Mrs. Kate Shaner

Viola, Violin Teacher

Kate Shaner

SAA Member


Greenwich, CT
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Kate Shaner (née Inie-Richards) joined the faculty of Greenwich Suzuki Academy in 2017 after serving as the Director of the Milford Branch at The Music School of Delaware and a core violin and viola faculty member in the school’s Suzuki Academy from 2013-2017. In 2016, Mrs. Shaner was selected as one of Delaware’s top young professionals and received the Delaware Business Times “Best 40 under 40” award. From 2008 to 2013, she taught viola and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Summer Camp. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association from 2016-2017. 

Mrs. Shaner is a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in ECC, violin units 1-6, and violin practicum.  She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (2007) and holds degrees from the University of Memphis (B.M.) and Ithaca College (M.M., Suzuki Pedagogy). While at Ithaca College, she studied Suzuki pedagogy under Sanford Reuning and Carrie Reuning-Hummel, with additional instruction from Edward Kreitman and Stephanie Sandven. Her principal viola teachers have included Debra Moree, Lenny Schranze, David Holland and Shelley Beard Santore.

Mrs. Shaner is excited to be married to her long time fiancé Jordan Shaner as of September 2017, and relocate to the New York area to join him with her two rescue dogs Bosco and Jose.