Victoria Kuchta Szczepaniak

Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Victoria Kuchta Szczepaniak

SAA Member


Westmont, IL
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Victoria Kuchta Szczepaniak began her violin studies at the Western Springs School of Talent Education at the age of five where she studied with Edward Kreitman and Thomas Wermuth. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Illinois State University where she studied with Sarah Gentry. While attending ISU, Victoria was a violin I section member of Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and also regularly performed with Opera Illinois. Victoria completed a master’s degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College in New York, where she studied with Susan Waterbury and Sanford Reuning. Victoria also performed frequently with the Binghamton Philharmonic and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra while in central New York.

Victoria’s interest in teaching started during her sophomore year in high school, when she began to give private instruction to many middle school children in the LaGrange, IL area. During the summer of 2003, she was offered an invaluable opportunity to teach for WSSTE as Edward Kreitman’s teaching assistant, inspiring her to pursue a career in Suzuki pedagogy. She is currently on Violin Faculty and the Associate Director of the Naperville Suzuki School and Western Springs School of Talent Education.

During 2018, Victoria co-founded Suzuki Early Childhood Chicago, a baby music program using the Suzuki philosophy at it’s core. SECC is currently offering classes in several locations in the Chicagoland area.

In addition to being a dedicated Suzuki violin teacher and early childhood music educator, Victoria performs with Chicago String Progression, the Fox Valley Orchestra, and Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Company.