A firm believer in the power that music has to be an agent of social change and of its ability to create beauty in the world, LeeAnn Sutton has dedicated the bulk of her career to music education. She previously was a faculty member of the Longy School of Music of Bard College: Community Programs Division where she taught Suzuki Viola and group class. Her prior teaching experience also includes employment with the Ithaca City School District, The New York ASTA String Institute at Ithaca College, and Boulder Suzuki Strings. In addition to serving on the NEC Prep faculty, Sutton also teaches string orchestra in the Cambridge Public Schools. Her students have performed at Symphony Hall, The Boston Children’s Museum, and Harvard Square’s May Day Festival. Recently, her NEC Prep students performed the National Anthem for a Celtics game at TD Garden.
As a violist, Sutton’s teachers include Erika Eckert, Geraldine Walther of the Takacs Quartet, Debra Moree, and Helen Louise Fohrhaltz. Sutton has attended the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefero, Italy, and The Brevard Music Center, where she was part of the Quartet Program under the direction of David Salness. She has performed in master classes with Victoria Chaing, William Preucil, The Diaz Trio, Malcolm Bilson and members of the Takacs Quartet.
B. M. in Viola Performance and Music Education, Ithaca College, Magna Cum Laude; M.M in Viola Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder; Suzuki training with Dr. William Starr, Sandy Reuning, Carrie ReuningHummel, and Elizabeth StuenWalker.