Meet Our Teachers

JulieAnne Bennett is currently an active violin performer and teacher in the Southeast. A native of South Carolina, she began her musical studies at the age of six attending the Ashley River Creative Arts Suzuki Strings Program. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, studying violin performance with Dr. William Terwilliger. She continued her postgraduate studies at UofSC, studying with Dr. Ari Streisfeld and Dr. Samara Humbert-Hughes and earning a master’s degree in violin and viola pedagogy in the spring of 2019. During her graduate studies, she received the honor of holding a position in the Graduate String Quartet and serving as associate concertmaster of the UofSC Symphony during the 2018-2019 orchestra season.

JulieAnne has studied at various music festivals, including the Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado, and the Vianden Summer Music Festival in Luxembourg. She performed in master classes for esteemed  violinists such as Rob Moose (yMusic and Bon Iver), Daniel Chong (Parker Quartet), and Vadim Gluzman. She has also appeared with the Aiken Civic Orchestra as their guest concertmaster, where she performed the Mozart Concerto No. 5 in the summer of 2017. Currently, JulieAnne performs with professional orchestras throughout the Southeast.

Teaching has been JulieAnne’s primary passion since beginning her first private studio in 2016. She has received training in the Suzuki Method, completing courses for Every Child Can!, Unit 1 (Greensboro), and Unit 2 (Atlanta). She received instruction in Paul Rolland Pedagogy at a summer institute hosted in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2015. Her master’s degree in violin and viola pedagogy also provided extensive training in a multitude of different string pedagogies and practical applications of these methodologies. JulieAnne plans to continue pursuing educational opportunities to become a more educated and creative strings teacher, and she has made it her goal to grow as an instructor in order to nurture the unique musician in every student that walks through the door.


JulieAnne Bennett

Violin Instructor

Emma Brown

Violin/Viola Instructor

Karin Dawson van Veen

Cello Instructor

Sarah Evanovich

Director/Cello Instructor

Kristen Harris

Violin Coordinator

Jessica Rafferty

Parent Education Coordinator/Violin Instructor

Adam Rafferty

Cello Instructor

Steve Sloan

Guitar Coordinator/Instructor

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River District Church

400 State Street

West Columbia, SC 29169


P.O. Box 564

Columbia, SC 29202

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