Julie Fischer

Violin & Viola Instructor (Suzuki & Traditional)
Instruments: 
Violin
Viola
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2010
Education: 

Julie received her Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 2005, her Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory in 2004, and her Bachelors of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2002.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

A few of Ms. Fischer's significant teachers/mentors throughout the years were: Lucy Chapman, Donald Weilerstein, Almita and Roland Vamos, Thomas Wermuth, and Paula Fischer.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Ms. Fischer's philosophy is one that revolves arond loving and caring for her students. It can not be explained any better, than from herself:

"Nurture them with love. I love to see the joy in a student's eyes when they are excited about learning, or proud of their recent accomplishments. I teach every student differently, specific to their needs. I am comfortable teaching students of any age, level, and proficiency. I have experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, low muscle tone, and developmental delays. I have a special interest in playing without pain, and work with the students to use their bodies more efficiently. I also love chamber music, and have many years of chamber music playing and coaching as well. I started teaching when I was 10 years old! My first student(I practiced with her) is now a professional musician!"

Awards and achievements: 

Julie was previously a member of the Azmari Quartet, in Residence at Northern Kentucky University, where she was a Violin Professor from 2007-2009. Julie was a three time prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition,and a 2 time winner of the Walgreens National Competition. She has performed at the Perlman Chamber Music Program with Donald Weilerstein, and was also teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein at NEC.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Julie has been honored in being a part of Chamber Music America, the Suzuki Association of Americas, and the American String Teachers Association.

Interests outside of music: 

When she isn't spending her day practicing music, Julie enjoys meditation, anything technology related, jewelry making, walking, turning pages, and vegetarianism.

Favorite quote: 

"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once." Robert Browning

Favorite practice tip: 

Practice only on the days you eat!

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Anything Brahms.

Favorite musical moment: 

I was in Maine playing the Brahms piano quintet, last movement, and our coach, Lorin Hollander, was talking about the minor section, and how dark and depressing it was. He was incredibly dramatic, so much so, that it actually started to get very dark outside and rain when he talked about it! That was eerie. Then, we moved on to the major section, and he talked about that, and how happy, bright, and positive it was. Yes, you guessed it, the sun came out. We all got the chills, and none of us will ever forget that experience. Music is a bonding experience like nothing else!