Creating and Nurturing a Healthy Viola Program

American Suzuki Journal 44.1

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 44.1. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2015 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Julie Bamberger Roubik

Julie Bamberger Roubik teaches Suzuki Viola/Violin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a BM summa cum laude, from the University of MN and a MM from the Hartt School of Music, in viola performance/Suzuki pedagogy. Julie is a an active member of the Racine, Kenosha and Festival City Symphonies as well as a backup musician for recording artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack. She works closely with local school string programs to advocate for the viola and supports them through group lessons and sectionals. Committed to lifelong learning, she is currently pursuing certification at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Outside of her musical life, Julie has appeared on the TV show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and was the runner-up on NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another.” She can usually be found curled up with a book and one of her six guinea pigs.

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Pierre Yves Gagnon

Pierre Yves Gagnon, born in Montreal, Quebec, is fluent in French and English. He is an experienced viola and violin Suzuki teacher living in Oakville, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of McGill, and a Masters degree in Viola Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. He was a member of L’Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as well as principal violist of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Banff.

He first started his Suzuki training units at the first Suzuki institute in Guelph, Ontario in 1983 and since, he has completed all ten violin units as well as viola units 4 to 9. He has been a teaching violin and viola for the Oakville Suzuki Association for the past thirty years and has recently been appointed Suzuki viola teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with the mandate of starting a Suzuki viola program.

He is currently a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association as well as a core member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

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