About Us

Faculty

  • Marie Pantina Chhibber

    Marie Chhibber holds Master's degree in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in cello performance, studying with Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Devenport. In addition, she also completed a comprehensive two-year Suzuki cello pedagogy program while completing her undergraduate studies. While completing her Masters degree, Marie studied topics in music education research, string pedagogy, cello technique, music in therapy and special education, classroom and behavior management, behavioral psychology and learning theory, and philosophies of music education. While in Atlanta, Marie taught private lessons and group classes as well as technique classes, cello ensembles and held sectionals and orchestra rehearsals in several programs, including as the Waldorf School of Atlanta and the Atlanta International School. In addition to her active teaching schedule, Marie performed frequently in Atlanta and the Southeast as a freelance musician. Marie has most recently served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin String Project and the University of Texas Elementary School in East Austin, where she taught private lessons, group classes, and a middle school string orchestra. Additionally, Marie served as the UT String Project Preschool Coordinator for the Preschool program violin, cello and bass students. Marie has organized and presented lectures regarding different aspects of cello technique and pedagogy as well as the effects parent involvement in the music learning process. When not teaching children and writing about music learning, Marie spends her free time experimenting in the kitchen, playing with her chickens, practicing yoga, and drinking coffee with her husband, Sono.

  • Lindsay Crofts

    Lindsay Crofts is a violinist and teacher from Chicago, IL. She has been playing the violin since the age of three and has been teaching private lessons since 2005. Lindsay received her violin instruction from world-renowned string teachers at the Western Springs School of Talent and Education, a Suzuki school in Western Springs, IL. In 2009, Lindsay received her BA from Northwestern University’s Beinen School of Music in Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education where she performed with the symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and participated in many diverse chamber groups. Since then, she has been an Orchestra Director for two different school districts in the Chicago suburbs. She now resides in Austin, TX and teaches Middle School Orchestra in Georgetown ISD and is one of 4 instructors at SSOA. Lindsay also performs as the Concertmaster for the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra. Lindsay currently has Suzuki training in violin books 1-5 and  is continually participating in professional development to maintain her skills as a teacher and aims to provide the highest quality instruction to her students and parents. 

  • Leigh Wallenhaupt

    Leigh Wallenhaupt is a graduate of the Masters of Music program at New York University and now lives in Austin with her two cats and three chickens. Leigh has been teaching privately for over a decade. She has had Suzuki studios in Charlotte, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, and was a member of NYU’s adjunct faculty from 2010-2012. Leigh has performed all over the United States as well as in the Netherlands, Germany, and the Czech Republic. In addition to classical music, she has performed with and recorded for a variety of non-classical artists. Leigh has taken training in the Suzuki Method of books 1-6 and book 8. Leigh started the Suzuki Method at age 3 and spent the next 12 years completing all 10 Suzuki Method books. She traveled to Matsumoto, Japan to participate in the 16th annual Suzuki Worldwide Convention. Leigh is passionate about teaching and is excited to pass on the incredible education that was offered to her as a Suzuki student.