As a firm believer in the power that music has to change and unify us, Andrea has dedicated her career to music education. She began her violin studies at the age of 4 with her mother who is also a Suzuki Violin teacher. While raised in a musically nurturing environment, Andrea developed her love and passion for both music and children.
Andrea earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Northern Illinois University, where she studied under Marie Wang of the Avalon Quartet. During her four years there she was awarded the School of Music Merit Scholarship.
Andrea strives to create a positive and nurturing learning environment for her students. Before moving to Columbia, Missouri, Andrea has taught with the Northwest Indiana Suzuki School, Melody Mart Music, Mattix Music Studio, NIU Community School of the Arts, Rampello Downtown Partnership School, and Tampa Suzuki Strings. She currently teaches with Columbia Public Schools.
Andrea is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has earned her SAA registered Suzuki teacher training for Violin Books 1-3 and Every Child Can! In addition to teaching, Andrea enjoys performing with symphony orchestras. She has performed with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra.
Andrea recently toured with the Chicago South Shore Orchestra as assistant concert master to surrounding cities in Shanghai and Beijing, China.
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Training: Bachelor of Music, Suzuki Registered, Every Child Can! Violin Books 1-3
Current Teaching: Chacon String Studio, Columbia Public Schools
Past Teaching: Tampa Suzuki Strings, NIU Community School of the Arts, Northwest Indiana Suzuki School
Orchestral: Columbia Civic Orchestra, Chicago South Shore Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra