Gonzalez, Tamara
Suzuki Da Capo and Sinfonia Orchestra Conductor

Viola, Violin

Tamara Gonzalez, Suzuki DaCapo and Sinfonia Orchestra Conductor, Ascension Catholic School Conductor & MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra Conductor, 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, including the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra

She has taught at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, SAM fall workshop and MacPhail Suzuki Institute, offering Suzuki group classes and musicianship classes. 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 5 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 Unit 6 and SPA training courses.

“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.” –MacPhail Parent