Julie Bickel, MM, BS, BA
Suzuki Violin, Vivaldi Strings
Julie Bickel, violinist and Director of Vivaldi Strings, holds a B.A. in violin performance, and a B.S. in pre-medical studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.M. in violin performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University. Mrs. Bickel currently teaches Suzuki violin and is director of the Vivaldi Strings touring group at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College.
She has studied with Betty Monahan, Almita and Roland Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Simin Gantra, Mathias Tacke, Brian Lewis and many other fine Suzuki teachers around the country. Mrs. Bickel has taught String Pedagogy at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, as well as at various music institutes, including Sound Encounters in Ottawa, Kansas; Texas State University Suzuki Strings Institute in San Marcos, Texas; Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Draper, Utah; DFW-WOW in Dallas, Texas; American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the Chicago Suzuki Institute in Deerfield, Illinois.
She has also been a participant in the past six Starling-DeLay Julliard Symposiums. Mrs. Bickel coordinated the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas for the 12th SAA Conference. At the 13th SAA Conference in 2008, her tour group Vivaldi Strings was selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concert.
Mrs. Bickel is an avid quilter for Lutheran World Relief and is enjoying married life and raising their daughter
Sarah Kelly, BM
Sarah Kelly received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in vocal performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She was Honors Conductor of the Women’s Chorale in 2010-11 and was involved in organizing and performing in the children’s concerts at Wheaton College. Ms. Kelly has performance roles as Gretel from Hansel and Gretel and Lady Ella from Patience. Most recently Ms. Kelly performed with the Grant Park Chorus under the direction of Christopher Bell, and in March 2013, will perform the role of Young Amelia Chicago premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia.
Sarah Lindquist, BME
Suzuki Violin, Viola, Con Fuoco, Chamber
Ms. Lindquist teaches Suzuki violin, viola, group classes, Suzuki Parent Education, coaches chamber music, directs the Con Fuoco Violins ensemble and is the CSA's Chamber Ensemble Coordinator.
As a child, Lamar Blum and Michael McLean were her first Suzuki instructors followed by David Reimer and Jean Hove. She received her B.M.E. at Wheaton College, where she studied violin with Lee Joiner. Her experience has included instructing adult beginner string class, directing public school orchestras, and Musikgarten teaching and administrating in the Chicago area. Continuing education has been with Alice Joy Lewis, Rebecca Sandrok, Marily O’Boyle, Nancy Jackson, Ed Sprunger, Rick Mooney, Tanya Carey, Pat D’Ercole and Carol Dallinger. Other Suzuki involvement includes being a clinician at Suzuki workshop and presenting at the biennial Suzuki Association of the America’s conference (featured on the New Teachers portion of the SAA site.)
Ms. Lindquist instructs students of all levels and ages with a focus on excellent technique and expressive musicality. Her student have achieved honors including recital performances at Suzuki Institutes, featured soloists for CSA Concerto Concert, auditioning into SAA Youth Orchestra, SAA Chamber Ensemble, All State Orchestra, IMEA Orchestra, first and second prize at Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club contest, as well as placing in contests such as Granquist, IGMSA/IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest.
In addition, Sarah enjoys freelance performing and spending time with her husband exploring restaurants and traveling abroad.
Emily Puntuzs, MM, BM
Suzuki Viola, Violin, Handbells
Emily Williams Puntuzs holds a Master’s degree in viola performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory. Emily has been teaching viola and violin at the Community School of the Arts since 1998, and has served as the Suzuki Strings Coordinator since 2004. She has studied with Peter Slowik and Jeffrey Irvine, along with many other fine teachers and Suzuki teacher trainers. She was the viola coordinator for the 2010 SAA Conference. Emily has also been ringing handbells for over 25 years, and directs the CSA handbell program.