SAA Retreat 2017a

L-to-R: Beatrice Blanc, Amy Gesmer-Packman, Janis Wittrig, Rob Richardson

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Janis Wittrig

Janis Wittrig is a member of the violin faculty of the Western Springs School of Talent Education; she has previously taught with the Pasadena and Wheaton College Suzuki Programs. Janis holds a BA in Performance and an MS in Music Education from the University of Illinois, where she studied violin and pedagogy with Paul Rolland and chamber music with Gábor Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet. She continued the study of chamber music at Banff String Quartet Academy and later as first violin of the University of Southern California’s Graduate String Quartet.

Janis has been a clinician at workshops throughout the continental United States, as well as in Hawaii, Canada and Singapore. Her students have been first-place contest winners, have performed as soloists with orchestras in the Chicago area, and have been selected for SAA Conference master classes. In 2016, recognizing her "pursuit of excellence in teaching" and that her "talent and skills as a fine violin teacher have produced a record five outstanding concertmasters," the Youth Symphony of DuPage’s retiring music director, Meng-Kong Tham, presented her with a Golden Apple Award.

Ms. Wittrig served as Concertmaster of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra from 2006 through 2013.

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