Mrs. Katie Bast
Violin Teacher, Parent
Beginning Suzuki violin in her elementary school program, Katie cannot remember a time she did not play the violin. She received her Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance at Southern Methodist University and her Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy studying with Mark Bjork at the University of Minnesota. In the fall of 2001, she became faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis where she coordinated the Suzuki string groups and orchestras. In 2013, Katie and her family relocated to Holland, Michigan where she started a private Suzuki studio and is assistant principal violin in the Holland Symphony. Katie has received additional Suzuki training with Katherine Wood, Alice Joy Lewis, Beth Titterington and Pat D’Ercole with whom she recently completed the long term Suzuki Mentorship Program and Practicum. Katie has taught at Suzuki workshops in the Midwest, including Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp, and her students have won awards through the Schubert Club, the Suzuki Association of Minnesota and MacPhail’s Concerto Competition. Former students have pursued many careers, including studying violin at conservatories and competitive college music programs. Katie is a Suzuki parent of two fun loving children (a violinist and cellist), and considers that part of her on going training.