Founding Director and Master Teacher
Kathleen Spring, actively taught Suzuki violin for over 40 years. Her training as a violinist and teacher included an undergraduate degree in music from Walla Walla University as well as violin study with Eduard Melkus at the Universität fur Musik and Darstellende Künst, in Vienna, Austria and with Alan Bodman at Washington State University. She received a M. Mus. in Violin performance with James Maurer from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
Kathleen was honored with the American String Teachers Association’s, Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for Washington state, 1996. On three separate occasions her students have received the Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. They have also won concerto competitions with Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Young Sinfonia, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Many were members of DYAO, CYSO, and DYS.
A registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Kathleen teaches workshops in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She teaches Suzuki Violin Pedagogy in the long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Personal statement: I feel privileged to have spent so many years teaching wonderful children and young people. It was not without regret that I made the decision to retire. I view it as a shift in my life, not a cessation of musical activities. I That Primavera Place, its structure, its teachers and its mission of high-quality Suzuki education will continue to nourish the community of students and parents in the school is personally very gratifying. Primavera Place will continue to grow and flourish in the coming years. I know that I will miss my students, but I feel very good about the wonderful young teachers they will have the opportunity to study with!
Dr. Spring taught music to young people for over a half century. For 36 years he was a university professor (Otterbein & Walla Walla Universities) teaching violin, viola, theory/composition, orchestra & chamber music. He holds degrees in violin, theory, and composition from La Sierra and Texas Christian Universities, and the University of Washington. Among his teachers were William Kroll & Emanuel Zetlin (violin) and John Verrall, Robert Suderberg, Ralph Guenther & Perry Beach (composition.)
Personal Statement: During the 1990’s Spring began to add summer teaching of younger students to his activities, and found it very much to his liking. After retiring from university professorship in 2001, pre-college music teaching became his primary professional focus, along with composing on commission from various artists and ensembles.