Strings–violin/viola/cello

CSA Faculty Arch

ANITA ARCH, BME 
SUZUKI VIOLIN
On faculty since 1997 

Education

  • BME, Illinois Wesleyan University

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

  • Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club

About Anita Arch

Anita enjoys teaching violin using the Suzuki method. Her students have won several competitions, awards, and scholarships. Mrs. Arch also serves as the coordinator of the biennial Suzuki Violin and Viola workshops. Anita is a violinist in the Butterfield String Quartet and is also a member of the orchestra at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. She enjoys cross-stitching, watching sports with her husband Steve and spending time with family.

CSA Faculty Bickel

JULIE BICKEL, MM, BS, BA 
SUZUKI VIOLIN/VIVALDI STRINGS
On faculty since 1999

Education

  • MM and Performers' Certificate, Northern Illinois University

  • BS, Notre Dame University

  • BA, Notre Dame University

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Julie Bickel

Julie teaches Suzuki Violin and directs the CSA touring ensemble, Vivaldi Strings. Julie was named Music Educator of the year by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Her students participate in the ILMEA, SAA Youth Orchestras and Masterclasses, Granquist Music Competition, Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Competition, Sejong Music Competition, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club Contest, Musichorale Contest, CYSO, EYSO, NYSO, YSDP, and many other music activities around the Chicagoland area.

Mrs. Bickel 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. She 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 nine Starling-DeLay Juilliard Symposiums (only one of four teachers in the country to attend all nine). Mrs. Bickel coordinated the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas for the 12th SAA Conference. At the 13th and 16th SAA Conferences in 2008 and 2014, her tour group Vivaldi Strings was selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concert. In 2012, they were selected by the Chinese Government to perform in Beijing and Tianjin, China and in 2016 by the Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland.

Julie is an avid quilter for Lutheran World Relief at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton. She performs as a first violinist in the Butterfield String Quartet, and loves spending time with her husband and two daughters exploring new adventures.

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DIANE CHOU, MM, BM 
SUZUKI CELLO
On faculty since 2009

Education

  • MM, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts

  • BM, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About Diane Chou

Diane Chou is a cellist and pianist who frequently performs and teaches in the Chicago area. She is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her BM from Wheaton College and her MM from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Her principal teachers include Richard Hirschl, Dr. Tanya Carey, Dr. Karin Edwards, and Marilyn Andersen. She served as principal cellist in both the CCPA and Wheaton College Symphonies and was a winner of the Wheaton College Chamber Competition in 2012.

As a pianist, she has performed and accompanied for numerous recitals and competitions. During her summers, she has attended many music festivals including Castleman Quartet Program, Domaine Forget and the Meadowmount School of Music. She also enjoys serving on the worship team at her church.

In addition to performing, Diane currently maintains a large studio of piano and cello students at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. Her students have performed in numerous recitals and participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions as well as in their school orchestras and state orchestra festivals.

Diane is extremely grateful for her God-given passion for teaching and performing. She is committed to using her musical gifts to inspire others and also develop students who are disciplined, possess a love for music, and strive for a high standard of playing. She aims to pass on the wonderful gift of music which her wonderful teachers have nurtured within her.

LILIAN CHOU, MM, BM
SUZUKI/PREP VIOLIN
On faculty since 2012

Education 

  • MM, Northwestern University

  • BM, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Lilian Chou

Lilian draws from diverse musical experiences and philosophies to craft her pedagogical style. She loves teaching students of all ages and tackling their unique learning abilities in private lessons, group classes, and chamber ensembles. Certified in Suzuki Violin, Lilian studied pedagogy with Ann Montzka Smelser, and is well versed in Mimi Zweig’s teaching methods as a former teaching assistant to Stacia Spencer. She has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago since 2016, and began her musical journey at CSA studying Suzuki piano with Marilyn Andersen.

As a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University on full scholarship, she studied with Blair Milton, serving as his graduate assistant. She completed her BM at Wheaton College studying violin with Lee Joiner, piano with Karin Edwards, and biochemistry; she was a concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and winner of both the 2012 Chamber Competition and the 2014 Concerto Competition. Although most often a violinist, Lilian is also passionate about collaboration as a keyboardist on piano, organ, harpsichord, and also viola. She enjoys helping her students develop as holistic, creative, and community-minded musicians, and many are already emerging as leaders in their youth orchestras and competition prizewinners.

