The violin, viola, cello, and piano instructors at Four Oaks are highly qualified in their field.  Please read on to learn more about our faculty's impressive educational and professional backgrounds.





Masha Andreini, violin instructor, attended the Moscow Conservatory. She was the winner of the 1992 Violin Concerto Competition at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Mrs. Andreini graduated on full scholarship and with honors from Oberlin Conservatory with her Bachelor of Music degree and her Artist Diploma. Currently a first violinist with CityMusic Cleveland, Masha has performed with professional orchestras in the Cleveland area, including CityMusic Cleveland, "Red" an Orchestra, and the Cleveland Opera Orchestra. She has performed recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Music School Settlement, and Cleveland State University, as well as numerous recitals in Europe and Russia. Mrs. Andreini, who also teaches privately in Shaker Heights, has over 18 years of teaching experience. She is the instructor for the current and the previous concert mistress of the Mentor High School Orchestra.


Susan Knapp Rust, violin and viola instructor, and founder of Four Oaks Music, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University, and studied special education at the graduate level at Kent State and Edinboro Universities.  Susan studied Suzuki Pedagogy at Capitol University in Columbus and the National Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin.  She was the founder of the Ashtabula Youth Orchestra, a twenty-four member string orchestra which was in residence at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus. Ms. Knapp, who utilizes both Suzuki and Conventional methods with her students, also teaches violin at The Andrews-Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio.   She is a member of the Music and Drama Club of Lake County, and has been listed in the registry for "Women of Excellence" from the National Association of Professional and Executive Women. Ms. Knapp serves as Director of The Preludio and Intermezzo Ensembles and assists with The Four Oaks String Ensemble, which has performed at recitals, Art in the Park, a fund-raising event for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and nursing facilities in Northeast Ohio.  



Dawn Candlish, cello instructor, graduated from Duquesne University in 2008. She studied and performed throughout Europe and America including in Vienna, Austria and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Dawn, a certified Suzuki Method cello instructor, received Suzuki teacher training through the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute. In addition to instructing cello at Four Oaks, Dawn teaches preschool music classes with Music For Life and private cello students in downtown Cleveland. Currently she is completing a Masters Degree in Cello Performance at Cleveland State University where she has performed as a soloist with the CSU Chamber Orchestra.

Chien-Hui Haynes , pianist, bassoon performer, and music instructor, holds a diploma from Idyllwild Arts Academy, a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, and a Masters of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Chien-Hui was recruited from Taiwan at the young age of twelve to further her music education in the United States. She has been teaching and performing since 1989, working with many well-known conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mehli Mehta, John Williams, and Seiji Ozawa. From 2000-2006, she instructed piano, bassoon, recorder, and music theory at The Children's Creative Art Center in Granite Bay, California. Mrs. Haynes, who instructed music theory at The Cleveland Music Settlement, includes both solo material and theory in her private music lessons. She instructs recorder and theory in both private and group lessons for the Four Oaks Homeschoolers Program, as well as private piano lessons.


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