Boulder Suzuki Strings

A nonprofit organization

Our Story


For over 40 years, Boulder Suzuki Strings has offered violin, viola and cello lessons to children of all ages using the Suzuki Method, developed from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s belief that musical ability can be developed in all children. Our skilled and highly-educated teachers are dedicated to fostering Dr. Suzuki’s vision that “every child can.” Through a nurturing and supportive environment, we strive to develop excellence in character and musicianship with all of our students.

Parents and caretakers play an active role in their child’s learning process by sitting in on weekly lessons and becoming the musical educator at home. Students participate in group lessons which provide a fun environment for learning ensemble and leadership skills and making lasting friendships. Frequent solo and group performances give students of all ages the chance to learn from and become motivated by each other.

The Suzuki method provides a unique opportunity for parents to encourage and help their children to grow into well-rounded, confident individuals. The experience creates bonds between parent, child, and teacher that will last a lifetime. As Dr. Suzuki proved time and again, given a nurturing environment, any child can learn to play a string instrument.

In addition to spreading the joy of learning to play and perform music, Boulder Suzuki Strings is committed to community outreach. We perform benefit concerts to raise money for both the local area (Marshall fire victims) and for Suzuki programs in other countries. We offer tuition scholarships for low-income families, and our advanced students travel on life-changing performance tours every other year during spring break. We fervently believe that music education is an essential component in the development of compassionate and ethical human beings, and we strive to provide that opportunity to as many children as possible.

Background Statement

Boulder Suzuki Strings was established in 1982 when Amy Gesmer-Packman started her graduate studies at the University of Colorado with Professor William Starr, who helped bring the Suzuki method to the United States in the 1960s. Today, the program continues its strong connections to CU as music students regularly observe BSS lessons and CU faculty members are regular guest clinicians at the annual Spring Workshop. After graduating hundreds of students through its program over the years, Boulder Suzuki Strings now comprises over 150 students and is the largest Suzuki program on the front range. Boulder Suzuki Strings has been a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit since 1996.

Organization Data


Organization name

Boulder Suzuki Strings

Year Established


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Education, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Small Organization



Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US



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