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Tamara Gonzalez

Viola, Violin

Tamara Gonzalez, Suzuki DaCapo and Sinfonia Orchestra Conductor, Ascension Catholic School strings instructor & MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra instructor, joined the faculty at MacPhail in 2014, after teaching in the greater Chicago area for 10 years.

Tamara has performed as a member of the Illinois Symphony, Rockford Symphony and SouthWest Michigan Symphony orchestras. She is currently the violist in the Stone Arch Collective and has performed with many faculty ensembles at MacPhail. Her conducting responsibilities at MacPhail range from beginner to intermediate level string and full orchestras, and have included the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra. She is a sought out orchestral clinician in Minnesota, and was an MPR Classnotes Conductor from 2017-2019. In 2020 she was the invited guest conductor for the Robbinsdale Spring Orchestra Festival, and will serve as guest orchestra conductor for the Trio-Metro All Conference Arts Festival in 2021. In 2020, Tamara was named conductor for the GTCYS Concertino East orchestra.

She is a regular instructor at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and has taught Suzuki workshops across Minnesota, and in Memphis, Puerto Rico, Austin and Connecticut. She was lead instructor and developed curriculum for group violin classes at Smiling Strings, and worked in music outreach programs in the Southside and Westside of Chicago for more than 7 years. Tamara studied violin and viola performance at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and holds Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music degrees in Violin Performance from DePaul University. Tamara has completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training units 1-10 in addition to ECC, Violin Practicum, Viola Units 4, 5 & 6 and SPA training courses.

Favorite non-musical hobby: Tami is an amateur poet, and an avid baker. She enjoys cooking meals from scratch for her families and friends.

“She is excellent at teaching shaping and musicality. She has high standards but works well with the kids wherever they are at. She is doing well handling the transition to independent lessons as well.”

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