Faculty Profiles


Emily Puntuzs, M.M., B.M.

Suzuki Viola/Violin


CSA Instructor since 1998

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 and Kentucky Christian String Camp.

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

Emily says, "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."

Northwestern University

Oberlin Conservatory

  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • American String Teachers Association
  • American Viola Society
  • Handbell Musicians of America