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Our Section Instructors

Part of having a great orchestra program is getting students more individualized instruction. At Westport we have some of the best instructors in the area on Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. Continue reading to find more information on these instructors!

Violin, Julianne Gunn


Julianne is a sought-after musician in the Louisville area.  From masterfully teaching all ages both in the classroom and in private lessons, to artfully performing in solo, chamber ensemble, and orchestral settings, she is a multifaceted instrumentalist with a passion for imparting the love of music to others.  She is known as being a patient, understanding, and encouraging teacher whose desire is to meet each student where they are and inspire them to grow as people and musicians.

Julianne is a Suzuki registered teacher for violin.  She primarily uses the Suzuki approach for teaching while supplementing copious amounts of technique, scales, sight-reading, and etudes, giving each student specific goals to meet every week. Julianne holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education from the University of Georgia (2009) and a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Louisville (2012).  She is a member of the Owensboro Syphony Orchestra and performs frequently with the Peccatte String Quartet

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Cello, Dr. Cecilia Huerta-Lauf

Cecilia has enjoyed tenures with groups such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Discovery Ensemble, Florida Grand Opera, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & founding String Quartet. Cecilia was also the founding administrative director and principal cellist of the Boston Latin-American Orchestra. Honors include first prize winner of the Chicago Cliff Dwellers String Competition, first prize winner of Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Grant award, and was a nominee for the Chicago Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Young Artists in 2011. In August of 2012, she was selected as one of 17 semi-finalists from around the world in the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition held in Morelia, Mexico.

Now a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, she performs and teaches in the Louisville area, including assistant principal of Paducah Symphony Orchestra  and Crescent Hill Radio’s Classical Hour live chamber music show. Cecilia also serves as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville Board and Executive Committee. She has participated in music festivals across the United States, Canada, France, and Italy, most recently at the Banff Centre and Carteret Cello Festival.

Currently, Cecilia is freelancing and residing in the Louisville, Kentucky area. She is the assistant principal cellist of Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the Louisville Ballet and Louisville Orchestra. She is a member of the Highland Chamber Players and as an electric cellist in Electria. Additionally, Cecilia is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville Board and Executive Committee and performs frequently on Crescent Hill Radio’s “Classical Hour” live show. As of 2016, Cecilia is the founding director of NouLou Chamber Players, a new chamber music series at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.

Cecilia enjoys expanding her repertoire outside of the traditional classical scene with forays into Latin-American music, Jazz, Bluegrass, improvisation, rock, theater, and Broadway. As an instructor, Cecilia brings support and dedication to her pupils, having taught at the university and preparatory levels at University of Miami, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Frost String Academy, and Superior Music Academy. She is also a certified teacher in the O’Connor String Method. Locally, Cecilia serves on faculty at Suzuki Stars Music Academy and University of Louisville’s Community Music Program in addition to having guest coached at Louisville YouthOrchestra, Meyzeek Middle School, Westport Middle School and Youth Performing Arts School.

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Double Bass, Jordan Wright


Jordan Wright is a bass performer and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in bass performance from the University of Louisville, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in bass performance from the University of Louisville. He is also an alumnus of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
Jordan maintains an active performing career as an orchestral bass player, a chamber musician, and as a jazz bassist. He is a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and has been involved with the Louisville Civic Orchestra since 2011. He also loves to perform in chamber ensembles and jazz combos. He performs with many ensembles in various venues throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.
In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Sewanee University, Jordan serves as the bass instructor of the Louisville Community Music Program. He is a sectional coach and bass instructor in many public schools throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He also enjoys being a private lessons instructor to many young musicians.



Viola, Sam Meade


Sam was the violist in the University of Louisville Graduate String Quartet coached by Patrick Rafferty. He was principal violist from 2012 – 2014 for the University Symphony Orchestra and studied viola performance with Brittany MacWilliams, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant. Prior to U of L, he earned a B.S. in music education and a B.S. in sacred music while studying viola with Professor Fritz Valenches. He was a recipient of the Virginia Mitchell Music Scholarship (2009). He received and is continuing training and registration in Suzuki Violin with Dr. Timothy Durbin (2012, 2015 – 2016). Currently, he enjoys going to various middle and high schools in the Jefferson County Public Schools and works with their viola sections. He holds teaching studios at the Boaz Performance Academy and the Seminary School of the Arts where he helps direct the Suzuki String Program. He has performed in various orchestras in the Kentucky area and is a founding member of the Peccatte String Quartet. Sam is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American Viola Society, and the American String Teacher Association.

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