Inga Kingsley began her connection with the violin when she enrolled in the public school orchestra program in Wenatchee, Washington, in the fourth grade. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in music, summa cum laude, from Washington State University, where she studied under Dr. Meredith Arksey. Inga’s decision to become a Suzuki teacher grew from her undergraduate experiences in helping with a local Pre-Twinkle class and writing her Honors College senior thesis on the Suzuki Method’s development in the U.S. She furthered her music studies and Suzuki training at Northern Arizona University where she studied pedagogy with teacher trainer Dr. Louise Scott. Since then, Inga has taken additional training courses with Barbara Barber and Dr. Julia Hardie, as well as attended teacher workshops through the Suzuki Association of Washington State.
Beginning in 2008, Inga taught in the Palouse Suzuki Strings program, coached student ensembles for the Palouse Chamber Music Workshop, maintained a full private studio and played in the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband Trevor had many great adventures working as English teachers in Wuhan, China, from 2011-2013, but were also glad to return long-term to Pullman. Currently, Inga enjoys teaching violin and viola students of all ages, playing in the Harmonia String Quartet and volunteering as a musician at Pullman Regional Hospital. She aims for lifelong learning as a teacher and as a musician.