"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin' what else does man need to be happy?"
Albert Einstein

Violin Teachers

Shanka Cicani

Shanka CicaniShanka Cicani earned her Bachelors Degree from the College of Musica at the University of Tirana, Albania.  Her students have sucessfully won scholarships to study at prestigious music schools in France, Italy, Belgium, and the United States.  She has toured throughout Europe and was called to perform for Princess Diana's brother, the Earl of Spencer, during his visit to Albania. Shanka held a teaching position at the University of Tirana, Albania for over 23 years.  Ms. Cicani moved to Las Vegas in 2000.  She currently teaches at the Amadeus School of Music, the CSN Music Department, and collaborates with the Las Vegas Academy Orchestra as a para-professional.


Tianna HarjoTianna Harjo

            Tianna N. Harjo is a Nevada native originally from Reno, Nevada.  She earned her Master of Music, Applied Music with a special emphasis in Orchestral Performance at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Tianna has performed with various organizations and groups throughout the West Coast including the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nightingale Quartet, the Nevada Opera Association, the AVA Ballet Company, the Susanville Symphony, the Accent String Quartet,  the Transiberian Orchestra, YES!, the Electric Light Orchestra, Edgar Meyer, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, and Luciano Pavaratti.  Tianna is also an accomplished conductor and arranger, specializing primarily in contemporary and rock genres.  She teaches privately and is constantly promoting music education, especially amongst the youth of our community.


Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy was born and raised in Las Vegas where as a young aspiring violinist studied under Greisha Globoff and Kalman Banyak. Upon high school graduation, he moved to Southern California to study with Eudice Shapiro at USC.
For the past twenty years, Mr. Murphy resided in the Midwest. He freelanced, was a featured soloist and member of several orchestras and ensembles, and co-owned the River Band Conservatory of Music. He maintained a private teaching studio for over twenty years and owned Murphy's Violin Shop.
Mr. Murphy recently relocated to his hometown where he performs in various showrooms, is a member of several orchestras, repairs instruments and bows, and has opened a studio at Violin Outlet to teach the next generation of violinists.


Kaleigh Murphy

Kaleigh MurphyKaleigh Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and a master's degree in violin performance from Colorado State University. Before moving to the Las Vegas area in 2015, she played for four years with the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Wyoming. Kaleigh received her Suzuki certification from the University of Denver, and has been teaching both Suzuki and traditional methods for ten years.  She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.


Ray Pancarowicz

Ray PancarowiczRaymond Pancarowicz, an Eastman School of Music graduate, was Instrumental Music Department Chairman (1987-2007) for the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Richmond Symphony, Nova Trio, and the Virginia Symphony, where he was assistant concertmaster. A former string and harp instructor with the Hampton and Norfolk Public Schools, Mr. Pancarowicz is the composer and arranger of numerous published works for orchestra (MSB Publications) and is also active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He studied violin and conducting in the Netherlands with Mr. Sydney Harth (former concertmaster of the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras) after being awarded the prestigious SURDNA Foundation Arts Teacher Fellowship. After moving to Las Vegas, he continued his music career by teaching privately and performing in various productions such as "Phantom, the Las Vegas Spectacular!" A member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Mr. Pancarowicz has years of teaching experience and enjoys working with students of all levels.


Robert Taras

Robert Taras earned B.M. and M.A. degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music. He holds state teaching licenses in both Nevada and New York State, being involved in public school education since 1980. He has performed in several Las Vegas show orchestras, and now maintains a teaching studio of dedicated, talented students. Mr. Taras currently plays in the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, where he has previously served three years as concertmaster.