Becki Christopherson, founder, CEO and Music Director, has a life-long history of participation in the Suzuki movement. Raised as a Suzuki student in both violin and piano, she received her Bachelor of Violin Performance from The Ohio State University with minors in piano and cello. Her mother, Ginny Christopherson, is a Suzuki Violin teacher and trained Becki from an early age in administration and teaching. Ms. Becki taught both violin and piano at the Capital University Suzuki Program until 1995, where her students won many awards and competitions. She relocated to Woodbridge, CT to be the music director of the Bethwood Suzuki School. She was also the founder and music director of the Suzuki school in Westport until 2005, where she also taught violin, piano and cello. Becki has received teacher training through The Suzuki Association of the Americas in both violin and piano, and studied violin with Dr. Suzuki as a child. At TESS, Ms. Becki teaches private and group violin and piano classes at all levels and coaches chamber ensembles. Her students on both instruments have been accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program.
Ms. Becki is a member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section and their Board of Trustees. She is the chair and founder of this organization’s Young Artists Festival. She was the founder of the Norwalk Arts Commission and is still a member of its Executive Board. She also is an active member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Small Business Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of Southern New England. She is the Chair of the the SoNo ArtsFest Children’s Art Playground and Children’s Stage. She also substitute teaches as a music specialist in the Norwalk Public Schools. She was a 2009 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Business Leaders Award sponsored by the Fairfield County Business Journal.