Andrew Juola holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from George Mason University and a Master’s of Music from the University of Maryland. He has attended collegiate chamber music and orchestral festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. He names Peter Haase and James Stern as his most influential violin teachers. Andrew’s students have auditioned successfully for collegiate programs in music as well as in district and regional events at the pre-college level on violin and viola. He wants his students to discover a technique with which they can project their musical ideas through the instrument. Andrew performs frequently on violin and viola with orchestras and at other venues in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.
Dorothy Couper graduated from New England Conservatory and Tufts University with a dual degree in Viola Performance and English Literature. Also, she received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Viola Performance from Peabody Conservatory. She has studied most recently in Berlin with Felix Schwartz, the principal violist of the Staatskappelle Berlin, and has also studied with Mark Lakirovich and Kim Kashkashian. She has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Atlantic Symphony, among others. Dorothy also works as a freelance musician in the Baltimore area.
Megan (Meg) Jones began her violin studies at the age of seven with Irina Briskin and later with John Merrill. While at Towson High School, Meg participated in the Baltimore Symphony Side by Side Orchestra program for four years, All County Honors Orchestra and Maryland All State Orchestra. Meg received an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Maryland Distinguished Scholars competition and won the 2010 National High School Orchestra Award. She was awarded a violin Fellowship at UMBC where she studied with Dr. Christian Tremblay and Dr. Airi Yoshioka, as well as performing in the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, chamber music program and solo recitals. Meg is currently pursuing a degree in violin performance with a minor in psychology at UMBC. Meg’s teaching philosophy centers around technique, tone and musicality while fostering a positive and fun atmosphere!
Nick Sungenis began studying music at the age of five with Mia Coyne on the piano, and began his violin studies at the age of eleven with Tecla Heuring Walton, and a few other teachers including Deborah Stotelmyer and Ronald Mutchnik. Throughout high school, Nick enjoyed playing with the community orchestra, summer music camps, and string ensembles through the Cumberland Valley School of Music; he also earned a third place merit scholarship from CVSM as well as two scholarships from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. After playing with the Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra during his senior year, Nick continued playing the violin in various places, such as a church folk group, youth group band, and with his friends in the Erik Christensen band, with whom he has recorded two albums - the second of which in 2012 at Dark Horse Recording Studio next to Nashville. Since then, he has played alongside several recording artists, namely Mike Mangione, Marie Miller, Kevin Heider, Alanna Boudreau, Kara Klein, Tori Harris, and Dave Moore; also with local artists Patrick Mahon, Joseph White, Corrie Dubyoski and others. In addition to concerts, festivals, and conferences, Nick has played for many wedding ceremonies over the years, and continues to play for his church every weekend. Nick graduated from Howard Community College and then Providence College in 2014 studying philosophy, and enjoyed playing as a soloist with his college orchestra during his senior year. Between his time at Mike's Music and teaching philosophy at HCC as an adjunct instructor, he is currently recording his debut album of original compositions (to be released in 2018). Nick is "thankful for the gift of life," and is strongly committed to teaching his violin and viola students the importance of good technique, music theory, disciplined practice, and most importantly: the joy of sharing music with others, and having fun!