Laura Elena Jáuregui Wynter

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Laura Elena Jáuregui Wynter (aka Laurita), is a native of Portland, OR with a Mexican-American background. Ms. Jáuregui began her Suzuki violin studies at age five with Dorothy Kroo. She joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic Prepatory Orchestra at age nine, and later at age eleven was accepted into the studio of Raphael Spiro. She joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic performing orchestra at age 13 and continued through high school. She began teaching Suzuki Violin at age 16 with the support of her mother, a Suzuki Piano teacher.

As an adult she continued her musical studies at Portland State University under Carol Sindel, and completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1998. Professionally has played with the Jalisco State philharmonic, the Sinfónica de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, and la Orquesta Blas Galindo in Mexico. She is a former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is a registered SAA violin teacher. She was a member of the faculty at both the Community Music Center and Ethos, Inc.  She currently runs the Suzuki Stumptown program in North and North East Portland.

Laurita has been invited to teach at international Suzuki institutes in Mexico and Puerto Rico; and has taken her students along on tour to both countries. She has written articles published in the American Suzuki Journal and gave a lecture on diversity at the 2008 SAA Convention. She is a member of the Oregon Suzuki Association and was the Assistant Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute for seven years.


Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart has been teaching violin and viola to students of all ages since 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College. In addition to teaching privately in Santa Cruz, CA and Ithaca, NY; Sarah was on violin and viola faculty with the renowned Suzuki program ‘Boulder Suzuki Strings’ in Boulder, CO. She taught strings for many years for public schools throughout Santa Cruz. She currently maintains a private studio in Portland, OR.


Sara Barbee

Sara Barbee is a native to Florida, and is excited to have found her home in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of North Florida, Master of Arts from the University of Central Florida, and most recently completed her Performer’s Certificate from the Northern Illinois University.

As an orchestral bassist, she has performed with numerous orchestras across the nation including: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Columbia Symphony.

Igniting confidence through instruction, Sara believes music education should be attainable to all and directly reflects that in her teaching method. Currently, Sara is a Teaching Artist with BRAVO Youth Orchestra and a sectional instructor with Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She is accepting new Suzuki bass students!