Jessica Jenkins Davis,  program director, violin/viola instructor


Email: jajdavis@meredith.edu

Office: 207 Wainwright

Professional Biography

Jessica Jenkins Davis joined the Meredith College music department in 2011. She currently serves as the director of both the Suzuki violin  program and the Community School of Music.

Prior to joining Meredith’s music school, Jessica served as a graduate teaching assistant at East Carolina University where she directed the Suzuki outreach program at Bath Elementary School. She is a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed short-term and long-term pedagogy training with Michele George and Joanne Bath.

Academic Credentials

Master of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis on Suzuki Pedagogy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,  May 2011

Bachelor of Art in Music Education, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, May 2009

Christina Wohlford, violin/viola instructor


Email: chwohlford@gmail.com

Office: Wainwright

Professional Biography

Christina Wohlford received her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. While at ECU, Wohlford completed long term teacher training in the Suzuki method under teacher trainer, Joanne Bath. She has had a wide range of experience in teaching violin and viola in the Suzuki approach including private and group lessons for children ages 4 and older.

Since finishing certification and music degrees, Wohlford has continued to further her training by taking courses such as Every Child Can! and Suzuki Principles in Action.

Wohlford began playing the violin at the age of 7 at a Magnet Elementary School in Charlotte, NC. At the age of 8 she started taking private lessons and, after moving to Cary, studied in the Meredith College Suzuki program.

Beyond playing in musical groups around the Raleigh area, Wohlford enjoys attending concerts of all musical genres, crafting and traveling.

Academic Credentials

Master of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis on Suzuki Pedagogy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,  May 2011

Margaret Garriss, violin/viola instructor


Email: megmusic333@gmail.com

Office: 118 Jones

Professional Biography

Margaret Garriss has taught violin at Meredith since 1989. She is a professional violinist, teacher and freelance musician who enjoys teaching both traditional and Suzuki students in private and group settings. While a student, Margaret was a scholarship recipient for the Paul Rolland International String Workshop held in Salzburg, Austria, and the Agnes Cooper Memorial Award from Meredith. She was also selected as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was chosen as a member of The Outstanding Young Women of America.

Garriss holds professional memberships with the American String Teacher’s Association, The Musician’s Association Local 500, The Music Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Conference, The Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Capital Area Suzuki Teacher’s Association, The Raleigh Music Club, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Since 1982, Garriss has served as an Associate Coordinator for the Lamar Stringfield Chamber Music Camp held annually at Meredith. She is also a certified non-practicing member of the Feldenkrais Method and she traveled internationally for two years as a musical missionary with the Celebrant Singers organization based in California.

Academic Credentials

M.M. in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, Meredith College

B.M. magna cum laude, Violin Performance, Meredith College

Annie Valente, violin/viola instructor

Kristin Jones, violin/viola instructor

Bio coming soon

Meredith Cooper, violin instructor

Bio coming soon

Lindsay Stipe, Cello Instructor


Lindsay Stipe is a cellist and teacher based in Durham, NC. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at UNC Chapel Hill under the instruction of Brent Wissick and earned her Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she served as cellist of the UMass Graduate String Quartet and teaching assistant to Astrid Schween, now cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet.

A registered teacher in the Suzuki Method, Lindsay continues to study Suzuki Pedagogy with Dr. Tanya Carey, celebrated cellist and former president of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has also spent several years under the mentorship of internationally recognized recording artist, Nancy Green and studied chamber music performance in Vienna, Austria with Josef Luitz.

Professionally, Lindsay has enjoyed performing in a variety of settings including the Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty Chamber Music Series, the Five College New Music Festival, and recording for North Carolina band, Lost in the Trees’ NPR featured album, “A Church That Fits Our Needs.”

Lindsay has been lucky enough to serve as teacher to wonderful students of all ages. As a graduate student, she designed and taught a cello technique course for education majors and taught cello lessons at the University of Massachusetts. After graduating, she spent two summers teaching lessons and coaching chamber music as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Since 2015, she has also served on the faculty of Kidznotes, an El Sistema based, music for social change program in Durham.


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