Amy B.

Product Specialist for HSBC Private Bank

Started Suzuki violin at 4 years old

“The Suzuki method taught me about the steadfast dedication that lies behind success, and the pride and confidence that follow a challenge traversed. Most importantly, Suzuki has given me a lifelong passion for music and a community of like-minded people who I consider family! Thank you Suzuki!”

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Sarah Bylander Montzka

Sarah Bylander Montzka (viola/violin) is a graduate of Northwestern University (MM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). She is the Associate Director of the Suzuki program at the Music Institute of Chicago, a registered Suzuki teacher trainer and currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is the founder and director of MIC’s annual Violapalooza! workshop and a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes from Duluth to Tanzania. Previously, Sarah taught in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Music Program—designed to reach young musicians of all backgrounds. She has also worked in the administrative field as Coordinator of Education Programs for the Jacksonville Symphony and Associate Director of the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Sarah has performed as a section violist in orchestras including the Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah Symphonies.

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