James Hutchins lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wonderful and gorgeous wife and his fabulous and entertaining son. He grew up in the Suzuki Method, has been a Suzuki teacher for over 25 years and is a proud Suzuki dad. James is a registered teacher trainer who has taught at workshops, institutes and classes around the world, including South Korea, Iceland, Peru, Lithuania, Singapore, Malaysia, Bermuda, the Bahamas and throughout the States. This past summer, James was a guest Clinician at the 67th Suzuki Method Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. His studio has performed for former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton at the White House, at the National Zoo, the U.S. Capitol, the Maryland State Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Aquarium and on the Millennium Stage and with the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center. They have also played the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Nationals. James also had the honor of performing for Dr. and Mrs. Suzuki at their home in Japan.
Tanya Carey, cello
Tanya Lesinsky Carey, cellist, has presented master classes and concerts in over 15 countries and the USA. She was assistant principal of the Milwaukee Symphony, presented concerts in Tully and Carnegie Halls, performed concertos with orchestra, and made two records with the Lydian Trio with Almita and Roland Vamos. She and her husband released the CD Golden Celebration to positive national review. Her students have won prizes in major contests. She is author of Cello Playing is Easy; Artist Teacher at Roosevelt University and Music Institute of Chicago Academy; maintains a studio; and is a sought after clinician.
Susanne Baker, piano
Susanne Baker is the founder and director of DePaul University's Community Music Division, established in 1988, and now serving 650 students in the Chicago area with a professional faculty of 70 teaching artists. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Music where she teaches piano pedagogy and coordinates the group piano program. Dr. Baker has extensive experience teaching both individual and group piano and is a certified Suzuki piano teacher. She teaches on the summer faculty of the Chicago Suzuki Institute, serves as Ambassador for the Collegiate Divisional Network of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and is Convener of the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools. Susanne holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, a Masters in Piano Performance from American University, a Master of Arts in Education and Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bucknell University. She has received a Staff Quality Service Award from DePaul University, a National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation for long-standing, exceptional service to the community arts education field, and was honored as a Community Champion by the Chicago Children's Choir at their annual Gala in 2017.
Eunjin Lee, Dalcroze
Eunjin Lee received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Perfomance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a strong background in pedagogical studies, Dr. Lee has expanded her research interest to Dalcroze Education and the Suzuki method, studying and presenting at national and international workshops, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minnesota, the Yale Graduate Music Symposium and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association’s annual conference. She earned the Dalcroze™ Certificate and is now pursuing Dalcroze™ License studying with Dr. Jeremy Dittus from Dalcroze School of the Rockies. She also studied with internationally known Dalcroze master teachers including Eiko Ishizuka, Lisa Parker, Karin Greenhead, Dr. Louise Mathieu, Monica Dale, and Mary Dobrea-Grindahl. She has been an active office member of the MTNA’s local chapter and serves as a national board member of the Dalcroze Society of America. She taught graduate piano pedagogy courses as the coordinator of the UIUC’s Piano Laboratory Program. She also teaches applied piano and Dalcroze group classes to children and adults of all ages in universities and summer festivals, including Illinois Summer Youth Music and PhoenixPhest.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the teachers from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois who have joined the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and the Winter Retreat. These teachers volunteered many hours to make this Winter Retreat possible.
Charlene Adzima Charlene Adzima specializes in Irish fiddle and other styles outside of the Classical idiom. She maintains a full studio in the Madison area and has successfully applied Suzuki pedagogy to the teaching of authentic traditional folk styles. Charlene is also an award-winning Irish fiddler who performs regularly and is in demand as a musician for Irish step dance competitions. She lives in Stoughton, WI, with her husband, 2 small children, and a cockatiel named Stumpy.
Amanda Berthon Amanda Berthon teaches Suzuki violin, fiddle, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) from her private studio in Montello, WI. Amanda received her training from the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI. She is a member of the Ripon College/Community Orchestra, a freelance singer and fiddler, member of the Berthon Family Musicians, and has played for numerous weddings and special events. She continues to host community concerts at the Historic Vaughn Hall in Montello, WI, and has appeared multiple times as a guest performer with Maggie Mae and the Heartland Country Band, including performances at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in the Wisconsin Dells, the Independence Opera House, and the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford, WI.
