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Alicia Randisi-Hooker with three suzuki cello students at group class in her East Tennessee studio

Alicia Randisi-Hooker with three suzuki cello students at group class in her East Tennessee studio.

Alicia Randisi-Hooker has been an active cellist and teacher for more than twenty years. She holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her principal teachers were Mary Fraley, Lev Aronson, Deborah Reeder, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Laszlo Varga, and Valentin Erbin.

An enthusiastic champion of the Suzuki philosophy, Alicia was the first cello teacher in the Philadelphia area to complete training in all ten Suzuki books. She served as the Artistic Director and head of the cello department at the Academy of Children’s Music in Fort Washington, PA for ten years. She was among the first graduates of the Music Together program of early childhood music education, and while at the Academy, supervised the growth and development of the cello program from one student to more than forty.

Alicia has taught at SAA sanctioned Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States, and enjoys teaching a variety of students from ages three to eighty. Her students have been the recipients of many prizes, scholarships, and competitions, including the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Her belief in the power of music to facilitate healing and to educate the whole child have led her to work not only with a high number of musically gifted children, but also those with special challenges.

Alicia received the Outstanding Teacher award from the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts in 2006 and was nominated again in 2008. This award recognizes teachers who successfully encourage student's use of music as an aesthetic experience, artistic phenomenon and expressive agent.

Alicia has performed extensively in both the United States and Europe. She has been a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the Philly Pops, and many other orchestras in the Philadelphia area. She is an avid chamber musician who has performed regularly with Trio Spumante and other ensembles in and around the Knoxville area. Fueled by her studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, at the International Institute for Chamber music, her commitment to performing chamber music has remained strong all of her professional life.

The mother of two young adults, Alicia currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, a medical doctor.

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Alicia Randisi-Hooker with young suzuki cello student at a private lesson in her Knoxville, TN, studio.

Alicia Randisi-Hooker with young suzuki cello student at a private lesson in her Knoxville, TN, studio.