Violin & Viola Faculty
Thomas Wermuth studied the violin at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. In 1974, he moved to Canada to join the Kitchener - Waterloo Symphony as assistant concertmaster. During the fifteen years there, Tom played both violin and viola in the orchestra, and was a member of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble.
In addition to his extensive performance career, Mr. Wermuth has dedicated his life to teaching young students at the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Tom's teaching follows the philosophy of the great teaching pedagogue Shin’ichi Suzuki.
Mr. Wermuth enjoys an international reputation as a guest clinician and registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. Wermuth’s students have consistently performed on the Young Steinway Recital Series in Skokie, IL and are regularly chosen to perform in the Master Classes for the national conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. His students have won first place in the West Suburban, Walgreens, Music Chorale and the Chinese Fine Arts Competitions.
As a result of his students placing in the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Mr. Wermuth was awarded the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, and he was also named the 2010 ASTA Illinois Teacher of the Year. Mr. Wermuth is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.