Faculty Profiles

CHRISTINE HOUSE-SHUMWAY, Violinist, is Director of the Virginia Pierce-Glick Young Musicians' Program at Miami University and a member of the Oxford Arts Trio. She is a native of Okemos, Michigan, and received the Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Camilla Wicks, and the Bachelor of Music from Washington State University, where she performed as a member of the Contemporary Arts Trio. She has studied violin performance with David Cerone, Lyman Bodman and Alan Bodman, violin pedagogy with Robert Culver, chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and has had Suzuki teacher training. A student at Interlochen, Meadowmount, and the Music Academy of the West, she has also performed at the Bedford Springs Music Festival. Ms. House-Shumway has served on the faculties of the New England Music Camp, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Miami University Chamber Music Institute. She enjoys raising her two children, biking, and performing for weddings, fundraisers and special events.

JOANNA KLETT, Cellist, completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Western Michigan University and Miami University, respectively. Her principal teachers include Jonathan Chenoweth, Bruce Uchimura, and Pansy Chang. Ms. Klett has attended Encor School for Strings, Meadowmount School of Music, and the National Orchestral Institute. In addition to her work with the Virginia Pearce Glick Young Musicians’ Program at Miami University, Joanna performs with the Oxford Arts Trio, maintains an active piano studio at West Chester Academy of Music in West Chester, Ohio, and is the church pianist for Seven Mile Presbyterian Church.

AMANDA SIMENSKY, Violinist, grew up in Westminster, MD.  Music has been a part of her life since the age of 4. Amanda was involved with dance first, and then at age 9 she began violin lessons. She graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance. She studied violin and pedagogy with Jennifer Sacher-Wiley and chamber music with Andrew Rammon. Amanda taught violin lessons and group classes as part of the University Preparatory Program from January 2010 to May 2013. She also co-founded and directed the Susquehanna Strings community orchestra in 2012.

LYNDA HERNDON, Violinist, started violin at the age of 4 with the Suzuki Method and attended numerous Suzuki Institutes, including with Dr. Suzuki in Japan, Germany, Stevens Point, WI and Louisville, KY.  Lynda received a B.S. degree in Accountancy with Violin Performance and Arts Management minors at Miami University, while under a full tuition scholarship from the Music School based on her performance merit.  She received a M.M. degree in Violin Performance from Louisiana State University, while under the tutelage of renowned violin professor Camilla Wicks.  Ms. Herndon has been living in New York City and was Executive Director of the professional Queens Symphony Orchestra.  Currently, she performs locally with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra.  Lynda has taught privately and at several Conservatories of Music across the country.