Island Strings

Teaching Suzuki Music for 40 Years


Suzuki Teachers

Linda Good – Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Recorder. Langley., 360-221-6439. | Linda Good studied piano and violin as a child and began learning viola in junior high. She was in the Seattle Youth Symphony, attended Pacific Northwest Music Camp for five summers and studied recorder and music theory. She received her BA in music from UW and an MA in ethno-musicology from the University of Hawaii. She began teaching privately on Whidbey Island in 1969. She co-founded Island Strings with Paula Pugh in 1974. For more than 30 years she has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Suzuki philosophy and taught hundreds of South Whidbey children to play the violin and to appreciate music. Linda is a member of the Suzuki Association of Washington State and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Linda currently has openings for a limited number of students at her home just outside of Langley.


Susan Debnekoff – Violin, Greenbank/Coupeville. (831) 229-0589 or e-mail  Susan has tought Suzuki Violin since 1990. Along with a Bachelor of Arts in music performance from the Peabody Institute of Music and an Masters in music education from California State University, Debnekoff offers many years of experience performing for various orchestras in Los Angeles and Monterey. She has performed with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Monterey Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Debnekoff has also done studio work in the LA area for movies, television and records.


Mavis Cauffman – Harp, Clinton

Phone: (360) 579-4053


Student Suzuki Teachers

Zoe Hensler – Violin, Viola.

Associate Teachers

Beverly Heising – Violin/Fiddle – Bev teaches beginning to intermediate fiddle with emphasis on Scottish and Irish Fiddle styles. She teaches all ages of students and is available to teach on Monday and Tuesdays out of her home in Langley. Beveryly uses both written music and ear training to dig deeply into traditional styles while encouraging students to develop their own style.  Some classical training is added for technique building and music theory. Bev is also a composer, arranger, and performer. Lessons are $20 half hour.

Bev’s CD “Zephyr” is available for sale at CDBaby:

Contact:, C: 619-248-5826 or H: 360-321-4715

Talia Toni Marcus – Violin, Viola, beginning Cello, Piano, Percussion. New Conservatory Method, musical explorations of techniques, improvisation & making up your own music, music reading games, lots of songs and duets. Stretching & Relaxation Therapy for musicians and families.
Talia has openings in Langley on Monday, Friday and Weekends.
Talia teaches in Oak Harbor Tuesdays and has openings on Tuesday before 1pm and after 6:30pm. Lessons are generally $20/half hour. Open to trades.
H: 360-221-6077, C: 360-722-093,

Talia has been performing professionally since she was 10 years old. Talia was a child prodigy who performed on TV with Jack Benny and Burns and Allen in the 50s. She has recorded and toured the world with steller artists such as Van Morrison, Pavoratti, Ornette Coleman, Kenny G, Jermane Jackson, and Carla Bley’s Jazz Composers Orchestra.
Below: 12-year-old Talia playing “Czardis” on the Jack Benny Show.
Talia playing “Getting to Know You” duet with Jack Benny (about 3:30 into the clip)

Patrice Weed Shearer – Violin & Viola, Patrice is a professional Violinist/Violist –  Concertmaster of The Everett Philharmonic, concertmaster of Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Orchestra, and NW Savoyards Orchestra, and Principal Second in Whidbey Island‘s Saratoga Chamber Orchestra. Her studio is in Clinton (Sandy Hook Community) open Tuesdays all day. Patrice also teaches in Mukilteo, Everett, and Sammamish. Over 40 years of teaching experience. Beginners through advanced. Students of all ages welcome. Teach traditional method. Fees for 1 Hour are $65.00, 45 Minutes $50.00, 1/2 Hour $35.00. Contact:, 425-260-8954.



