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    Marta Edler

    Pianist, Co-Founder of the Third Viennese School of Music

    Marta is an accomplished pianist and passionate teacher. At a sold-out performance in the District of Columbia, the Washington Post praised her ability to “create delightful caricatures with bright rhythms, deliberate octaves, and gentle lines.” In addition to solo performances, Marta frequently collaborates with individual vocalists, instrumentalists, orchestras, chamber groups, choirs, and opera productions.


    Marta received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and has also completed Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Music Theory. She has extensive teaching experience in both the St. Louis and Washington, D.C. areas. Her students have successfully competed across the country and have been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York.

    Thomas Edler

    Vocalist, Co-Founder of the Third Viennese School of Music

    Thomas is a St. Louis native who is dedicated to excellence in vocal technique and performance. He received his training in the St. Louis and Washington, D.C. areas. During his education, he performed extensively with over 12 choirs and has implemented the best teaching methodologies from his teachers with his students at the Third Viennese School of Music.


    Thomas completed his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He is inspired by the musical culture of St. Louis and desires to train a new generation of musicians.

    Ann Hirschl

    Violinist, Faculty for private Violin Lessons

    Ann Hirschl grew up in a musical family in Washington, Missouri. She began violin studies at the age of ten, and as a teenager she moved to New York to study with Dorothy Delay at Juilliard's Pre College division. She then earned her bachelor's degree at Juilliard and a master's degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, studying with Emanuel Borok.


    While living in Dallas, Ann was a finalist in the Dallas Symphony auditions and she substituted with both the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphonies as well as being associate concertmaster of the Dallas Opera orchestra. In 1995, Ann moved back to St. Louis to play with the St. Louis Symphony after winning a job as a replacement player.


    Currently, she enjoys playing with many different groups in the St. Louis area, such as the Salem Methodist orchestra, Bach Society orchestra, Rosewood Ensemble, and several other groups.

    Ann teaches violin in the Webster Groves school district and she also gives private lessons.


    She is the proud mother of Aidan Ip, a wonderful violinist and a graduate student at New England Conservatory. She plays violin made by Nicolas Gagliano in Naples, Italy in 1751.