Padua Canty

Violin, Viola Teacher

Padua Canty

SAA Member


1023 Panorama Dr
Firecrest WA 98466

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Padua Canty, a registered Suzuki teacher, brings her love of music, enthusiasm for teaching, and strong conservatory background to every lesson. Padua Canty served as Director of Frostwood Fiddlers and on faculty at Tallowood Academy of Fine Arts where she held weekly private and group classes in Houston, TX before returning to her native Washington roots.

Padua Canty began studying the violin at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle when she was 4 years old. At the age of 13, she found a joy for viola and began to pursue both instruments. Padua graduated from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, completing her Master of Music degree as Teaching Assistant to Professor Ivo-Jan van der Werff. While at Rice University, Ms. Canty served as coordinator and performer for the Shepherd School of Music 20/21 Contemporary Ensemble and Just for U Music Program (JUMP!), an outreach concert series that serves underprivileged students in the Houston area. She earned her Bachelors of Music, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University studying with Nancy Buck. Ms. Canty received full scholarships to attend both the Shepherd School of Music through the Dorothy Lottman Williams Endowed Memorial Scholarship and as the recipient of the Special Talent Award at Arizona State University.

Padua attended many prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, International Festival Institute at Round Top, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, ARIA International Summer Academy, and Musikalische Sommerkurse Leutkirch. Her orchestral experience has awarded her the opportunity to work under many esteemed conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden, Larry Rachleff, and Christoph Campestrini. An avid chamber musician, Padua has worked and performed with members of The Julliard String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, Medici String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, and Concord String Quartet.