Gene Nastri School welcomes two new teachers

Oct 05, 2016

The Mukilteo-based Gene Nastri School of Arts has welcomed two new teachers to the school.

Accomplished musicians Eunice Nahon and Sarah Weinberger were hired to teach students of all ages how to play an instrument. Nahon teaches the violin, while Weinberger teaches the trumpet.

Originally from the other Washington, Nahon has been playing the violin since she was 15. She has been teaching the violin for more than 10 years.

She has received numerous scholarships and has won concerto competitions at Shenandoah Conservatory and George Mason University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in violin performance.

Her solo debut was with Columbia Orchestra in Maryland, under the musical direction of Daniel Heifetz. Her other teachers include violinists Marc Ramirez and Edwin Johonnott.

She has performed chamber works with members of the National Symphony Orchestra and currently performs with the Northwest Symphony.

In addition to classical, she enjoys performing a variety of music genres, including jazz, tango, rock and contemporary styles.

Weinberger has been playing the piano since she was 5. She picked up the trumpet when she was 10 years old. She has been teaching trumpet for more than 12 years.

She studied music performance in Canada, receiving her bachelor’s degree from McGill University and her master’s degree from the Université de Montréal.

While living in Canada, Weinberger studied with Russell Devuyst and Paul Merkelo, both of the Montreal Symphony, as well as Manon LaFrance and Stefan Beaulac.

She also attended Domaine Forget Summer Academy and the Chosen Vale – Center for Advanced Musical Studies.

These programs allowed her the opportunity to meet and play for world-famous trumpet players, including David Bilger, Hakan Hardenberger, Gabriele Cassone, Mark Gould and Edward Carroll.

She has performed with Puget Brass, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Wind Symphony, Ensign Symphony and the Sammamish Symphony.

Gene Nastri School School of the Arts was founded in 1984 by Carol Harkins with the support of volunteers.

The school is named for Everett violinist, Gene Nastri, who devoted over 60 years to teaching some of the finest violinists of Washington state.

For more information on the school, call 425-789-1097 or go to www.genenastrischool.org.

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