Lindy Donia Bennett
Lindy Bennett holds a BM from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana where she studied under Dan Rizner and a MM from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee under Elisabeth Small. Originally based out of Nashville, Lindy is a violinist in Roy “Futureman” Wooten’s Black Mozart Ensemble honoring the life and music of 18th century African/French composer Joseph Boulogne de Saint George in a progressive classically based style that holds historical musical significance.
She has been a private and group Suzuki based and Traditional violin/fiddle instructor with the Nashville Suzuki Players, The Savannah Musicians Institute, Music Star Studios, David Lipscomb University Arts School, McGavok High School, and Donelson Christian Arts Academy. Working closely with parents, maintaining open communication and providing specific instruction on how to practice efficiently with their children is a primary focus to develop consistent technical and musical skill sets. Through the Suzuki Method every child can be successful with the support of their parent and teacher with an emphasis on technique, the role of listening, and the development of the ear by modeling a beautiful tone and heartfelt playing. She is experienced with teaching ages 3-103 and is also a mother of 2.
In an effort to support the United States Military, Lindy traveled to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan to play on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Hope and Freedom USO tour in 2008 and 2009. The year before in 2007, Lindy joined Taylor Swift’s band as her fiddle player/mandolin/BGV. Throughout her time in Nashville, she has played and recorded with many artists and bands and also embraces the process of writing her own music. Living in Music City brought many fun opportunities and Lindy appeared with Def Leppard and Taylor Swift on CMT Crossroads in 2009. She also played with Sugarland on the CMA Awards show in 2009 and in 2010 with Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, and Taylor Swift and appeared with Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Leann Rimes on 2009 CMT’s Country Christmas. Lindy has also been a fiddler, singer, and instructor in the high energy, multi genre company Barrage and their educational program, Energize Your Strings!