Olivia Steiger Heston

Violin Teacher

Olivia Steiger Heston

SAA Member

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Pea Ridge, AR
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Personal experience and educational opportunities inspires Olivia’s passion to share her love of music, learning and character through violin. As a child, Olivia enjoyed learning violin in a small Suzuki program and playing in youth orchestras. She then studied at Trinity University in San Antonio Texas where she completed a Bachelor of Arts major in Music, performing in the university orchestra in addition to majoring in Mandarin Chinese language. 

Combining music and language through a liberal arts education instilled in Olivia the importance of music in culture and music’s role in forming identity. This inspired her to study music through an ethnomusicology related Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. There she researched and wrote about classical orchestral music and identity in modernizing China and learned to play the violin’s Chinese cousin, the erhu, as a solo instrument and in a traditional Chinese music ensemble. Since then, Olivia has lived and taught violin in both Honolulu Hawaii, Chiang Mai Thailand and now Northwest Arkansas where she strives to regularly expand her understanding of music and identity and loves to perform with local ensembles. She is committed to being a lifelong learner and to that end is so far a registered Suzuki teacher in book 1-4.