For general information about the association please contact our President. Any teacher may be contacted directly for information about their studio or instrument.
President: Theresa Phillips – Violin
M.S. Marine Biology, University of Oregon B.S. with Honors, Biological Sciences, Stanford University. Suzuki training: Chicago Music Institute, Colorado Suzuki Institute, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Registered through Violin Book 5. Practicum studies with Pat D’Ercole. Performance Experience: Stanford Symphony Orchestra (CA), Helena Symphony (MT.) Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra (TX), soloist for a variety of church and civic groups. Member of Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Renee Botton – Violin/Fiddle
MSEE Stanford University; Studied Violin and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas; Suzuki Training: Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, Colorado Suzuki Institute; Judy Bossuat; Director of The Mozart Strings Project for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony (Zweig/Przygocki curriculum); Perform in various bands (fiddle) and orchestras; Member: Suzuki Association of the Americas. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Ann Brown – Violin
BA in Music History/Theory/Composition (Geology minor) from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Registered training through book 10 with SAA along with several supplemental classes. Recently moved to the Divide/Woodland Park area after serving as the director and primary instructor for Strings, Inc. in southern Indiana for 20+ years, and performing for 22 seasons with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in KY. She has also performed with orchestras in Evansville, IN, Bowling Green, KY, Muskegon, MI and Great Falls, MT. Ann also spent 12 summers working and performing at some of the main lodges in Glacier National Park, MT, and served for several winter seasons as director/music minister for “A Christian Ministry in the National Parks” in Big Bend NP, TX.
Linda Densmore – Piano
B.A. German, University of California at Los Angeles. Suzuki training: “Every Child Can” with Kathleen Springer, Denver, CO. Certification through Book 4 pending. Performance experience: annual public recitals at various venues in Colorado Springs, church pianist, 15 years as accompanist for Missoula Children’s Theatre, 2008 Amateur Piano International recital participant. Member: American Music Society, Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado, MTNA.
Nell Houser – Piano
Nell Houser has a B.M. Instrumental Music Education from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1990 and a M.M. in Music Education from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1997. My Suzuki training was at the Suzuki Institute in Snowmass, CO, and Lafayette, CO where Doris Koppelman and Nancy Pederson were my Master teachers. Her public and private school teaching experience includes 10 years of Band, Choir, General Music from preK-12 in Wisconsin, Guam, Turkey and Colorado (D20). She has thirteen years of private studio Suzuki piano and clarinet teaching. For many years she has been the director of children’s worship and musicals and member of orchestra at my church. She is certified in the Orff, Suzuki and Kodaly Methods. She retains a Colorado Instrumental and General Music teaching license from CDE. She is a current member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Treasurer: Carol Jilling – Piano
B.A. Music Education, Evangel College. Suzuki Training: Denver University. Advanced studies: Denver University, Jacksonville University, University of North Colorado, University of Colorado and Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. Licensed Kindermusik educator. Over 30 years of experience in public schools and private studio teaching. Performance experience: church music director, church pianist, string trio pianist. Member: National Guild of Piano Teachers, Music Teachers National Association, Kindermusik International and Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Secretary: Wendy Lambrech – Piano
Wendy Lambrech began Lambrech Music Studio in 2014 in order to provide the wonderful opportunities that the Suzuki method affords to those students in the Monument, Palmer Lake, and northern Colorado Springs region. Wendy studied Suzuki theory and piano with Jane Kutscher Reed at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO. Wendy has also enhanced her skills by taking additional training in Suzuki early childhood education courses, student improvisation, and musical learning styles. She is a member of the Pikes Peak Suzuki Music Association, the Suzuki Association of Colorado, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Vice President: Carol Schneider – Piano
B. Music Education, University of Northern Colorado. Suzuki training: Suzuki Institute, Snowmass, Colorado, with Doris Koppelman, Boulder, Colorado with Beverly Graham Fest, Southwest Suzuki Institute, Dallas, Texas with Cathy Williams Hargrave. Licensed Kindermusik educator. Over 20 years experience in public schools and private studio teaching. Member: Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Nancy Snustad – Cello
B.M., M.M., D.M.A. in cello performance from Indiana University. Also attended Peabody Conservatory, University of Connecticut, and University of Wisconsin. Primary teachers include Janos Starker, Fritz Magg, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Performed solo, chamber and orchestral music throughout the U.S. Suzuki training with Margery Aber and Tanya Carey. Apprenticed in Suzuki programs in Connecticut and Wisconsin, and in the Young Violinist Program at Indiana University. Developed and taught the Young Cellist program for 10 years. Currently maintains a private studio teaching cello to pre-college students and is Mom to 3 teenagers. All 3 play the cello. Member: Suzuki Association of the Americas. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Vanessa White – Violin/Viola
B.A. Social Science with a Music Minor. Suzuki violin teacher training: East Carolina School of Music, Intermountain Suzuki Institute, Colorado Suzuki Institute, and the University of Wyoming. Registered through violin book 7, viola book 4. Practicum studies with Linda Fiore. 15 years of private teaching. Director of String Occasions ensemble for advanced violinists. Performance experience: Chamber Orchestra and Harding Quartet at Harding University, Arkansas, University of Wyoming Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Member of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, soloist and quartet performer for local and regional events. Member: American Music Society, Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado. Registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Elise Wicks – Violin
Elise Wicks has a MM from Cleveland Institute of Music. Her Suzuki training was also there. She has taught in the Cleveland Public Schools, the Cleveland Music School Settlement and taught violin privately. She has played in many symphonies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.
Mike Zimmerman – Guitar
B. Mus. University of North Texas; M.A. Ball State University. Suzuki training: Chicago Suzuki Institute and Colorado Suzuki Institute with David Madsen and Andrea Cannon. Currently president of the Colorado Springs Guitar Society and director of the CSGS Ensemble. Member: Guitar Foundation of America, Colorado Springs Guitar Society, Suzuki Association of the Americas and Colorado. Registered books 1 through 5 and the Practicum with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.