CSA Faculty BickelJulie Bickel, MM, BS, BA

On faculty since 1999


  • MM, Northern Illinois University
  • BS, Notre Dame University
  • BA, Notre Dame University

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Julie Bickel

Julie teaches Suzuki Violin and directs the CSA touring ensemble, Vivaldi Strings. Her students participate in IMEA, SAA Youth Orchestra and Masterclasses, Granquist Music Competition, Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Competition, Sejong Music Competition, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club Contest, Musichorale Contest, CYSO, EYSO, YSDP, and many other music activities around the Chicagoland area.

Mrs. Bickel has studied with Betty Monahan, Almita and Roland Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Simin Gantra, Mathias Tacke, Brian Lewis and many other fine Suzuki teachers around the country. She has taught String Pedagogy at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, as well as at various music institutes, including Sound Encounters in Ottawa, Kansas; Texas State University Suzuki Strings Institute in San Marcos, Texas; Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Draper, Utah; DFW-WOW in Dallas, Texas; American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the Chicago Suzuki Institute in Deerfield, Illinois.She has also been a participant in the past seven Starling-DeLay Juilliard Symposiums (only one of four teachers in the country to attend all seven). Mrs. Bickel coordinated the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas for the 12th SAA Conference. At the 13th SAA Conference in 2008, her tour group Vivaldi Strings was selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concert; and in 2012, they were selected by the Chinese Government to perform in Beijing and Tianjin, China.

Julie is an avid quilter for Lutheran World Relief at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton. She performs as a violinist in the Butterfield String Quartet, and loves spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter exploring new adventures.


CSA Faculty LindquistSarah Lindquist, BME

On faculty since 2002


  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Sarah Lindquist

Sarah teaches Suzuki violin, viola, group classes, Suzuki Parent Education, coaches chamber music, directs the Con Fuoco Ensemble and is the Chamber Ensemble Coordinator.

Lamar Blum and Michael McLean were her childhood Suzuki instructors followed by David Reimer, Jean Hove and Lee Joiner. Her experience included instructing adult beginner string class, directing public school orchestras, and Musikgarten teaching and administrating in the Chicago area. Continuing education has been with Alice Joy Lewis, Rebecca Sandrok, Marilyn O'Boyle, Nancy Jackson, Ed Sprunger, Rick Mooney, Tanya Carey, Pat D'Ercole and Carol Dallinger. Ms. Lindquist instructs all levels and ages with a focus on excellent technique and expressive musicality. Her student have achieved honors including recital performances at Suzuki Institutes, featured soloists for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and CSA Concerto Concert, auditioning into SAA Youth Orchestra, SAA Chamber Ensemble, All State Orchestra, IMEA Orchestra, first and second prize in Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club contest, placing in Granquist and IGMSA/IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Other Suzuki involvement includes being a clinician at Suzuki workshop and presenting at the biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas conference (featured on the SAA's website.)

Additionally, Sarah enjoys freelance performing and spending time with her husband and infant son.


CSA Faculty PuntuzsEmily Puntuzs, MM, BM

On faculty since 1998


  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • American Viola Society
  • Handbell Musicians of America

About Emily Puntuzs

Emily teaches Suzuki viola and violin at the Community School of the Arts, and has served as the Suzuki Strings Coordinator since 2004. She also directs the CSA handbell program.

Emily has studied with Peter Slowik and Jeffrey Irvine, along with many other fine teachers and Suzuki teacher trainers. She was the viola coordinator for the 2010 SAA Conference.

She has been ringing handbells for over 25 years, and is actively involved in the handbell choir at her church, as well as subbing occasionally with Chicago Bronze. She lives in Wheaton with her husband and two-year-old daughter.



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