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The Chicago Suzuki Institute will be in person this summer for both students and teachers. The Institute will run from Saturday, July 1 through Friday, July 7 for violin, viola, cello, and piano students. All classes will be taught by members of the renowned CSI faculty.

Teacher Training at CSI will run from Saturday, July 1 through Sunday, July 9, 2023 for Unit 1 and up (as listed).  Every Child Can is being offered on July 1 - 2, 2023.  Please visit the Teacher Training page (found in list on the left) for specific date information for Unit 1 and up.

The Chicago Suzuki Institute is hosted by the Music Institute of Chicago and occurs at:

Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

Administrative Director:  Blake Brasch
Assistant Director:  Aaron Kaplan 
Artistic Director: Avi Friedlander

Contact us:
Phone: 847.448.8321 {to leave a voicemail}

CSI Faculty

2023 Chicago Suzuki Institute Faculty & Short Term Teacher Training Courses

ECC = Every Child Can
TTC = Teacher Training Courses


  • Reagan Brasch, CT
  • Carla Francis, NY
  • Tamara Gonzalez, MN
  • Nancy Jackson, IL (TTC 5, 6)
  • Vera McCoy-Sulentic, IL (TTC 2, 3)
  • Susan McDonald, MO (TTC 1)
  • Ann Montzka-Smelser, IL (TTC 4, Practicum)
  • Crystal Plohman Wiegman, TN (Fiddling)
  • Shigetoshi Yamada, IL


  • Sharon Chung, IL
  • Tamara Gonzalez, MN


  • Amy Sue Barston, PA
  • Pamela Devenport, NY (TTC 5; Anatomy for String Players)
  • Avi Friedlander, IL (TTC 2-4 Overview; Alternative Methods - Chops, Improv, and Pizzicato)
  • Sally Gross, IL (TTC 1)
  • Nancy Hair, MA (TTC 8, Practicum)
  • Abbey Hansen, OH (TTC 2, 3)
  • Carey Beth Hockett, CA (Supplementary Repertoire for Cello Group Classes)
  • Aaron Kaplan, IL
  • Carol Ourada, IL
  • Alex Revoal, IL
  • Carlynn Savot, MN
  • Laura Shaw, IA
  • Linc Smelser, IL
  • Nina Wallenberg, IL
  • Mary Walters, WA (on leave 2023)
  • Julia Wen, IL


  • Susanne Baker, IL
  • Caroline Fraser, Peru (TTC 4)
  • Yumy Lee Kim, IL
  • Annette Lee, MN (TTC 2, 3)
  • Christina Tio, IL


  • Susanne Baker, IL (Piano Enrichment)
  • Aaron Kaplan, IL (Orchestra)
  • Carol Ourada, IL (Orchestra)
  • Crystal Plohman Wiegman, TN (Fiddling)
  • Linc Smelser, IL (Orchestra & Cello Choir)