching remotely and offering her folk music knowledge through Twitch streams until we can all be together again.

VENMO: @POLLUXjac

PAYPAL: PayPal.me/jacquisandor