Mrs. Tanya Satteson

Violin Teacher

SAA Member

Canadian violinist Tanya (Gerl) Satteson is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance, and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. Tanya completed her post-secondary studies with Scott St. John, Gwen Hoebig, and Paul Kantor. She completed long-term Suzuki pedagogical training and a teaching practicum with Kimberly Meier-Sims, director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She served as an early childhood music and violin faculty member at the Center for Young Musicians in Wexford, PA from 2007-2013. Tanya served as a clinician for the Academy of Strings spring workshop in Tennessee in 2008 and 2009, and at the University of Manitoba’s Preparatory Studies Division Suzuki workshop in the Spring of 2010. She is passionate about giving children the gift of music education and currently maintains a home studio in Cranberry Twp, PA.

Tanya has attended numerous summer festivals including the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Music Bridge Program where she worked with many distinguished teachers including Steven Dann, Pinchas Zuckerman, Sally Thomas, Desmond Hoebig, Yehonathan Berick, and David Cerone. Tanya worked as a full- and part-time member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for four seasons, was a member of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra for two seasons, and has worked with the Academy Chamber Orchestra in Pittsburgh for the past three years. She has appeared as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Tanya has won the Women’s Musical Club Competition of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba Concerto Competition, the Lawrence Genser Performance Competition, and the Young Artists Performance Competition. She has been awarded a first place standing and scholarship at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition three times.

In 2006, she was appointed assistant concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra and was also awarded a generous grant from the Canada Arts Council to support her master’s degree studies. In 2008 she performed with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. In the fall of 2008, Tanya joined the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra on their North American tour. The group performed at six locations including Vancouver’s Orpheum Theater, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. As a CYM faculty member from 2007-2013, she performed many solo community concerts and collaborated with her colleagues in chamber music performances. She has also worked as a freelance violinist throughout the Pittsburgh area since 2008, and was appointed concertmaster of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra in 2013.