Instrument(s) / Speciality
Name of Subscribing School
North York Suzuki School of Music
Gretchen Paxson Abberger holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Bennington College, a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a master’s degree in Historical Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well a 2-year Long Term Certificate in Suzuki training from the School for Strings in New York City studying with Louise Behrend. Further teacher development has been short-term training courses with the following: Ronda Cole, Daphne Hughes, Allen Lieb, Carol Smith, Ed Sprunger, Carey Beth Hockett, Brian Lewis, and Alice Kay Kanack. Gretchen has been teaching privately, free-lancing, as a guest teacher at Suzuki workshops in the Toronto area since moving here in 1994. She has also taught in the summer at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and Camp Noronto. She teaches all levels at the North York Suzuki Program, as well, is the artistic director for the Miles Nadal Jcc Suzuki Program, now in its 28th year, and directs the MNjcc Suzuki Summer Music Camp now in its 10th year, and recently took on the position of Manager of Music Programs at the MNjcc. Gretchen founded Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert Performances, a charitable organization whose mission is to create community among students and teachers of Toronto area Suzuki schools in a yearly collaborative gala concert. She approaches the Suzuki philosophy from 2 sides of the Suzuki triangle, as a teacher, and also as a parent of two children who learned violin by the Suzuki method studying at the MNjcc Suzuki Program.