Victoria Eicher grew up in Minneapolis and began playing violin at the age of 4 in the Suzuki program at MacPhail Center for the Arts. Victoria is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music where she studied with Mary West, Young-Nam Kim and Lea Foli. A scholarship recipient to the National Orchestral Institute (Baltimore), she has played under the batons of Kenneth Jean, Yoel Levi and Catherine Comet. Before moving to San Diego in 1993, Victoria was Assistant Concertmaster in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Victoria maintains a schedule of sonatas with pianist Nadja O’Hagan and quartet sessions with local musicians. She has performed with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Orquestra de Baja, Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Caprice Strings, and in chamber ensemble programs throughout San Diego. In 2010, Victoria opened her home studio for private lessons and joined the North Coast Strings staff as a violin coach for beginning adult students. As the Director of the City Heights Music School, Ms. Eicher steps into her lifelong dream of bringing together a diverse selection of musicians to inspire and encourage students of all ages through music.
Shannon Yandall is a talented musician and strings teacher who shares her love of music with students of all ages across San Diego County. Shannon maintains a successful private studio and is an experienced classroom teacher having taught instrumental music in many area schools and districts including: The Montessori Institute of La Jolla, San Marcos School District, National City School District, Oceanside School District, and South Bay School District. Also, a passionate chamber music enthusiast and accomplished musician, Shannon performs frequently on violin, viola, and cello throughout Southern California. Shannon is the founder of String Savvy San Diego and violist in the San Diego String Quartet. Undaunted by music of any genre, she maintains a busy schedule between rehearsing, teaching, and performing in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and live music events across the county.