Naomi Berthon Naomi Berthon, age 16, is a Suzuki violin student and Suzuki Early Childhood Education assistant teacher. She co-teaches this class with her sister, Amanda Berthon, in Montello, WI. Naomi enjoys playing the violin and piano, and is beginning her first semester with the Ripon College & Community Orchestra this January.
Pat D'Ercole Patricia D’Ercole is the former Director of the Aber Suzuki Center at the UW-Stevens Point where she taught violin to children and Suzuki pedagogy courses. She completed a master’s degree with an emphasis in Suzuki with Margery Aber and, in 1988, studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. She has been a clinician in 22 states in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Peru, Chile and Taiwan. Pat has written numerous articles for the American Suzuki Journal, was chair of the Suzuki Association (SAA) Board of Directors and served as a member of the SAA committees to develop the Every Child Can! course and the Suzuki Principles in Action course. She was the founder and first president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and has been on the planning committee for the International Research Symposium on Talent Education since its inception in 1991 and has served as its coordinator since 1995. Through her leadership, “The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action,” a collection of videos which chronicles the two weeks of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point in 1976, is now preserved and posted on the web for free viewing by all. In 2002, she was the recipient of the American Suzuki Institute’s Suzuki Chair Award and in 2008 became a Distinguished Instructional Specialist at UWSP. In September, 2010, Pat began the UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program, an online long-term practicum to assist and support Suzuki string teachers in their quest to become a better teacher within the environment of their usual employment. Pat currently has a private studio where she teaches students and teachers. Sue Ellen Dubbert Sue Ellen has been teaching Suzuki piano to students of all ages in Madison for the past ten years. I addition to private lessons, Sue Ellen teaches group classes with the Music Mind Games curriculum, accompanies string students, formerly taught Music Together (a parent-child music class for ages 0-5), and studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Dr. Jeremy Dittus. These days she remains active with the Madison Area Piano Teachers Association and sings all the time with her three year old son.
Colleen Fitzgerald Ms. Colleen Fitzgerald, executive director of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy located in Milwaukee, WI, currently teaches private and group violin lessons and Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes at BSSA. Ms. Fitzgerald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis under mentor, Professor Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Cardinal Stritch University. She has also received supplemental Suzuki teacher training with Kay Collier-McLaughlin, Ed Kreitman, Tom Wermuth, and Alice Joy Lewis and acquired her Early Childhood Education training under Suzuki ECE founders, Dorothy & Sharon Jones. Ms. Fitzgerald started Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and two years later began studies with Suzuki teacher trainer, Joan Rooney. Colleen earned the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Studio Teaching from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. She is a clinician at Suzuki weekend workshops in the Midwest as well as summer Suzuki institutes throughout the United States. Students of Ms. Fitzgerald’s have won numerous competitions and many college scholarships. Besides teaching, Ms. Fitzgerald frequently performs as a violin soloist, a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony and is a member of her church’s handbell choir.
Kari Gunderson Kari Gunderson has a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University. She has taught performance and string teacher training at Florida State University, Ohio State University, and Ohio Wesleyan. She's performed in Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Ballet Met, and for such popular stars as Michael Jackson and Natalie Cole. A co-founder of the Suzuki Association of Ohio, she's taught at the Columbus Suzuki regional institute and served as newsletter editor for the state organization. Twice she served as string chair for the Ohio Music Teachers Association.Some of her students have gone on to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music and successful musical careers. In 2010 she moved to northeast Milwaukee, where she teaches Suzuki classes and lessons. She does occasional work for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Latino Arts Strings program, and Whitefish Bay Schools. She has found wonderful colleagues in the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, which she gratefully served as immediate past president. In addition to traditional Suzuki lessons and classes, she enjoys teaching folk fiddling, improvising, and muscle care. She also hikes, learns to speak laughable Spanish, and tries to help bend the arc toward justice for people less lucky than she has been.
