Ms. Ann F. Pretzer
Violin Teacher, Parent
I started my Suzuki violin studies at the age of three when my parents saw a group of Suzuki violinists playing at a local festival. I do not remember a time in my life when I didn’t play the violin! I spent summers at Suzuki Institutes, attended Sewanee Summer Music Festival as a teen, played in the Memphis Youth Symphony, and performed with the Toscanini Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Libby Armour, my primary teacher.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, I taught private violin and viola lessons through the String Prep Program and traveled to Panama with the Panama project. There, I worked with two youth orchestras, offered chamber music coachings, private lessons, master classes and performances. I hold a master’s degree in teacher education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
I am the co-concertmaster of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, a section first violinist in the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and perform regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. I completed Every Child Can! and Suzuki Violin Unit One teacher training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Unit Two with Marilyn O’Boyle. I teach a small private studio out of my home. I am discovering the joys of working with my six-year-old daughter as she learns to play the violin!