CSA Faculty BickelJulie Bickel, MM, BS, BA

On faculty since 1999


  • MM and Performers' Certificate, 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. Julie was named Music Educator of the year by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Her students participate in the ILMEA, SAA Youth Orchestras and Masterclasses, Granquist Music Competition, Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Competition, Sejong Music Competition, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club Contest, Musichorale Contest, CYSO, EYSO, NYSO, 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 nine Starling-DeLay Juilliard Symposiums (only one of four teachers in the country to attend all nine). Mrs. Bickel coordinated the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas for the 12th SAA Conference. At the 13th and 16th SAA Conferences in 2008 and 2014, her tour group Vivaldi Strings was selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concert. In 2012, they were selected by the Chinese Government to perform in Beijing and Tianjin, China and in 2016 by the Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland.

Julie is an avid quilter for Lutheran World Relief at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton. She performs as a first violinist in the Butterfield String Quartet, and loves spending time with her husband and two daughters 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 William Preucil Sr., 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 students 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 Honors 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 two young sons. She is a Suzuki parent to her four year old.


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. She has served as the Suzuki Strings Coordinator since 2004, and as CODA Violin Administrator since 2015.

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, and has been a clinician at ISU Viola Day.

She enjoyed ringing handbells for over 30 years, and directs the handbell choir at her church, as well as subbing occasionally with Chicago Bronze. She lives in Wheaton with her husband and two daughters.



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