Ava Gehlen-Williams

Violin, Viola Teacher

Ava Gehlen-Williams

SAA Member


Seattle, WA
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Ava Gehlen-Williams is a private violin teacher based in Seattle, Washington and trained in the Suzuki method. Ava is an alumna and teaching assistant at the Pizzichemi Violin Studio and is currently a teaching artist at Yale University working with students attending New Haven public schools. She currently studies music at Yale University and regularly performs in solo, chamber, and orchestral genres. She has had leadership roles in many orchestras, including serving as concertmaster at the Chloé Trevor Music Academy and with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra, and WMEA All-State Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster of the Edmonds-Woodway Philharmonic and performed as soloist twice as part of the Masterworks concerto competition. Ava’s primary teachers include Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi, Kyung Yu, Margaret Pressley, Hal Grossman, Nicholas Tavani, Aeolus Quartet, and Skyros Quartet. She has performed in masterclasses for Alexander Kerr, Mimi Zweig, Ann Setzer, Danielle Belen, Chloé Trevor, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Elbert Tsai, and Piotr Milewski.

Ava maintains her private studio and has taught violin and viola students continually since 2014. She has significant pedagogy training and shadowing experience in Suzuki and traditional pedagogy. Her primary mentors include Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi of the Skyros Quartet, Dr. Laurie Scott at The University of Texas at Austin, and Ann Montzka-Smelser. She has maintained a private studio of violin students since 2014 and has taught in many public schools and music schools. She currently serves as a teaching artist at Yale University teaching in New Haven public schools.

Ava is also a co-founder of Evergreen Music Press, based in Seattle Washington. Evergreen Music Press publishes a variety of materials with the aim of broadening the pedagogical canon for string education. More information about this can be found at evergreenmusicpress.com.

Ava loves to work with students of all ages and levels, from early childhood to adult learners, whether you’re just starting, looking to get back into music, or anything in between.

In her free time, Ava enjoys reading, hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and plant-based nutrition. Ava performs on a 2010 David Van Zandt violin.