After begging for a violin for years, Cana Hunter got one for her eleventh birthday and has been playing ever since. She stuck with it because of her love for music, earning a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.M. in Composition from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Her primary violin instructor was Mathias Tacke of the Vermeer Quartet, and she also studied violin with Blaise Magniere, Marie Wang, and Anthony Devroye, all members of the Avalon String Quartet. Aside from performing in the NIU Philharmonic and the NIU String Ensemble, she has played professionally in the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, the Highland Community College Orchestra, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. After graduating college, Cana moved from her hometown of Mount Carroll, IL to Dallas.
During her teen years Cana played in the band Quicksilver, performing at local festivals and dance halls. Where before she much preferred providing the music, now she also enjoys being out on the dance floor, especially for Texas two-step and country swing.
Cana loves helping music listeners become music performers. As a teacher, Cana is patient, calm, and gentle with all ages. She keeps a positive tone and environment because she believes a positive attitude is the cornerstone of learning anything new. She encourages and builds up students for their hard work. She loves to strategize ways to help students understand new concepts and grow in their love for music.