We are Cedar Rapids Suzuki

This photo was taken at the first annual Cedar Rapids Suzuki Strings Concert in February 2015. For the first time in our area, Suzuki programs have come together as one to celebrate our common roots and all that our students and families have accomplished. While plans are already in the works for future collaborations, this first event will always be special to us!

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Jessica Altfillisch

Jessica Altfillisch is an accomplished performer, passionate educator, and active leader in arts education for social change. After 20 years of Suzuki violin and viola teaching, she founded the Harmony School of Music to bring high-quality music education to families with the greatest need. In addition to her work teaching and developing intensive music programs for under-served youth, she maintains an active private lesson studio, teaching violin and viola students ages 4 through adult.

A strong advocate for creative community partnerships, Jessica has led collaboration efforts between Harmony School and other community organizations including the National Czech/Slovak Museum and Library, Johnson STEAM Academy, The Academy for Academic and Personal Success, and other community organizations. She was a featured speaker in the National Guild for Community Arts Education Small Schools Network webinar series, and acts as a music clinician and nonprofit consultant throughout the Midwest.

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