Instrument Chairs

The positions of Instrument Chairpersons are designed to provide opportunities for like-instrument or like-interest teachers to communicate on issues specific to their teaching areas.

The Chairpersons would welcome suggestions from the membership with regard to special events, and members are encouraged to telephone or write to them with their ideas. Instrument Chairpersons are also charged with the responsibility of facilitating co-operation of organizers in various Ontario centers in planning teacher training workshops during the normal teaching year with Suzuki master teachers if the opportunity for such workshop presents itself.

Local committees may be formed as needed for each project co-ordinated by the SAO Instrument Chair, and budget planning for each project will be completed with the assistance of the SAO Treasurer before any monies are spent, Instrument Chairpersons are elected and appointed by the SAO Board, but are not themselves members of the Board.

They report to the Board as requested, and act as instrument liasons to the annual SAO Conference Committee.


Jesse DietschiJesse Dietschi
Toronto/Oakville –  647-823-5736 –

Toronto bassist Jesse Dietschi (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a versatile musician and composer with a wide variety of skills and experiences at his disposal. He has studied double bass with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal bassist Stan Label and Juno-award winning bassist Andrew Downing, and has earned Masters degrees in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Toronto and Brandon University. In addition to serving as the former bass instructor at Brandon University and the International Music Camp, Jesse is an Artistic Producer with the Toronto’s Spectrum Music concert series, and is the Principal Double Bassist with Markham’s Kindred Spirits Orchestra. He has performed with such artists as the Gryphon Trio’s Jamie Parker, Robi Botos, The Canadian Tenors’ Ken Lavigne, Chicago free jazz artist Ernest Dawkins, Tapestry New Opera, Nick “Brownman” Ali, and Mexico’s Northern Lights chamber music festival.


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Dr. David Evenchick
Guelph –  519-780-2491 –

Dr. David Evenchick maintains a varied career as a teacher, teacher trainer and performer. He has been a faculty member of Grinnell College (Iowa), The Preucil School of Music (Iowa) and is a frequent clinician at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (Ontario). David’s appearances as an Institute teacher and cello teacher trainer have spanned the USA and Canada, and most recently he has presented courses in Perú (Lima) and Brazil (Campinas).

David has a particular interest in the research and performance of compositions of the great Croatian cello pedagogue, Rudolf Matz. He has been awarded the Anne T. Clearly Fellowship for International Doctoral Research from The University of Iowa for his study of this composer/teacher, and he continues to perform Matz’s solo works frequently.

Currently David teaches at the Suzuki String School of Guelph where he is also principal cellist of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.

Early Childhood Education

Tova Rosenberg
Toronto –  647-955-0355 –

Incorporating her extensive Suzuki training (Suzuki Association of the Americas certified teacher: Every Child Can, Suzuki Principles in Action, Cello Practicum, Cello Books 1 – 10, Suzuki Early Childhood Education stage 1) with her love of working with young children, Tova Rosenberg has developed innovative teaching ideas for young cellists and exciting programs for early childhood music education in New York, and now in Toronto. Previously, Tova was the director/teacher of the Early Childhood Music Program at the School for Strings in Manhattan, where she also taught Suzuki cello lessons and theory classes. She was a member of the cello faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the Third Street Music School Settlement. She has been a cello teacher for the Music Institute of Long Island, the Suzuki program at Brooklyn College as well as for the summer string festival at the Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey. An active performer, Tova was a founding member of the TEA trio. She holds an M.M. from DePaul University and a B.M. from McGill and is a graduate of the School for Strings 2-year intensive Suzuki Teacher Training Program. She is also certified in the Mark O’Connor Violin Method. Since moving to Toronto, Tova has been appointed to the faculty at the Etobicoke Suzuki Music School, where she teaches cello as well as the Suzuki Early Childhood pre-instrumental program. Tova is the creator/teacher of the Early Childhood Music Program at the Wychwood Barns’ Music in the Barns studio, where she also holds cello classes. She designed and teaches a custom music curriculum for young children at the Miles Nadal JCC called Do, Re…Me! as well as teaching cello for the Suzuki program there.




