- B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University
A native of Kalamazoo, Abigail Schubkegel-Weener is a lively and energetic music teacher. She currently offers violin instruction in multiple schools and programs across the Kalamazoo area, teaching both private lessons and chamber groups to over 50 students of varying ages and levels. Abigail is a certified Suzuki teacher and currently holds her teaching license for Suzuki Books 1-3. She has also completed training and received her teaching license as an instructor for Music Together, an early childhood music program. Abigail sits as the Associate Concertmaster for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, acts as a substitute musician for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and performs seasonally with the BachFest orchestra. She also holds the position of concertmaster for Kalamazoo’s annual performance of Rob Gardner’s oratorio, Lamb of God.
Over the past several years, Abigail has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, winning the chair of Assistant Concertmaster (2013-2014), the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Marion Philharmonic, and acted as a guest principal player for Kalamazoo’s own Beethoven Fest. She has performed with various world-renowned ensembles, such as Celtic Woman, Manheim Steamroller, the Gaither Vocal Band, and the Pacifica String Quartet. Abigail sat as concertmistress for the IWU Orchestra from 2010-2013, performing on various occasions as a soloist, and winning both the Peru Concerto Competition and the IWU Concerto Competition.
In addition to her violin teaching, Abigail is the director of Homeschool Performing Arts’ Lower Elementary drama class, providing instruction in musical skills, presentation, coordination, movement, etc. She also serves as the voice teacher for HPA’s middle to high school programs.
Abigail thoroughly enjoys sharing the gift of music with others. She is happy to return to her native city, Kalamazoo, and invest in the musical community that has invested so much in her.