Grazzia Rode-Sagastume

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Grazzia Rode-Sagastume

SAA Member


Omaha, NE

Grazzia Rode-Sagastume is a Honduran-American Suzuki violist, violinist and early childhood educator. She began her musical education on the viola at age 13 in the “Escuela de Música Victoriano López” in her home city, San Pedro Sula, with Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres and Maestra Marlen Madrid. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Western Illinois University studying viola under Dr. István Szabó. While attending WIU she was awarded a full scholarship for performing in the prestigious “President’s International String Quartet”, and as a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2015, Ms. Grazzia, graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a Master in Music in Viola Performance and a Master in Music in String Pedagogy. While in New Mexico, she studied viola and violin with Susan Kempter, Kimberly Fredenburgh and Carmelo de los Santos.

In her capacity as graduate assistant, she was actively performing chamber music with the UNM “Abe Franck” graduate string quartet and UNM’s New Music ensemble. Performing professionally with New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Performance Santa Fe Symphony, and San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO. Also an active teacher, Ms. Grazzia taught at the Young Musician’s Initiative (El Sistema Albuquerque), the UNM Lab School (Suzuki), and maintained a private studio. While in Albuquerque, she also completed long term training in Suzuki violin books 1-10 with nationally renowned pedagogue, Susan Kempter.

Ms. Grazzia is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers Association, and the Omaha Musician’s Union. Since moving to Omaha in 2015, Ms. Grazzia has held a full studio of violin and viola students, teaches over 150 students in the String Sprouts program at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and co-teaches the first Suzuki Early Childhood Class in the state. She has performed with Omaha Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller, Voices of Omaha, Orchestra Omaha, as a local with the Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway tour shows ”Cinderella” and “Phantom of the Opera” and with the National Composers Orchestra.

In the summer of 2017, Ms. Grazzia attended the Retreat for Violin and Viola teachers at Indiana University. This was an intensive String Academy pedagogy workshop where she studied with prominent US pedagogues Mimi Zweig, Rebecca Henry, Brenda Brenner, Sherry Sinift, James Przygocki, and Elizabeth Zempel.

In 2018-2019 she won the Nebraska ASTA outstanding private teacher award.

In her spare time, Ms Grazzia enjoys cooking, baking, learning, listening to good music, and savoring a warm cup of tea or espresso!