Ms. Margaret Cerjan

Violin Teacher

Margaret Cerjan

SAA Member


Jamaica Plain, MA
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Margaret Cerjan is currently the director of the Junior Strings Intensive at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, a faculty member at The Chestnut Hill School, and the founder and director of Stonybrook Strings, a holistic music studio in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Ms. Cerjan is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught students ages 3 – 18 private lessons, chamber music, and in group classes for over 10 years. Before moving to the Boston area, she was a faculty member at the People’s Music School’s YOURS Project, an orchestra program in Chicago, based on Venezuela’s El Sistema, that teaches students teamwork, responsibility, and motivation through orchestral playing. Ms. Cerjan was the violin sectional coach for the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestras and performed as a teaching artist through the Chicago Symphony’s Institute for Learning Access and Training. Ms. Cerjan studied the Suzuki teaching method at the Chicago Suzuki Institute with trainer Ann Montzka Smelser, and at Ithaca College with Stevie Sandven and Ed Kreitman.

Margaret is a passionate performer and collaborator. After graduating from from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she was a student of Gerardo Ribeiro, Ms. Cerjan joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing under renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Esa Pekka-Salonen, and Jaap Van Zweden. Nominated a “Citizen Musician” by the Chicago Symphony in 2012, Ms. Cerjan is committed to providing her community access to classical music. Ms. Cerjan created and performed over 40 interactive concerts each year in Chicago Public Schools through the Chicago Symphony’s Musicorps program. As a founding member of the Chicago-based Élan String Quartet, Ms. Cerjan was invited to perform at the Utah Symphony’s Emerging Quartets’ program, collaborated with the Chicago Symphony’s Institute and Chicago Young Authors to create beat poetry and classical music concerts with poets from Englewood High School, and performed the Schubert Cello Quintet with Yo-Yo Ma at the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musician Week. Ms. Cerjan completed her Master of Music degree at Boston University with Peter Zazofsky and Bayla Keyes. She performs regularly in Boston with ensembles large and small.