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Helen Brunner

Helen Brunner Helen Brunner is a pioneer Suzuki violin teacher in the UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London and the Julliard School in New York (Oscar Shumsky’s class), she studied the Suzuki Method and started the London Suzuki Group for violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists. Brunner is a graduate of the Matsumoto Talent Education Institute of Japan, trained by Shin’ichi Suzuki himself. She teaches children, young people and teachers internationally. In her own words, “In 1968 I first discovered the Suzuki method in New York, USA. As a ‘Suzuki’ mother of four small children, I knew then that my life would change. The impact of observing my children being nurtured by this kind of teaching was huge. Even as a professional musician myself, I felt finally I had come ‘Home’. The Suzuki approach was like the Truth that I had been longing for… as a violinist, as a parent and as a teacher.”


Dr. Tanya Carey

Dr. Tanya CareyCellist Dr. Carey has presented master classes and concerts in over 30 states and 15 foreign countries. Her orchestral experiences include the post of assistant principal of the Milwaukee Symphony and prize winning recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Carey has presented concerts in Tully and Carnegie Halls, performed concertos with orchestra, and made two records with the Lydian Trio. Her students have won prizes in major contests in the United States. She has a BM and MM from Eastman and a DMA from the University of Iowa. Illinois ASTA gave her the “Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award” in 1993. Currently she is Artist Teacher at Roosevelt University CCPA, Music Institute of Chicago/Academy and maintains an active schedule as a clinician. She has served as President of the SAA and Board member of the ISA, and has chaired the Cello Committee for Book Revisions.



Rolando Freitag


Rolando Freitag is a registered Violin Teacher Trainer and serves on the Board of Directors at the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is on the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and at DePaul University Community Music Division. 

Mr. Freitag earned his M.M. in Violin Performance from Penn State University, and his B.M. in Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition, he holds the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, an award given to teachers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching.

A native of Brazil, Mr. Freitag is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, an avid scuba diver, a US Sailing certified instructor, and a US Coast Guard licensed Captain.

Charles Krigbaum

Charles Krigbaum is the founder and Director of the North Texas School of Talent Education, a Suzuki violin and viola program located in Plano, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Schwob School of Music and received the Master of Music degree, summa cum laude, at t15314-20130805083428he University of Texas at Arlington. Charles has completed hundreds of hours of teacher training at the American Suzuki Institute, and has also received post-graduate training in violin pedagogy at Indiana University. Charles has taught at workshops and Institutes throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany; he is also a past President of the North Texas Suzuki Association, a Chapter Affiliate of the SAA. In 2010, Charles became one of the first teachers in the country to earn the Certificate of Achievement from the SAA, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching and a commitment to life-long learning. He became a registered Teacher Trainer for the SAA in 2014.


Dr. Alice Ann M. O’Neill

Dr. O’Neill, professional cellist, has extensive experience performing in professional orchestras and chamber ensembles, and as a solo cellist throughout Europe, Japan, South America, Canada, and the U.S. Dr. O’Neill is a teacher trainer in the Suzuki method and has taught many clinics and workshops and presented at international education and research conferences. Her research articles have been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, the American Suzuki Journal, and the Vincentian Heritage Journal. Her cello students have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” and won top prizes at the St. Paul’s String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Dr. O’Neill’s students have continued their study of cello at Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Catholic University of America, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University, Harvard University, and the Juilliard School in New York City.

Currently, Dr. O’Neill teaches Suzuki Cello at the Mount St. Joseph Talent Education in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also teaches cello and pedagogy, and performs in the faculty piano trio at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is a Catholic nun and member of the Sisters of Charity.

Phala Tracy


Phala Tracy teaches Suzuki harp at Studio Fidicina in Minneapolis, MN and she is adjunct faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  She teaches harp and music theory at Suzuki institutes across the country and she is a Suzuki Harp Teacher Trainer.  Phala holds degrees in Harp Performance and Music History from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) and degrees in Harp Performance and Composition from the California Institute for the Arts (MFA).  Her teachers include Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonasss, Judy Loman, Susan Allen, Mary Kay Waddington (harp) and James Tenney (composition.) She has recorded a childrens™ CD of Critter Songs and is working toward publishing her curriculum of Music Theory in Song and Rhyme and her collection of Songs for Sight Reading.  She is an active arranger, composer, improviser and freelance musician.