Siri Bardarson – Cello. Oak Harbor School District, Freeland. | Siri began piano lessons at age seven . When she was 11 she began cello study who began her cello studies at the Cornish School in Seattle at age 11 and continued with Eva Heinitz at the University of Washington. She abandoned her cello for many years while she and her twin sister, Karin Blaine, pursued their popular music interests as the guitar/vocal duo Ditto. Later, as the Blaine Sisters Band, the pair performed in many Seattle venues. As Siri Blaine, Bardarson went on to sing as lead vocalist with the swing band The Rhythm Boys. Their many performances included Bumbershoot, Folklife, Bite of Seattle, Hot Jazz Port Townsend and the Bellevue Jazz Festival, plus many local clubs. Bardarson currently sings with the Fabulous Fenderskirts, a vocal trio with jazz quartet. She is also a continuing member of South Whidbey’s Saratoga Strings.

Quinn Fitzpatrick – Guitar (performance, composition, instruction). Clinton. 360-579-3052., | Quinn has been a professional musician and teacher for over 15 years, on both the east and west coasts. A transplanted New Englander, he moved to California after receiving a degree in music from the University of Massachusetts. Interested in music from an early age, he taught himself how to play piano at age five and guitar at age thirteen. Quinn is an eclectic guitarist who draws upon folk, country, rock, blues, funk, latin and jazz. He has played in several popular San Francisco bay area bands over the past decade. After a successful career both playing and teaching guitar in the San Francisco bay area, he relocated to Whidbey Island to focus on recording a CD and to promote his solo fingerstyle acoustic guitar music.Quinn currently teaches guitar classes and private lessons in South Whidbey, Coupeville and Seattle. He is also an instructor for Guitars in the Classroom (a non-profit organization that instructs teachers how to play guitar and bring music into the classroom). He has taught at California State University, East Bay; University of California, Berkeley; and Antioch University in Seattle. He is a versatile, encouraging and patient instructor who teaches all styles, ages and levels.

Quinn’s intent for every student is to have a solid foundation, be inspired and play the music they love.

Cynthia Morrow — Violin and viola. (360) 321-4132

Cynthia joins us on Whidbey Island with an extensive background as a professional violinist, violist, pianist, singer, composer, and lyricist whose work in film, television, and international concert halls.

Cynthia Morrow moved to Kirkland, WA in 2001 where she continued recording while opening the Violin & Viola Studio of Kirkland. She has been fortunate enough to have helped hundreds of young violinists and violists to realize their dreams of playing their instruments beautifully, performing for Solo & Ensemble Festivals (some winning first and second place in Washington State), with WA All State Orchestra and All Northwest Orchestra, sitting in the principal chairs of SYSO, BYSO, Cascade Youth Symphony, and their school orchestras while winning scholarships at some of the best schools and conservatories in this country and abroad. A number of her students have gone on to careers as professional musicians, while most have chosen to minor in music in college or play in their college orchestras. This has been the most exciting aspect of her long musical career.

Samantha Sinai – Cello

James Hinkley – Cello, violin, viola, bass, Langley (Joes Island Music). 341-1722,,
James is one of the founders and lead voices in the hot club-style combo Billet Deux. He began his studies at the Cranbrook Theatre School at the Cranbrook Institute in Michigan. Soon after, he switched his focus to music and went on to earn degrees in music performance and composition. He was one of the founding members of Daedalus, a music group dedicated to the work of living composers, and has had his own works performed in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, London and Berlin, as well as supplying the scores for six episodes of MTV’s “Liquid Television”. He has performed with the Baton Rouge, Toledo, and Akron symphonies, and served as principal cello for the Lima Symphony, Ohio Ballet, and the Ohio Light Opera. He currently lives on Whidbey Island, and is still active as a composer and performer in both the classical and jazz idioms. His teaching studio is at Joe’s Island Music in downtown Langley. James has collaborated on several CDs available at CDBaby –,,,

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  1. Gloria Ferry Brennan is now an Intern with Island Strings. She will be teaching a
    violin/fiddle master class on Jan. 28, ’17 from 10-noon. Please pre-register.

  2. With thanks! Valuable information!

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