Gretchen Portrait

Violinist Gretchen Davis began studying Suzuki Violin at age 5. Sarah Hersh was her first teacher at McPhail Center for Music. She spent part of each summer at the American Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, WI. That included master classes with Dr. Suzuki.

During teen years she played first chair violin for the Minnetonka Childrens Symphony and also in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Her teacher at that time encouraged and inspired her to become a Suzuki teacher.

At age 15 Gretchen was accepted into the Suzuki Certification class at the Suzuki Institute under Rhonda Cole. With the certification she began teaching violin. She enjoyed the teaching philosophy and developing the child-parent coaching relationship through music.

She began working with traditional violin coach JoAlta Geidel and competing in Thursday Musical Young Artist Program.

Gretchen was an "early admit" to Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Her chamber instructor was Peter Howard (at that time; Principal Cellist of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). She also played in the Bethel North Western Orchestra, the Community Orchestra and a semi-pro group.

After moving to Mankato, MN and starting a family, Gretchen taught for five years at the Mankato Suzuki School. There she earned the Musik Garten Certificate. Gretchen taught Jean Luedke's 10 week parent philosophy class. She re-introduced the "Teaching Toddlers" concept which was duplicated in the other teaching locations. She also taught Suzuki Violin in the Lake Crystal, MN public schools.

Gretchen's students have been widely accepted, including Carnegie Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College and many have become concert master/mistress of school or community orchestras.