Faculty Profiles


Carol Ourada, B.M.E.

Suzuki Cello, Violin/Viola 


CSA Instructor since 1979

Carol's studio primarily consists of 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 who are 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.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • American String Teachers Association