Violin Lessons with Susie Peek – violin teacher

Susie has over 20 years of experience as a violin teacher and welcomes students at all levels, and all ages, from 6 on up to adults. A growing body of research is showing that starting musical training at an early age enhances a child’s brain development.

Her teaching style is friendly and supportive, and focused on making sure the students clearly understand the music they are reading and the physical motions necessary to play it in the most relaxed and pleasing manner.

Susie has been teaching and playing professionally for over 20 years, and welcomes students at all levels and ages, from 7 on up to adults.  She’s played in symphonies, string quartets, opera and ballet orchestras, recordings, movie soundtracks, and advertising jingles. She’s worked with Paul Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma. She’s taught in schools, privately, and as a coach for local youth orchestras. Her teaching style is friendly and supportive and is focused on ensuring her students clearly understand the music and the physical actions necessary to play in the most relaxed and pleasing manner.

Education

  • Graduate study – University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 1981-1983
  • Bachelor of Music (with High Honors) – University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • University of Texas at El Paso, 1975-1978
  • University of Colorado, 1974-75

Orchestral Experience

  • Central City Opera Orchestra – 1st Violin, 1998-present
  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Section Violin, September 1999-2006 (5 one-year positions, one half-year position); substitute violin, 1998-1999 and 2004-present
  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte, NC – 1st Violin, September 1983-1999; Interim Assistant Concertmaster, January 1992 – August 1993
  • Boulder Philharmonic and Sinfonia of Colorado – Associate Concertmaster, September 1997-1999. 1st Violin 2016-present
  • Opera Colorado Orchestra, Section Violin, 2013-present
  • Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster and Section 1st Violin 2007-present
  • North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh, NC – extra 1st and 2nd Violin, 1994-1997
  • Orquestra del Teatro de Bellas Artes (professional opera orchestra), Mexico City – 1st Violin, 1979-1980
  • Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington, KY – 1st Violin, 1981-1983
  • Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton, OH – extra, 1982
  • Austin Symphony, Austin, TX – 1st Violin, 1978-1979, 1980-1981
  • Aspen Festival Orchestra – 2nd Violin, 1981
  • Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra – Principal and Assistant Principal 2nd Violin, 1978
  • El Paso Symphony, El Paso, TX – 1st Violin, 1975-1978

Teaching Experience

  • Peek Violin Studios – 1997-present
  • Sectional coach and seating audition judge for Denver Young Artists and Front Range youth symphonies 1999-2003
  • Southern Park Music School, Charlotte, NC – private violin teacher 1983-1997
  • Charlotte Junior Youth Symphony – violin section coach 1988-1997
  • University of Texas at Austin String Project – private and group violin lesson teacher, 1978-1979, 1980-1981

View more information about Susie on her website at www.susiepeek.com