Lilian Chou

Violin, Viola, Piano Teacher

SAA Member

Violinist, pianist, and occasional violist Lilian Chou enjoys a multifaceted performing and teaching career in the greater Chicagoland area. Since 2009 she has taught privately and at the Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Suzuki Program, and loves tackling the unique learning abilities of all ages in private lessons, group classes, and chamber ensembles. Lilian completed her violin teacher training with Ann Montzka Smelser, and she began her musical journey at age 4 studying Suzuki piano with Marilyn Andersen, with whom she has taken her piano training.

Lilian is a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her MM in violin performance at Northwestern University, where she was a pedagogy assistant at the Northwestern String Academy, incorporating the teaching methods of Mimi Zweig and Paul Rolland. She completed her BM at Wheaton College studying violin, piano, and biochemistry; she was a concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and winner of both the 2012 Chamber Competition and the 2014 Strings Concerto Competition. Her main teachers include Lee Joiner, Blair Milton, and Karin Edwards. Lilian is a passionate chamber musician and enjoys collaborative work as a keyboardist on the piano, harpsichord, and occasionally organ. An avid explorer of the early music scenes on her baroque violin, she enjoys incorporating all her musical explorations into her day-to-day teaching.

Lilian enjoys helping her students develop as holistic, creative, and community-minded musicians, and many are already emerging as leaders in their youth orchestras and competition prizewinners. In 2017 she founded Tutti Chamber Music, a summer program designed to introduce high-level chamber playing and community involvement to students ages 10-18. In her free time, Lilian enjoys hiking, tackling logic puzzles, traveling, and learning new languages. A lover of martial arts, she holds a black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys the challenges of Crossfit.