Maeve O'Hara is an Irish-American violinist and registered Suzuki violin teacher based in Oak Park, IL. Described as a player whose "talent can be heard from the first note," (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg) her musical life has led her to the stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and abroad to venues throughout London, Ireland, and China.
A dedicated and motivated educator, Maeve is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and is currently on the faculty of the Naperville Suzuki School / Western Springs School of Talent Education.
In 2018, along with her longtime friend and Suzuki colleague Victoria Szczepaniak, she founded Suzuki Early Childhood Chicago, an organization bringing the early childhood component of Suzuki to the Chicagoland area, currently in Western Springs and Hyde Park.
Maeve is committed to continuing training in the Suzuki Method, and has completed Books 1-10, repeating books several times, as well as stages one and two Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training. She has completed training in her current program with Edward Kreitman, Nancy Jackson, and Thomas Wermuth, SECE training for stages one and two with Sharon Jones, long-term Teacher Training from School for Strings with Allen Lieb, Katerina Gerson, and also spent a year of long-term training (books 1-4) with Sandy Reuning (former SAA president), and Carrie Reuning-Hummel in Ithaca, NY's Ithaca Talent Education. Maeve's former teaching engagements include the Suzuki programs within the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Queens College Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, Greenwich House Music School. She brought her Suzuki teaching to public schools as a Teaching Artist for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in an intensive el sistema program based in Newark, NJ, and formerly taught over 300 students in Brooklyn Conservatory's Music Partners program in schools P.S. 321, 230, and 107.
As a violinist, Maeve has played with the Binghamton Philharmonic, String Orchestra of Brooklyn (principal second), Fire Island Pines Art Project, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie (tours to China 2012 & 2014), Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and the Purchase Opera Company. Recently, she has enjoyed getting back to chamber music playing with her colleagues via the Living Room Players. She can be heard on recordings with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Purchase Opera Company, both available through Albany Records. Outside the classical genre, she loves to play traditional Irish music when visiting family in Ireland, at a ceilidh or session. Maeve appeared on John Schaeffer's Soundcheck in June 2013 with independent Irish singer/songwriter Julie Feeney, playing violin accompaniment to a few intimate tracks recorded live in the WNYC studios.
Maeve holds two degrees in violin performance, a Master of Music degree summa cum laude from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (2012), and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College (2010). Her primary studies were with Calvin Wiersma (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan String Quartet), and Susan Waterbury (founding member, Cavani String Quartet). She had additional training with Carmit Zori and Linda Case. She was the winner of the Purchase College 2012 Concerto Competition (Tchaikovsky), served as concertmaster and principal second of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca College Symphony & Chamber Orchestras, and was a member of two period-informed performance groups, the Purchase Camerata and Ithaca Early Music ensemble. She spent a semester abroad in London, studying with Maureen Smith at the Royal College of Music and performing with the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra.
She has been fortunate to participate in master classes for Gil Shaham, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Rachel Barton Pine, Orion String Quartet, Tashi Ensemble, Ying Quartet, and Chiara Quartet. She was a recipient of the Emily Grant scholarship, Keilocker Scholarship, Emerson Scholarship, and won the Brookshire Award in 2012 for academic and performance based achievements.
Growing up in the rich musical community of Rochester, NY, Maeve studied with Alice Kay Kanack in her formative years, where she was exposed to improvisation from an early age. Ms. Kanack is the author of the 'Creative Ability Development' series, a complement to the Suzuki method that proves individual musicality and creativity can be developed alongside solid musicianship and technique, through improvisation. During Summer of 2014, Maeve completed teacher training in the CAD method and is thrilled to incorporate it into her studio.