Lois Geertz, a native of Boulder, Colorado, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis in the Suzuki philosophy from the University of Oregon. She also holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wyoming and Louisiana State University. International studies include Mexico City, Mexico and Rome, Italy. Dr. Geertz maintains an active solo, chamber music and orchestral career including performances in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Louisiana, Michigan and Wyoming.
Dr. Geertz has been teaching violin and viola for 15 years. She has served on the faculties of the Community Music Institute of UO, the String Academy of Wyoming, and has spent the past six summers on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan as a performer and teacher. Her passion for international musical collaboration and teaching have led to participation in the Orchestra of Carlos Chavez in Mexico City, orchestral and solo performances with the Rome Festival, 2003, and her appointment to the faculty of the Grumo Festival, 2016, where she will tour as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher throughout Italy. Most recently in New Orleans, Geertz served as Artistic Director of the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum and founded the Con Brio String Academy.
Dr. Geertz’ thorough training and wide experience as a teacher includes class string instruction, individual and group Suzuki instruction, and chamber music coaching at all levels. Through extensive work with students of all ages and backgrounds she has developed a teaching philosophy that emphasizes beauty and transformation in the world. Her goal as an instructor of violin is to ensure that every student regardless of age, “talent”, or background, is given the opportunity to play well with natural posture and facility in order to accomplish whatever diverse goals they may have in life.
She hopes to instill in students a desire to constantly sharpen their skills and abilities with the end goal of falling in love with the irresistible art of music. She recognizes the innate creativity and ability in every person. Personal experience has confirmed her view that consistent perseverance toward achieving goals results in increased confidence as well as rewarding musical and technical success.