Karyn Grove-Bruce

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Parent, Administrator

Karyn Grove-Bruce

SAA Member


Anchorage, AK
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Karyn Grove-Bruce Psy.S. received her bachelor’s in Music Performance from the University of Arizona studying with Jeffrey Showell on viola. She also holds a School Psychology degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has worked as a school psychologist in Louisiana, California and Alaska. Karyn is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and works with adults and children of all ages experiencing brain injury in a private clinic Head to Toe Holistic Healthcare in Anchorage, Alaska.

Karyn has been a director of the Suzuki Association of Southcentral Alaska in Anchorage since 1998. She has completed training in all of the Suzuki Violin and Viola books in addition to SECE through level three. Karyn is dedicated to lifelong learning and has taken over 40 Suzuki training courses with as many teachers as she can, including Pat D’Ercole, Ann Montzka-Smelser, William Preucil, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Mark Bjork, Allen Lieb, Joanne Melvin, Nancy Lokken, Charles Krigbaum, Joseph Kaminsky, Daina Volodka Staggs, Joanne Bath, Julia Hardie, Wan Tsai Chen, Danette Warren Schuh, Rita Hauck, Sharon Jones, Kiersten Wartberg, and Chenoa Murphy. She has also completed both the violin and viola certificates of achievement for level one.

Karyn founded the group SuperStrings in 2013 to give a venue for school-aged string players without access to an orchestra to gain experience. She founded the group Violaska in 2018 which meets monthly to give violists of all ages and abilities the chance to read viola ensemble music together. Karyn plays violin and viola with various groups including the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Juneau Symphony, Anchorage Civic Orchestra, Alaska Chamber Singers and the Anchorage Concert Chorus Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Chameleon Ensemble chamber group. Karyn currently maintains a private studio in Anchorage, Alaska and teaches Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola and Violin to about 30 students in addition to her clinic work.