Dr. Elizabeth Kuefler Wallace, violist and violinist, is an active performer and teacher who recently relocated to Wichita, Kansas.
Before moving to Wichita, Dr. Wallace served as adjunct professor of viola and violin at Utah Valley University, Dickinson College, and the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. She has held additional teaching positions at Eastern Mennonite University and Stony Brook University. From 2010-2016, she was a member of the Utah Chamber Orchestra at Ballet West and performed frequently with the Utah Symphony. Prior to that, she was Artistic Director for State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA and served as Assistant Principal Viola of the Reading Symphony and Principal Viola of the Williamsport Symphony.
Dr. Wallace is a dedicated teacher to students of all ages, and has received Suzuki Certification through Book 5. As a faculty member at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, she maintained a studio of approximately 25 violin and viola students ages 4-18. She also served as Director of Chamber Music, led weekly sectionals, and frequently led group classes. Her students have won numerous solo competitions and have been accepted to many prestigious conservatories and universities including Rice University, Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Columbia University, Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, University of Maryland, Arizona State University, and many others.
Dr. Wallace made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Pangea String Quartet in 2007. Other performances include the Bang On a Can Marathon in NYC, and collaborations with artists such as Eugene Drucker, Phillip Setzer, Steven Taylor, and William Purvis on the the Staller Center Recital Series. Winner of the 2008 concerto competition at Stony Brook University, she performed the Penderecki Viola Concerto with Guillermo Figueroa conducting.
She held fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, where she performed under the world’s foremost conductors including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, and Herbert Blomstedt. She also studied chamber music with members of the Emerson, Kronos, Borromeo, Brentano, and Juilliard String Quartets.
Wallace earned her Doctorate in Viola Performance from Stony Brook University, where she served as teaching assistant for Katherine Murdock. She received a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Kansas with Ben Sayevich, and also studied violin with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1996 she won the Kansas State Fiddle Championship, and she has had the pleasure of playing on stage with the Chieftains.
To learn more about Dr. Wallace please visit her website www.violiz.com.
Joan Pfaff has enjoyed performing and teaching in Wichita since 1985. She grew up in the San Francisco bay area, and is very grateful for its rich musical opportunities. While earning a BM in Violin Performance at Indiana University, she also received Suzuki teacher training from Mimi Zweig and Rebecca Henry -- her first encounter with the Suzuki method. When she moved to Wichita, she studied with Wichita Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrzej Grabiec, and received an MM in Violin Performance at WSU while playing in the WSO. She also spent one year working with Dana DeKalb as assistant teacher for Dana's Suzuki violin studio. Since then, Joan has received additional Suzuki teacher training through the Ottawa Suzuki Institute, and taught for many years in the Wichita area. She has also maintained her position with the WSO for almost 30 years. In addition, she performed several summers with Music Theater of Wichita, coached 2nd violin sectionals for the Wichita Youth and Repertory orchestras, and played in local string quartet ensembles.