Chicago Area Viola Teachers
Miss Kuzma is a passionate and motivated violin and viola instructor who teaches beginners through advanced students. She earned my Masters degree in Viola Performance from DePaul University in June 2017. She teaches Suzuki and traditional methods to beginners through advanced students. Miss Kuzma is a violist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performs with Yo-Yo Ma both in Chicago and on tour.
Miss Kuzma's students love being able to pick there own pieces, so she usually combines a classical piece with a piece of their choosing. When teaching, she creates her own lesson plans based on what she has been taught and what has been successful. However, each student learns differently and Miss Kuzma is eager to work with students according to their learning styles.
Nothing is more rewarding than when students leave the lesson more motivated than when they came. Miss Kuzma understands that it is a challenge for students to go home and practice, so she address this by setting goals for the student. She wants the student to leave the lesson feeling proud of what they accomplished and motivated to continue learning.
Laura Boekeloo, originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently earned her Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she studied under Roland Vamos. She previously earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from Western Michigan University, where she studied under Igor Fedotov. Laura began studying viola at the age of ten and quickly became an avid member of the Kalamazoo Prep String Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her studies, Laura performed regularly with the Western Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles with which she has performed professionally include the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and Whiting Park Symphony Orchestra. She has performed internationally in Puebla, Mexico; Casalmaggiore, Italy; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Laura has over four years of experience teaching Violin, Viola, and Piano to students of all ages. In Kalamazoo, Laura tutored young students in Violin, Viola, and Piano through Thompson Tutoring. In Chicago, she teaches students of all ages and skill levels in Violin, Viola, and Piano. Laura strives to foster enthusiasm for learning music among all of her students.
Larissa Mapua is a Filipino-American violist dedicated to sharing her passion for music as a performer, teacher, and music education advocate. Selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, she performed Debussy's String Quartet, Op.10 at the U.S. Capitol for members of the 114th U.S. Congress. She was invited to perform for Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th President of the Philippines, selections from J.S. Bach's Cello Suites, in 2012. She has performed at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, Atlanta Symphony Hall, and on live television for Georgia Public Broadcasting. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Mapua held principal positions at the Brevard Music Center and DePaul University Chamber Orchestra. She can be heard with the Bowling Green Philharmonia on volumes of The Voice of the Composer: New Music from Bowling Green n Albany Records. Furthermore, she has performed for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Ms. Mapua has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Mei-Ann Chen, Gilbert Varga, Jung-Ho Pak, and Keith Lockhart.
Her solo engagements include Hindemith's Trauermusik with Michael Alexander conducting at Kennesaw State University in 2010. As a chamber musician, she has performed at the National Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Madeline Island Chamber Music, and has worked with members of the Ariel Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, and the Arianna Quartet. Ms. Mapua has played in master classes for a number of musicians, including Lembi Veskimets, Peter Slowik, Erika Eckert, Phillip Ying, and Sheila Browne. The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized her achievements with the Rose Thomas Smith Award. Her additional honors include awards by the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia, Galing Foundation, Inc, and Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at DePaul University, where she studied with the late Rami Solomonow and Doyle Armbrust. Additionally, she studied with Matthew Daline and Allyson Fleck. She graduated with her Master of Music degree in performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018, from the studio of Edward Gazouleas. She studied pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, Dr. Clifford Colnot, Carla Trynchuk, Dr. Olga Kaler, and Dr. Frank Diaz.