Laura Yeh, Director
Laura received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Violin Performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2003. She began musical studies with Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five in Great Britain.
Laura is a Suzuki certified teacher in books one through ten. She completed her Suzuki pedagogy studies in books 1-10 in an intensive long term training program with Vera McCoy-Sulentic at SIUE as well additional training with Ed Sprunger, Carol Dallinger, and Alice Joy Lewis. Laura is also certified in the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, having completed her training of books one and two in the inaugural training class with Pam Wiley and Sadie DeWall at the Mark O’Connor camp in Manhattan, New York in 2009. Laura continues to expand her teaching methods, attending workshops and teacher training courses regularly.
As a performer, Laura has played with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Besides her classical and pedagogy training, Laura has studied Baroque violin and was a member of the Baroque Ensemble Concerto Urbano. Her recordings with this group are included in the discography of the Anthology of Baroque Music published by W.W. Norton. She also enjoys playing American and Celtic fiddle and loves to learn new styles of music!
Laura believes that this foundation will give students a chance to understand culture through music as well as history of classical instruments.
Dr. Dennis Yeh
Dennis received his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He also has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance at Indiana University where he studied with Miriam Fried. Before coming to the United States, he studied with Charmian Gadd at the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia.
As a performer, Dennis has played as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His recitals have been nationally broadcast across Australia. While in Australia, he won numerous competitions in the solo and chamber music categories. After completing his Master’s degree, Dennis joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana. He later held the position of Principal Second Violin with the Knoxville Symphony in Tennessee. From 2001 to 2003, Dennis was the Associate Concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in Illinois.
As a teacher, Dennis has taught students at various levels of musical development, including those at a very advanced level. Dennis has served as a faculty member in the Preparatory Department at Millikin University. He also founded St. Louis School of Music.
Dr. Jonathan Langton
Dr. Jonathan Langton holds degrees in physics from Principia College and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before joining the Principia College faculty in 2009, he spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Santa Cruz.
Jonathan’s research interests have focused on the study of extrasolar planets. For his dissertation research, he modeled the atmospheres of strongly irradiated giant exoplanets, with particular emphasis on planets with eccentric orbits. Since then, he has worked on analysis of exoplanet observations taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. His current activities also include characterizing the observational effects of clouds and non-equilibrium chemistry in planetary atmospheres and the formation of polygonal vortices in rotating fluids.
Dr. Langton is an avid music lover who enjoys composing and playing piano in his spare time.