Dorothea Cook

A native of Seattle, Washington, Dorothea Cook ("Deede" to her friends) majored in performance at the University of Washington where she studied violin with Vilem Sokol and Emanuel Zetlin. She augmented her college education with summer course work in England with violin pedagogue Kato Havas and in France at the Fontainebleau Summer Institute, studying theory and solfege under the direction of Robert Levin and Nadia Boulanger.

An active interest in the psychology of performance led her to work with Eloise Ristad and Lowell Roddenberry, both pioneers in the field of stress management for artists.

After many years as a professional violinist in Seattle's lively musical scene, Deede moved to Long Island, NY where she taught privately and completed a multidisciplinary bachelor's degree in music and psychology at Stony Brook University. Her studies included jazz improvisation with Ray Anderson and Todd Coolman, and continuo realization with Arthur Haas.

Her search for a holistic approach to music education led her to the pedagogy of Emile-Jaques Dalcroze, which she studied in New York City at the Dalcroze School of America and the Diller-Quaile School of Music, working with Robert Abramson, Ruth Alperson, and Anne Farber. She is a certified and licensed Dalcroze instructor who has taught Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance, the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival, the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the Westchester Suzuki Institute.

Ms. Cook is co-director of the Stony Brook University Community Music Program where she teaches the Music Basics for Kids program and directs the Adult Chamber Music program. She teaches a graduate course, "Musical Learning: The Body and Eurhythmics" for the Stony Brook University School of Professional Development. She also directs a middle school string program at The Knox School in St. James, NY.

In addition to her teaching activities, Deede plays Baroque violin and viola in period music ensembles, including the Stony Brook Baroque Players, and performs with the violin/piano duo Silken Rags with her husband, composer-pianist, Peter Winkler.