Larisa is a violinist and private instructor based in Central Jersey. She graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University, as a participant in the Governor’s Teaching Scholars Program, with a degree in Music Education in 1993. She has studied violin with David Dusylovitch, Oscar Ravina, and Beverly Somach.
Larisa spent six years teaching strings at the elementary, middle, and high school level in both Manalapan-Englishtown and Summit, New Jersey. During this time, she was also a sectional first violinist in the Summit Symphony Orchestra and secretary for the NJ Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
In 2000, Mrs. Epps established a private violin studio in her Hamilton Square home. Her students regularly participate in the NJ ASTA Certificate Program Exam, consistently receiving certificates from the Foundation Level through Level 10. She has also successfully prepared students for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 Violin Exam, the ABRSM Diploma Exam, and college auditions. Her students have been members of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Central Jersey.
Larisa enjoys performing with Gail Lee’s Sinfonietta Nova, Princeton Alliance Church Orchestra, the Tutti Dolce Violin Trio, and for Sweet Harmony.