Columbia College Chicago

Strings FACULTY

Christie-Keiko Abe
Christie-Keiko Abe


Violin, Suzuki Violin
Chamber Ensemble
Undergraduate: B.M (Honors) University of Sydney - Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Violin/Piano). Postgraduate: M.M - Australian Institute of Music (Violin/Piano) PhD Specialist in Music Performance ( Violin) - University of Michigan School of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors). Post-gr...

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Martine Benmann
Martine Benmann


Cello
Suzuki Cello
Preferred Student Age: 3 ½ to 18. Preferred Student Level: Beginner to Advanced. How long have you been on Faculty at Sherwood Conservatory of Music? Since 1991. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Performing in the community (including hospitals and nursing homes...

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Emilia Blaszak
Emilia Blaszak


Violin
Suzuki Violin
M.M. Pedagogy, M.A. in Violin, Nowowiejski Music Academy of Bydgoszcz (Poland); SAA-trained in Suzuki method. Performances with the Polish American Symphony Orchestra, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Salonowa Promendowa Orchestra of Chicago....

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Marija Bubanj
Marija Bubanj


Violin, Viola
Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Viola
Preferred Student Age: 3 and up. Preferred Student Level: Any. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood? Since April 1997. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Private studio teacher, freelance performer and chamber musician. What do you want to impart to your stud...

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Bridget Callahan
Bridget Callahan


Violin, Viola
Suzuki Violin, Viola
Bridget Callahan has taught viola and violin for over ten years. After being first introduced to string instruments in her public school music program, Ms. Callahan is a strong advocate for music education for all children. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Nancy Lokken, Edward Kreitman and Nan...

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Ying Chai
Ying Chai


Violin, Viola
Chamber Ensembles
Where did you receive your undergraduate education? Lynn University Florida. Where did you receive your postgraduate education? I was under full scholarship at the Juilliard School for master degree.  Artist Diploma at Manhattan School of Music. What is your hometown? Shang...

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Tamara Gonzalez
Tamara Gonzalez


Violin, Viola, Suzuki Violin & Viola
Suzuki Program Manager
Mrs. Gonzalez began her musical studies at the age of four in the Washington DC area. She was enrolled in her local Suzuki violin program as well as in the DC Youth Orchestra Program. At age nine, Tamara moved to Puerto Rico with her family and began studying at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music...

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Christopher Gorcik
Christopher Gorcik


Upright Bass
Electric Bass
Christopher Gorcik is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he received a B.M. in Music Performance with a Jazz Emphasis in 1996. Chris has studied bass with Nick Schneider, Larry Gray, Marlene Rosenberg, and Greg Sarchet, as well as jazz improvisation with Robert Chappell and Fareed Haqu...

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Christine Knodle-Albarran
Christine Knodle-Albarran


Violin
Suzuki Violin
Undergraduate: B.A. Business Management, Rockford College, B.M. Instrumental Performance, Columbia College. Postgraduate: M.A.T. Elementary Education, Columbia College.  Hometown: Rockford, IL.  Preferred student age: 3-18.  Preferred student level: Beginner-Intermediate.&#16...

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Janelle Lake
Janelle Lake


Harp
Suzuki Harp
Interested in learning more about the harp before studying harp with Ms. Lake? Check out our 'Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions About Studying Harp'! Undergraduate:  B.M., Northwestern University, Harp Performance. Postgraduate:  M.M., Northwestern University. Hometown: New Berl...

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Erica Lessie
Erica Lessie


Cello, Suzuki Cello
Early Childhood
Erica Lessie received her B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg. At Florida State University, she earned an M.M. in cello performance and completed coursework for a D.M.A. Currently, she is teaching cello at DePaul University Community Music Division a...

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Yang Liu
Yang Liu


Violin
String Department Head
Violinist Yang Liu combines outstanding technical command and sublime musicality in performances that have earned him numerous accolades in Asia, the United States and Europe. He is a former prize winner of the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a first prize winner of China...

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