Colin D. Wheatley

Violin, Cello, Bass, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher

Colin Wheatley

SAA Member


Niantic, CT
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Colin Wheatley is currently the orchestra director at East Lyme Middle School in Connecticut where he teaches lessons and directs five orchestras.  A native of Bellingham Washington, Colin earned his Bachelors of Music Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory studying with Peter Slowik, his Masters of Music Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a full scholarship under the tutelage of Atar Arad, and his Masters degree in Music Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory.  An avid chamber musician, Colin has performed for members of the Emerson, Pacifica, Cleveland, Concord, and Takas quartets, and was selected to perform in a master class for Yo Yo Ma in 2013.  He has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Robert Spano, Menahem Pressler, and Jeremy Denk.  Colin has taught both violin and viola for ten years, and has studied pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and registered Suzuki teacher trainers.  He has taught at the Oberlin Community Music School, alongside the Indiana University String Academy, privately, and at Fairview Elementary School (Bloomington IN) as part of a grant-funded project studying the benefits of music education on underprivileged children.  When not performing and teaching, Colin enjoys spending time outdoors, sailing, running marathons, cooking, and traveling.