Ms. Wendy Caron Zohar
Violin, Viola Teacher
Wendy Caron Zohar 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 our 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. Her students experience what she believes: that music is a gift to be enjoyed and shared, and that it is a special blessing to share music with the elderly, the physically infirm, and those less able to attend concerts. She readily admits that her students continue to be among her best teachers. She believes in teaching the whole child, based on Suzuki principles of education. She also incorporates other traditional elements of teaching, gained 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.
Influential teachers with whom she has studied 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, and 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 and others.
She has participated in Simon Fischer violin workshops which she found greatly influential.
She has been enriched by past coaching and special study with 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. Caron 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, studying Kodály classroom concepts and conducting with Cecilia Vajda and advanced music theory, ear training and Kodály pedagogy with Professor Erzsebet Szönyi. Her Kodály training focused on fundamental early childhood development through music as well as progressive, advanced musical training for advanced levels. 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. Caron Zohar has participated in continuing Kodály training programs with Profs. John Feierabend and Katalin Forrai.
Additionally, she is trained with continuing workshops in Jacques Dalcroze Eurythmics, the Orff Method, and 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 Marilyn McDonald, Marc Destrube, Emlyn Ngai, Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijeski, Jane Starkman, Catherina Meintz and Ken Slowick. In addition she values her work with Jeanne Lamon, Ivars Taurins, and members of Tafelmusik.
As a member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Zohar participated in a decade of subscription seasons, recordings for radio, and extensive European tours, performing concerts across Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the U.K. As a member of London’s Primavera Chamber Orchestra she played throughout the UK and France and recorded. She has presented solo and chamber recitals In Jerusalem, London, Amsterdam, and numerous cities throughout the US. She has performed with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestras of the Cleveland Ballet and Opera, the Ann Arbor Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony and Adrian Symphony, and 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. She performed her musical score for solo viola, written specially for a theatrical adaptation in London of Death in Venice, written and directed by former husband Israel Zohar. Ms. Zohar’s performance of her solo viola score for Death in Venice was reviewed very positively by London’s Time Out magazine.
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 accessible to all children, quality music instruction so that more people can experience from an early age the possibility of greater self fulfillment over a lifetime.
* Received “Best Violinist of the Summer” Award
** Won concertmaster position, COS Cincinnati