Alyssa V. Lawson
Alyssa Van Thoen Lawson is a cellist based in the Boston area. She started playing cello in her school’s third grade string program, only to give it up the following year when she had the chance to play clarinet. She realized her mistake almost immediately, and she has been inseparable from her cello ever since.
Alyssa’s principal teachers have been Melinda Flower, Michael Kannen, Marcia Wiley, Jeffrey Solow, and David Szepessy. After obtaining her B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College, she received a year-long Fulbright scholarship to study and teach in Belgium. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles to earn her M.A. in ethnomusicology, the study of music and society. It was her exposure to ethnomusicologists Henry Kingsbury and John Blacking that inspired her to become a Suzuki teacher. Alyssa is a registered Suzuki teacher who has trained with Nancy Hair, Carol Tarr, Barbara Wampner, and David Evenchick. She is also the assistant director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival.
Alyssa is a founding member of the acoustic indie pop quartet The Morning Architect. She also performs Arab classical music, which she has studied with Dr. A.J. Racy and Simon Shaheen.
Alyssa is currently accepting private students at her home studio as well as at the Suzuki School of Newton. Her students range in age from preschoolers to retirees, and every age in between.