Melissa Zindel is the collaborative pianist and coach at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. In addition, Ms. Zindel is a registered Suzuki piano teacher, and maintains a private studio. As our full time pianist, Melissa wears many hats. She performs with the Chicago Consort and serves as Music Director for Allegro!!! In addition to accompanying our students on the 6 annual Solo recitals, Melissa is also available for individual coaching sessions with our students. To schedule a coaching go to wsste.com/piano. We are so fortunate to have a fine pianist like Melissa as a part of our program. We want to be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
As a pianist, Melissa is comfortable in a wide variety of musical styles, and has held staff positions in many strings programs, such as the Preludio Violin Program at Ithaca College, SIUE Suzuki, University of Houston Suzuki, the Colorado Suzuki Institute, and the American Suzuki Institute. She currently works as a vocal coach at Elmhurst College and has coached at Georgia College and State University, University of Central Arkansas, and Opera in the Ozarks. She has performed as a recitalist with many artists, including Julie Albers, Katharine Gowers, Helen Kim and Allegra Wermuth.
Ms. Zindel earned her bachelor of music degree in keyboard performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she studied with Linda Perry. She completed her master of music degree in accompanying and chamber music at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with Timothy Hester, where she held full assistantships.