Alice Vierra has the perspective of a performer, teacher, teacher trainer, and a Suzuki parent. She was a sought after cello teacher in the Washington, DC area but has now re-located to the Tucson area. She is teaching cello at her home in Vail and at other locations in Tucson and the Catalina Foothills. She teaches cello students of all ages 4 - 18 plus adults.
Since living in Tucson, Alice has given lessons in the Catalina Foothills and worked with the string program students in that school district. Alice served as a cello coach with the Vail Youth Symphony. She has also led her students in a performance with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra at their family concert. Her students also appeared with a Suzuki group on the TV program The Morning Blend. She was on the faculty of the Tucson Summer Suzuki Camp where she was the director of the beginning orchestra and also guest lecturer for parents. She is on the board of the Arizona Suzuki Association and is a member of ASTA.
Alice was on the board of the Kindler Cello Society while living in Washington, DC and as a member of the board, helped organize the seventy piece cello orchestra led by Yo-Yo Ma which performed at the Kennedy Center in 1994 to honor the Kennedy Center Honors recipient Rostropovich. Alice holds a BME from the University of Iowa, and a MM in cello performance from the University of Wisconsin. Her teachers were Charles Wendt and Lowell Creitz. She studied at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute with Kenneth Slowik. Alice also taught in the Fairfax County Public Schools for over 20 yrs. as a strings instructor. Alice is a Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) registered teacher trainer. She has taught at Suzuki Institutes across the country including at Atlanta, Louisville, Sante Fe, Snowmass, and Washington, DC teaching students and training teachers.
Alice’s students have continued their studies at Boston University, Hartt School of Music, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, and Yale. As a performer she has played with the Washington Bach Consort on their tour to Germany, with the Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and in various chamber groups at the Corcoran Gallery, Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center, and Washington Cathedral.