About Us

Violinist Margaret Carpenter enjoys teaching a wide range of students, from just-out-of-Pull-Ups Pre-Twinklers through sleep-deprived Bruch Concerto-performing teenagers.  Before Ms. Carpenter moved to Santa Fe in 2003 to co-direct Santa Fe  Talent Education she had been co-founder and director of Omaha Talent Education. She plays in Santa Fe’s chamber orchestra, ProMusica.

Ms. Carpenter was a member of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra for eleven years. She was on the staff of the New Mexico Suzuki Institute for 8 years.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, she studied violin with Marilyn McDonald and Stephen Clapp. Ms. Carpenter was a finalist in the Oberlin Concerto Competition and a scholarship student for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms.Carpenter did graduate work at DePaul University in Chicago with violinist Joseph Genualdi. While in Chicago, Ms. Carpenter was a Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellow, performed in a master class with Pinchas Zukerman and live on WFMT. At DePaul she studied chamber music with violist Rami Solomonow.

Ms. Carpenter has been on the faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she performed in the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastern Chamber Players, coached chamber music and was chair of the theory department.  In Omaha, she was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Creighton University. Ms. Carpenter has performed with the Manly Street Chamber Players, Des Moines Metro Opera, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on tour. She was soloist with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Concerto #2 in G Minor in 2006. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ms. Carpenter started her violin studies at age four with Suzuki teacher Marilyn O’Boyle, graduating from Suzuki Volume 10 at age 13. A teacher since the Reagan administration, she has presented master classes at Eastern Music Festival and William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

She has studied Suzuki pedagogy at the American Suzuki Institute, the Colorado Suzuki Institute, the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest, and at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis. Her teacher trainers include Marilyn O’Boyle, Doris Preucil, Mark Bjork, Craig Timmerman, Louise Scott, Carol Dallinger and Nancy Lokken. She was the recipient of the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ D’Addario Scholarship,the Potter’s Violins Scholarship, a Colorado Suzuki Institute teacher scholarship and a Suzuki Memorial/American Suzuki Institute grant. She has been on the faculty of the Lincoln Suzuki Institute, the Ottawa Suzuki Institute and the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute. An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she was the coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of America for the 2004 Conference in Minneapolis.

Ms. Carpenter’s favorite Book 1 song is Go Tell Aunt Rhody. She gets very excited when her students remember to trim their fingernails. She enjoys hiking, camping, baking cakes, cooking and listening to Italian opera.


Prior to his arrival in Santa Fe, Rick Lohmann was co-director, with Margaret Carpenter, of Omaha Talent Education, founded in 1999.  He served as Concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2000, and Assistant Concertmaster for five years prior to that.  He appeared as soloist with the orchestra on an annual basis.He was awarded his Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Master of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Lohmann did additional graduate work at Penn State University and the University of Miami at Coral Gables.  His principal violin teachers include Gerald Stanick, Andor Toth, Sr., and Thomas Moore; his principal chamber music instructors include members of the Fine Arts, Pro Arte, and New Hungarian Quartets.

He has completed and registered SAA Suzuki teacher training (through Violin Book 9 two Practicums and  an overview) with Marilyn O’Boyle, Joanne Bath, Pat D’Ercole, Liz Arbus, Susan Baer, Nancy Lokken, Nancy Jackson and Alice Joy Lewis; and SAA viola teacher training with Julia Hardie (2011).  He received the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Joe Cleveland Memorial Scholarship two years in a row (2000,2001), and is the first person to receive the Suzuki Memorial/American Suzuki Institute grant two years in a row (1999, 2000).

Mr. Lohmann first came to New Mexico in the 1970’s as a student at the Taos School of Music, where he did three summers of intensive study with the New Hungarian Quartet.  He spent one season as a Resident Artist at the Banff Centre Advanced Studies in Music Winter Program, where he was the recipient of a Leighton scholarship. While at Banff, Mr. Lohmann performed with pianist Anton Kuerti and violist Bruno Pasquier, and studied with Camilla Wicks, Lorand Fenyves and Thomas Brandis, among many others. Mr. Lohmann has been resident or guest with many music festivals, including the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Mountains at Rocky Ridge, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Peninsula Festival, Spoleto USA, Festival Dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), and the Colorado Philharmonic.  For five years he was the Principal Second Violinist of the Cabrillo Music Festival, where he was featured several times on the chamber music series and recorded with the orchestra.  He was most recently a member of the faculty at the the Eastern Music Festival, where he was Assistant Principal Second Violinist with the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Eastern Chamber Players.  Mr. Lohmann was also a member of the Florida Philharmonic and served as Principal Second Violinist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.  In 2008-9 he presented the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin with Kiyoshi Tamagawa.  He continues to perform regularly with Santa Fe Pro Musica, and coaches chamber music in Pro Musica’s CHAMPS! program.

Rick was an active private teacher in Nebraska for over two decades.  While at the Eastern Music Festival, he taught violin, coached chamber music and orchestra sectionals and taught music theory. He was on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center for three summers, and has taught at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has presented master classes at Eastern, the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and William Jewell College.  He joined the faculty of the Lincoln Suzuki Institute in 2002, and has been on the faculty of the New Mexico Suzuki Institute since 2003.  He is a former Music Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. He has recently been a guest clinician at Suzuki workshops in Houston, Amarillo, and Las Cruces. .

Naomi Israel grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 3, she began her violin studies with Suzuki teacher Pat vas Dias, and has been playing and teaching ever since. A teacher of many different stripes (Biology, Violin, Piano, Hebrew, and more), Naomi has taught toddlers and 90-year-olds, and every age in between. Her formal Suzuki training is with Marilyn O’Boyle and Allen Lieb. Naomi has lived in Santa Fe for the past 12 years, where she and her family enjoy hiking, gardening, music-making and listening, homeschooling, cooking, do-it-yourself home remodeling, and traveling (not all at once).