Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Est. 1966

Absolutely Ottawa! 2018 Faculty

Carl Cook, Viola

Cook performs as a freelance soloist and ensemble member in the greater Kansas City area and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Mr. Cook is also a member of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.

Eric Hauck, Cello

Hauck is a classically trained musician with 35 years of performing & recording & teaching experience. Eric toured with Rich Mullins, Steve Green, John Michael Talbot, Rebecca St. James. He has won numerous competitions for cello performance and has recorded 4 albums of original music & lyrics. 

Eric Ryan-Johnson, Irish Traditional Fiddle

Eric Ryan-Johnson has taught Irish fiddle at workshops including the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest in Kansas, the Greenville Texas Suzuki Workshop, the Northwest Arkansas Suzuki Winter Workshop and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreats and Youth Camps in the Dallas-area. Many of his Irish fiddle students have studied in master classes with Irish fiddlers such as Kevin Burke, Daire Bracken and Brendan Mulvihill. 

In 1969, at age four Eric began studying Suzuki violin from Ernie Stanke in Madison, WI. He earned his Bachelor of Music-Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Craig Timmerman, Kay Slone, Marilyn O’Boyle and Alice Joy Lewis, and has registered teacher-training in the Suzuki method. He is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Prior to moving to Tulsa, Eric was Assistant Director of Early Childhood Arts at MacPhail Center in Minneapolis and was a member of the Suzuki faculty. 

Eric currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Kara and son Seamus, and performs as a member of the Tulsa band, Cairde na Gael. He teaches both Suzuki violin and traditional Irish fiddle out of his home studio. He also conducts both the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble at Booker T. Washington High School, the number one public high school in Oklahoma.


Tal Schifter, Violin

Director, Locust Valley Suzuki School, Long Island, New York