Leah Howard

Leah Howard

Leah has been fascinated with the violin ever since she picked it up for the first time when she was ten, and played Jingle Bells. A few months later, she performed the song solo for her elementary school, and joined her first youth orchestra.

Leah started formal, private Suzuki training the following year, when she moved from Oregon to California, and continued to study violin in school and privately, throughout her high school years.  Some of her early musical experience includes playing in her high school orchestra, professional strolling violinist, violinist in a professional youth quartet, and playing violin in a community philharmonic orchestra.

Soon after moving to Roanoke in 2002, Leah joined the Valley Chamber Orchestra as a violinist, publicist and board member for two and a half years, while she pursued her degree in Commercial Design and the Arts, at Hollins University. Leah was very active in the Music Department at Hollins, where she studied music theory, Latin American Music, and Bach, as well as taking private voice and violin lessons. She is proud to have been awarded a surprise scholarship by the head of the Music Department.

Using the Suzuki Method, which emphasizes listening to music, as well as technique, Leah’s students can learn the fundamental foundational tools that will make it possible to play any kind of music they enjoy.

Now a Hollins Alumna and professional Graphic Designer, Leah is excited to start teaching violin, and sharing music, which she considers to be one of the most beautiful gifts in her life, with others.

Leah is currently accepting violin students of all ages.