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Bethany Landby Stephan (violin, Suzuki Violin Program) maintains a vibrant teaching and performance career. She holds positions with Albany Symphony, Santo Domingo Music Festival, West Virginia Symphony and Orchestra of Indian Hill. Additionally, she can be found performing with the Minnesota Orchestra and orchestras throughout New England. Bethany’s varied performance career has taken her to Iceland, Spain, Central America, and throughout the United States. As a chamber music enthusiast, she has spent her summers at Madeline Island Music Camp, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute, and as a Fellow at the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival. Bethany earned a Bachelor of Music and Performance Certificate from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University as a full scholarship student of Andres Cardenes. Bethany’s studies also included time spent in Vienna, Austria as a Cherrington Global Scholar. Additional pedagogical influences include Mary West, Linda Wang, and Gudny Gudmundsdottir. Her teaching career of almost fifteen years has included teaching both traditional lessons and the Suzuki Method, for which her training was completed (Books 1-8) with James Maurer and Kathleen Spring. A lover of many styles and genres, Bethany occasionally fiddles in the American and Irish style. She has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Ben Folds, and the Transiberian Orchestra. When not performing or teaching, Bethany can be found in nature, with a good book, or social dancing.
Michelle Cloutier (violin) graduated cum laude from Boston Conservatory with a B.M. and an M.M. in Violin Performance. Her teachers have included Magdelena Richter, Bonnie Berwick, and Irina Muresanu. She has performed with Symphony Nova (formerly Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra), Brockton Symphony, and Newton Symphony. In New Hampshire, she has performed with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestraand the New Hampshire Philharmonic. Mrs. Cloutier is certified as a Suzuki teacher for Books 1-5, having trained with Allen Lieb and Carol Sykes. She has attended master classes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont for her Suzuki training and is a former faculty member at the Suzuki School of Newton.
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