Anna E. Draper
Violin, Viola Teacher
An experienced educator, Anna Draper has taught violin and viola students privately for nearly 15 years. Recently relocated, she now resides in Valley City, North Dakota. Miss Anna spent four years building a happy, successful and ongoing Suzuki Program in Williamsport, PA before relocating to North Dakota in September of 2014. During her time in Pennsylvania, she also created and directed the Williamsport Chamber Music Festival at Lycoming College, a week long chamber music intensive for students of all levels. She looks forward to new opportunities in Valley City and the surrounding communities. Miss Anna is a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and teaches the string methods and pedagogy courses at Valley City State University.
Miss Anna began her own Suzuki violin studies at the age of seven. She is a registered Suzuki instructor and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy through the fourth book with Joanne Melvin and Teri Einfeldt at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, Christie Felsing at the Preucil School, as well as Nancy Jackson and most recently, Ronda Cole. In 2005, she was privileged to attend a monthly seminar with renowned Suzuki pedagogue, John Kendall in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Miss Anna received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Michigan studying with internationally acclaimed performer and teacher, violinist Yehonatan Berick and her Masters degree in violin performance at the University of Iowa under the guidance of Dr. Scott Conklin where she held a three year fellowship allowing her to perform, premier and record works with the Center for New Music and Orchestra Iowa. Miss Anna has also had the opportunity to work with prominent teachers including Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Cavani String Quartet among others.
An active performer Anna has performed in the United States, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. In the fall of 2011 and 2012 she toured in the United States with her violin, saxophone and piano trio, Trio Americana, throughout the Midwest and Eastcoast. May of 2015 will mark their third US tour. Her ecclectic repertoir includes music from the American folk tradition as well as Indian, Bulgarian and Western Classical music. In the Summer of 2009 she recieved a grant allowing her to travel, study and perform throughout Bulgaria as a participent in the International Chambermusic Festival where she studied the performances of Bulgarian Classical music. She made her concerto debut in the United States performing Bulgarian Composer, Michail Pekov’s Double Violin Concerto.
Miss Anna is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.