Ms. Erika R. Lord-Castillo

Violin, Viola Teacher

Erika Lord-Castillo

SAA Member


Saint Louis, MO

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 teacher training with Michelle Higa George, Moshe Neumann, Judy Bossuat, Nancy Jackson, Christie Felsing, and William Preucil, Senior. After graduating from Iowa, she lived in Corvallis, Oregon for two years, where she taught privately and in the Corvallis Public Schools through the Corvallis Youth Symphony’s Elementary Strings Program. Erika also spent three years teaching elementary through high school orchestra in the Ferguson-Florissant School District in North St. Louis County. Erika has performed with numerous community orchestras in Iowa and in Oregon, and with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Erika’s violin teachers include Annette-Barbara Vogel, Katie Wolfe, and Lenora Anop. Erika presented her Masters Thesis at the American String Teachers Association national conference in March 2011, and her article, “John Kendall’s Early Contributions to Suzuki Education in the United States” was published in the American Suzuki Journal in Fall 2012. Erika received the Suzuki Association Certificate of Achievement Level 1 in the summer of 2015.