Violin & Viola Teachers
Priscilla Suh

Ms Priscilla Suh: Violin ($26.50), Viola ($25)

Monday, Tuesday

Priscilla Suh started her music journey with the violin and piano at the age of 5 in Seoul, South Korea. Earlier on, she participated in numerous musical competitions receiving awards for both instruments.
Embarking from this rich experience, Priscilla continued to study violin when she moved to the United States at the age of 10. Priscilla grew up performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and in an orchestral setting. She has participated in ILMEA All-State Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Music Festival, Chicago Music Competition, as a recipient of Pratt Music Foundation, Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony orchestra and school orchestras.
Between the experiences of teaching both privately and in the classroom settings, Priscilla has vast experience with teaching students ages 5 to adults. For the last 9 years she has coached chamber music and solo music for middle school students at Edison Middle School and Franklin Middle School in Wheaton, Illinois. Also, under Fox Valley El Sistema, Priscilla has been the classroom lead teacher teaching violin to 3rd through 5th graders at Hall Elementary School in Aurora, Illinois. Priscilla aims to teach so that students can continue and enjoy playing music throughout their lives. She firmly believes that the skills that build a good musician can improve the other aspects of students' lives, as well.
Priscilla is finishing bachelor’s in music education degree from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Lisa Nelson and Dr. Vadim Mazo from Illinois Wesleyan University, Drew Lecher from Naperville, Illinois, and Dr. Lee Joiner and Paul Zafer from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

Christopher Castillo

Mr. Christopher Castillo: Violin ($26.50), Viola ($25)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A multi-faceted musician and educator, Christopher Castillo is both a noted performer and composer. He has performed as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist throughout the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. He has also improvised in rock, blues, and jazz bands. His principal teachers include Edgar Gabriel of String Fusion and Dr. Sarah Gentry. His numerous compositions, including Starvation in the Presence of Grace, Pain, and Philosopher in a Jar have been premiered by local and national artists at both Illinois State University and Elmhurst College. While at Elmhurst College he regularly participated in the World Music Festival, showcasing works of Piazzolla and famed Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman, among others. In recent years Chris has increasingly turned his attention to pedagogy and currently teaches strings at local area schools. His hobbies include fine woodworking and traveling.
Chris holds a Masters degree from Illinois State University and a Bachelors from Elmhurst College. He is currently preparing for his Suzuki Method teacher certification.