S MERIDIAN, EAGLE
Trudy began her private violin instruction at the age of three with Elizabeth Mills
in Pasadena, California, in one of the first Suzuki Programs in the United States. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was present at her first violin recital. Later, when Trudy moved to Austin, Texas she was involved in the String Project Program at the University of Texas, which included two private lessons a week plus an orchestra and theory class on Saturdays. Her favorite instructors included Judd Sheranian, who was a graduate student. At Brigham Young University, Trudy was the principal of the BYU Symphony.
She, also, was the solo fiddler for the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble and
toured with them and participated in World Festivals. She has performed in front of
thousands of crowds and has been involved in playing her violin in small ensembles,
church worship, numerous orchestras and symphonies over the years.
Since she began her own musical education at such a young age, she has a great love and
affinity for the Suzuki Method. She completed her own Suzuki Teacher-Training with
Hiroko Primrose while in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has taught violin in public and private
schools and has taught private violin lessons for over 40 years.
She is currently a member of the Idaho Suzuki Association and plays her violin with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras.
She is married and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She loves teaching violin
students and enjoying her students' musical journey with them.