In her free time, Lilian enjoys hiking, logic puzzles, and traveling. She holds a black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys practicing Aikido.

CSA Faculty Farley

BARBARA FARLEY, MM, BM 
PREP VIOLIN
On faculty since 1992

Education

  • MM, Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College

  • BM, Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College

Professional Memberships

  • Chicago Federation of Musicians

About Barbara Farley

Barbara’s students have received numerous awards and scholarships. Notably some of these are: the Chicago Youth Symphony Solo Competition, the DuPage Youth Symphony Solo Competition and various scholarships offered in the surrounding high schools, the CSA and State Universities.

Barbara is a free-lance violinist performing and recording regularly with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and numerous classical groups. She is a member of the Brahms Trio for the past 15 years and tours and performs with Orchestra 33. Barb is also very active in her church on the local and district level, teaching and performing.

Barb believes music is a God-given gift which should be nurtured in every person in some way. She has a passion for helping students explore and expertly develop this gift.

CSA Faculty Hirschmugl

LISA HIRSCHMUGL, MM, BM
SUZUKI VIOLIN/VIOLA, CODA, CAD IMPROV
On faculty since 1992 

Education

  • MM, Northwestern University

  • BM, Eastman School of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Lisa Hirschmugl

In addition to her Suzuki method viola and violin studio, Lisa also teaches theory, chamber music and orchestra. She is also a violin instructor in the CODA outreach program.

Lisa founded the Chicago Viola Society and served on the board of the American Viola Society. She has taught at many Suzuki workshops and is on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has presented at several Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences and has taken students on tour to various detonations in the U. S. Ms. Hirschmugl has also trained in Creative Ability Development (CAD) improvisation method with founder and pedagogue Alice Knack. She teaches CAD (improvisation) for Suzuki string classes.

Lisa enjoys working at CSA because of the close-knit community she experiences in the Suzuki program. She sees how this benefits the children in both their social and musical development.

CSA Faculty Lindquist

SARAH LINDQUIST, BME 
SUZUKI VIOLIN/VIOLA, CON FUOCO, CHAMBER
On faculty since 2002

Education

  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Sarah Lindquist

Sarah teaches Suzuki violin, viola, group classes, Suzuki Parent Education, coaches chamber music, directs the Con Fuoco Ensemble and is the Chamber Ensemble Coordinator.

Lamar Blum and Michael McLean were her childhood Suzuki instructors followed by David Reimer, Jean Hove and Lee Joiner. Her experience included instructing adult beginner string class, directing public school orchestras, and Musikgarten teaching and administrating in the Chicago area. Continuing education has been with William Preucil Sr., Alice Joy Lewis, Rebecca Sandrok, Marilyn O'Boyle, Nancy Jackson, Ed Sprunger, Rick Mooney, Tanya Carey, Pat D'Ercole and Carol Dallinger. Ms. Lindquist instructs all levels and ages with a focus on excellent technique and expressive musicality. Her students have achieved honors including recital performances at Suzuki Institutes, featured soloists for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and CSA Concerto Concert, auditioning into SAA Youth Orchestra, SAA Chamber Ensemble, All State Honors Orchestra, IMEA Orchestra, first and second prize in Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club contest, placing in Granquist and IGMSA/IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Other Suzuki involvement includes being a clinician at Suzuki workshop and presenting at the biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas conference (featured on the SAA's website.)

Additionally, Sarah enjoys freelance performing and spending time with her husband and two young sons. She is a Suzuki parent to her four year old.

CSA Faculty Ourada

CAROL OURADA, BME
SUZUKI CELLO/VIOLA/VIOLIN/CODA
On faculty since 1979 

Education

  • BME, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

  • American String Teachers Association

About Carol Ourada

Carol's studio consists of primarily cello students of all levels with some violin and viola students. Her students have performed in master classes at music conferences, soloed with youth orchestras, placed in music competitions, and have been section principals at school and other youth orchestras. Carol teaches string groups, reading classes, Creative Ability Development improvisation and coordinates the cello workshop. In addition, she coordinates and teaches violin in CSA's CODA outreach program.

