Abigail Van Steenhuyse, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, received degrees in violin performance from East Carolina University and University of Michigan. She is the winner of the Mary Ruth Hardy Violin Scholarship and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Performing in various festivals and ensembles, Van Steenhuyse has toured England, Iceland, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, and Canada. After completing a three-year training program in 2008, she became an AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) certified teacher of the Alexander Technique from Alexander Technique Ann Arbor (ATAA), directed by Jane Heirich. Van Steenhuyse is on the faculty of the Paul Rolland String Method Workshop at George Mason University where she teaches the Alexander Technique and the string pedagogy of Paul Rolland. She has presented Alexander Technique workshops to musicians at the 2013 and 2014 American String Teacher’s Association Conventions, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and for the Wilmington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has also taught Alexander workshops at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC, the Wilmington Parkinson and Lewy Body Dementia Support Group, and Miller-Motte College in Wilmington, NC. Van Steenhuyse is a member of the Wilmington and Long Bay Symphonies, the Atlantean Piano Trio, and a founding member of the Caretta Quartet. In November, 2013, she was an alumni guest artist at the Four Seasons Chamber Music festival at East Carolina University under the direction of Ara Gregorian. She was also recently invited to play in the Carolina International Orchestra, an exciting new collaboration with the China National Orchestra, and the Port City Music Festival, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Framil. Abigail lives in Wilmington, NC, where she performs and has a violin studio, an Alexander Technique studio, and does custom chinrest fittings. She has been teaching violin for eleven years and the Alexander Technique since 2008.