Pam Hughes Pam Hughes maintains a private Suzuki violin studio in Viroqua, Wisconsin where she teaches beginning and intermediate level students of all ages. Pam began Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 and Suzuki violin lessons at age 8. As a child, she studied the violin for 10 years with Linda Fiore in West Chester, Pennsylvania and received her violin teacher training with Pat D’Ercole through the long-term Suzuki training program at the University of Wisconsin’s Aber Suzuki Center. She has completed additional violin teacher training with Linda Fiore, group class training with Alice Joy Lewis and Carey Beth-Hockett and an Improvisation class with Randal Harrison. Pam has also learned from many other seasoned teachers at various Suzuki Summer Institutes. Pam’s undergraduate degree is in Experiential Education. Prior to becoming a Suzuki violin teacher 6 years ago, she had worked with children in a variety of capacities, including her professional work as a mediator. As a child, Pam had the privilege of having group violin lessons in her home with Dr. Suzuki, and now as an adult, has the privilege of being a Suzuki parent of a young violinist.
Eric Miller Eric Miller, educator and performer, performs as a viola da gambist, cellist, chamber musician, and session cellist around the Midwest. A specialist in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, Eric is an active viola da gamba soloist and member of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. He also performs on cello frequently with Indie Folk artist Katie Burns with whom he has recorded four albums. Beginning in 2017, with a loan of instruments from the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Eric is directing a new chamber ensemble for high school students, the Madison Youth Viol Consort, which focuses on polyphonic music written for viols during the renaissance. In 2018, Eric will be releasing his first recording of unaccompanied music for the viola da gamba. Largely and proudly self-taught on the viol, Eric has recently participated in Josh Lee's Free Viola da Gamba Residency and has received great wisdom and encouragement in short bursts during sessions with many of the nation's finest players over the years. As a classically trained cellist, Eric holds degrees from Northern Illinois University and UW-Madison where he trained with two consummate chamber musicians, Marc Johnson and Parry Karp, respectively. A dedicated educator trained in the Suzuki approach, Eric teaches a large cello studio in Madison and has also served hundreds of students as orchestra teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2009. www.millerstrings.com Laura Mintz Laura Mintz maintains a private teaching studio for violin and viola students of all ages and levels. She also teaches instrumental and general music in private and public schools in the greater Milwaukee area, and is a string faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Ms. Mintz grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. As a young musician, she was a long time member of Mimi Zweig's renowned String Academy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and later attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, both in violin performance, and has participated in teacher training and continuing education with leading Suzuki educators over the years. She has also served as an adjudicator at various state Solo and Ensemble festivals. Mary Moran Mary Moran teaches viola at the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Mary has been teaching privately for twenty years, and participated in long-term Suzuki training with Pat D'Ercole, and additional teacher training with Nancy Lokken. She has also worked as a sectional and chamber music coach with the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Mary is principal viola of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. As the CWSO's Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, she performs in area schools as part of the Meet the Music program introducing elementary-age students to orchestral instruments. Previously, she was a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to other ensembles in Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. She has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, and at the Aspen Music Festival, the Round Top Festival Institute, and the Castleton Festival in Virginia. She enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and freelance violist in the Central Wisconsin region. Mary earned a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Ellen Rose. She also completed a Master of Music degree in Music History and Literature from SMU. Prior to that, Mary earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. While at Oklahoma, she studied with Wayne Crouse, Matthew Dane, and Ellen Rose.
Ann Marie Novak Ann Marie was the founding Director of the Northampton Community Music Center (MA). She also was the Department Chair for the Suzuki Department in the Community Music School of Springfield. She left those positions to enjoy the winter wonderland of Wisconsin and to accept the mantle of leadership as first the Vice-President and then the President of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW). She has taught piano and served as collaborative pianist for over 25 years at the Aber Suzuki Center, where she maintains a studio of approximately 35 students. She is a regular clinician at the SAW Retreat and the American Suzuki Institute and has taught masterclasses and workshops in the Midwest (Omaha, Minneapolis, Aspen) and on the East Coast (Hartt, Northampton, Springfield). She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and she presents lectures at both the American Suzuki Institute and SAA Conferences. One such lecture was filmed, produced and marketed by the SAA for parents everywhere. Miss Novak manages and writes extensively for the ASC parent education blog, develops other parent education materials, and has been published in the SAA Journal. She serves as WMTA District Chair and was honored as the 2015 Stevens Point Area Music Teachers' Association Member of the Year. Her students have been featured in Master Classes both locally and Nationally, and they regularly receive honors at WMTA District and State Auditions.
