Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator
Dr. Evelyn Osborne relocated to Hong Kong from Canada in August 2015 to take up the position of Executive Director of the newly formed Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute (www.hksuzukimusic.com).
A dedicated Suzuki teacher, Dr. Osborne has been teaching violin/fiddle for over 20 years in Canada. She has also taught and performed internationally. Evelyn values the sense of community developed by the Suzuki philosophy and believes deeply that it takes a village to raise a child. She has seen and experienced first hand how a Suzuki musical community can truly develop beautiful musicians and noble hearts.
A Suzuki student herself, Dr. Osborne has made her pursuit of Suzuki training, teaching and education a life-long adventure. Osborne has completed long-term graduate-level training with Teri Einfeldt (USA, Bks 1-8) and short-term training with Helen Brunner (UK; ECC, Bks1, 3, 6), Alice Joy Lewis (US; Bk2), Karen-Michelle Kimmitt (CAN, ECC, Bk1) and David Madsen (US, SPA). Evelyn studied Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Levels 1 and 2 with Dorothy and Sharon Jones (CAN) and founded the SECE program in Newfoundland, Canada.
Dr. Osborne joined the violin faculty of the Newfoundland-based Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) in 2004 and has taught at the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute (ACSI) since 2005. She has served as the Artistic Director of STEP (2006-2009) and of ACSI (2011, 2013—2015). From 1993 to 2003, Osborne maintained her own independent studios in Ottawa, Ontario and Chelsea, Quebec, and taught at Algonquin College (1997-2002).
Evelyn is both a violinist and fiddler and has given Newfoundland fiddle and dance workshops on four continents. Osborne has also performed with various ensembles and groups including the Terra Nova String Quartet (2011-2015), Spirit of Newfoundland Productions (2006-2015), and the Abracadabra Magic Theatre Company (2006-2009). She loves to cross artistic genres and has performed with circus artists, magicians, belly dancers, story tellers as well as various musical genres (improvisation, rock, indie folk, traditional fiddle and dance music, Celtic music, singer-songwriters, and modern classical). One of her favourite musical activities is to play for folk dancers. As an ethnomusicologist, Osborne is deeply curious about all types of music found around the world.
Dr. Osborne holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology; a Masters of Arts in Canadian Studies/Ethnomusicology; and a Bachelor Music in Violin.