This list includes both faculty and associated in the area. Names of faculty members are in bold.
Nia-Imara Barberousse, Cello, Twinkle Stars
Nia-Imara Barberousse is a young classical cellist and Chicago native. As a child she was the student of Martine Benman and a member of the Hyde Park Suzuki Scholars String Quartet, where they toured through the Chicagoland area. Nia graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Crispin Campbell. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Shauna Rolston-Shaw. Now that Nia has returned to Chicago she greatly enjoys teaching at her childhood music school (HPSI) and performing throughout her hometown of Chicago.
Michael Holland, Piano
Michael Holland graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, where he worked under Chicago pianist, composer and vocalist Philip Seward and majored in Instrumental Performance with a concentration in Keyboard. Michael is also trained in Modern, Pop, and Film Score, Classical and Baroque Performance, and music theory. Since graduation, Michael has maintained a steady practice of private piano lessons. Working with students aged five to adult, he enjoys seeing new students improve over an extended period of time. Michael finds the Suzuki pedagogy fascinating and is available to teach its syllabus for any new students.
Aside from piano, Michael enjoys digital music production using the Ableton Live Digital Audio Workstation.
Caitlin Edwards, Violin
Caitlin Edwards began studying the violin at the age of eight, through the Music Opportunity Program, a non-profit organization in Birmingham, Alabama. She has performed with Dove award winning Gospel artist Babbie Mason, and also performed and recorded with Grammy award winning artists Israel Houghton and Darlene Zschech.
Caitlin attended the University of Louisville, where she studied with J. Patrick Rafferty. In 2015, she was the state winner of the Strings Division MTNA Young Artists Competition. In 2016, Caitlin won a Project Inclusion Fellowship with the Grant Park Music Festival and also won the Concerto Competition at the University of Louisville School of Music. Caitlin is currently a graduate student at the DePaul University School of Music and is a fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Ensemble. Caitlin currently plays a Neapolitan violin, labeled “Joseph Gagliano Filius– fecit Neap. 1760” generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.
Ifetayo Ali, Practice Coach
Ifetayo Ali, 15, began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4. Her teachers and coaches have been Lucinda Ali Landing, Megan Lauterbach and Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Tahirah Whittington, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. She has also studied with teachers at summer music camps at Suzuki-Deerfield, Illinois Wesleyan, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Meadowmount.
Barbora Valiukeviciute, Violin
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Barbora Valiukeviciute began her studies at the age of five at J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium. Since then, she has gone on to perform around the world, most recently at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall and Staller Center for the Arts in the United States. She has also performed recitals at the Auditorium al Duomo in Florence, the Fukuoka Across Hall in Japan, and the Metropolitan Museum Concert Hall in New York, National Philharmonic in Lithuania. Barbora has served as a co-concertmaster of the New York Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Takahara Mamoru, leading the orchestra for five years in tours around the United States and Asia.
Nzinga Barberousse, Piano
Nzinga-Ain Barberousse started with HPSI at age 3 on the piano. She has studied at Sherwood, MIC, UIC, and Northwestern for classical piano since then. Her teaching career began 7 years ago with a single student and has grown to include students of all ages. She has been a certified Suzuki Method instructor for several years and uses a mixture of methods to teach music theory and sight reading. She received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and plans to continue teaching throughout graduate school.
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, Violin
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, (formerly Lucinda Holland) violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, began her studies at age six, with her father, James Holland, a violinist/violist. She began with Suzuki studies, which was relatively still new in North America in the early 1970's. After studying for one year with her father, she then studied with Sarah Deneen and later Donna Ross. See more...
Adjedmaa Ali, violin, viola