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Ann Montzka-SmelserAnn Montzka-Smelser

Applied Artist
M.M., Northern Illinois University

Office: (815) 753-3855 

In between receiving her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University, Ann studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

In 2003, Ann was the recipient of the Byron Hester Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ann has performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles and is currently principal 2nd violinist with Camerata Chicago and concertmaster of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

As a Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, Ann has taught Suzuki Pedagogy at Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. She is also director of the NIU Community School of the Arts Suzuki Strings Program.  Ann enjoys working with Suzuki families at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States and looks forward to teaching at the 2010 International String Conference in Singapore. 

Ann lives in DeKalb, IL with her children, Ben and Genna, and her husband, Linc.