Turi hails from the great state of Minnesota and began playing violin at the age of 3. She learned how to play through the Suzuki method and her first teacher was her mother, Julie Hoiseth. She studied with Professor Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota while in Jr. and Sr. High school. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Professor Vartan Manoogian. While attending the University, Ms. McClain performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Upon graduation, Ms. McClain moved to Houston, Texas to pursue her Master’s degree in violin performance at Rice University. She studied under Professor Kenneth Goldsmith and graduated in 2005.
While pursuing her Master’s degree, Ms. McClain began to experiment with other styles of music and joined an Irish Rock band called Blaggards. She recorded a CD with the group and toured the country before moving to San Francisco in 2007.
In 2007 Ms. McClain joined Montana Slim String Band, a new grass ensemble based in San Francisco, CA. The group performed both locally and nationally and completed a full length CD. She can currently be seen performing as a member of Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe as well as with Nor Cal rockers Poor Man’s Whiskey.
As a performer, Ms. McClain has shared the stage with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Brett Dennen, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters and Kiyoshi Foster.
Turi began teaching lessons while in high school and continued through college. While in Houston, she taught lessons to middle school and high school students at a local high school. She received her certification in the Suzuki Violin method in 2007.
Ms. McClain currently teaches violin at the New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto, CA, Marin Community Music School in San Anselmo, CA as well as at her home studio in San Rafael, CA. She employs the Suzuki method as well as a traditional style depending on the student. She also incorporates improvisation and fiddle tunes into lessons.