Dennie Mehocich

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Artistic Director, Cello, Performer, Piano, String Ensemble, Violin
Suzuki Method

North Berkeley, San Rafael

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Dennie has been teaching violin privately since 1981 and taught classroom strings in schools starting in 1997.  She has successfully taught a wide variety of people ages 4 1/2 to + 70, to play the violin, viola, cello and piano.  Her student string ensemble performances have been described as “electrifying,” (Anne Cummings, teacher, Marin Waldorf School) among other superlatives.

In private studies she works on an individual basis to assess each student’s particular needs, taking into consideration each person’s unique make-up of auditory, visual and kinetic learning styles, strengths, challenges and patterns and will tailor-make a course of study drawing on a wide variety of modalities and disciplines including the Alexander Technique, t’ai chi, ballet/alignment, singing techniques, rhythmic training and sight-singing, all delivered through various string-playing styles, including Traditional Classical string studies and fiddling.  Dennie is ECC-registered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has Unit 1A violin teacher training hours, and works to help students improve incorporating Suzuki methods.

Weekly lessons are required of all students.  Students must schedule an Interview lesson during an initial 20-minute Interview conversation to be accepted into studies.  Students/parents will sign a policy agreement and contract of study upon acceptance.  In a spirit of best-practices, students generally sign to a full year of weekly lessons with daily practice requirements.  For quickest response please send a text to (415) 686-4110 or e-mail:


Dennie Mehocich, native of San Rafael, is a 35+ year member of the Marin Symphony currently under the direction of Alasdair Neale, where she frequently serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin and occasionally as Principal of this section. She was a regular member of the Orchestra for the five-year run of The Phantom of the Opera at the Curran Theater in San Francisco and has appeared in many shows in the Best of Broadway series in San Francisco, including West Side Story, Evita, Crazy for You, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly with Carol Channing and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis. She currently plays with the newly formed Philharmonia Healdsburg, often as Assistant Concertmaster. Teaching positions have included: Strings Consultant, San Rafael City Schools; Director of String Programs, Novato Charter and Marin Waldorf Schools, and Director of the Albany String Academy, an after school elementary strings program, in Albany, CA.

Ms. Mehocich studied violin with Gennady Kleyman, formerly of San Francisco Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic, who served as Chair of the violin department at Stanford University. Dennie’s early training was in piano, ballet and voice. At age 8 she performed as a singer with the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael for the Jazz Mass at Grace Cathedral orchestrated by the late great jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi and recorded on May 21, 1965 on the Fantasy Studios label.  She appeared again singing with the Fiftieth Anniversary Choir in a 50th anniversary commemoration concert at Grace Cathedral on August 15, 2015.  At age 9 she began violin lessons.

***The King Strings is a study/performance string chamber orchestra geared for the more serious amateur adult string player who’d like coaching and public performance opportunities.  The group meets on Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:45 at the North Berkeley Music In Motion teaching studio, 1345 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  Repertoire has included Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 1 in C, Haydn Piano Concerto No. 3 in F, Elgar Serenade Op. 20; currently we’re working on Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 and will play this at the open mic night at Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito.  Future works include the Elgar and Svenson serenades for strings and J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerto No. 4 in A-major.


Contact Info

(415) 686-4110 cell/text; (415) 456-6101 office