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Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Pedagogy, Hong Kong Baptist University Master of Music in cello performance, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Artist Diploma in Cello Performance, Texas Christian University Doctor of Music in cello performance with a Cognate in Music Theory, Texas Christian University School of Music (ABD Status)

Dr. Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok

Former teaching assistant of international-renowned cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi and assistant director of TCU Cello Ensemble, Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok is active as a performer, arranger, scholar and educator.

Emmanuel has served as cello faculty of the Clear Creek Music Festival (OR), TCU Summer Cello Academy; cello faculty and string coach of Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra and Fort Worth B Sharp Youth Music Program; he was appointed as assistant to artistic director of the Texas Cello School in 2021, and has taught over 18 years with students from Suzuki beginner to college graduate performance major levels. 

He began Suzuki talent education cello lessons at the age of 6 in Hong Kong and has a deep study on both Suzuki method and other cello teaching methods. He has appeared as a soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Currently, he is the acting principal cellist at the McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra, a performing artist of Prime Music Institute, and regularly plays with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Chamber Symphony. Awards received include 1st prize in the Hong Kong Music Festival, and 2nd prize in the National Competition of Asia. In addition to classical performances, Emmanuel has worked with worship ministries and pop singers in Southeast Asia, recorded more than ten albums as a cello soloist. As a musician and scholar, Kwok holds memberships of Pi Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and is a regular member of Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series. 

Kwok’s future concert commitments include solo performances with the Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra, Flower Mound Community Orchestra, and a Carnegie Hall solo debut in the season of 2022-23.

Emmanuel Kwok's Suzuki trainers in America included Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill and Dr. Shu-Yi Scott.

Phone: 903-259-5567

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Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music Master of Music in Violin Performance with a Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis, The Hartt School of Music Doctor of Music in Violin Performance, Florida State University

Dr. Elizabeth Ramos Torres

Dr. Elizabeth Ramos Torres teaches violin and viola at Greenville ISD.

As a graduate of the Hartt School of Music's Suzuki pedagogy program, Dr. Torres' primary teaching focus is centered in the philosophy of the Suzuki Method. Her former Suzuki teacher trainers include Edmund Sprunger, Nancy Jackson, Edward Kreitman, and Teri Einfeldt.

Dr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music in violin performance with a Suzuki pedagogy emphasis from The Hartt School of Music, and a Doctor of Music in violin performance from Florida State University College of Music.

In February of 2020, Dr. Torres gave a lecture recital entitled Beginning Teaching and the End Result: The Evolution of Suzuki Book 1 Skills Through the Violin Repertoire. The recital focuses on principles of beginning Suzuki violin skills, and how they evolve throughout the course of a Suzuki violinist's training. 

In addition to teaching Suzuki violin, Dr. Torres regularly performs mariachi music in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. 

Phone: 903-453-6661

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Master of Music in Violin Performance, University of Southern Mississippi Master of Music in Viola Performance with a Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis, University of New Mexico Doctor of Music in Viola and Violin Performance, Louisiana State University

Dr. Monica Rodriguez

Dr. Monica Rodriguez, a native of Brazil, holds a Doctoral Degree in viola and violin performance from Louisiana State University and two Masters’ Degrees, in violin performance from The University Southern Mississippi and in viola performance from University of New Mexico. During her time spent in New Mexico, she also received the Certificate in Suzuki Philosophy and Violin Teaching Long Term Training under Professor Susan Kempter.

Dr. Rodriguez has taken part in numerous international music festivals and masterclasses with such artists as Roberto Diaz, Nadja Salermo, Erick Friedman, Boris Belkin, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Ole Bohn and Manfredo Kraemer. As a soloist, she gave solo and chamber recitals in Brazil, USA, Panamá, Slovakia and Italy. She is the winner of the Louisiana Viola Society Competition (2011).