Diana Popowycz is the co-founder of the Suzuki Strings of Madison. She received her BA from DePaul University and MS from the UW -Madison. Her Suzuki training has been with Kyoko Fuller, Kay Slone, Ed Kreitman, Teri Einfeldt, Margery Aber, Paul Landefeld, Alice Joy Lewis along with string pedagogy work with Mimi Zweig.
Diana holds a Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University and has completed summer course work at Longy and Manhatten School of Music.
She has served as clinician for numerous Suzuki workshops,University programs, choirs and dance schools throughout the Midwest. Diana has been on the faculty of the Milwaukee Ballet, UW Madison School of Music, Madison Boys Choir, Peoples Music School (Chicago) and Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago).
Along with her studio and group teaching at SSM , she coaches chamber ensembles for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony. She is the mother of three young musicians.
Kathryn Taylor has a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Wyoming and did graduate work at Michigan State University. She received her Suzuki pedagogy training from Margery Aber, Craig Timmerman, Ed Kreitman, Geri Arnold, and Kyoko Fuller at Michigan State University, Blue Lake Suzuki Camp and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She has attended numerous Suzuki workshops, institutes, and conferences throughout the years. She currently performs in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and with the con vivo! …music with life chamber music ensemble. Her goal as a violin teacher is to help students develop self confidence and a life-long love of classical music.
Janse H. Vincent
Janse H. Vincent, a violist and violinist, joined the Suzuki Strings of Madison teaching cooperative in the summer of 2000. She is also a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra viola sections. Janse has served as a clinician at the University of Memphis Suzuki Institute since 1997 and has also taught at the Capitol University Suzuki Institute in Columbus, OH.
Previously, she taught at the Cincinnati String Academy and served as coordinator or their Suzuki String program. From 1992 to 1997, Janse taught at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa where she completed long-term Suzuki teacher training with Doris Preucil. After concluding her undergraduate studies at Furman University, she earned a masters in viola performance from Northwestern University and a D.M.A in viola performance from the University of Iowa. Her association with the Suzuki method began early with violin lessons at the age of five in Gainesville, Florida.
A graduate from the Juilliard School, Carol Lebovic began her Suzuki studies at the age of 3. She has played with many orchestras in the midwest, including the Toledo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit, MI. Her most influential teachers include Paul Kantor and Ron Copes. In addition to performing, she built her own private studio in Ann Arbor, MI as well as taught for Anna Bittar Weller’s studio. After having 2 children of her own and moving to Madison 2 years ago, Carol is looking forward to teaching again! When she’s not playing the violin, Carol enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family, which includes a Bernese Mountain Dog and a German Shorthair Pointer.