Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Retreat!

(Clockwise from bottom left) Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Allison Woerner, Erika Lord-Castillo, and Vicki Lottes, all faculty teachers at SIUE, at the retreat!

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Erika Lord-Castillo

Erika Lord-Castillo (violin, viola) has been a faculty teacher in the SIU-Edwardsville Suzuki Program since 2009. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Erika earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, Sciences and Arts from the University of Iowa. She holds a Master’s in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and studied Suzuki pedagogy Violin Books 1-10 with Vera McCoy-Sulentic. Erika has also completed Suzuki violin teacher training with Michelle Higa George, Moshe Neumann, Judy Bossuat, Nancy Jackson, and Christie Felsing, and has done viola teacher training with William Preucil, Senior. She is the director of SIUE’s Summer String Camp, is a co-director of the SIUE Suzuki Violin Tour Group, and will be directing the SIUE Suzuki Viola Camerata beginning in Fall 2017. She received the Suzuki Association Certificate of Achievement Level 1 in the summer of 2015.

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