Local Music Teachers

Violin & Viola Teachers

Teacher: Yasushi Ogura


Mr. Ogura has been NVYS's Head Coach since our inception. He plays throughout the Bay Area and is the concertmaster for Symphony Napa Valley.

"Mr. Yasushi is really good at improving technique. He also has a lot of experience performing and that shows in the way he teaches."
Bea, Violin, 6 years in NVYS
"Very dedicated to his students; kind yet firm teaching style; YS Coach, so he can help a lot with YS music."
Christine Cho, Violin, 6 years in NVYS

Teacher: Beth Vye

Beth has been teaching violin in Napa since 2007. Her approach to instruction draws from a Suzuki base using creative and imaginative activities, playing musical games, and teaching rhythm and movement.  Her goal is for the students and the parents to enjoy musical study. 

Teacher: Claire Burke
violin and viola
clairenote@msn.com or 510-325-7040

Ms. Burke has been a member of the Marin and Napa Symphonies. She has taught violin and viola in the Bay Area since 1995. She is a certified teacher in the Music Teachers Association of California.
"Our daughter Jennifer studied violin with Claire from age 7. Not only did Claire provide instruction on excellent technique, she also helped our daughter develop a love and appreciation for classical music."
Judy B. (parent)

Teacher: Aina Davis
Ms. Davis is a professional violinist who has taught violin for over 28 years.

"When I started with Aina I saw a huge improvement in my playing. While her lessons are fun, she pushes you to learn and play challenging music. Because of Aina I have been playing in the Napa Youth Symphony for 4 years, a chamber group for 2 years, and I been selected to play in the Junior Bach Competition."
Erzsi Worthen, NVYS member

Cello Teachers

Teacher: Maria Hoyes
Ms. Hoyes has taught cello in the Napa Valley for 18 + years. She also plays professionally for many symphony's in the North Bay, including Sacramento Symphony.
"She is really adamant about intonation and rhythm, and encourages you to do your absolute best."
Justin Haggard, 4 years NVYS
Teacher: John Bennet
Teacher: Eric Moore

Flute Teachers

Teacher: Jennifer Hunt
 "She is a very skilled flute player and has a clear way of teaching. She helped me a lot with my scales and with reading rhythms."
Sydney Cliff, Flute, 4 years in NVYS