Find a Teacher
As a service to our customers, we have provided a list of shop approved teachers listed by location. This list is continually changing as we build our relationship with local teachers. In an effort to strengthen confidence in both Knoxville Fine Violins as well as your teachers, we have adopted a policy of not giving teachers any set commissions for sales. Teachers that frequent the shop can expect our wide support and we try to prioritize any work they need done as much as possible. We also highly encourage students to pay their teachers the fee of one lesson, should they come to the shop in order to guide the student through the purchase of an instrument.
West Knoxville/ Jefferson City
Since 2009, Mr. Pulgar has been Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and a member of the Knoxville Symphony’s Principal String Quartet. He has a long list of qualifications and is also a moving force as instructor at Carson Newman College.
West Knoxville/ Jefferson City
Ms. Pulgar is a member of the first violin section of the Knoxville Symphony. Prior to moving to Tennessee, she played with several professional orchestras including Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has also played on a regular basis with Greater Lansing, Saginaw, Altoona and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras.
Bluegrass/ Old Time/ Irish
North Knoxville/ Downtown
Cody Bauer has played with a variety of bands over the years, and in addition to playing at the Opry, Cody garnered first place in the 2016 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Competition with the Bluegrass Outlaws, has toured internationally, and garnered a number of ribbon wins at various fiddle contests. He studied under acclaimed fiddler Hunter Berry and has taught at Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City, TN, online, and from his home in Knoxville, TN. Cody holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Religion. With 18 years playing fiddle and 10 years teaching, he has the experience to help a beginner gain basic skills or an advanced student analyze bowing patterns, moving double stops, building authentic solos, etc. From the student who is picking up the fiddle for the first time to the fiddler who’s been playing their whole life.
Having grown up as a Suzuki student playing the violin, Helen developed a love for violin and teaching at an early age. After graduating Smith College in Northhampton, MA, she was accepted into the New England Conservatory where she was immediately asked to be concertmaster. She eventually transferred to the University of Tennessee where she changed the focus of her masters degree to Suzuki Pedagogy. She is concertmaster of the Johnson City Symphony and has a wide range of students. Having had three children who have also completed Suzuki, she has been student, teacher, as well as parent in the triangle of the Suzuki method.
After playing for the Seoul Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, she came to the U.S. to continue her study at Ohio University as a graduate assistant, where she was principal violist with the University’s Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Bayview Music Festival in Michigan on a full scholarship and later also participated in the Spoleto Festival in Italy. After earning her Master’s Degree at Ohio, she played with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, and finally joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1985, where she has held the position of assistant principal violist since 1986. As of August 2015, she graduated from Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP).
She is passionate about serving as a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) and sharing the benefits of therapeutic music with newborn infants as well as patients in hospitals, and nursing homes.
North Knoxville, Maryville
Bethany holds a B.M. degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee where she studied both classical and jazz performance. In addition, she has completed Suzuki violin teacher training with nationally recognized teacher trainers including Marilyn O'Boyle, Allen Leib, and Mary Cay Neal. Bethany is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Bethany has been teaching violin for over sixteen years, which accounts for over half her life. She holds high expectations for her students, but nurtures an enjoyable learning environment. Her students progress to high levels of playing and learn to perform in groups as well as soloists. Each of her students develop a love for the instrument and a deep appreciation for music.
Susan studied viola performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, and while she loves playing orchestral music and performing, she considers her first vocational love to be teaching children. Susan plays in the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin as well as viola.
Ms. Collins is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received her Bacehlors in Violin Performance and Masters in Performance and Pedagogy while studying under Danwen Jiang. While at ASU, she was a lead teacher for both private lessons and group classes in the String Project, a program to further music education through the Phoenix area, and was the graduate teaching assistant for violin during her Masters. She has performed in halls across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, and has been a substitute violinist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2019. As a teacher, Ms. Collins has experience teaching all ages, levels, and diverse goals. Her students have participated in youth orchestras, competitions, and college auditions with much success and all have an appreciation and love of music.
Christy Graffeo is a skilled and successful violist and violinist who has played for several orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She has spent a lifetime teaching students to enjoy music.
Lin is from Taipei, Taiwan. She began studying piano and violin at age 5. She acquired a Bachelor of Music in 2009 and Master of Music in 2012 from National Taiwan Normal University where she studied with Nanette Chin-Horng Chen. After graduation, she moved to the United States to study with Alexander Kerr at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received her Performers Diploma in 2013. She has studied with a variety of people across the United States and is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddle/ Suzuki method Violin
Knoxville, Tennessee-based violinist Evie Andrus has played the violin for most of her life, in fact she and her brother Wild Hands bassist Joe Andrus grew up playing in the family bluegrass band. She has earned the title of being one of the most popular fiddle player in town and has her hand in many bluegrass outreach organizations.
Stephanie graduated Judson University with a music performance degree concentrating in violin. She has since played in various settings and has been teaching since her sophomore year in high school. She is bilingual, speaking both English as well as Spanish and teaches many other instruments; she is passionate about stringed instruments and teaching at any level to anyone wanting to learn.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and has studied post grad at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has played in many settings and is now the principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra which he has held since 1999. Andy also serves as adjunct faculty to Carson Newman College in Jefferson City. In addition to this, he plays in a gypsy, jazz ensemble known worldwide for its instrumentation and scope.
North Knoxville/ Maryville
Jeanine Wilkinson is an active performer, teacher, and administrator involved in many different musical endeavors throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since taking up residence in Knoxville in 2005 she performs regularly with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony, and the Bryan Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
As an advocate and supporter of music education, Jeanine teaches a thriving studio of young cellists. Her students consistently win chairs in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestras, East TN Jr. and Sr. Clinics, as well as TNMEA All State Orchestra.
North Hills/ North Knoxville
Alexia Pantanizopoulos has taught private cello lessons in East Tennessee for over 20 years to both children and adults.
Alexia is a member of several regional orchestras and is the cellist/manager of her weddings and special events ensemble - AP Strings.