Joseph Fazakas
Stoney Creek-  905-930-7102 –

Joseph Fazakas has been enjoying making music for over 35 years. Piano studies began at an early age and include studying piano performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, and the RCM. His teachers included Lillian Bedford, Garth Beckett, Valerie Tryon and Antonin Kubalek.

Joseph taught himself guitar at 10 and has sought teachers in a variety of styles; former teachers include Doug Murphy, Jeffrey McFadden, William Beauvais and Wendell Ferguson. Joseph performed in many bands and ensembles throughout his teens and early twenties, followed by 5 years of studying guitar at the RCM in Toronto, where he was a multiple silver medal winner. Joseph has participated in many Suzuki guitar and piano workshops, where he has studied with guitarist and Suzuki guitar co-founder William Kossler. While Joseph continues to take studies and is certified in the Yamaha method as well, he enjoys making Suzuki the foundation of his students’ habits while augmenting their musical education with a variety of contemporary techniques. In addition to 2 decades as an organist and church music director, Joseph maintains an active studio in Oakville and Hamilton, performs as a collaborative pianist and adjudicator. In addition to an active schedule Joseph strives to continually improve his knowledge and teaching methods. He is currently studying jazz piano with jazz pianist and educator David Story.


Byczko picture_0Byczko, Barbara
Toronto area –  Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto
416-408-2824 Ext. 778 –

Barbara K. Byczko holds a Master of Arts in Holistic and Aesthetic Education from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto.She also holds an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance, a Kodaly Pedagogy Certificate and an Orff Pedagogy Level I Certificate from The Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College, London, England. Ms. Byczko has completed Suzuki Piano Teacher Training to Book 4 in the Kingston and Chicago Institutes. As part of her Master’s thesis, Barbara developed a CD for Suzuki Piano Volume 1 and 2, called “Hands Separate, Hands Together”. The pieces are recorded in right hand and left hand only tracks at a practice tempo as well as a hands together track. This has proven to be helpful for both students and parents when learning the Volume 1 and 2 repertoire. She has collaborated with the Infant and Early Childhood team at Surrey Place Centre to develop music classes for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Currently, Ms. Byczko is a faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music where she is a Suzuki piano specialist teaching both private and group lessons.She also serves as a member of the Royal Diploma Curriculum Committee and the RCM College of Examiners.She has examined and adjudicated piano and other disciplines across Canada.


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Susan Beth Barak, BA (Hons), MEd


A proud Canadian since 2002, Susan Beth Barak grew up in proximity to New York City and was privileged to study violin and viola with many illustrious American teachers including Mary Canberg, Stanley Bednar (Chair of the String Dept. at Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College), Harold Coletta, Peter Marsh, Bruce Berg, Erick Friedman, Janet Brady, and Roberta Crawford. She has performed internationally with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber groups and is a frequent soloist in York Region, Ontario. A founding member of the York Chamber Ensemble, she led the organization of YCE’s inaugural Annual Youth Concert in 2004, and the Baroque for Belinda fundraiser for Belinda’s Place [York Region’s first dedicated women’s shelter] in 2012. In addition to active membership in the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and Suzuki Association of Ontario (SAO), Susan is also a member of the Toronto Musicians Association (TMA) Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Ontario Registered Music Teachers of Ontario (ORMTA) and affiliate music teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).

Susan embarked on Suzuki teacher training to formally enhance her studio teaching practice, Heart-Strings. Susan has been teaching and tutoring since she was the scholarship-winning President of the Tutoring Service of her high school, and has long been acquainted with the teachings and philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki. The values inherent in character education mesh with Susan’s belief in power of music as a vehicle to nurture with love and promote a peaceful civil society. Music is her lodestar – throughout the many adventures of her life, her violin and viola are always close to hand and heart, and she has always found deep satisfaction in being able to share her knowledge and skills with students of all ages and abilities. Susan has taught in educational settings from pre-schools through university, and adult programs in the Toronto and York Region District School Boards, as well as privately.

As well as an enthusiastic music teacher and lifelong student, Susan is a mother of four, published writer, certified Life Skills Coach, registered yoga teacher (CYA-RYT 300), and advocate for human rights and social justice with a focus on disability.