Guarneri House

Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

The Grand Haven Area Public School Orchestra Program has grown significantly in the past several years into an exuberant music program encompassing 5th and 6th grade orchestras, both at White Pines Middle School and 7th and 8th grade orchestras, as well as a Middle School Fiddle Club at Lakeshore Middle School. In addition, we offer both Concert and Symphony Orchestras at the high school along with the after school alternative string group, GOTAK. This thriving program serves over 400 students. The Grand Haven Symphony Orchestra has consistently received First Division Ratings at MSBOA District VII Festivals, and student members have maintained a continuing tradition of excellence by earning First Division Ratings at both District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals and participation in the MSBOA All-State Orchestra.

The Grand Haven Orchestra Program provides music instruction at eight grade levels, beginning in the 5th grade at White Pines Middle School and continuing throughout high school. Instruction targets the development of basic music skills, including musical style, rhythm, note-reading , and pitch. 

Middle school orchestra is offered to 5th and 6th grades at White Pines and 7th and 8th grades at Lakeshore Middle Schools. The middle school orchestra provides students with the opportunities to improve musical skills, increase knowledge of literature and participate in musical performances. In addition, 7th and 8th grade orchestra students have the opportunity to perform in the District and State Orchestra Festivals, as well as participate in adjudicated Solo and Ensemble Festival.

More about YOUR directors:

Melissa Meyers has had the privilege of teaching orchestra at Grand Haven Area Public Schools since the fall of 2003. She is a cellist and graduate of Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Mrs. Meyers has taught orchestra at all levels and is founder of the middle school fiddling program and GOTAK, the high school’s after school alternative string group. Currently, she is director of the 5th grade elementary string program and the high school concert and symphony orchestras and also serves as the K-12 Music Department Chair. Mrs. Meyers resides in Norton Shores with her husband Daniel, who is the director of music at Muskegon Community College, and their three daughters; Danielle, Ariana and Elaina.
You can reach Mrs. Meyers at:
Phone: 616-850-6153

Tatyana Walters was born in Uzbekistan, former Soviet Union and moved to Grand Rapids, MI when she was ten. She began her violin studies back in her homeland at the age of seven and continued taking private violin lessons when she came to Michigan. She studied under Lori Hedlund, Irena Kocharova, Diane McElfish and the world famous violinist, Dylana Jenson. Tatyana was a member of West Shore Youth Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony before she graduated from Grand Rapids City High School. She got her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education with Performance Honors from Grand Valley State University. 

Mrs. Walters taught orchestra, grades 5-12 at Kenowa Hills Public Schools for four years before joining Grand Haven Area Public Schools in 2008. She is currently the Middle School Orchestra Director, teaching grades 6, 7, 8 at Lakeshore Middle School and White Pines. Tatyana also assists Melissa Meyers with morning orchestras at White Pines. 

During her leisure time, Tatyana enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, daughter Svetlana, son Silas and dog Milla at their home in Hudsonville, Michigan.

You can reach Mrs. Walters at:
Lakeshore: 616-850-6680
White Pines: 616-850-6452 

To read more information about Grand Haven Orchestra Program, click HERE.

We hope you have a great school year and an awesome time learning your new instrument! We look forward to helping your student grow in your school program and musical career! Music is a wonderful thing! Use it to grow! Create new friendships! Learn new languages! Make new friends! And most importantly.... HAVE FUN!!!!

Thank you again for choosing Guarneri House! We're grateful to have you as a customer!

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What You Can Expect From Us, Your Rental Company

Grand Haven Public Schools

Guarneri House will

  • Service your school either weekly or bi-weekly
  • Provide your student with the best instrument available
  • Supply you with all your essentials at the beginning of the rental (rosin, rockstop, instrument, case, bow, book, music stand)
  • Repairs
  • Rehairs
  • Great Customer Service

When you rent with Guarneri House you will rarely ever have to worry about getting your instrument repaired or size-ups. Because we go to your school on a regular basis the teachers will relay information to us, and we take care of any issue with the instrument. Worry-free guarantees! If you have any questions about our rental program feel free to contact Linda Reiley at 616.451.4960 or email (preferred) at

Looking to join your school's orchestra program? Well, you've come to the right place! Guarneri House is ready to help you in whatever way we can! We are an independent rental company (formerly known as Aaron's Instruments) that your school chose to use for their instruments for their students. We work closely with your school and teacher to ensure that you have the highest quality of instrument for your student.