Faculty

ICMI Faculty are highly qualified musicians with years of chamber and orchestral experience.  Many of our faculty members are principal players in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic String Quartet, and various other chamber and orchestral ensembles.

Partial list of 2019 faculty includes:

Julia Bowdring, NL, violin, fiddlebowdring

Julia Bowdring, a St. John’s native, is a violinist, fiddler, and pianist, working with the STEP Program and the Montessori School, and as a freelance performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music (classical piano) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Masters degree from the University of Limerick, where she specialized in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Julia has studied the Suzuki Method with Helen Brunner and Paule Barsalou, and has experience with the Dalcroze and Kodaly Methods. She has taught in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Limerick, Ireland. She is actively involved in the St. John’s music scene as a violinist, fiddler, and pianist, playing with many local musicians.

Visit Julia’s website for events and teaching ideas at juliabowdringmusic.com

Nancy Case-Oates, NL, violin

Nancy Case-Oates began her musical studies on piano and violin at an early age, performing regularly at local Kiwanis Festivals and winning many awards for violin, piano and voice. She has acquired degrees in performance from both Universities of Toronto and Victoria.

Nancy holds the position of Principal Second Violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, a position she also held with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and is also currently the violinist of the Atlantic String Trio. She has been featured as solo artist twice with the NSO Sinfonia.

Currently, Nancy maintains an active performing career with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, teaching Suzuki violin, and playing with The Pachelbel Trio. In her spare time, Nancy designs and creates hand-embroidered crafts and enjoys spending time with her sons Edmund and Noah.
Mark Latham, Boston, violin, conductor

AGSM Guildhall School, London; B.M. Philadelphia College of Performing Arts; M.M. Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; D.M. A. orchestral conducting the University of Michigan. Studies with David Takeno, Masao Kawasaki, Zvi Zeitlin; orchestral conducting studies with Kenneth Kiesler, Larry Rachlef and Marin Alsop. Has been active as a violinist, teacher, composer and conductor in North America, Europe and Africa. Former faculty Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. Conductor/Music Director of numerous performing groups, including CAMMAC, in Quebec; the Nahsua Chamber Orchestra; the Avalon Chamber Ensemble; the Life Sciences Orchestra, in Ann Arbor, MI; the Campus Symphony Orchestra at University of Michigan; and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of the University of Michigan. Music festivals include Aspen, Spoleto, Banff. Recordings with Black Auks improv ensemble and Atlantic String Quartet. Current faculty at Concord Academy and University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Zach Ebin, violinzacharyebin2

Dr. Zachary Ebin has performed extensively in the United States, Israel, and Canada. He has studied with Leslie Fayette, Jocheved Schifter, Lazar Gosman, Daniel Stepner, Joseph McGauley, and Jacques Israelievitch. He earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in music from Brandeis University, where he was concert master of the Brandeis-Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Boston Conservatory. Zachary recently released his debut recording with pianist Maria Dolnycky titled Dreams: A Revival of Ukrainian Music.

Active as a music educator, Zachary was on faculty at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he was appointed chair of the Suzuki Department. Zachary has also served as teaching assistant to world-renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch. He is currently on faculty at Etobicoke Suzuki Music and on the executive board of the Suzuki Association of Ontario. Zachary is also the music director of Arco Violini, an advanced student ensemble that performs throughout Ontario. Zachary is in demand as a guest clinician in both Canada and the United States.

Jenny Griffioen, NL, piano

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Johnson, NL, violin, Body Mapping

Jennifer played as principal second violin of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet for twelve years. Presently, she plays first violin in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.  In 2004, a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts funded a 7-month Alexander Technique sabbatical for Jennifer which permitted her to study  with many of the world’s leading Alexander Technique teachers. Jennifer went on to train in Body Mapping with Barbara Conable and in 2005 became Canada’s first Licensed Andover Educator. She now presents Body Mapping workshops internationally teaching musicians to enhance their musical ability and to prevent injury through a clear understanding of how their bodies are designed to move.

She has presented at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, at numerous music schools across Canada, including McGill University and University of Ottawa.  She was the keynote speaker at the Australian String Teachers’ Association in Brisbane, Australia in 2015 and is a regular presenter for the New York Philharmonic Zarin Mehta Program.

Jennifer is also a Professional Associate at Memorial University of Newfoundland Music School where she teaches Body Mapping and violin. She also teaches for the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s.

Jennifer’s book What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body was published in 2009 and is available from GIA Music Publications, www.giamusic.com. The Japanese translation of What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body was published in 2011 by Shunjusha Publications and it is presently being translated into French.  Her new book, Teaching Body Mapping to Children, will be published in  October 2016.

Heather Kao (Violin, Accompanist)

STEP Teachers - Heather Kao


From St. John’s, Heather Kao is the concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and first violinist of the Atlantic String Quartet since 2015. She studied at Memorial University with Dr. Nancy Dahn. She has played in masterclasses for Martin Beaver, Lorand Fenyves, Mark Fewer and Pinchas Zukerman to name a few. She is a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, and Lady Cove Women’s Choir. Heather has been a guest performer on countless recordings, as well as on TV and radio. She has enjoyed performing in many genres, from pop music with Rod Stewart and Hey Rosetta! to traditional music with Ennis and the Once. She has played in pit orchestras for many local productions, including White Christmas, Our Divas Do Broadway, West Side Story, Evita, and Annie. In addition to the NSO, Heather teaches with the MUN Chamber Program for Youth, Suzuki Talent Education Program, and in her private studio.