Private Lessons in Violin, Cello and Double Bass
Barbara Careaga-Mitchell, violin
Mrs. Barbara Careaga-Mitchell was born in Concepción, Chile. She started her violin studies with Américo Giusti (Chile) at the age of 8. As a child, she won the “Jóvenes Talentos” (Young Talents) competition to play as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción during several occasions. While in High School, she began teaching privately and playing as a substitute violinist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción. Mrs. Careaga-Mitchell also worked teaching and running sectionals with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Curanilahue, a youth orchestra that started as a social work in one of the poorest area areas of Chile. She toured with this orchestra in Chile and Europe.
In the United States, she pursued her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, where she studied violin with Dr. Patricio Cobos. She received the Presser Scholar and the Music Major awards and graduated with honors. Following graduation, she moved to Indianapolis to study with Larry Shapiro at Butler University. In 2006, she began her studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she received her Master in Music Performance.
Mrs. Careaga-Mitchell currently teaches in Columbus and Macon, GA. Her students have made All State Orchestra and All State Honors Orchestra, won competitions in Macon and earned principal positions in the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mrs. Careaga-Mitchell served as a judge at the 2013 AMTA State String and Chamber Music Auditions in Birmingham, Al.
Ela Torkarska , violin
Elzbieta Tokarska is a Master in Violin Performance major and a graduate teaching assistant to Prof. Sergiu Schwartz. She studied at the Arthur Rubinstein School of Music and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and was awarded top prizes in national competitions in her native country, including J.S. Bach (2005) and Torun (2006). Her talent was recognized early as she was invited to participate in music festivals performing for renowned violinists such as Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Viktor Pikajzen, Slawomir Tomasik, Piotr Janowski. Kaoru Kondo and Emanuel Borock. In the summer 2013 Elzbieta was touring around Japan in a series of violin/piano duo concerts with her brother Kamil Tokarski which was supported by the Polish Embassy in Japan and the Polish Institute in Tokyo. In 2014 she was awarded the Alternate Winner of Georgia MTNA Competition “Young Artist Performance” and the Winner of Concerto Competition at Schwob School of Music. In 2015 Elzbieta performed at the concert dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich together with Alexander Kobrin, the Busoni and Van Cliburn competition winner.
Marcia Teber, cello
Mrs. Teber has performed professionally with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra (GA), Columbus Community Orchestra (GA), Alhambra Orchestra (Miami, FL), Florida Philharmonic, Tampa Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Fort Lauderdale Symphony, Miami Beach Symphony, and Fort Lauderdale Chamber Orchestra.
Her teaching experience includes a stint in Elementary School Music (grades 1-8), and private lessons in cello, piano and guitar. She holds a Bachelor of Education, with a double Major in Education and Cello Performance, from the University of Kansas.