Ms. Wendy Caron Zohar

Violin, Viola Teacher

Wendy Caron Zohar

SAA Member

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Ann Arbor, MI

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Wendy maintains an active studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches learners of all ages on violin and viola. She is a member of the violin/viola faculty of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. She is devoted to the Suzuki philosophy, that through the study of music, we all have the ability to learn and develop our minds and hearts, and become more enriched and fulfilled—at any age. She provides opportunities for her students to learn and grow, with ample performance outlets where her students share their music with other children, families, and seniors. She received her Suzuki training with inspiring and informative teachers including Ronda Cole, Ann Smelser Montzka, Nancy Jackson, and Linda Case, as well as supplemental work with Linda Case.

In Wendy’s studio her students experience what she believes: that music is a gift to be enjoyed and shared. We owe it to ourselves to develop ourselves to the best we can. It is a special privilege and blessing to share our music with the elderly, the infirm, and those less able to attend concerts. Wendy admits that she loves how her students continue to be among her best teachers. She believes in teaching the whole child, based on Suzuki principles of education; approaching each child’s learning patterns and needs in a unique way. She also incorporates other traditional and innovative elements of teaching, developed over a lifetime of violin and viola performance, study, and teaching.

Ms. Caron Zohar began her violin studies in Cleveland. She performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Parma High orchestra. Throughout her early years she won full scholarships to pre-Professional and Professional summer enrichment courses such as Eastern Music Festival, The Quartet Program, Congress of Strings (AFofM)* and the Colorado Philharmonic. Upon audition she was awarded a full scholarship to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she completed a bachelors degree in violin performance and was a winner in the Emil Hermann Violin Concerto Competition. This was followed by a full scholarship with stipend to the School of Music at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, for a masters degree in violin performance with emphasis in chamber music, violin pedagogy and music history. She then embarked on a professional performance career in which she has been a member of orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Primavera Chamber Orchestra of London. During her lifetime she has always maintained an active teaching studio.

Her key teachers of violin include Jeannette Drinkall Meyer, Henry Meyer of the LaSalle Quartet, Tom Moore, Ramy Shevelov, Simon Kuhn, Chaim Taub and Max Hobart. Viola teachers include Heidi Castleman, Paul Doktor and Garfield Jackson. She has participated in Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination Workshops where she was enriched by the teaching and artistry of Kim Kashkashian, Karen Ritscher, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, Susan Dubois, and others.

She has participated in Simon Fischer violin workshops which she found greatly influential.
She has been enriched by her coaching and special study, both on violin and viola, and in chamber music settings, with many fine artists including Lynn Harrell, Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, the Tokyo Quartet, Nobuko Imai, Norbert Brainin and Martin Lovett of the Amadeus Quartet, ‘Manny’ Emmanuel Horowitz, and members of the Endellion and Borodin Quartets.

Ms. Zohar earned an advanced diploma in the Kodály Approach to Music at the British Kodály Academy, London, UK, and the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, where she studied Kodály preschool and classroom pedagogy and instrumental and vocal conducting with Cecilia Vajda, and advanced music theory, ear training and Kodály pedagogy with Professor Erzsebet Szönyi. Her Kodály training focused on early childhood development through music, as well as progressive, advanced musical training for upper levels through adult proficiency. Her Kodály studies incorporate music development for young children, singing and choral music, instrumental and choral conducting, movement and dance, music theory, harmony, advanced solfege, ear training, and composition. Ms. Zohar has participated in continuing Kodály training programs with Profs. Katalin Forrai, John Feierabend, and other Kodály specialists.

Additionally, she has advanced training in Jacques Dalcroze Eurythmics, Orff Methodology, and the Paul Rolland Action approach, all of which she applies in her pedagogy.

As a devoted student of Baroque and informed “Period Performance” practice on violin and viola, Ms. Caron Zohar counts among her most valuable teachers and coaches the devoted faculty of the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin Ohio, including violinists Marilyn McDonald, Marc Destrube, Emlyn Ngai, Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijeski, violist Jane Starkman, and bowed continuo players Catherina Meintz and Ken Slowick. In addition she values her work on baroque violin with Jeanne Lamon, conducting with Ivars Taurins, and her work with other members of Tafelmusik.

As a long time member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Ms. Zohar participated in a decade of subscription seasons, extensive European tours, performing concerts across Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the U.K., and recordings for broadcasts on Voice of Israel radio station. She also recorded programs for violin solo which were broadcast.

As a member of London’s Primavera Chamber Orchestra she played concert series across the UK and throughout France, and took part in many of their recordings. She has presented solo and chamber recitals In Jerusalem, London, Amsterdam, and throughout the US. She has performed with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestras of the Ohio Ballet and Opera, the Ann Arbor Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony and Adrian Symphony. She also performs as a free lance musician in the areas of northern Ohio and southern Michigan.

Ms. Caron Zohar has also composed music for theatre and film. In London she performed her musical score for solo viola, written specially for a live theatrical adaptation of Death in Venice, written and directed by former husband Israel Zohar. Ms. Zohar’s performance of her solo viola score with extended techniques for Death in Venice was received warmly by audiences and reviewed to acclaim by London’s Time Out magazine. In London she worked in a collaboration with a film maker in composing and recording an original score.

For many years she managed the portfolio and was the artist’s rep for her former husband, artist and theater director Israel Zohar, and helped land him significant art shows and contracts with galleries. Ms. Zohar has three grown sons, all of whom share her zeal and proclivity for music, art, writing, and elevating the human experience, and have incorporated these as part of their professional pursuits.

In her ’spare time,’ while raising her children, she acquired a law degree, became a member of the Ohio bar and developed a law practice which included art and entertainment law, immigration, family, consumer protection and employment discrimination law. She later returned to music full time and is currently pursuing her passions which include developing the minds and hearts of children, and providing youthfulness training for aging adults. She is fascinated by the connection between developing abilities in music, and the nurturing of neural plasticity, character and intellect. Wendy has long felt rooted in music’s part in the story of human evolution, and the central role music plays in human contentedness, spiritual refinement, intellectual attainments, and maintaining good brain and mental health even into old age.

She would like to find ways to make quality music instruction accessible to all children, so that more people can experience from an early age the possibility of greater happiness and self fulfillment through music, over their lifetime.

* Received full scholarship to E.M.F. through awards by Marcus and Jennings Competitions, Cleveland, Ohio, and during same summer received “Best Violinist” Award
** Won concertmaster position, COS Cincinnati 1974