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Meet Kim Teachout

Meet Kim Teachout

DGSP Lesson Instructor 

Kim grew up in Traverse City, MI and began her musical career with piano lessons at a very young age -- with violin and viola studies soon to follow. She holds a Bachelor’s in music from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s from the University of Colorado, and has completed her doctoral coursework at Arizona State University. She has also studied with quartets such as the Vermeer, Takács, Tokyo, Brentano, and St. Lawrence and is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher. Her three decades of music teaching found her serving as music director for the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; as faculty-member at Interlochen Arts Camp and The National Philharmonic String Institute; and as the current Musician-in-Residence at Traverse City’s Cordia. Kim currently maintains a private teaching studio in Traverse City, MI and teaches violin and viola for Cadillac String Association in Cadillac, MI.

Throughout Europe and the United States, Kim has performed professionally with such ensembles as the Tacoma Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta, Colorado Light Opera, Capital City Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony. Her forays into popular music have included performances with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Michael W. Smith, Electric Light Orchestra, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, and Kanye West. And she continues to explore the worlds of folk song and dance through her fiddle-and-guitar duo Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory.

She is a core member of Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s viola section and plays both violin and viola regularly with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Right now, she is especially excited to be a member of the newly founded Cummings Quartet and to work with the Dorothy Gerber Strings program. Kim believes that with thoughtful guidance, desire, and self-discipline, all people of any age or skill-level are capable of becoming musicians; she views music as a vital medium for communicating truths that language by itself can’t quite reach.

In both her teaching and her performances she strives to promote collaboration, curiosity, and welcome of the unexpected: One of her most memorable musical experiences took place during a performance at Point Defiance Zoo with the Tacoma Symphony in July of 2000. During Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, one of the resident peacocks mounted the stage, unfurled his feathers in a gorgeously gaudy display, and stole the show from both players and conductor by squawking his way through an impromptu rendition.

The Moral? Never miss an opportunity to jam with someone who really wants to jam with you.