Lyda Osinga Lyda Partee Osinga is one of the oldest Suzuki students in America since she started the violin in 1964 at the age of 4. In 1988, she had the amazing privilege to spend two months in Japan studying with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who had her playing La Folia from book 6 every day. She has been a Suzuki teacher for 4 decades with great mentors like William Starr, John Kendall, Doris Preucil, Alice Joy Lewis, Kay Collier-Slone, Margery Aber, and Pat D’Ercole. Lyda learned a lot as a Suzuki parent for 3 boys. And she knows she was a blessed child when Dr. Suzuki kissed her forehead at a concert in New York City instead of signing an autograph – she hasn’t washed it since!
Abigail Peterson Abigail Peterson teaches Suzuki violin in West Milwaukee, WI. Abigail started playing the violin as a "Suzuki kid" at 4 years old and somewhere along the way decided she was going to be a Suzuki teacher, too. She loves teaching students of all ages and spends a lot of time learning and growing to become a better teacher. When she's not teaching, she's playing with her young sons, Otto and Theo, or spending time with her husband, Kyle. Her favorite things to do with her "free-time" are going to concerts, reading, or watching a good movie or tv show. Anna Rasmussen Anna Rasmussen received her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University. Her violin teachers include Fabian Lopez, Eka Gogichashvili, and Julia Hardie. She has done Suzuki Teacher Training with Doris Preucil, Julia Hardie, Joanne Melvin, Sarah Bylander Montzka, Thomas Wermuth, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Kathleen Spring, Nancy Jackson, Mark Mutter, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City. She has been a member of the Suzuki faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music since 2016, and also teaches in her home studio in the Bay View area. She was elected as Secretary of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin in 2017. She has taught at Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.
Charlie Rasmussen Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a modern and Baroque cellist and as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rasmussen was previously on faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT where he taught private and group cello lessons, musicianship classes, and coached chamber ensembles. Mr. Rasmussen strives to help his students develop a lifelong passion for music and cello playing. Mr. Rasmussen holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), where he was a graduate assistant and studied with Dr. Alexander Ezerman. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from UNCG. Before his studies at UNCG, Mr. Rasmussen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Eric Kutz. Mr. Rasmussen studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver, and he is trained to teach Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. Rasmussen performed as cellist in the Spiritoso Quartet from 2015-2016 and the Immer String Quartet while he was a student at UNCG. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Rasmussen has served as a principal cellist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA), University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Fayetteville and Norwalk Symphonies. An advocate of new music, Mr. Rasmussen performed in the premiere of Alejandro Rutty’s Cantabile Hop at the 2012 North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association in Chapel Hill and premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015. He has recorded for Grammy Award-winning Broadway and film composer Paul Bogaev. As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series with the New York Continuo Collective. He has performed on multiple early music recitals at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music including a collaboration with professor James Taylor. Mr. Rasmussen soloed with Greensboro Early Music and presented solo recitals through the Seabury Academy of the Arts in Norwalk, CT. He previously performed in the Vitali Ensemble with Baroque guitarist Meredith Connie and presented concerts across New England. An active educator, Mr. Rasmussen has presented lecture recitals about historical performance practice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, for the Colorado Symphony Study Group in Denver, and at locations around Milwaukee. He has presented early music masterclasses and workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and for Fairfield County (CT) CelloFest.
Stacy Fehr Regehr Stacy Fehr Regehr is a native of Emporia, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Emporia State University, followed by a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Kansas State University. Stacy has taught piano and flute for over 20 years, including an adjunct teaching position at Kansas State in 2005. Since moving to Madison in 2006, she has served as a staff accompanist with the School of Madison Ballet. Stacy is a founding member and the pianist of Arbor Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to promoting music by women composers. Her freelance career includes performing with Fresco Opera Theatre, the LunArt Festival, and accompanying private studios and high schools in the area.
