Gabriela Potter is a professional violinist, violist, and registered Suzuki violin instructor residing in North Carolina. Ms. Potter is registered for Violin Books 1-10 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed intensive long-term teacher training with renowned Suzuki Pedagogue Joanne Bath. As of Fall 2019, her SAA registration includes Suzuki Early Childhood Education Unit 1.
At the age of ten, Gabriela began studying the violin with Sandra Hunt in her home town of Chesapeake, Virginia. She continued her studies with Dora Marshall Mullins of Virginia Beach and was accepted into the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, which she attended for her four years of high school. As a member of the Virginia Beach Chamber Orchestra and the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia, she maintained an active performance schedule throughout south eastern Virginia.
Ms. Potter received her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she studied violin and viola with Jorge Richter and Ara Gregorian. During this time, she received chamber music coachings from Hye-Jin Kim, Emanuel Gruber, and Melissa Reardon, and completed her Suzuki Pedagogy studies with Joanne Bath. She has been selected to attend the Eastern Music Festival on scholarship, and has participated in the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Next Generation and the Next Gen on the Road concert tours.
Through the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gabriela has performed onstage with guest artists such as Michael Kannon, Maria Lambros, Keiko Sekino, Bonnie Thron, Kristopher Tong, and Xiao-Dong Wang. She has performed with the City Ballet Orchestra (Wilmington), Long Bay Symphony (Myrtle Beach), Tar River Symphony Orchestra (Rocky Mount), Carolina Coast Festival Chorus and Orchestra (New Bern), Beaufort County Orchestra (Washington), Pitt Community College Orchestra (Greenville), ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute Faculty ensemble (Greenville), North Carolina Suzuki Institute Faculty ensemble (Greenville), Greenville Civic Ballet Orchestra, Greenville Choral Society Orchestra, and the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Potter has taught for Suzuki outreach programs at public schools in Pitt and Beaufort counties, and has helped coach the Eastern Youth Symphony Orchestra and the NC Suzuki Institute student orchestras. She has taught at the Third Street Education Center, Wahl-Coates Elementary School, Bath Elementary School, the Wright School of Music, Greene County Intermediate School, Arendell Parrott Academy, the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute, the North Carolina Suzuki Institute, and the Meredith College Community School of Music. In 2017, she was awarded the Schubert Fellowship at the West Side String School in Greenville, where she maintained a private studio for two years.
Gabriela attended the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Conference in Minneapolis, and has worked as a Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Associate and an Administrative Support Associate in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. She was an active member of the Eastern North Carolina Suzuki Association while living in Greenville, and currently holds the position of Secretary of the North Carolina Suzuki Association.
Gabriela enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping in the state’s national forests, supporting small local businesses, and collecting houseplants. She is excited to call Durham her new home, and is looking forward to exploring various musical opportunities in the Triangle Area.