Viola lessons are available in 30, 45, or 60 minute weekly lessons. Program also includes two 60 minute group classes per month: music theory fundamentals and performance workshops. Plus one formal recital per semester.
Ned Djordjevic has been a violin and viola teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since January, 2002. He has a BA, Viola Performance, from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and a Music Ed and Orchestral Studies Certificate from Wayne State University. Mr. Djordjevic has years of orchestral performance experience with orchestras from Europe, the United States, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. He has been teaching professionally since 1996. Currently, he is an active performer in a string quartet and as a substitute teacher. Mr. Djordjevic has a witty sense of humor, and a fun, engaging style of teaching. He is comfortable with students of all ages and abilities. He enjoys teaching many different methods and a wide variety of repertoire from Classical to pop, jazz and gospel.
Nyssa Rabinowitz has been teaching violin and viola at the Rochester Conservatory since September, 2012. She has a BA in Journalism and Humanities/Minor in Music (violin) from Michigan State University and a Music Ed degree (BME) from MSU. She graduated from the MSU Honors College, Phi Beta Kappa. She has performed with the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Midland Symphony. She has been teaching professionally since 2004 and is a certified Suzuki Teacher, Books 1-4. In addition to teaching traditional violin and viola lessons, Ms. Rabinowitz is heading up the Rochester Conservatory’s newest program: Suzuki Violin and Viola! She is comfortable with all ages and uses a variety of teaching materials to give her students a broad exposure to different techniques and musical styles. She enjoys having fun with her students, telling jokes and laughing with them. Ms. Rabinowitz employs a strong emphasis on basic technique with all of her students.
Lucy Alessio has been teaching violin and viola at the Rochester Conservatory since August, 2019. Ms. Alessio has a BA in Music from Thomas Edison State University. She is currently in the process of receiving her MM in Violin Performance at Wayne State University. She is certified in the Suzuki Program, Every Child Can! and Units 1-3. Ms. Alessio was the Concertmaster of the OU Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Assistant Concertmaster at the Troy Metro Symphony. She is the Education Programs Assistant for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2017 and has been teaching privately since 2011. Ms. Alessio’s teaching style is flexible and adaptable to the unique needs of each student. She has a very encouraging and positive teaching style and enjoys working with students of all ages from beginner to advanced.