Early childhood through grade 12

Hawthorne Valley Association

Alison Eldredge, born in New York city, graduated in violin performance from the University of British Columbia, studied chamber music at the Banff Center School of the Arts, and was graduate assistant to Mauricio Fuks at McGill University, Montreal. As a violinist she was a founding member of I Musici de Montreal, and has served as Concertmaster/Assistant Concertmaster for orchestras in Canada, Spain and Mexico. A trained Suzuki teacher, Alison has taught strings from beginners to university entrants. Fascinated by how children learn, in Guanajuato Mexico she formed a study group for a new Waldorf initiative, did teacher training at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School, and later sought out Waldorf education for her two children. She taught French and Music at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Vermont 2000 – 2004 and again, after four years in Mexico in the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, from 2008 to 2010. Over the last decade Ms. Eldredge has been living in Wellington NZ, where she founded Arohanui Strings, a Sistema youth orchestra program which grew from one class at one school to four music centers serving 500 children each year. Her honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from Suzuki Mexico and Wellingtonian of the Year for Education 2017. She and her husband David Moonan are delighted to be once again in their native land, to join the anthroposophical community at Hawthorne Valley, and be near their daughters in western Massachusetts.