Ms. Debbie Hammond
Violin, Viola Teacher
Violinist Debbie Hammond (née Clark) began her studies at the age of four in London, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her principal teachers include Patrick Burroughs, Geri Arnold, Dr. Robert Skelton, Mark Fewer, Annalee Patipatanakoon, David Zafer and Yehonatan Berick.
She has performed in solo master classes for Martin Beaver, James Ehnes, Ilya Gringolts,and Regis Pasquier. Her love of chamber music has led her to master classes with the Arthur-LeBlanc Quartet, Daedalus, St. Lawrence. Ying and Berlin Philharmonic String Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio. Debbie has been featured as a guest soloist with the London Community Players and the Cambridge Community Orchestra.
Debbie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for the 2000 and 2001 under Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Simon Streatfield, as well as the Japan-Hong Kong tour in 2002. She served as the Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Toronto for the 2004–2005 season. While in Michigan, Debbie was a regular member of the Jackson and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. In Canada, Debbie has performed with both the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London Canada. From 2007-2010 Debbie served as the Assistant Concertmaster of Cambridge Community Orchestra.
Aside from performing, teaching has long played a role in Debbie’s life. She has completed certified training for Suzuki Violin Book 1 to 10 at the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the South Carolina Suzuki Institute at Grenville, and the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. Debbie has also completed the supplemental courses "Every Child Can" and Suzuki Principles in Actions. In addition to registered Suzuki courses, Debbie has studied pedagogy with noted teachers Robert Culver at the University of Michigan and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. Debbie was a member of the faculty at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival in 2003 & 2006, and a coach with the Side-By-Side Chamber Music program at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts in 2007. From September 2007 to June 2014, Debbie was a full time faculty member at the Suzuki String School of Guelph and the National Capital Suzuki School of Music. Beginning in September 2014, Debbie will be directing an independent Suzuki program in the Bells Corners area of Ottawa.