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Samara Humbert-Hughes

Title: Director of Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC
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Phone: 803-315-1345

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Dr. Humbert-Hughes serves as Director and Instructor of Violin and Viola for the Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC. She is also actively involved with the Suzuki Association of South Carolina (SASC), serving as the Treasurer for the Midlands (2014-2015) and Treasurer for the State (2015-current). In addition, Dr. Humbert-Hughes teaches pedagogy courses at the School of Music at USC as part of the Master of Music Degree in Violin/Viola Pedagogy.

Dr. Humbert-Hughes has been teaching since 1997 and has held teaching positions in England (Cambridge Suzuki Groups and at RAF Mildenhall), in Louisiana (Assistant Director and Instructor for the Centenary Suzuki School in Shreveport), in Oregon (Community Music Institute in Eugene), and in Arizona (Private Studio in Mesa). In addition to teaching, Dr. Humbert-Hughes has remained an active performer with groups such as the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony, the Longview Symphony, the Texarkana Symphony, the South Arkansas Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players and the Eugene Symphony.

She is a registered Suzuki teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in Violin Books 1- 10 and in Viola Books 1-8. Her Suzuki Method mentors include: Shelley Rich, Ed Sprunger, Judy Bossuat, Cathy Lee, Roger Stieg, Gail Johansen, Carol Dallinger, Alice Joy Lewis, Susan Kemptor, Linda Case, Betsy Stuen-Walker, and Julia Hardie.

In addition to her Master and Doctorate degrees in music, Dr. Humbert-Hughes also holds a Master’s Degree in Business in Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University. Dr. Humbert-Hughes has published articles with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers’ Association. In 2015, Dr. Humbert-Hughes earned a Certificate of Achievement, Level 1, from the SAA. 

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