Holly Thistle

220 C West St.
Winooski, VT 05404


Holly Thistle is currently accepting students ages 5-adult.  She was raised on the Suzuki Method and has registered Adult Teacher training through Volume 8.  She has performed in various symphony orchestras for 35 years.  Holly enjoys teaching young children, teens, and adults and enjoys preparing students for Auditions.  She also performs Celtic style “fiddle” as a duo w/ guitar and in a Celtic Band, and teaches Celtic style.  Holly has been teaching since 1986 in private studios as well as in group classes at private and in public schools.

Celtic Band Available for Hire- (Violin, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Bodhran, Vocals)

Free Lance Violinist- (Esp. Classical, Celtic, Rock), Musical Theater, Opera, and Recording Projects

Chris Stork

160 Holt Rd.
Plainfield, Vermont 05667
(802) 522-2606

All levels Violin
All ages taught

A bit about myself:

1. Undergraduate degree in Violin McGill University
2. Honors Student Mannes School of Music in NYC
3. Centre d’Arts Orford
4. Domaine Forget International Music Festival

Teaching Experience:
1. 6 Years Private Studio – Violin Teacher
2. Montpelier Chamber Orchestra – Sectional Coach

I studied with the teaching assistant of Ivan Galamian, Miss Sally Thomas, for six years so my teaching method is solidly grounded in Galamian pedagogy. A method that encourages students with principles and guidelines, rather than rules and regulations. I also have experience with the RCM curriculum and teaching in the Suzuki Method.

Gretchen Owens

24 Margaret St.
Essex, VT 05452
(802) 399-4366
All Levels – Oboe
BA in Music Performance, Syracuse University; studied with Phil MacArthur and Burt Lucarelli. 20 years of teaching and performing experience. Teaching out of home studio in Essex.

Classic Consort


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Samuel Whitesell

95 Caroline St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Welcoming piano students of all ages and abilites. M.M. and B.M. in piano performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with concentrations in piano pedagogy and a jazz studies minor. Performing and teaching experience in classical, jazz, blues, rock, and pop. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs and interests of each student. Experienced accompanist and collaborative musician.

Tim Swanson

100 Kennedy Drive Apt. 39
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
(802) 373-7223


All levels Violin & Viola
All ages taught

Experienced teacher using traditional and Suzuki methods, depending on student. Individual and group lessons.
I am versed in classical, jazz, blues and folk.
Strong understanding of in theory, improvisation, rhythm, harmony.
Sliding scale.

Lydia Lowery Busler

15 Pleasantview Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
www.lydialowerybusler.com, www.tradewindsimprov.com
(802) 249-8084


Hornist/ joyful performance coach LYDIA LOWERY BUSLER began her career performing at age 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Lydia has performed with the New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and has been Principal Horn of the José Limón Dance Company and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra as well as holding the position of Solo Horn with the Rome Festival Opera. Ms. Busler is Director of Brass at Revels North, and as soloist, improvisationalist and co-founder of the Tradewinds Improv Ensemble, and commissioned composer (ASCAP), she provides workshops and masterclasses coast-to-coast. Lydia is a Siegfried’s Call Artist and member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon awarded to the ACME Hall of Fame of esteemed artists, composers, musicologists, and educators in 2014.