Our Faculty


Jessica McNamara

Jessica McNamara is the founder and director of the Ridgefield Suzuki School. Having been a Suzuki student as a child herself, Jessica always had dreams of starting a Suzuki School in a community that could benefit from this wonderful philosophy and method. Jessica began violin at the age of 6 in an introductory Suzuki program that was being offered in her elementary school in Queens, NY.

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Mallory Mercier

Mallory Mercier holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music with a concentration in String Pedagogy from the University of New Mexico. Mallory completed long term Teacher Training, books 1-10, in the Suzuki violin method with Susan Kempter, a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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Hannah Gebhard

Hannah Gebhard is a Cellist and Suzuki Teacher based in Connecticut. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, she started her musical journey on piano at age 6, picking up cello in the 4th grade. Ms. Gebhard attended SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Brian Carter and Professor Emeritus Dr. Mathias Wexler. Ms. Gebhard graduated Cum Laude in 2015 from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a degree in Music Performance.

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