Dr. Giselle Hillyer moved to Moscow in August 2013, where she is active as a teacher and a performer of music. In her time here she has thoroughly enjoyed the new relationships with her students and their families that teaching in the Preparatory Division has provided her, as well as the mix of ages and personalities in her studio.
Giselle has had Suzuki training with James Hutchins at East Carolina University as well as 14 years of experience teaching students of all levels. From 2006 – 2013 Giselle was a lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and before this she was an Associate Professor of Music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her students have been scholarship winners at national summer festivals and concerto competition winners. More importantly, Giselle has been most pleased when she could help a student accomplish personal goals in his or her playing and life.
Giselle frequently plays solo and chamber music recitals in the Palouse region as well as nationally and abroad. Some of her recent concerts include solo recitals in Pullman and New Zealand and chamber music concerts with WSU and University of Idaho faculty in Moscow. As an orchestral musician Giselle has performed as concertmaster with the Idaho Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as with the Palouse Choral Society, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Giselle has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. Her teachers included Jan Tawroszewicz, Beryl Kimber, Michelle Auclair and Ben Sayevich. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Washington State.