Violin, Viola, Cello Teacher
Jacob Litoff started studying violin at the age of 4 with Jack Heller at the University of CT. He also studied with Robert Coleman who was at that time the violist in the New England String Quartet in residence at the University of CT. He got his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1981 at Boston University, where he studied with Roman Totenberg and his assistants Kenneth Sarch and Mary Hess. He also took many lessons with George Neikrug, Arturo Delmoni, and Burton Kaplan. He was a member of the Springfield Symphony(MA) for almost a decade, as well as many other orchestras in New England including New Bedford Symphony, VT Symphony, Central MA Symphony. Symphony by the Sea, and more. In the late 80’s when he had a cyst removed from his head he cut down on his freelancing for awhile, and started doing more teaching. He got his Suzuki teacher’s certificate for book 1A at Hartt School of Music, and was trained privately on most of other Suzuki books but not from a certified teacher. He went to Japan to observe Shinichi Suzuki and the top Suzuki teachers in Japan in August of 1990. He has taught at some Suzuki schools but does his teaching mostly all privately now. He teaches violin, viola and cello and has many students. He uses other repertoire as well as the Suzuki repertoire in his teaching, but the Suzuki repertoire is the core of his instructions for all beginners and intermediate students. He directs the Charles River Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra, and is the President of the Charles River Sinfonietta. Every concert the Charles River Sinfonietta gives each year, the young musicians from the youth orchestra get to take part in, performing at least half of repertoire in each program. Now he teaches mainly at his house in Millis and in the greater Shrewsbury/Westborough area in MA, as well as a few students in Franklin MA and Holliston MA. He is still performing in several orchestras as well as giving many chamber music concerts around New England.