Significant teachers and mentors:
Several of Mrs. Surace's biggest influences including the instructors with whom she studied piano pedagogy under such as, Gui Mombaerts, Charlotte Donhowe, and Guy Duckworth.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Ann's teaching philosophy is very telling of how much she loves what she does, and moreover, how much she values what her teachers taught her. She believes that one of the most important things is to prepare piano students for a life-time appreciation of music in college and beyond. In doing this, students will not only have a greater appreciation for what they are able to do, but will also appreciate other performers in a bigger way as well.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Mrs. Surace is involved in NSMTA, AGO, and is the Music Director and Organist at Christ the King Anglican Church, Evanston. She served on piano/theory/string faculties of St. Olaf College, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and Jacksonville State University. She also taught pre-college pupils in her private studio when her 2 children were young. Mrs. Surace is proud of a long list of contest and scholarship winners at elementary and college levels in both piano and voice. Her background is enriched by many years of study in violin, clarinet, organ, and voice, with experience in orchestral, chamber, and church music.
Interests outside of music:
Outside of the music world, Ann enjoys reading, swimming, art, and good food.