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Teacher Bios

Jeanne Drumm, piano, Explore

Jeanne Drumm is a former student of the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, having studied piano, violin, viola, and flute.  She has been teaching for over 30 years, and accompanying for 35 years. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Washington, where she studied with Patricia Michaelian and Craig Sheppard. Jeanne holds a DMA from New England Conservatory, where she was also a teaching assistant, class piano teacher, and office manager of the Music History department.

She is delighted to be back in Washington after having a music studio in Massachusetts for 16 years. Dr. Drumm has received Suzuki training from Diane Williams, and is continuing her training through SAA. Jeanne is a frequent adjudicator, coach, and accompanist, and can be heard playing with the Tacoma Symphony. Many of her students have gone on to pursue music in college, either as professionals or amateur musicians.

Rose Hashimoto, violin and viola

Rose Hashimoto grew up in Seattle and got her start studying viola and piano at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. She recently returned to Seattle after a long stint in New York City. Rose was a member of the string orchestra Shattered Glass Ensemble and the Thalia Quartet, who served as Quartet in the Community for the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. She has performed as a guest with two-time Grammy nominee A Far Cry, Trio Cleonice, the Aeolus Quartet, and the Argus Quartet. Rose has performed around the world in major venues and at music festivals including Birdfoot, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Lucerne, Yellow Barn, Taos, and Kneisel Hall. Rose is co-founder of Listen Closely, an organization dedicated to building community in upper Manhattan through music.

Rose earned a B.M. from Juilliard and a M.M. and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College. She completed the two year Suzuki Teacher Training program at the School for Strings in New York. Rose previously served on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center, the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and the El Sistema-inspired programs Upbeat NYC and Harmony Program.

Michael King, cello

Cellist Dr. Michael King is a native of Spartanburg, SC. Michael has performed both solo and chamber music across the US as part of the Oregano String Quartet and the Mordecai Cello Quartet. He received a BM in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina where he was awarded the Cello Fund Award, an MM in Music Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy from The University of Denver where he was the teaching assistant to Richard Slavich and a DMA from the University of Washington where he was the teaching assistant to Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir. He has attended summer festivals such as the National Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and The Meadowmount School for Strings. His teachers include Robert Jesselson, Brooks Whitehouse, Melissa Kraut, Richard Slavich, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and Carol Tarr.

Kevin Leiferman, cello

Cellist Kevin Leiferman grew up in Billings Montana and went on to receive a BM Performance from the University of Montana, an MM Performance from Miami University, and Certificates in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver.  His primary teachers have included Dr. Nancy Critelli, Fern Glass-Boyd, Pansy Chang, Richard Slavich, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir and Carol Tarr.  Kevin is freelance cellist in the greater Seattle area, a regular member of the North Corner Chamber Orchestra(NOCCO),  a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and also regularly coaches sectionals for Seattle Area Schools. Kevin is a passionate educator who has been praised for his patience and the fun atmosphere that he sets in his studio.

Hilary Lim, piano

Hilary Lim, piano

Hilary Lim is a native of the Seattle area and grew up in the Suzuki program. She went on to receive her BM degree in piano performance along with a minor in education from the University of Washington, where she studied with Dr. Patricia Michaelian and Dr. Nancy Jang. Hilary has also completed Suzuki training with Michi Hirata North, Carey Cheney, Jane Reed, and Diane Williams. She is a chamber music coach at Vivace Chamber Players, an accompanist, and also serves on the board for the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Hilary enjoys the unique opportunities for discovery and creativity that music offers, and loves working with students to cultivate a love of music that will last a lifetime.

Millie Runion, violin

Millie Runion is a Knoxville native violinist who taught and performed extensively in the Knoxville area. She received her BM and MM in violin performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and served as the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Evie Chen. During this time, she also taught violin at the Knoxville Suzuki Academy and performed in regional orchestras, such as the Brevard Philharmonic and Oak Ridge Symphony. Millie additionally performed in music festivals across the country, including the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Redfish Music Festival, Red Rock Winter Chamber Institute, and Killington Music Festival. Her primary teachers include Dr. Evie Chen, Dr. Geoffrey Herd, Professor Bayla Keyes, and Professor Elizabeth Chang. She also performed in master classes for violinists and pedagogues, including Paul Kantor, Jinjoo Cho, Moni Simeonov, and Victor Yampolsky. Millie loves teaching students of all ages and fosters a warm and spirited approach to the violin.

Kristina Turner, violin, SECE

Kristina Turner is a registered Suzuki violin and viola teacher as well as a Suzuki mom to a son on viola and piano.  She wishes she had been a Suzuki kid!  Kristina completed the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stages 1-4 at Oregon Suzuki Institute with Danette Shuh, and she plans on continuing with Stage 5 next year.  In addition, Kris has completed the Suzuki Violin Teaching Units for Violin 1-10, Viola 1-9, Violin Practicum, and other supplemental courses with Teacher Trainers Cathryn Lee, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Edmund Sprunger, Danette Schuh, Kate Jones, Richard Mooney, and Avi Friedlander. Kris has served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Washington State and as the Viola Vice President of the Suzuki Association of Utah. She participated at the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute from 2010-2023 and the Oregon Suzuki Institute from 2013-2023 at different times as Teacher Training Participant, Administrator, and Parent!