Core Faculty

Janel Balbo Janel Balbo Violin Began Suzuki violin studies at age five. Experienced in preschool education and development. Suzuki training at SANO International Music Festival & Suzuki Music Camp with Ray Landers and Helen Brunner. Studied with Martha Shackford at Capitol University. Member of SAA.*
Martha Bradberry Martha Bradberry Violin and Viola Weber State University. Extensive background in preschool music. Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Over forty years teaching experience with children. Developed string orchestra programs in two parochial schools. Violist in the Gaska String Quartet. She is a member of ASTA, AF of M, and SAA.*
Lois Burns Lois Burns Piano Co-coordinator Began Suzuki piano studies at age 4. Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Sally Gross. Suzuki Piano Training with Marilyn Andersen at Blue Lake Fine Arts Family Camp. Currently working on a Music Major with a concentration in piano at Indiana University, South Bend. Member of the SAA. *
Joyce Davis Joyce Davis Music Director, Violin/Viola Coordinator B.S. from Purdue University. Suzuki Music School Director since 1987. Extensive Suzuki training; including training with Dr. Suzuki, Kay Sloan, Marjorie Aber, Evelyn Hermann and Rhonda Cole. Over 25 years teaching experience. Second violin of the Gaska String Quartet. Member of AF of M and SAA.*
Lydia Franks Lydia Franks Cello Coordinator M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M. and B.A., Rice University. Suzuki training with Sally Gross and Rick Mooney. Former teacher at the Kanack Suzuki Music School and Eastman Community Education Division in Rochester, NY and at the Pialish School in Los Angeles. Performance interests in historical performance practice and contemporary music. Member of SAA and ASTA.*
Carol Hoffman Carol Hoffman Piano, Violin, Piano Accompanist B.M., DePaul University. Suzuki training at Stevens Point and Blue Lake Fine Art Camp. Progam assistant for a Chicago Suzuki program. Over 40 years teaching experience with children. Retired from the Gaska String Quartet, the South Bend Symphony and the Southwest Michigan Symphony. Member of AF of M and SAA.*
Rosie McCormick Rosie McCormick Piano Co-Coordinator Winthrop College. Her Suzuki training was with Ray Landers, Nehama Patkin and Doris Koppelman. Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze training at Andrews University and Stevens Point. Over 20 years teaching experience, including special education. Former music director at Montessori Academy, St. Joseph Grade School and IUSB Music Academy.
Terry Powells Terry Powells Piano, Music & Movement Formally on the faculty of Suzuki Music School of Granger from 1986-2000. Suzuki Piano training at Stevens Point, WI with Nehama Patkin and Jeanne Luedke. Directs an after-school program in South Bend.
Marke Priest Mark Priest 

Piano, RecorderMember of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), is a collaborative pianist, composer and teacher, specializing in classical and contemporary fields. A free-lance musician and also music director of a new professional chamber group he is currently organizing, for performances at private events and company affairs.

Tamara Stojanovic Tamara Stojanovic Violin M.M. with Chamber Music emphasis, San Francisco State University. B.A.,University of Florence, Italy. Diplomas in Violin Performance, State Conservatory of Music, Florence, Italy, and School of Music, Kragujevac, Serbia. Suzuki violin teacher since 2000. Training with Donna Lim, Liz Arbus, Susan Kempter, Ed Sprunger, Joanne Melvin, Kimberly Meier Sims and Alice Joy Lewis. Active chamber musician and Violin Instructor at Notre Dame since 2006. Joined South Bend Symphony in 2007. Member of SAA.*
Sarah Thomas Sarah Thomas Cello B.M., Baldwin-Wallace College. M.M., University of Notre Dame. Suzuki training with Jean Dexter, Gilda Barston and Pam Devenport at Stevens Point, Chicago Suzuki Institute and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Over twenty years experience. Former teacher at Northwest Indiana Suzuki School. Currently Assistant Principal cellist with Southwest Michigan Symphony and principal cellist with LaPorte County Symphony. Member of AF of M, SAA.*
Abigail Vogt Abigail Vogt Violin Began Suzuki violin studies at age 4. Graduated violin book 10 from the Suzuki Music School of Granger. Suzuki training with Geri Arnold at Michigan Music Conference, Wendy Azrak at Suzuki Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Rebecca Sandrok at the International Music Festival. Additional Suzuki training with Jean Stuckey. Former 1st violinist of the Silver Strings Quartet and the Fischoff Geoffrey Award winner in 2009, June 2009 Fischoff Artist of the Month. Currently working on a Dental Hygiene degree with music minor at Indiana University South Bend.
Dolores Wilson Dolores Wilson Violin and Viola B.M.E. and M. M. from Indiana University. Extensive Suzuki training with Marrjorie Aber, Shigatoshi, Rhonda Cole and Alice Joy Lewis. Forty+ years of teaching experience. Chamber music faculty instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Member (50 years) of the South Bend Symphony. First violin of the Gaska String Quartet. Member of ASTA, AF of M and SAA.*

Other Faculty

Elaine Burns Elaine Burns Music Theory B.A., English & Art, Northern Illinois University. Associate Faculty of Art, Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. Home school teacher for fifteen years. Music theory teacher at the Suzuki Music School for thirteen years.

* Suzuki Association of the Americas ( SAA); American String Teachers Association (ASTA); American Federation of Musicians (AF of M).
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