The First Note
The Oak Hill Strings offers many unique advantages. Every child studies with their long term private teacher and is also given an opportunity to take lessons with other teachers in the studio. Our teachers are highly educated professionals who will provide instruction to eager musicians and help them to shine. Our goal is to cultivate your child's innate talent and develop a true passion for music.
All level Violin, Viola
Chamber Music Training International Competition Prep
Message from Monika:
I am fortunate to have first hand experience with two very different schools of music: the Russian School and the Suzuki Method. Growing up in Armenia. I studied with an elite violin teacher, Moaktzian who was a student of the legendary violinist, David Oistrakh. When I came to the United States, I learned about the Suzuki Method and was fascinated by the possibilities that it opens to very young children. I teach the Suzuki Method to the beginners and gradually transition them to the traditional violin repertoire. I approach each student as a unique individual and strive to enhance their own distinctive strengths and abilities. Everyone has talent. I believe it is my responsibility to encourage and nurture that talent.
Monika Dorosheff is an active soloist and chamber musician. She is a frequent guest-performer at the music series such as Dumbarton House, The Strathmore, Schlesinger Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center and The CenterStage at Reston. Monika has appeared as a concertmaster of International Symphony Orchestra of Schloss Weissenstein Festival in Germany, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Maryland and The New Dominion Choral in Virginia. In 2009, she debuted at Carnegie Hall, New York. She is a first prize winner of the "New Names" competition in Armenia and of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artists competition in which she performed the Brahms Violin Concerto to a critical acclaim. Monika performances have been broadcasted by the German Radio. Monika has been honored by several living composers, such as Tigran Mansurian, Mikel Kuehn and Tom Beveridge to premier and record their works in Europe and United States. In Spring 2015 Monika was invited to perform with Crozet Symphony to a high critical acclaim.
A strong advocate of the Suzuki Method and certified Suzuki Method teacher, Monika has seen many of her students win top awards at competitions such as, The Asian American Music Society International Competition, The American Youth Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, and the Rockville Competition for Solo Strings.
Monika and Mark raise their two sons, Peter (13) and Arman (11) in Herndon, Virginia. The boys play violin and cello respectively.
Balance & Harmony
Children need music education as much as they need math, science, and playing sports. Scientific research has shown Music lessons improve organization, time management, executive functioning, interpersonal relationships, self confidence, social skills, and emotional/physical health. These skills are critical for unparalleled success.
The Future Sounds Good
A solid foundation and technique is essential for a great player. Our program develops the player from beginner to highly advanced levels. We teach the Suzuki Method to very young children as young as age 4. All of our students learn how to read music and play in an ensemble from the start.
Our Intermediate students graduate the 24 scales, complete Kreutzer Etudes and learn the standard violin repertoire for young violinists. The Advanced program includes the repertoire suitable for any International Competition.
All level Violin
Orchestra Audition Training
Country Style Fiddle
Concert Pianist & Teacher
all level instrumentalists and vocalists.
Message from Mark:
As a music educator, what is my goal?
My inspiration is to share the many gifts that music has to offer. Cognitive flexibility, initiative reasoning, creativity, motivation, determination, coordination, conceptualization. These are just a few things actively developed through learning to play a violin. But let's not forget the most important gift. JOY! Music brings joy, happiness and peace into a persons life. Some of our students become virtuosos, some do not. We can help them attain that level of accomplishment. But they are all positively affected by the learning experience that we provide here in our studio. It isn't the end result that makes a difference, it's the process.
Mark is a member of the US Air Force Band. He is a native of Reston, Virginia. He began his musical studies at age 9 as a student of the Suzuki Method. As a young violinist, Mark earned various awards at local competitions (Northern Virginia Youth Symphony, Virginia Lions Club and the Northern Virginia String Teachers Association) and was a member of the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony now known as the American Youth Philharmonic.
Receiving a Bachelors Degree from Duquesne University, Mark studied with the assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Hong Guang Jia. During his time at Duquesne, Mark performed in master classes held by artists such as Midori, Igor Ozim, Andres Cardenes, and Bill Preucil and has trained as a Suzuki teacher with the renowned Suzuki pedagogue Ronda Cole.
Mark earned his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University where he was assistant to the chair of the string department and led the BGSU graduate string quartet as its first violinist and concertmaster of the BGSU symphony. A former fellow of the highly acclaimed New World Symphony, Mark served as a co-concertmaster under the direction of Michael-Tilson Thomas from 2001-2003. Since 2004, Mark has been a member of the US Air Force Strolling Strings and regularly performs as recitalist and chamber musician.
Marina Chamasyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. During her studies at the Conservatory in Armenia she won the third prize at the First National Piano Competition and performed with the National Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the Khachaturyan Concert Hall in Yerevan. She holds two master degrees from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Awards and prizes include the Marjorie Conrad Art Song Duo Competition and
Ibla Grand Price International Piano Competition held in Italy. Marina was awarded with a fellowship grant from the Gilmore Music Festival to participate in master- classes given by Claude Frank. Marina has also performed for Victor Merzhanov, Andre Watts, Vladimir Tropp and others. Her recital in Amsterdam was recorded and broadcasted on the National Radio Classic 4, ‘Young Talents’ program. Marina was a faculty member at the Conservatory of Utrecht, (AHK) where she began her active collaboration with the member of ‘Aurelia’ saxophone quartet Johan van der Linden. Together they commissioned works by living Dutch composers and gave numerous recitals across the Netherlands to high acclaim. She also appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Italy and Slovenia. Currently she is a student at the Catholic University of America pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
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