Practice Pathways Faculty
Ogontz Suzuki Institute Faculty
Linda Fiore (co-director, violin) began violin lessons at age 5 with her mother, Louise Wear, a Suzuki violin teacher. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT with violinist Raphael Bronstein in New York City. She studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan for 18 months and earned her Japanese teaching certificate. Linda became the first teacher to teach Suzuki Violin Method for brain-injured and well children at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. In 1983, she and her husband Domenick founded DaCore Talent Education in Glenmore, PA where, for she taught violin and directed workshops. Linda has presented student performing groups in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Europe, and throughout the United States. In 1997, she accepted a position at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford as a Suzuki teacher trainer in the graduate degree program, also teaching college students as well as young students in the school’s Community Division. Linda and Domenick are currently continuing the development of DaCore Talent Education Academy and Fiore Performing Strings in the Lehigh Valley, PA area.
Domenick Fiore (co-director, bass, orchestra) began studying the double bass with Wes Fisher in Reading, Pennsylvania, at the age of 14. He attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he studied with John Schaeffer, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic. After graduation, Domenick freelanced in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, performing in Broadway shows, The Brooklyn Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Duke Ellington Pops Concerts. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Chester University and began teaching in the Ephrata, Pennsylvania School District. Domenick has been director of orchestras and chamber music at the Mid-Southeast Suzuki Institute, Snowmass Suzuki Institute, Chicago Institute, Calgary Suzuki Institute, Central Pennsylvania Institute, and the Hartford Suzuki Institute, as well as clinician at the Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hickory (North Carolina) and Augusta (Georgia) Suzuki workshops. He was the director of the five Suzuki orchestras of the Community Division at the Hartt School of Music. In addition, Domenick had a thriving young bass program through the Community Division at Hartt. He and Linda currently live in the Lehigh Valley where they have established a Suzuki studio and freelance throughout the region.
Annie Barley (cello)
Liza Barley (violin)
Kim Barrett (violin) began studying the violin at age 12 with Linda Fiore in Pennsylvania. After graduating from West Chester University with Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education she went to Matsumoto, Japan to study personally with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and other master teachers. During her 3½ years in Japan, Kim assisted in translating for Dr. Suzuki and his writings and performed to demonstrate his teaching and method. After graduating from the Talent Education Institute, she returned to the United States in 1991 with her husband, Tim. Kim also holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she and her husband, Tim Barrett, teach and direct the violin program for the Academy of Strings in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Chris Fiore (cello) began studying the cello at age four with his parents, Domenick and Linda Fiore. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance. While there, he helped to build a cello program with Rainbow Strings, an after-school inner-city program started by Suzuki violin teacher Michele George. After graduating from CIM, Chris obtained a Masters Degree and a Performance Certificate at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago, IL, where he studied with various members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At the same time, he entered into an Apprenticeship with world-renowned Suzuki pedagogue Tanya Carey, and completed teacher training in all ten Suzuki Cello Books, as well as an additional Practicum course. While finishing his studies, he joined the faculty at the DePaul School of Music Community Music Division to help build and solidify the cello program there. Chris currently teaches at the Oak Park String Academy in Illinois.
Melanie Grenier (violin)
Michael McLean (violin) has his BM from Northwestern University. He works as a composer, arranger, and teacher.
Laura Nerenberg (violin) obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School where she also completed her formal Suzuki violin teacher training with Teri Einfeltd. Her principal violin teachers were John Gomez, Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale. A native of Montreal, Laura now lives in Ottawa where she performs chamber music, improvisatory music and jazz on her modern and Baroque violins. She teaches a wonderful group of students aged 4 to 17. Together, they perform at hospitals and long-term care facilities as the Rideau Falls Violin Ensemble.
Sarah Smale (violin/viola) began her musical studies on violin, viola and piano in Oxfordshire, England. She attended the Birmingham Conservatoire where she received a BA with honors. She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London. In Hartford, CT, she studied with the Emerson String Quartet and acquired her Suzuki training with Linda Fiore and Teri Einfeldt. Sarah has won several awards, including the Birmingham Conservatoire string quartet scholarship and the Herbert Lumby Viola prize. She has worked with world-renowned artists such as Pierre Boulez, Yuri Bashmet, Nicholas Kramer, Steve Reich, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, and Roger Norrington. Her experience includes numerous concerts and seminars with talented quartets and orchestras including: Takacs Quartet, European Chamber Orchestra, Russian National Ballet, and the Emerson Quartet, to which she was the assistant. Sarah has also played with numerous choral societies as principal viola, recorded television work for the BBC, and recorded extensively for Radio Suisse. She performs with the European Festival Orchestra in Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she is principal viola.
Chris Souza (violin) Chris Souza began studying the violin at the age of nine with Suzuki teachers in the Boston area. During high school he studied with Mark Thielien and Dorothea Baxter at the Harrison Center in Lakewood, FL. He joined the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and performed with renowned acts such as The Moody Blues and violinist Eugene Fodor. He also taken master classes with the members of the Colorado String Quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra in the Florida International Festival. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lee University, he gave concerts on stages across Europe on three international chamber music tours. While working on a masters degree in Springfield, MO, Chris studied viola with Darrel Barnes, former principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony and member of the Lenox Quartet. He performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Opera Company and The Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks as well as the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. In addition to freelance work, Chris performs regularly with the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra. He toured Eastern Europe as principal viola with the Lehigh Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American West as principal viola with the Barbizon Chamber Orchestra. Christopher is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with a studio in Tannersville, PA. He has received Suzuki training from Michelle Higa George and Linda Wear Fiore.