Mrs. Maria-Rosa Germain

Violin Teacher

Maria-Rosa Germain

SAA Member


Monona, WI
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Maria-Rosa Germain is a co-founder of Suzuki Strings of Madison, Wisconsin, and has taught violin since 1980. As the fifth generation of a family of teachers from West Virginia, she finds teaching extremely rewarding. She graduated from Michigan State University from 1980 with two bachelor’s degrees: one in String Instrument Education and the other in Violin Performance. In 1983, she earned a master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin having studied with Vartan Manoogian and Tyrone Greive. She has played in the Lansing, Michigan Symphony, Grand Rapids, Michigan Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, and freelanced for years with the Germain String Trio.

As a teacher with Suzuki Strings of Madison, she has taught all levels of students in group and private lessons. She was the musical director of Tour Groups that traveled to Costa Rica, Washington D.C. and Vancouver. She has written two workbooks: From Sounds to Symbols Volume I and II. She is the mother of Seattle guitarist Carl Germain and Los Angeles jazz violinist Nora Germain. Maria-Rosa’s husband Glenn is a collector and restorer of fine violins based in Madison, Wisconsin.

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