Sheryl Shohet

Sheryl Shohet

Violin, Viola / Waipio Gentry


“In addition to playing the violin beautifully and loving music, students in my violin studio learn valuable life lessons. My studio is a close-knit community of students and families who interact with me, with each other, with other music organizations, and with various populations we serve while sharing our music.”


Violin, Viola


Waipio Gentry


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Ages Taught

3 - Adult

Levels Taught

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced



B.M. and B.M.Ed., Drake University
M.M., Hartt School of Music


HMTA, Hawaii Symphony (member 36 years), Suzuki Assoc. of Hawaii (board), Suzuki Assoc. of the Americas (member and presenter), Hawaii American String Teachers Association (board), Musicians Assoc. of Hawaii (board), Waiau Elementary School (violin teacher), Honolulu Church of Christ (member).


Sheryl Shohet, originally from Wisconsin, has been a first violinist in the Hawaii (formerly Honolulu) Symphony since 1983. Before coming to Hawaii, she was a first violinist in the Hartford Symphony (CT), the Des Moines Symphony (IA) and the Colorado Philharmonic. She taught strings for several years at Graceland College (IA).

Sheryl teaches a violin program for Waiau Elementary School in Pearl City in addition to her private studio in Waipahu. Her student ensemble Na Mele O Suzuki has toured Japan twice and plans to tour England in 2020. Her students are known for their enthusiasm, love of music, and leadership positions in school orchestras and youth symphonies. Six of her former students currently teach music at Hawaii institutions.

Sheryl has taught at Suzuki Institutes in Kansas, New Mexico, and Maui, and co-founded and directs the Hawaii Suzuki Institute. She is active in several music organizations, and enjoys traveling to national conferences to continue learning and to present topics to her colleagues. Her daughter is a chemical engineer who enjoys attending concerts and playing violin in California.


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