Dolce Strings is a string quartet that has been performing in the Chicagoland area for over 11 years. It began with 2 young ladies pursuing their music degrees in college while dreaming of making the string quartet "hip" and "cool." Our intention was to infuse the music we love to listen to with the instruments we love to play. Therefore, the pop string quartet was given life! You can see our reviews here.
Our intention with the academy is to do the same, make string instruments "cool" and "hip" to play. Let's not only learn traditional, classical music...the foundations of all our beautiful orchestral music, but let's incorporate some Bruno Mars, and the Theme from Harry Potter....oh and hey did you hear Taylor Swift has a new song out? Sweet!
Katie has been teaching private violin lessons for over 10 years in the Chicagoland area. She is registered as a trained Suzuki Violin teacher for Suzuki Books 1, 2 and 3. Her teaching style is a mix of the Suzuki and traditional violin methods. She studied at Roosevelt University with Cyrus Forough, mastering a degree in music performance. Her performance background includes the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Choral Society, and many various recording artists. Besides teaching, she spends her weekends performing with her string quartet, Dolce Strings.
Violin and Viola
Violet earned her Bachelor of Music Education at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Master of Music Performance at DePaul University. Her previous performance ensembles include the Rockford Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Opera Orchestra, Peoria Symphony, the Bailiwick Theater, the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, and the Theater Building Chicago. When not performing with Dolce Strings, Violet loves teaching strings. She has a background and certificate in Suzuki pedagogy and holds a Type 9 certificate in Music Education with a specialization in violin. She has taught orchestra in the public school system for the past 4 years, almost doubling her enrollment and interest in orchestra by the final year. Her approach is fun and non-competitive, always solidifying technique while keeping students engaged and motivated to learn.
LiliaNna Zofia Wosko
Lilianna came from a very diverse musical background with years of studying in Poland and then the United States. She has a Masters in Music in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performance Arts Music Conservatory.
Besides classical music, she has been playing rock, pop, hip hop, world and improvised music, which she believes helps not only broaden her repertoire but also to become a better musician, better teacher, and better performer.
Her teaching philosophy is based on the idea that it is essential to develop student's individual approach based on his/her learning ability, musical interest, personality, and age. She motivates her students to challenge themselves by encouraging them through positive work ethics to achieve their artistic goals.
She has 20 years of experience as a professional cello instructor and has taught in community music schools, high schools, music stores, as well as private instruction. She teach all ages and all levels of students, from absolute beginners to intermediate and advanced students.
Suzuki certified Book1& 2