Kristine Boike is the founder of the Riverside Suzuki Strings in Riverside, Illinois where she teaches violin. Since 1992 she has resided in the metropolitan Chicago area where she has taught on the faculties of Sherwood Conservatory of Music and the Music Preparatory Department at Saint Xavier University. She has also taught violin at Suzuki workshops and institutes in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
Having grown up in a family of musicians, from her youth, Kristine studied violin with her father, David Becker, a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She later studied with Robert Schubert, a graduate of Hartt School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. She has enjoyed playing chamber music both with her father and four sisters.
Ms. Boike earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from West Virginia University where she studied with Rex Conner. Later she was a graduate assistant under the esteemed Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where she received her Master of Music degree in violin performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy.
Performance opportunities are provided with the Riverside Suzuki Strings by holding studio recitals, playing for community events, and performing at senior living centers. Kristine strives to instill the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki in her students and parents by educating them in the process of learning in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. Kristine resides in Berwyn with her three daughters and dog Wrigley. She enjoys singing in her church choir and is an avid runner.