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Dr. Hannah Leland, violin
Praised for her “passion and precision” Dr. Hannah Leland is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral violinist, and teacher. Hannah received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She currently teaches at George Fox University and Chemeketa Community College, maintains a large studio of private students, and performs with Portland Opera and as a substitute for Oregon Symphony. In June 2018 her debut album, Specter, with pianist Aimee Fincher, was released featuring the music of American composer George Antheil. The two continue to travel and perform across the country as Duo Odéon. Hannah received her Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her undergraduate from Willamette University. She also spent a year studying the violin in China at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Leland’s primary goal is to cultivate a love and passion for music and the violin in each of her students. Technique and the fundamentals of violin playing act as the cornerstone of lessons. Repertoire is assigned to musically and/or technically advance the student’s playing. Additionally, healthy practice habits are developed alongside playing; productive and mindful practicing is emphasized about the number of hours. Each student is give equal respect and opportunity, and will be challenged and fostered according to their individual needs.
Favorite Teaching Moment:
My all time favorite teaching “moment” happened while I was in India working at a children’s home. The children had never seen a violin before, but were eager to learn. They would run up to me in the morning asking if it was time for violin class. 40 children learned to play Twinkle-Twinkle over the course of three weeks. I’ve never seen so many children excited about going to violin lessons and practicing as they were.