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Rebecca Ray - Studio Director

  • violin and viola instructor
Rebecca Ray developed a love for music when she was introduced to the violin at age nine. She was raised on the Suzuki method and continues to promote this method in her teaching. Rebecca received her Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte where she studied with Anne R. Belk distinguished professor David Russell.  She teaches students of all ages on violin and viola both privately and in group class settings. In addition to teaching, she is an active performer with various ensembles such as 7 String Theory and CPCC Opera Theater.

Sarah Andrico

Suzuki Violin Teacher

Sarah Andrico has had a love for the violin and music since she was a child and pursued Suzuki instruction when she was a young teenager. Since then she has gone to Suzuki teacher training and has completed the Suzuki Every Child Can! training course, Suzuki Units One, Two and Three under Mrs. Linda Steig and Mrs. Amanda Schubert, as well as the Suzuki Principles in Action course under Ms. Beth Titterington. Sarah truly believes that “Every Child Can!”, no matter the circumstances, and her goal is to impart this truth to each student, developing their skills, character, and a love for music along the way.

Sarah Bamford

Violin & Viola Teacher

Sarah has played the violin since she was 5 years old with the Suzuki Program. She has always loved working around string instruments. She has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, Concentration in Violin from Grove City College where she also met her husband Jason. She came to us after she worked as a classroom music teacher in South Carolina for a few years. Now she handles the day to day operations in our Davidson location. Sarah is an active violin player in the greater Charlotte region community.

Jim Edwards

Violin, Viola, & Cello Teacher

Jim Edwards, violin/viola, earned the Bachelors of Music degree from Old Dominion University and more recently, the Masters of Christian Leadership from Morningstar University. In 2018, after twenty-five years of teaching band, orchestra, and serving various churches as director of music in Hampton Roads, Virginia, Mr. Edwards moved to south Charlotte. As a violinist and violist he has performed with numerous musicians in the Hampton Roads area including members of the Virginia Symphony. He played in the violin and viola sections of the Virginia Beach Symphony (Symphonicity) for 10 years then became a founding member of the Virginia Beach Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Dora Mullins. Mr. Edwards has performed violin and viola recitals, playing such works as the Bach Concerto in A minor, Vivaldi Concerto in A minor for two violins, and the Telemann Viola Concerto. Mr. Edwards is an active composer of vocal and instrumental music and continues to teach violin and viola for Davidson Violins in Davidson, NC.

Matt Primm

Viola & Violin Teacher

Matt Primm is a violist, violinist, and pianist in the Charlotte area, and stays busy as both a performer and educator. In addition to teaching at Davidson Violins, he is on the fine arts faculty at Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville, and is a teaching artist at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Matt earned his bachelor of arts at UNC Charlotte and master of music at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Outside of music, Matt enjoys running, playing chess, traveling, and cooking in his free time. 

Anna Boyle Zellers

Violin & Viola Teacher

Anna Boyle Zellers is a violinist and teacher. She is passionate about communicating via the language of music and sharing that passion with others. Mrs. Zellers is Associate Concertmaster with the Western Piedmont Symphony, Orchestra Director at William Amos Hough High School, and a freelance musician in the Charlotte area. She completed her BA in Music at Thomas Edison State College and her MAT in music education at the University of South Carolina. 

Daniel Zellers

Violin & Viola Teacher

Beginning with piano and voice, Daniel began music studies at an early age before eventually being introduced to the string instrument family. The violin soon became his primary instrument through the formative years of middle school and by high school, he was teaching other students in his own private studio. With the violin always close at hand, Daniel went on to earn his undergraduate degree in music theory with an emphasis in violin performance from Carson-Newman University. Daniel is now a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys performing as a freelance violinist with several regional orchestras in both North Carolina and his home state of Tennessee. As a teacher, Daniel is heavily influenced by his parents’ nurturing encouragement to find beauty in the moment and also the many teachers that challenged him to always go further, practice harder, and never quit.

Liz Burns

Cello Teacher

Liz Burns received her undergraduate degree from UNC Charlotte and a Masters in Cello Performance from Winthrop University. She adjunct professor of cello at Winthrop where she also teaches Strings Methods and coaches the cello ensemble and string quartet. In addition to acting as cello coach for the Preparatory Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte, she serves as Assistant Principal of the Salisbury Symphony and regularly subs with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She performs frequently at area churches and in chamber music recitals in North and South Carolina.

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