About the Touring Ensemble

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IMG_3518Dolce Strings touring ensemble gives Suzuki violin, viola and cello students in 6th grade/age 11 and up, studying in Suzuki Book 4 and higher, the opportunity to learn and polish advanced literature in a group setting, perform exciting concerts and take fabulous trips to wonderful places! Each Touring Ensemble Series begins with a full day intensive workshop, taught by our expert faculty, Meredith Harris, Elisabeth Hope and Danette Schuh, followed by local concerts at exciting venues and out-of town tours. This season, the following exciting events are planned: a morning concert at the Friendswood Farmer’s Market, Zoo Lights Concert, performances at the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival in Greenville, a featured concerto performance onstage with the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, an afternoon at the movies, and more! We’re going Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez with a tour to  New Orleans in the spring. We hope you will join us!

Meet our Faculty:

Meredith Harris, a native of North Carolina, teaches Suzuki violin and viola in Houston, Texas. She enjoys teaching at various workshops and institutes and has coordinated the STXSA Fabulous Fridays Group Class events in League City. Ms. Harris holds a Bachelors degree from East Carolina University and a Masters Degree from Rice University where she studied with Ara Gregorian and James Dunham, respectively. Her active performing career includes performances with the Houston Grand Opera and the Lincoln Center Opera Festival in New York.IMG_3769

Elisabeth Hope grew up as a “Suzuki kid” and treasures some of her fondest memories as a member of a Suzuki tour group. Mrs. Hope holds music degrees from George Mason U
niversity and the University of Houston, where she studied with Peter Haase and Andzrej Grabiec, respectively. Mrs. Hope has been featured as a soloist with orchestras in Texas, New Mexico and Virginia, most notably at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. She currently runs a thriving private violin and viola studio in Dickinson, TX.

Danette Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. With over 35 years experience, she teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education at workshops, camps and at the Suzuki 16th World Convention in Japan. She has served as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association. Ms. Schuh holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold.