Cello and Violin Lessons

Instructors:  Amanda Roth | Karyn Crouthamel


Amanda Roth

Amanda RothAmanda Roth started playing the violin when she was four years old. Her passion for music has led her to perform in a wide variety of ensembles and settings. She has been a member of Temple University's Grammy Nominated Symphony Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and the Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra, as well as multiple orchestras in the greater Boston area. She has performed at such major venues as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. In addition, Amanda regularly performs in chamber ensembles and can be found playing for weddings, functions, and pit orchestras all over New England. Throughout her many performances, she has shared the stage with Rachel Barton Pine, multiple members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra violinist Mark Wood. Besides playing traditional classical violin repertoire, Amanda also enjoys exploring the world of jazz, funk, country, and rock-n-roll on her six-string fretted electric violin made by Wood Violins. In 2015, she was a featured soloist with the 63rd Army Band on her electric violin.

Amanda recently received her Master of Music at the Longy School of Music under the tutelage of Paula Majerfeld. She relocated to Massachusetts after receiving a Bachelor of Music from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University where she studied with Dr. Vladimir Dyo. Her previous instructors include Joan Cordas, Joe Deninzon, and Zach Brock. To supplement her musical education, she has participated in a number of summer programs including the Aria International Summer Academy, the Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, he New York Summer Music Festival, the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp, and the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard.

Besides performing, Amanda is passionate about teaching and giving back to the community. With the help of Rick Henry and Isaac Young, she started OWLchestra in 2015, a community string orchestra at Temple University. Before making the move to MA, she taught violin and viola for the Philadelphia String Project and Temple Prep's Community Music Scholars Program. Currently, Amanda is a violin and viola teacher at Music Elements in Chelmsford, MA and teaching artist at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program.

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Karyn Crouthamel: Cello

Karyn grew up in a very musical family. Her mother was a music teacher, and together with Karyn’s father started an internationally known clarinet choir Silverwood. Her brothers both pursued Musical Performance degrees from Boston University. Her first cello teacher was her oldest brother.

Karyn then studied with two different Syracuse Symphony Orchestra members through high school. She played with the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and attended Bristol Hills Music Camp for several years. While earning a BA in Parks and Recreation Management at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), she was a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. She then traveled through Germany as the solo cellist for the UNCW choir. During her senior year at UNCW she began teaching cello and playing at the Wilmington Academy of Music. After moving to Seattle WA, to continue training in rowing, she formed ‘A Stones Throw Musical Ensemble’. After starting a family, she began coaching rowing and soccer and teaching swimming to athletes of varying ages.

While living in New Jersey, she started teaching cello again at Little Notes Music Studio. Her children now play violin, piano, guitar and trombone. She has starting playing and arranging music with her family for anniversaries and recitals. Most recently, she joined in with her 2 oldest brothers and children to give the gift of music for her parents 50th anniversary during the church service. Although she pursued other interests, music has always been in her soul. And now she really enjoys watching her own children excel and love their own music. She is very happy to have the time to share her gift of cello with students again. She hopes one of her 2 youngest will choose cello and follow in her steps as well 😊

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