Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher

Viola, Violin

Shannon started her violin studies at the age of five in the Greater Toronto area.  After completing several years of violin studies she studied the viola under Chau Luk of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  As her studies progressed in Hamilton, she joined the Mooredale Youth Orchestra (Toronto) and in 2012 the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Shannon went on to study viola performance and music pedagogy at York University in Toronto where she studied under Jacques Israelievitch, former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  While at York she played in the symphony orchestra and was a part of several chamber music groups.  Before moving to Winnipeg, Shannon focused her studies under the tutelage of Ivan Ivanovich, member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in large ensembles across the GTA.

What is your education and experience?

York University, also studied under Chau Luk, Jacques Israelievitch, Theresa Rudolf, Ivan Ivanovich and others.

What makes your lessons different from the rest?

I gear lessons towards developing the confidence of the student.  To accomplish this, we focus on position, technique and repertoire pieces in a warm, nurturing environment.

What do you love about teaching?

To see the progress students make from the first lesson onward and how proud they feel after mastering a new piece or performing in a recital.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking music lessons?

Come for a lesson, you never know until you try!