Ken Stancer Ken Stancer attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1986 with a degree in K-12 Music Education. He holds a Master of Music Education degree from UW Madison. He teaches K-5 elementary music in the Madison Metropolitan Schools (Lindbergh Elementary). In addition he teaches Suzuki Piano at the Monroe Street Arts Center and is Organist and Music Director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, both in Madison. He has one organ student and one recorder student. In addition to keyboard and recorder, Ken also plays the celtic harp. Outside of music, Ken enjoys bicycling, gardening, and spending time in nature.
Kathy Taylor Kathryn Taylor has a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Wyoming and did graduate work at Michigan State University. She received her Suzuki pedagogy training from Margery Aber, Craig Timmerman, Ed Kreitman, Geri Arnold, and Kyoko Fuller, at Michigan State University, Blue Lake Suzuki Camp and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She has attended numerous Suzuki workshops, institutes, and conferences throughout the years. She currently performs in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and with the con vivo! …music with life chamber music ensemble. Her goal as a violin teacher is to help students develop self confidence and a life-long love of classical music.
Janse Vincent Janse H. Vincent is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra viola sections. She also teaches violin and viola with Suzuki Strings of Madison and is violist with the Con Vivo chamber ensemble. Before moving to Madison in 2000, she taught at the Cincinnati String Academy and served as coordinator of their Suzuki String program. From 1992 to 1997, Janse taught at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa where she completed long-term Suzuki teacher training with Doris Preucil. Other Suzuki training includes courses with Ronda Cole, Kimberly Meier-Sims, William Preucil Sr., Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Sonja Zeithammel and Kay Collier-(Slone) McLaughlin. She has been on the faculties of the University of Memphis Suzuki Institute, Capitol University Suzuki Institute and American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI. Weekend Suzuki workshops include Sioux City, Milwaukee, Madison and the Cleveland Institute of Music. After completing undergraduate studies at Furman University, she earned a master’s degree in viola performance from Northwestern University and a D.M.A. in viola performance and pedagogy from The University of Iowa. Her association with the Suzuki method began early with violin lessons at the age of five in Gainesville, Florida.
Carol Waldvogel Carol Waldvogel is the director/founder of North Shore Suzuki Strings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a MME with an emphasis on the Suzuki method, from the University of Colorado and a BME from Illinois State University. Carol was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and is a former member of the board of directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Waldvogel had the opportunity to study with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan in 1983. Her Master’s degree work was with William Starr, a renowned Suzuki pedagogue, whom was instrumental in introducing the Suzuki method in the United States. He is the author of many books, including The Suzuki Violinist and To Learn With Love. Other Suzuki training includes courses with Marge Aber, Gilda Barston, Tonya Carey, Rhonda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, John Kendal, Kay Collier-(Sloane) McLaughlin and William and Doris Preucil, and Almita Vamos. Carol received the Byron Hester Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 in Colorado and was the recipient of the Suzuki Chair award in 2009 in Wisconsin. In 2016, the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin honored Carol with the Sensei Award for “Leadership and Caring.” Carol has been a guest clinician at many Suzuki workshops and Suzuki summer institutes throughout the United States and Mexico.
Michelle Zelinski Michelle studied Suzuki violin with Celestine Fitzgerald of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy in Wauwatosa, WI for 14 years. She was a frequent attendee of the American Suzuki Institute (ASI) in Steven's Point WI, where her Master Teachers included Terry Durbin, Carol Dallinger, Mark Bjork and Steve Bjella. Michelle's college studies were completed with Jody Gatwood and Emil Chudnovsky at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington D. C. Her college Symphony Orchestra performances under conductor David Searle included Don Juan (Strauss), Symphony No. 4 (Brahms) and Petrushka (Stravinsky). The orchestra also participated in both an opera and a musical performance each year. Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a violin performance degree in May, 2014. Michelle completed Suzuki Teacher Training for books 1-5 with Mark Mutter, Nancy Lokken and Beth Titterington during her summers at ASI. She recently received Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training from Pat D'Ercole, completing her Masters’ Degree in Music Education with a Suzuki Emphasis from UWSP. While at UWSP, where she now teaches a full Suzuki Violin studio, Michelle also continued private lessons with Steve Bjella. She is in her third year performing with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Michelle is also the current President of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin. Teaching has brought Michelle both her biggest challenges and her greatest rewards, and she looks forward to seeing her students each week.