About Martha Vance

Martha Vance’s background combines extensive teaching experience with orchestral and ensemble performance experience.

Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, Martha Vance’s airy, light-drenched studio is convenient to Washington, D.C., and the nearby Maryland suburbs.

Photo by Donna Maclean

In addition to teaching through her private studio, she has been on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival Suzuki Camp in Vermont and of the European Suzuki Association (ESA) Institute in Helsinki.

Martha studied the Suzuki method with master cello teacher-trainer Annette Costanzi, now based in London. In addition, she has studied at Suzuki institutes in Washington, D.C., Ithaca, N.Y, and Borlange, Sweden, as well as at the International String Camp in Calgary, Canada. She has also studied music pedagogy and string technique with the celebrated French bassist-teacher Francois Rabbath. She holds a B.F.A. in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Martha also performs throughout the Washington, D.C., area as a freelance musician, including making regular appearances with the Bay Strings quartet. She has played with the Virginia Beach (Virginia) Pops Orchestra, and was also formerly a member of the Annapolis (Maryland), Charlotte (North Carolina) and Savannah (Georgia) symphonies.

She and her late husband, George Vance, produced and directed the Summer Bass Workshop in Maryland for 20 years and organized workshops and concerts by Francois le Roux (“Ha!Man”), an improvising cellist from South Africa. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program.