Ms. Kimberly Ryan

Viola, Violin Teacher

Kimberly Ryan

SAA Member


Richmond, VA
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Kimberly has been performing and teaching private violin and viola lessons in the Richmond area for over 15 years. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional methods at all levels and ages, tailoring her teaching style to the specific goals of each student. Kimberly’s Suzuki studio is thriving. Her students from the earliest beginners to advanced levels participate in individual and group classes, and perform regularly in recitals and outreach concerts. She is starting her 6th year teaching orchestra and chorus at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, and she is Music Director at Southminster Presbyterian Church. As an instructor, she has served on the faculties of numerous summer music programs including at Arthur Russell Strings in South Harbor, Maine; Henrico County Public Schools, RSO’s Youth Orchestra program, and VCU’s Summer Strings Camp.

A seasoned performer, she regularly plays viola with local ensembles including the Richmond Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia and Virginia Opera Orchestra. She has served on the executive board of the Virginia Viola Society, which brought together violists from all over the state to perform together during it’s annual Violapalooza event. She was a founding member, frequent performer with and Assistant Director of Classical Revolution RVA, an organization that brings chamber music to unexpected venues around Richmond.

Kimberly received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music as a graduate student, studying viola performance. She has studied with such master teachers as Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Peter Salaff at CIM, Molly Sharp in Richmond, and Lenny Matczynski, viola professor at the Boston Conservatory. Kimberly spent five summers performing chamber music at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. As a member of the CIM Apprentice Piano Quartet she studied chamber music with the famed Cavani String Quartet.

Kimberly is committed to continuing her education. She attends Suzuki Institutes, MTNA Conferences, and teacher training yearly, and partners with other teachers in the area for performances, lectures and workshops. She holds active professional memberships with the Music Teachers National Association, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Richmond Music Teachers Association, The Virginia Viola Society, The Richmond Area Suzuki Strings Association, and the Suzuki Association of America. She is the current President-Elect of the Richmond Music Teachers Association.