Grace Douglas, Piano

Grace studied Piano Pedagogy at Texas Christian University under the guidance of Dr. Ann Gipson for Pedagogy, and Harold Martina for piano. As part of her pedagogical training, she worked in the Preparatory Division for Piano at TCU and has played piano for over fifteen years. In addition to the experience gained at TCU, she has experience teaching students privately. Her primary teaching philosophy is that music and piano should be exciting, and strives to instill a love of learning and music in all her students. 

Oleg Larshin, Violin & Viola

Fort Worth Violin Lessons

Oleg Larshin started his musical studies at the age of 7 with professor Zoya Mahtina. He then continued his studies with Eduard Gratch at Moscow Conservatory, Dmitry Berlinsky at Michigan State University and Emanuel Borok at Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma program under the guide of Elizabeth Adkins at the Texan Christian University.
He debuted with orchestra at the age of 17 with Moscow State Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Slutsky. Since then, he has toured Russia every year with Moscow State Orchestra, as well as appearing with the Moscow Special Central Pre-Conservatory Music School Orchestra, the Michigan State University Orchestra, and the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, collaborating with conductors such as Mark Gorenstein, Beau Benson, Alexander Yakupov, Jon Lee.
He performed extensively as a soloist as well as in chamber music formations. He currently forms a recital duo with pianist Yumi Palleschi. From 2012-2013 Larshin was a member of the Big Symphony Orchestra named by “P. I. Tchaikovsky,” with whom he toured extensively in Europe and Asia.

Beth Uhimchuk, Violin

Dallas Violin Teacher

Beth has had the opportunity to perform and study with some of the top performers, pedagogues, and scholars in the country. She received her masters in performance from the University of North Texas, and her bachelors in performance and musicology from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Performing extensively in orchestra, opera, musical theater, and chamber music, Beth has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for Jennifer Ross, Elizabeth Adkins, Nathan Olson, James Lyon, and Joseph Conyers.
Her most influential teachers include Won-Bin Yim, Felix Olschofka, Nathan Olson, Gabriel Pegis, Deirdre Hutton, Evgeny Zvonnikov, and the Ariel String Quartet. She has participated in many summer music programs including a fellowship with the National Orchestral Institute and Festival, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, St. Petersburg International Music Academy, and Indiana University’s String Program, as well as several through CCM, including CCM’s Spoleto, Accent12, and PAX. In addition to pursuing active performance career in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Beth is also a registered Suzuki teacher and an avid pedagogue, teaching throughout the metroplex with the hopes that her students gain both artistic and character growth through their study of music.

Kelsey Smith, cello

Dallas-Fort Worth Cello Lessons

Kelsey is a graduate of University of North Texas, where she completed a master’s degree in cello performance under the tutelage of Nikola Ruzevic. Prior to her studies at UNT, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where she studied with Eric Kutz. 

Kelsey performed with the UNT symphony orchestra and in April 2016, she was a member of the winning group of the strings division of the UNT chamber music competition. Kelsey is an active teacher and performer in the DFW area. She teaches private lessons at McMath and Calhoun Middle Schools and Denton High School, as well as with Dallas-Fort Worth Strings & Piano. As a freelance musician, she performs with various regional orchestras, as well as her string quartet, for weddings and other events.

Catherine Boyd, Violin

Violin Lessons at Home

Catherine studied the Suzuki method with Gwen Runyon, May Gay, and Betty Massey in 1970s in the DFW area. Continuing with Robert Davidovici in High School, she was a first violinist in the Fort Worth Symphony at age 16, as well as concert master of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra for two years. She graduated from Harvard University with an English degree.

Catherine studied South Indian violin for 10 years, played with Willie Nelson and kd Lang, placed 2nd in the Pennsylvania state fiddle competition, and has played in various bands on the East Coast. In the summer, she maintains a busy gig schedule.

She is a registered Suzuki teacher for SAA Book 1, and has been teaching students of all ages for the past 10 years.

Laura Ospina, Cello

Cello Lessons at Home

Ms. Ospina completed her advanced studies with the polish pedagogue Henryk Zarzycki at the National University of Colombia in 2002. In 1999 Laura won the national competition “Roberto Mantilla” to play as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and after that she has played as soloist with the foremost orchestras in Colombia and has presented recitals in the main concert halls across Colombia.

From 1999 to 2000 Ms. Ospina was Principal Cellist of the Cundinamarca's Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000 to 2003 she played as Assistant Principal at Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2003 to 2008 she served as Principal Cellist at the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. Ms. Ospina has been active teaching. From 2004 to 2008 she served as the Cello professor at the Central University of Bogota and at the University of Andes. Since 2012 Laura is the cello teacher of BSharp Music Program, Fort Worth Country Day since 2015, and Mountain View College since 2016.

Laura has been part of international Festivals as FOSJA (Puerto Rico), International Piano Festival (Colombia), Carlos Prieto Cello Competition (Mexico), Chamber Music Festival (Cuba), Sabaudia Music Festival (Italy), Carpineto Romano (Italy), and National University Cello Festival, (Colombia). In 2009 she was invited as soloist with the Holguin Symphony in Cuba and during 2010 and 2011 she was part of the International Chamber Orchestra in Rome, Italy. In 2013 Laura played as soloist with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, USA, and Latina Philharmonia in Italy.

Ms. Ospina finished her Master Degree in TCU under the tutelage of Dr. Jesus Castro Balbi. Currently she plays as Principal Cello with Las Colinas Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. Laura lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello and their kids Tomas and Olivia. 

Laurielle Warren, Violin & Viola

Violin and Viola Lessons

Laurielle began her serious musical studies with Sheridan Kamberger Currie and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied under Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Dr. Dominic DeStefano.  She continued her studies with Dr. Misha Galaganov while earning her Master of Music degree at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she served as the program's Graduate Assistant.  Laurielle is an active pedagogue and performer, teaching on the faculty of the TCU Music Preparatory Division, Fort Worth Strings and Pegasus Strings.  Laurielle has performed as a Faculty Artist at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan, and is the principal violist of The Jackson Symphony (TN).