Faculty & Staff

Martha Bradberry Cello, Viola and Violin. Registered Suzuki method instructor since 1992. Suzuki Music School of Michiana faculty since 1994. Suzuki training at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, American Suzuki Institute and Chicago Suzuki Institute. Bethel University B.A. Music Performance. Violist with the Gaska String Quartet. Cellist with Tres Femmes Piano Trio. Member of AF of M and SAA.*




Joyce Davis Music Director, Violin/Viola, Sound Beginnings. B.S. from Purdue University. Suzuki Music School Director since 1987. Extensive Suzuki training; including training with Dr. Suzuki. Over thirty years teaching experience. Second violin of the Gaska String Quartet. Member of AF of M and SAA.*




Abigail Vogt Deitche Music Director, Violin, Cello, Music & Movement, Sound Beginnings. BSDH with a minor in music performance & business administration, Indiana University South Bend. Suzuki Music School of Michiana Violin Faculty since 2009. Suzuki training with Sharon Jones, Dorothy Jones, Jean Stucky, Terry Durbin, Geri Arnold, Wendy Azrak, Rebecca Sandrok, Ed Sprunger, Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Mutter and Sharon Miller. First violinist of Silver Strings Quartet. Fischoff Geoffroy Award winner in 2009 and June 2009 Fischoff Artist of the Month. Member of SAA.*



Abbi Houser
Violin. Math Major at Saint Mary’s College. Suzuki Training with Gail Gebhart and Wendy Azrak. Valedictorian of John Glenn High School in 2019. Teacher’s Assistant in Group and Theory classes since 2014. Theory Instructor since 2019. Member of the SAA. *




Tamara Stojanovic Albahari Violin.  Internationally recognized violinist and music educator, Suzuki teacher since 2000. Extensive Suzuki training in the US and Canada. Violin faculty at the Suzuki Music School of Michiana since 2007. Professional orchestra player serving as concertmaster for LaPorte Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and member of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Sectional coach at South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra. Baroque violin in Fleur de Lys chamber ensemble at the University of Notre Dame. Adjunct assistant professor of violin at the University of Notre Dame. Recent appointments include Artist in residence at Clay High School, South Bend and Fischoff Chamber Music Mentoring Program coach. Tamara holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University (2003) where she studied Chamber Music with the Alexander String Quartet, and a Diploma in Violin Performance from the State Conservatory of Music ‘Luigi Cherubini,’ Florence, Italy (1999, class of Eddy Perpich). She also graduated Magna cum Laude in the School of Letters and Philosophy, University of Florence (2000). Member AF of M and SAA.* 


Dawn VanArsdale Piano. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Bethel University and Suzuki Training with Caroline Frasier. Over 30 years teaching private piano and voice lessons along with 10 years of experience teaching music classes for kindergarten through high school at Christian Center School and New Creation Academy. Dawn has organized and led many choirs for local church and city-wide church special event. She has also taught music team-building in the U.S. and abroad. Member of the SAA.*


"Character first, ability second." - Shinichi Suzuki