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’s formative years were in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began her violin study at age 7. She won her high school concerto competition and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Parma High orchestra, and won a number of other competitions that enabled her to participate in advanced summer study. Already teaching a violin class of 25 young children since age 16, she auditioned and won a complete tuition free scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she completed her bachelors degree in violin performance. After this she was offered a complete scholarship with graduate stipend to complete her masters degree in violin performance, chamber music, violin pedagogy and music history at the University of Wisconsin School of Music, Madison. After this she embarked on a professional performance and teaching career. She has been a member of orchestras and chamber ensembles in Israel, the U.K. and across the U.S., including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Primavera Chamber Orchestra of London. In each place she has lived she also has also maintained an active teaching studio.
Her violin professors have included, for her degree of Bachelor of Music, Henry Meyer of the LaSalle Quartet, and chamber music with members of the LaSalle Quartet and master cellist Lynn Harrell. For her degree of Master of Music in Violin Performance, she was a student of Professor Tom Moore and coached with Professor Norman Paulu. She was a founding member of the Imai Graduate Quartet-in-Residence and coached with the Pro-Arte Quartet.
Ms. Caron Zohar earned an advanced diploma in the Kodály Approach to Music at the British Kodály Academy, London, UK, via the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, studying pedagogy and conducting with Cecilia Vajda and advanced music theory and ear training with Professor Erzebet Sönyi. Her Kodály training focused on fundamental early childhood development through music as well as progressive, advanced musical training through adulthood. Her Kodály studies incorporated music games for young children, singing and choral music, instrumental and choral conducting, movement and dance, music theory, harmony, advanced solfege and ear training, and composition. Ms. Caron Zohar has participated in continuing Kodály training programs with Professors John Feierabend, Katlin Forrai and others. She has had university training and continued interest in Jacques Dalcroze Eurythmics, and in the Orff Method, which she applies in her pedagogy.
In addition to the violin professors already mentioned, she counts among her most influential and formative teachers of violin and viola, Ramy Shevelov, Chaim Taub, Charles and Heidi Castleman, Paul Doktor, Max Hobart, and Simon Kuhn. She has been enriched by valuable coaching with Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, the Tokyo Quartet, Nobuko Imai, Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus Quartet, ‘Manny’ Emmanuel Horowitz, and members of the Endellion and Borodin Quartets.
She is a devoted student of Baroque and informed “Period Performance” practice on violin and viola. She counts among her most valuable teachers and coaches, Marilyn McDonald, Marc Destrube, Emlyn Ngai, Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijewski, Jane Starkman, Catherina Meintz, Ken Slowick, Jeanne Lamon and members of Tafelmusik.
Ms. Caron Zohar’s summer music festival participation includes Eastern Music Festival+*, The Castleman Quartet Program, Congress of Strings+, The Colorado Philharmonic, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the Cheltenham Summer School of the British Kodály Academy, and KlezKanada.
+ Appointed concertmaster
* Won “Best Violinist” Award for the summer
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 greater Southeast Michigan—Northern Ohio areas.
Ms. Caron Zohar has also composed music for theatre and film, including a musical score for solo viola, for a theatrical adaptation of Death in Venice, written and directed by her then husband Israel Zohar. Ms. Zohar performed the solo part, for which she was reviewed very positively by London’s TimeOut magazine.
Ms. Zohar also enjoys other cross-over styles, including klezmer, country, and bluegrass styles of fiddling. She also loves to paint. For many years she managed the portfolio and was the artist’s rep for her former husband, artist Israel Zohar, and helped land him significant art shows. 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 has returned to music full time and is currently pursuing her passions which include developing the minds and hearts of children. She is fascinated by the connection between developing abilities in music, and the nurturing of neural plasticity, character and intellect; music’s part in the story of human evolution; and the role music plays in our contentedness, spiritual refinement, intellectual attainments, and maintaining good brain and mental health even into old age.
She is also on a quest to make quality music instruction accessible by all children so that more people can experience from an early age the possibility of greater self fulfillment over a lifetime.