Dr. Kasey Calebaugh

Violin, Viola Teacher

Kasey Calebaugh

SAA Member


Ipswich, MA
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Kasey Calebaugh enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors, as a performer, chamber musician, and Suzuki teacher across the east coast. He regularly performs with the Vermont Symphony and teaches at the Suzuki School of Newton outside Boston. His doctoral degree is from the Hartt School, where he received a DMA in Viola Performance under Rita Porfiris, long-term Suzuki violin training with Teri Einfeldt, and graduated with the Regents’ Honor Award—the most prestigious award that the University bestows on graduate students. His published doctoral research, titled “Color in Music: An Analysis of Joan Tower’s Purple Works for Viola,” won third place in the 2020 Dalton Research Competition and is published through The American Viola Society’s Journal. Previous degrees include a MM from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy and a BM from Northern Arizona University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Student Award.

Calebaugh began his Suzuki violin studies in Arizona, studying with pedagogues Louise Scott, Shelly Rich, and Karin Hallberg. As an undergraduate student, Calebaugh taught through NAU’s Community Music and Dance Academy completing long-term, Suzuki training to become a certified teacher while actively performing throughout Northern Arizona with groups like the Flagstaff Symphony as well as the Verdi Valley Sinfonietta. A love for teaching led him to attend UO on a full scholarship. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, he taught Suzuki group and private lessons, Music Mind Games, Music & Movement in a group class setting, and coached student chamber ensembles.

Calebaugh’s musical pursuits have led him to attend many summer festivals such as NAU’s Curry Summer Music Camp, the National Music Festival, Winter Chamber Music Institute, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has had the pleasure of studying under renowned pedagogues Paul Coletti, Carol Rodland, Caroline Coade, Rami Solomonow, Dimitri Murrath, Honggang Li, and Roland Vamos in addition to masterclass participation with Nicholas Canellakis, Steven Moeckel, Jeffrey Swann, Bill Preucil, the Merling Trio, and Jacques Israelievitch. His plans for the future include further teaching and training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and continuing to spread his love and passion for music.