In 2007 she was awarded the ASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher of Illinois. She has served on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors and was the coordinator for the 12th Biennial SAA Conference. She has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including SAA, ISMTA, and Musikgarten. Carol is a frequent clinician at workshops and Suzuki institutes around the country.

Carol enjoys teaching students of all ages. As a Suzuki parent of two children now adults, she treasures the many ways the Suzuki journey builds character and relationships within the family and extends the gift of music to the community.

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CHRISTOPHER PETTIT, BM
SUZUKI/PREP CELLO
On faculty since 2016

Education

  • BME, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • BM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

  • American String Teachers Association 

About Christopher Pettit

Christopher loves teaching Suzuki Cello. The Wheaton College Community School of the Arts has an immensely positive effect on the many children enrolled in it and he is glad to be part of its nurturing community.

Christopher graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois in 2015 after student teaching in Lombard and Glendale Heights. While at the University, Christopher received numerous teaching and performance awards. After graduating, Christopher immediately started work as an orchestra teacher in St. Charles. Christopher has studied with Carol Ourada, Dmitry Kouzov, and Dr. Tanya Carey.

Christopher was a Suzuki student and still derives a huge amount of joy from playing and teaching from the method. Christopher also loves trying new foods and travelling.

CSA Faculty Puntuzs

EMILY PUNTUZS, MM, BM 
SUZUKI VIOLA/VIOLIN, CODA
On faculty since 1998 

Education

  • MM, Northwestern University

  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

  • American String Teachers Association

  • American Viola Society

  • Handbell Musicians of America

About Emily Puntuzs

Emily teaches Suzuki viola and violin at the Community School of the Arts. She has served as the Suzuki Strings Coordinator since 2004, and as CODA Violin Administrator since 2015. 

Emily 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, and has been a clinician at ISU Viola Day.

She enjoyed ringing handbells for over 30 years, and directs the handbell choir at her church, as well as subbing occasionally with Chicago Bronze. She lives in Wheaton with her husband and two daughters.

"I love the long-term relationships that I am able to develop with my students as I work with them from age 4 or 5 until they graduate from high school.  It is a blessing to see them grow both as musicians and as young men and women.  Music lessons not only give students the ability to play an instrument beautifully, but also help them develop in so many other areas:  focus, discipline, responsibility, confidence, teamwork, creativity, and self-expression."

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CHRISTINE REICHENBACK, MMEd, BME
SUZUKI VIOLIN, CODA
On Faculty since 2016

Education

  • BME, Wheaton College
  • MMEd, VanderCook College of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Christine Reichenbach

Christy teaches Suzuki violin in the CODA program and Little Stars classes. An experienced teacher, Christy taught elementary and middle school strings in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 for over ten years. During this time, she also maintained a private violin and piano studio. 

Christy has studied violin with Susan Young Carlson and Dr. Lee Joiner. Her Suzuki training includes studies with as well as mentorship from Rebecca Sandrok, Michele Higa George and Mark Mutter. Christy has been a member of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra since 2002.   

In addition, she manages and plays piano for the Children's Choir at Wellspring Alliance Church where she participates in musical worship with her husband and three children. As a CSA Suzuki parent, she has experienced firsthand the joys, challenges, and triumphs of musical development and family music-making.

CSA Faculty Tehan

JULIEANNA TEHAN, MM, BA
SUZUKI CELLO
On faculty since 2003 

Education

  • MM, DePaul University

  • BA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Julianne Tehan

Julieanne deeply cares for each student in her studio. She sees them each as individuals with their own unique needs. Thus, she approaches each student in the way that he/she needs. Julieanne draws from over 10 years of experience to help each student succeed.

Julieanne is a professional member with the Elmhurst Symphony, regularly plays with the Rockford Symphony, and is highly sought to play with choirs ensembles, churches, and formal engagements such as receptions and weddings. She also regularly plays for her local church.

Julieanne strives to balance her busy musical life with her love and commitment for Christ and her family.