Faculty

Jessica Altfillisch
Executive Director
Violin and Viola

Jessica Altfillisch is a violist and violinist living and working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to her position as Executive Director and Teacher at Harmony School, she teaches viola at Kirkwood Community College and performs regularly throughout the midwest. 

Jessica is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa. In addition to her studies there, she served as violist for the graduate piano quartet and Center for New Music Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia and all across the United States.  In addition to solo recitals, she has performed regularly with the Des Moines Symphony, and has most recently played with the Gershwin’s Broadway company. 

In addition to her work as a performer, Jessica is a trained Suzuki educator, Iowa licensed teacher, and has 20 years of teaching experience with all ages. While a student of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Iowa, Jessica's research focused on teaching music notation to students with dyslexia. During her tenure at the Cedar Rapids Symphony School she directed the Suzuki program, created the Ceolas Irish Ensemble for advanced students and adults, trained teachers in the use of Music Mind Games music theory curriculum, and taught students of all ages to play the violin and viola in classroom and studio settings. Jessica has also worked with educators in many public and private schools in east-central Iowa. 


Andrew Acosta
Violin and Viola


Marita May
Violin and Viola


Zoraida Oyola Rebaza
Piano, Cello

Zoraida Oyola Rebaza holds a Doctorate in Violoncello Performance at the University of Iowa. She earned a Master in Music from the University of Delaware and Bachelor in Music from the Turku Music Academy in Finland. For the past five years she has worked as a violoncello teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate students. In Peru, her home country, she taught at Proyecto Rimac, a music academy for young children, Universidad Union and Humboldt Elementary School. Mrs. Oyola Rebaza has performed solo recitals in Peru, Finland, Italy, and the United States. 


Patricia Silva
Double Bass

Patricia Silva has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil. She holds a Bachelors degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, where she studied with Dr. Fausto Borem, and a Master of Music Performance Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi where her primary teacher was Dr. Marcos Machado. As a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, The YOA Orchestra of the Americas, The Aldeburgh World Orchestra and The Aldeburgh Strings, Ms. Silva has played in several venues including the Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall.

Ms. Silva is currently on faculty at Augustana College and Drake University. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, where she also served as teaching assistant. Her thesis research under Professor Volkan Orhon examines the adaptation of the Galamian scale system to the double bass. Ms. Silva frequently performs as lecturer and recitalist in the USA and Brazil and is a member of the Des Moines Symphony and the Quad City Symphony.


Hannah Van Deusen
Violin and Viola

Hannah Van Deusen has recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Education from Coe College,where she studied under the direction of Beth Hoffman and Michelle Perrin Blair. She has been Suzuki trained since the age of 4 and studied primarily with John Schultz of Schultz Strings. Hannah completed the Certificate Program at Preucil School of Music as well as participated in Espressivo Strings under the direction of Doris Preucil. She has taught violin and viola students of all ages and has just begun her formal Suzuki educator certification.


Abigail Frederick
Teaching Intern, Violin and Viola


Staff

Christine Hodel, Office Coordinator






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