Sheila Kilcoyne, Cello
Sheila Kilcoyne received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado. As part of her degree programs, she received extensive Suzuki training from Joan and Sanford Reuning, Carey Hocket and William Starr, leaders in America Suzuki Education. As a Suzuki teacher, Sheila has taught violin and cello students for the past twelve years on the Palouse and in previous years at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.), Bethwood Suzuki School (Woodbridge, Conn.), and the Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, Conn.).
As a result of her collaboration with local string educators, Sheila founded and currently co-directs the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra at the University of Idaho. Now in its 15th season, the orchestra offers both a string ensemble for the younger advancing student as well as a full orchestra experience for the older, highly developed string student. Sheila is also a board member of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series and serves as the coordinator for the Palouse Chamber Music Workshop.
An experienced youth orchestra conductor, Sheila has conducted the Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra in Connecticut and spent seven summers at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Camp as a conductor of the Junior Orchestra. Sheila's teaching experiences also include twelve years building successful public school orchestra programs in New York, Indiana, and Connecticut.
In addition to her Suzuki training, Sheila draws upon her knowledge gained from her studies with cello teachers: Jennifer Langham, Nathanial Rosen, Jurgen deLemos, Robert Gardner, Hans Jorgen-Jensen and orchestra director Pamela Gearhart. Professionally, Sheila has been a member of Colorado Spring Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival and South Bend Symphony. Currently, Sheila is a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and regularly performs chamber music recitals with her colleagues.
Diane Worthey, Violin & Viola
Diane Worthey has been teaching the violin and viola to all ages of student for the past twenty-five years. For the last eleven years, she has taught a full studio of Suzuki violin/viola student in Pullman, WA. Before moving to the Palouse in 2001, she taught public school orchestra programs in the states of California, Michigan and Iowa. A native of Denver, Colorado, Diane holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Wyoming, where she studied under Brian Hanly, noted Australian violinist and student of Josef Gringold. While there, she was a recipient of several music scholarships, including a scholarship from Hollywood film score composer, Walter Scharf.
Her Suzuki method training includes studying with master teachers Shigetosi Yamada, Geri Arnold, Daphne Hughes, Liz Arbus, Carol Smith and Doris Preucil. Performance experience includes playing in the Santa Cruz Symphony (California) under Joann Falletta, the Jackson Symphony (Michigan), the Dubuque Symphony (Iowa) and the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra (UK).
Diane is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Suzuki Association of Washington State, and the American String Teachers Association. In addition to registering teacher training under master teachers with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Diane is a contributing author to the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal. She has served as Graduation Coordinator for the Suzuki Association of Washington State and currently adjudicates Graduation at all levels of the Suzuki repertoire.
In the local community, Diane is a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and has served as its orchestra president. She is active in teaching a studio of violin and viola students and also coaches chamber groups for the Kairos Quartet Workshop (Ellensburg, Wash.) and the University of Idaho Chamber Music Workshop. Her students have won gold and silver medals at Musicfest Northwest, and many have gone on to professional careers as players and teachers.
Giselle Hillyer, Violin & Viola
Originally from New Zealand, Giselle Hillyer lives in Moscow where she is active in the region as a music teacher and performer.
She has had Suzuki training with James Hutchins, Edmund Sprunger and David Strom, as well as 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels. From 2006-2013, Giselle was a lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and before this she was an Associate Professor of Music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her students have been competition medal winners and scholarship winners at national summer festivals.
Giselle has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. Her violin teachers included Jan Tawroszewicz, Beryl Kimber, Michelle Auclair and Ben Sayevich.
A frequent performer of solo and chamber music recitals in the Palouse region as well as nationally and abroad, some of Giselle’s recent concerts include solo recitals in Moscow, Pullman and New Zealand and chamber music concerts with Washington State University and University of Idaho faculty. She is currently co-concertmaster of the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
A highlight of teaching for Giselle is the relationships with her students and their families that teaching in the Preparatory Division provides. She has been most pleased when she could help a student accomplish personal goals in his or her playing and life.
Inga Kingsley, Violin & Viola
Inga Kingsley began her connection with the violin when she enrolled in the public school orchestra program in Wenatchee, Wash., in the fourth grade. She earned a Bachelor's degree in music, summa cum laude, from Washington State University, where she studied under Associate Professor Meredith Arksey. Inga's decision to become a Suzuki teacher grew from her undergraduate experiences in helping with a local Pre-Twinkle class and writing her Honors College senior thesis on the Suzuki Method's development in the U.S. She furthered her music studies and Suzuki training at Northern Arizona University where she studied pedagogy with teacher trainer Louise Scott. Since then, Inga has taken additional training courses with Barbara Barber and Julie Hardie, as well as attended teacher workshops through the Suzuki Association of Washington State.
Beginning in 2008, Inga taught in the Palouse Suzuki Strings program, coached student ensembles for the Palouse Chamber Music Workshop, and maintained a full private studio and played in the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband Trevor had many great adventures working as English teachers in Wuhan, China, from 2011-2013, but were also glad to return long-term to Pullman. Currently, Inga enjoys teaching violin and viola students of all ages, playing in the Harmonia String Quartet and volunteering as a musician at Pullman Regional Hospital. She aims for lifelong learning as a teacher and as a musician.