|Lessons & Instructors
The Violin Shop has accomplished instructors for violin, viola, cello & bass for all ages and abilities. Please contact the instructors directly for availability & rates.
Paula Simmons – Viola, & Chamber Music
Paula Simmons received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Viterbo College, a fine arts college in La Crosse, Wisconsin. And her Master of Music in Viola Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Before moving to San Diego, she performed with the El Paso Symphony, the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble in El Paso Texas, and the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacksonville Florida. Since moving to California, Ms. Simmons has freelanced extensively in the San Diego area and the Baja with a variety of orchestras, chamber ensembles and guest performers including Starlight Theatre, San Diego Comic Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Baja, Camarata de Ensenada, the Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballet, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach, Dion Warwick, Natalie Cole, and Michael Crawford. For several years Paula was also the primary orchestra conductor of the Civic Youth Orchestra Organization. In November 2008 she became the founding conductor for the North Coast Strings, an adult beginners orchestra, sponsored by The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. It is the goal of this nationwide adult program to welcome complete beginners to string performance as well as those that have returned to their instruments after a number of years. Starting in Jan 2016 she will be the director of a chamber music program for adults, hosted at the Violin Shop.
Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at University of California, Los Angeles where she received her B.A in Violin Performance. In order to explore life outside of sunny Southern California, she went to The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music. After two years enduring the cold, Victoria moved back to San Diego as a freelance violinist. She has played with San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Luscious Noise, Classics for Kids, Orchestra Nova, California Chamber Orchestra, Starlight Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Opera Pacific, among others. Victoria grew up in the Eastern San Diego mountains of Jamul. Her musical family fostered her interest in the violin and she became heavily involved in San Diego Youth Symphony for ten years, and was Concertmaster for three. Victoria has been teaching in San Diego since 2005 and uses Suzuki and Mark O’Connor books combined with traditional teaching. She is currently accepting students of all ages and all levels. Most recently, Victoria became a member of the Suzuki Association and became certified in Suzuki Book 1. Contact Victoria to schedule a trial lesson, rates & other information.
Sharon Taylor – Cello
Sharon Taylor began her musical studies at the age of 10. She later earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance under the instruction of Thomas Stauffer at San Diego State University. After graduation, Sharon then advanced her performance studies with Yao Zhao, principal cellist of the San Diego Symphony. She has performed throughout San Diego with local theaters such as San Diego Musical Theatre and Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, among others. She has also traveled and performed in other countries such as Bolivia and Mexico. She is currently employed at The Violin Shop where she also maintains her cello studio.
Quyen Nguyen brings a wealth of performing experience into her teaching studio and has enjoyed a versatile and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. She has concertized all over Europe and the United States, won numerous awards in local, state, and national competitions, and has had the honor of representing the US in international competitions.
Joe McNalley – Bass