Suzuki Association of the Americas

Certificate of Achievement Recipient


Violin Faculty

Beth Novak began her formal study of the violin at the age of four. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Humboldt State University where she was Concertmaster of the Humboldt Symphony and winner of the 1996 Concerto Competition. Ms. Novak attended the Hartt School of Music where she received a Master of Music in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy.

Other institutions of study include the Chautauqua Music Institute, Rocky Mountain Music Center, California Summer Arts, Britt Festival and Sequoia Chamber Music Institute. Beth has studied chamber music with world renowned quartets such as the Alexander String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet and the five time Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet. She has held numerous principal positions in orchestras such as the Humboldt Symphony, Solano Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Waterbury Symphony and Connecticut Virtuosi. Her performances have taken her across the United States and to Europe. Beth Novak is a member of the faculty at the summer Suzuki institutes in Atlanta and Stevens Point, WI.

In 2010 Ms. Novak was one of 9 teachers in the country awarded the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching.


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