Kimberly Ryan has been teaching private violin and viola lessons in the Richmond area for over 15 years. In addition to her private studio, she is the Orchestra and Chorus Director at Trinity Episcopal School. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional methods at all levels and ages, tailoring her teaching style to the specific goals of each student. Kimberly’s Suzuki studio is thriving, with over 30 students from pre-twinkle to advanced participating in individual and group classes, and performing regularly. As an instructor, she has served on the faculties of numerous summer music programs including in South Harbor, Maine, Henrico County Public Schools, and VCU’s Summer Strings Camp. As a performer, she regularly plays viola with the Richmond Symphony and Classical Revolution RVA, and has performed with the Virginia Opera Orchestra and Williamsburg Symphonia.
Kimberly received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music as a graduate student, studying viola performance. She has studied with such master teachers as Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Peter Salaff, and Molly Sharp. As a member of the CIM Apprentice Piano Quartet she studied chamber music with the famed Cavani String Quartet. She has registered Suzuki Teacher Training Books 1 through 4, under the tutelage of Ronda Cole, Roger Stieg, and Martha Shackford. She has also trained with Elizabeth Cunha and Michiko Yurko in Music Mind Games, an interactive and creative approach to teaching music theory.
Kimberly is a sought-after clinician and educator. She holds professional memberships and regularly presents in workshops and conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Richmond Music Teachers Association, The Virginia Viola Society, The Richmond Area Suzuki Strings Association, and the Suzuki Association of America. She serves on the executive board of the Virginia Viola Society, which brings together violists from all over the state to perform during its annual Violapalooza event. She is a founding member, frequent performer with and Assistant Director of Classical Revolution RVA, an organization that brings chamber music to unexpected venues around Richmond.