Anne Sato is an adjunct cello instructor at ISU. Since arriving in Pocatello from Chicago in 2010, she has been teaching a large private studio of cellists, ranging in age from 4 years old to adult. She is currently playing cello with the Idaho State Civic Symphony and is a sectional coach for the ISCS Junior Strings and Youth Orchestra. Anne has been director of and cello teacher with ISCS SummerStrings, 2012, 2013.
Anne began her cello studies with Carleton McCreery at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Wis., and with Hans Schmettau at the Brevard Music Center, N.C. She continued her studies in cello performance and Suzuki pedagogy at DePaul University in Chicago with Gilda Barston. Additional teachers included Joseph “Sam” Sciacchitano (Chicago Symphony), Tanya Carey, and Jean Dexter, as well as many other wonderful teachers at the American Suzuki Institute, the Chicago Music Institute, and numerous workshops in the Chicago area. She has performed in a master class with Lynn Harrell, and has been coached in chamber music by Larry Combs, Gail Williams, and Margaret Hillis.
Anne has had extensive teaching experience, having pioneered Suzuki cello programs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Evanston In-School Music Association, Barrington Suzuki Strings, McHenry County Strings, Baker Demonstration School, and at several Montessori and Waldorf Schools on the Chicago Area. She taught at the Music Center of the North Shore (now the Music Institute of Chicago), and was a summer teacher for the studio of Gilda Barston. She has been an instructor at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point Wis, and the Northern Michigan Suzuki Institute in Escanaba, Mich. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
In addition to performing with the ISCS, Anne has played with the Green Bay Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, trio Diletto Musicale, and numerous chamber and freelance groups in the Chicago area.
Before coming to Pocatello, Anne also worked as a massage therapist with Dr. Vinita Azarow, D.C., as well as in her own private practice. Her volunteer services included the Chicago Marathon, the Aids Alternative Health Project, and the Sisters of Wright Hall.