Thoughts from Outgoing Board Members
A Suzuki violin teacher for almost 30 years, Lamar Blum was introduced to Suzuki Method in 1963. Since that time, she has established a Suzuki studio in Elgin, Illinois for violin, viola, cello, bass and flute hiring highly qualified teachers in each area. As director and teacher, Lamar organizes and administrates the activities of the Elgin program along with teaching her own students. Maintaining an organized program and communicating with parents are high priorities. In the broader Suzuki community, Lamar has served a three-year term on the board of directors for Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has also served the SAA as a committee chair & co-chair for the National Conference, has been a speaker for the Leadership Conference and has contributed several articles to the American Suzuki Journal, the summer Minijournal and Suzuki World magazines. She has been an institute teacher at institutes across the country (both summer & weekend) and has directed the Montana Suzuki Strings Institute since 2005. In the Elgin community, Lamar helped found an arts organization and acted as treasurer for four years. She has also been active in Women in Management serving as various committee chairs. She was recognized by this group for her entrepreneurship in 1992. As a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for three decades, Lamar served on the players’ council for ten years of those years. She was involved in contract negotiations on two occasions. She was the first person to recognize the need for children’s concerts in Elgin helping to organize the initial programs. Upon retiring, she was honored by the ESO League as a Musical Treasure of Elgin. Lamar and husband, John, have raised two daughters involved in Suzuki education. The philosophy has given them a guideline for parenting and setting priorities in life.
Christie Felsing received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying violin with Vartan Manoogian and pedagogy with Marvin Rabin. After a year of graduate studies at Boston University, including long-term Suzuki teacher training, she pursued a nine-month Suzuki internship with Doris Preucil at the Preucil School of Music. This experience led her to complete a Master of Music degree in Suzuki pedagogy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with John Kendall. Christie is also a graduate of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts’ administrative training program, AMICI. From 1996-2014, she was on the violin faculty of the Preucil School of Music (Iowa), where she served as Assistant Director. During that time, she was presented the 2013 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year award by the Iowa String Teachers Association. Her service to the Suzuki Association of the Americas has included being a member of its Board of Directors (2004-2009), SAA Conference Coordinator (2010), Teacher Development Advisory Committee, and ongoing work for the Parents as Partners Online offering. Christie is a registered SAA Violin Teacher Trainer and currently resides in Boulder Colorado, where she is part of the Suzuki Association of the Americas staff.
Diane Schroeder, Past Board Chair, has been a violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra for 19 years and is Past President of the EPO Board and Chair of the Advisory Council, which started the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Diane has an extensive history in volunteer service and leadership. In addition to her work with the SAA, she is a trustee at the Methodist Temple, a member of the Board of Friends of Music at the University of Evansville and member of the Board of the YWCA.
Diane is an organist and member of the American Guild of Organists. She is mother of three and grandmother of one and is an accompanist for the University of Evansville Suzuki program.
Beth Titterington has been involved in the Suzuki Method since 1972, when she first heard Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Tour Group. She is a Teacher Trainer (violin) for the SAA and she served on the SAA Board of Directors from 2006-2009. She founded an SAA regional affiliate, the Heart of America Suzuki Association, in 1979. Ms. Titterington teaches Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Missouri ( at Kansas City) Conservatory of Music and maintains her private studio, Kansas City Talent Education. She is also a baroque violinist and gambist and helped to direct the Early Music Consort of Kansas City for 20 years.