Caitlin Leffingwell

 Ms. Leffingwell with some of her former STA students and other young musicians from the Greater Hartford Area in the backstage area just before performing at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Leffingwell with some of her former STA students and other young musicians from the Greater Hartford Area in the backstage area just before performing at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Suzuki Strings Instructor

Phone Extension: 14

Email: cleffingwell@stmswh.org

Starting as a gumptious second grader, “Ms. L” learned to play violin in a Suzuki strings program that placed equal emphasis on musical excellence and community service—studying an extensive variety and high caliber of music for ten years with Joanne Kuder and Monica VanderBaan. This focus on service led to a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Community Studies from UConn, as well as frequent involvement with youth through various ministries, outreaches, and mentoring opportunities—all seemingly on track to enter the field of Social Work and youth development. Yet before even graduating, her continued involvement with local worship teams, bands, and orchestras led to accepting the position of violin instructor at an after school program in the North End of Hartford, CT. From that moment, a new path emerged as God provided a beautiful way to combine her love for music and passion for serving youth. In the seven years since, she has completed four Suzuki trainings and three Berklee certifications, received training as a Music Together instructor, and studied with Dr. Luciana Arraeas at HARTT Community Division. She completed her Masters’ Degree in Urban Studies: Community Arts through Eastern University in Philadelphia, which involved assisting the launch of a strings program in the Bedouin city of Rahat, Israel. In addition to St. Thomas the Apostle School and St. Timothy Middle School, she currently teaches at six very diverse schools in the Greater Hartford Area and seeks "to use high quality musical training to connect diverse communities, increase musical equability in lower income communities, and encourage the development of quality character in her students."