Andrea L. Talley
Andrea began playing the violin at age nine and continued throughout college. She holds a B.M. from Western Michigan University, and a M.M. from Michigan State University, both in violin performance. A registered Suzuki violin teacher, Andrea joined the Foothills Suzuki Institute staff in Issaquah in 2009, and helped co-create Issaquah Suzuki Strings this past year where she currently teaches. She instructs over 40 young violin students, both private and group lessons. This is Andrea’s third year with the Cascade Youth Symphony Organization as director of the Preparatory Strings division. Previously, Andrea has worked as an orchestral coach for the Northshore, Edmonds, and Mukilteo School districts, and as a clinician for regional solo and ensemble competitions. She was the primary teacher/developer of a Suzuki strings program for the La Conner School District, and directed the violin program at Immaculate Conception Regional School in Mt. Vernon. She was the conductor of the Everett Youth Symphony Organization’s Prelude Strings group from 2010-2013, and has performed with the Juneau Symphony, Federal Way Symphony, Skagit Opera Orchestra, and the Lake Washington Symphony. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of America, American String Teachers Association, and is the acting vice president of the Suzuki Association of Washington State. When not performing, teaching, or conducting, Andrea enjoys traveling, and hiking the trails of Washington with her husband Marcus.