Our Faculty

Our faculty at STEA are highly-trained individuals with a genuine love for music and creating that love in others. Learn about each member of our faculty, visit their blogs for news regarding their classes, and send them a message below.




Bethany Dawson  Cello

Bethany Dawson has taught private music lessons for seven years. Bethany completed teacher training for Suzuki Cello Unit 1 and 2, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of America (SAA), and of Music Teachers of North America (MTNA).

Bethany earned her Bachelor of Arts in music from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. She received scholarships from the Bristol Music Club, the Women’s Symphony Committee, and the Bristol Host Lions Club. Bethany has performed in cello master classes with several artists, including Zuill Bailey and Moises Molina.

Bethany began studying cello at age six using the Suzuki Method. Her cello teachers have included Tim Mutschlecner, Cherylonda Fitzgerald, and Dr. Beth Cantrell. Bethany also studied Suzuki violin for seven years with Jane MacMorran.

Bethany is the resident cellist for Dawson Wedding Musicians, and serves as cellist at Abingdon Presbyterian Church. She has collaborated with various ensembles to provide special event music for nine years, recently appearing as a guest artist with the Paramount Chamber Players.

Catherine McGlasson  Violin Viola Piano
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Catherine McGlasson, originally from Kentucky, began teaching for Lexington Talent Education Association in 1972. She travelled to Matsumoto, Japan to study violin and teacher-training with Dr Shinichi Suzuki and has further studied Suzuki Method with many of the first Suzuki teachers in the United States, including William Starr, Margery Aber, John Kendall, Louise Behrend and Kay Collier McLaughlin. She served as Co-Director of the Central Kentucky Suzuki Strings Association and as Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Suzuki Strings.

Ms. McGlasson completed Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and did post-graduate study in violin pedagogy with Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois. She divides time between teaching and performing, including local symphonies and chamber groups such as the Johnson City Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Paramount Chamber Players, East Tennessee Baroque Ensemble, Shelbridge Players and the McGlasson-MacMillan Duo.

She was founder of the Midway College Suzuki Program, instructor of violin and orchestra conductor at Berea College and was a member of the LaMay String Quartet, which toured Kentucky and surrounding states. She is active as a clinician/lecturer at various institutes, workshops and seminars throughout the United States, Canada and France.

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Jessica Siple  Piano

Ms. Siple  holds a BA degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she studied piano performance with Dr. Stuart Pratt, and organ with Karen Bradenburg Stephens.  She continued her post graduate studies in piano performance with Dr. Philip Howard of Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro, TN.

She first became aware of Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy of talent training while a student at Meredith College. It was during that period that Dr. Suzuki first came to the United States with his amazing young violinists, and, seeing them perform on television, she became convinced that his understanding of  talent education was unparalleled in the world of music pedagogy.  Years later, she was fortunate enough to live in  the same community, and study with, Bruce Anderson, an amazing teacher who had spent many years in training with Madame Kataoka and Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto.

During the years of training, Ms. Siple maintained her own Suzuki Studio in Seminole, FL as well as teaching for Mr. Anderson when he traveled.  She taught in the Suzuki Intenational Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL where Madame Kataoka was the principle teacher.  During that workshop, she participated in a masterclass conducted by Ms. Kataoka.

She has been a church organist since graduating from college, and now serves as choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, TN.  She was the music teacher for Wellington Schools in St. Petersburg, FL, and the Children’s Choir Director/Organist for Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole, FL.   She was the music director for Bravo Children’s Theatre.  While living in St. Petersburg, she accompanied for many local artists, and gave concerts as part of a piano duo, “Four Hands One Piano”.  Empowering children to love music is her passion.

She is the mother of two daughters, Paige and Elisa, and lives in Jonesborough where she teaches private piano lessons.




Kimberly Zeigler Violin Viola

As an undergraduate, Kimberly Zeigler studied with Sarah Johnson at Converse College and later with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock at Appalachian State University. During her studies at ASU she played with the Liberace Honors Quartet and the Hayes Graduate Quartet and took part in master classes with the Degas Quartet and Martin Beaver of the Tokyo Quartet. She also traveled to China with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and performed in the Beijing Concert Hall.

Kimberly now performs with the Johnson City Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, and The Paramount Chamber Players. She is the Coordinating Director of Chamber Music Lenoir, a project formed for the purpose of presenting high quality chamber music performances to the town of Lenoir and the surrounding mountain communities. George Figueroa, Artistic Director of CML, continues to be a major influence on Kimberly’s violin studies and pursuits in pedagogy and chamber music performance. Kimberly is also a 2015 graduate of the Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies program, lead by Robin Gilmore. The Alexander Technique continues to shape her teaching style and personal practice of the violin and to fuel lifelong interest in mind/body connection. Over the course of the past four years Kimberly has used the Suzuki method within her private violin studio, and in the summer of 2015 she will complete her teacher training in Book 2.