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Teachers

Meet our team!


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Caitlin Whitehouse

Owner and Artistic Director, Teaches Violin and Piano

Caitlin grew up in Sarasota, Florida where she was a member of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra for ten years. Caitlin attended the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor in violin performance, with a minor in music theory. She has performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles, highlights including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra and Barrage. Caitlin has performed all over the United States as well as in England, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and China.

Caitlin has been teaching for over ten years and has taught in many private music academies, as well as public and private schools. She has received training as a Suzuki violin teacher, and infuses those principals into her teaching. It has been a dream come true for Caitlin to be able to own her own music academy and to be able to work with such wonderful and dedicated students and teachers.

Aside from music, Caitlin enjoys gardening, lifting weights, and dabbling in interior design. She loves her dogs Elliott and Penny, and her fiance Chris. The Anderson Arts Center is her favorite place in the whole world, so it is only fitting that she and Chris will marry there in November of 2019.

 
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Mike Cannon

Studio Manager, Teaches Guitar and Ukulele

Mike Cannon is a guitarist who has been playing and writing music since before he can remember. He enjoys many musical styles including pop, country, bluegrass and Americana.

Mike graduated from Clemson University with a BSEE in computer engineering and then worked as the Design Engineering Manager for NCR Corporation for 32 years. When Mike retired from NCR in 2013, he opened his own music recording studio on his lakeside property in Townville, SC, where he lives and write music with his wife Rosalinda.

Mike enjoys teaching and his goal is to help beginning musicians get started and develop their skills on guitar.

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Olivia Done

Teaches Violin

Olivia Done is originally from Milton, Massachusetts. She moved to Anderson, SC to pursue a degree in Music Education at Anderson University. She is currently teaching 5th grade strings in Anderson District 5. She travels to all the district’s elementary schools where she teaches children how to play stringed instruments.

Olivia loves playing the violin, bird watching and italian food.

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Hannah Byrne

Teaches Piano

Hello, my name is Hannah Byrne. I grew up in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and relocated with my family to Mooresville, North Carolina in 2015. I am student at Anderson University pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy (graduating 2021) under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Kim. I have taken private lessons since the age of seven, with past teachers including Debra Perkins and Cynthia Lawing. I have had seven years of accompanying experience, including choirs, string ensembles, jazz bands, orchestras and solo instrumentalists and vocalists. Some of my most notable accomplishments include the First Runner-Up Pianist Qualification in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in 2016, the Anderson University Music Honors Recital in 2017, and collaboration in the orchestra pit for Anderson University’s production of the musical Sister Act in 2018. I am excited to be featured as a soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in February of 2019.

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Jeannie Leyden-Edwards

Teaches Cello

Jeannie Leyden-Edwards spent 6 years studying with Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel at the University of Puget Sound. Currently, she teaches cello at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia. She also plays with the Toccoa Symphony and both manages and plays with the Sedici String Quartet. In years previous, she has played with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Philharmonic, Tacoma Ballet.