Ms. Colleen Fitzgerald

Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator

Colleen Fitzgerald

SAA Member

Ms. Colleen Fitzgerald, executive director of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy located in Milwaukee, WI, currently teaches private and group violin lessons and Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes at BSSA. Ms. Fitzgerald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis under mentor, Professor Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Cardinal Stritch University.  She has also received supplemental Suzuki teacher training with Kay Collier-McLaughlin, Ed Kreitman, Tom Wermuth, and Alice Joy Lewis and acquired her Early Childhood Education training under Suzuki ECE founders, Dorothy & Sharon Jones.  Ms. Fitzgerald started Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and two years later began studies with Suzuki teacher trainer, Joan Rooney.

Colleen earned the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Studio Teaching from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee.  She is a clinician at Suzuki weekend workshops in the Midwest as well as summer Suzuki institutes throughout the United States.  Students of Ms. Fitzgerald’s have won numerous competitions and many college scholarships.  Besides teaching, Ms. Fitzgerald frequently performs as a violin soloist, a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony and is a member of her church’s handbell choir.