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Therese Fetter; Department Chair, Violin Faculty Master Teacher

  • Russell Hall 66-- (319)273-6229   
  • B.M., Irish College of Music; M.M., University of Northern Iowa     

Therese Fetter, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began her violin studies at the Irish College of Music. She received a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Iowa.  Her Suzuki training has included work with Doris Preucil, Martha Holvik, Barbara Barber, Almita Vamos, Yuko Honda and Bill Starr.  She has had an extensive career as an orchestral performer in the US and abroad, most recently as concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Fetter joined the faculty of the UNI Suzuki School in 1978, served as Director from 1986-2000, and through her association with that school has touched the lives of hundreds of families in the Cedar Valley.  Under her leadership the UNI Suzuki School initiated two youth orchestras, created an outreach and performance group of advanced violinists (called "Fiddlesticks"), introduced a comprehensive theory curriculum, and added flute and clarinet programs.  In 1997, in collaboration with Center City Arts, she helped establish "Music Works," a program in Waterloo that provides subsidized violin lessons for inner-city children.                   

Over the past fifteen years Ms. Fetter has served as a role model and mentor for numerous student string teachers who now teach throughout the United States and as far away as Saudi Arabia.  Her former students have gone on to study and play the violin at such schools as Harvard, the Cleveland Institute, Northwestern, Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, St. Olaf College and at virtually every college and university in Iowa.   


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Dr. Julia Bullard; Viola Faculty

  • Russell Hall-167-319-273-3074
  • B.M., M.M., Temple University; D.M.A., University of Georgia

Julia  Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and music theory at the University of Northern Iowa.  She served as UNI Suzuki School director from 2003 through summer of 2010. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad.   Dr. Bullard received the D.M.A. degree from the University of Georgia, where she was the Director of the Pre-College String Program.  She received her M.M. (string pedagogy and music history) and B.M. (performance) degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She has completed Suzuki training with Ed Kreitman, Terri Einfeldt, Doris Preucil, and William Preucil.  Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Dr. Bullard taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program; Toccoa Falls College; Clarke Middle School; Settlement Music School (Philadelphia); Temple University's Music Preparatory Division; and the Brenau Suzuki School. 


JOHN CHILES:  violin and viola faculty, orchestral and chamber music chair

  • Russell Hall and Nazareth Lutheran Church--757-759-2284

John Chiles began his collegiate studies in viola at Virginia Commonwealth University under Dr. Stephen Schmidt, continued his graduate viola studies under Dr. Julia Bullard at the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently a master's student of Conducting at UNI. During his time at UNI, Mr. Chiles served as principal violist and concertmaster of the UNI Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. John is also the conductor of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and the assistant conductor of the UNI Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to teaching private and group violin and viola lessons with the Suzuki School, John also leads the school's chamber music efforts for youth and adults as the head of the new Verismo program and the Cedar Falls Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Chiles is also passionate about community outreach through the arts; as of 2015, John has established a partnership between the Suzuki School and Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls for the purpose of community involvement and expansion of the Suzuki School.

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Holly Schult; violin and viola faculty

  • (641)-425-3567
  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa  

Holly is a graduate of the UNI Suzuki School, where she studied with Therese Fetter and Ute Brandenburg.  She has taken Suzuki teacher training courses with Martha Shackford and also with Michelle Higa George at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.  Holly also enjoys interior design, collecting antique books, and reading.

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Todd Williams; Violin Faculty

Todd Williams began his musical studies as a Suzuki student, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in violin performance.  He also completed extensive Suzuki training at the University of Minnesota, studying with Mark Bjork, and was an intern for the Suzuki program at the McPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.  Before joining the UNI Suzuki School faculty in 2003, he was a faculty member at the St. Paul Conservatory and taught Suzuki at the ABC Montessori International School in Bloomington.  He is a member of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony.  Todd is also a zealous handyman/carpenter, and enjoys juggling, cooking, and fixing things!  

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Suzanne Bullard; UNI Suzuki School Director & Department Chair, Cello Faculty 

  • Russell 170--273-2548           
  • B.M., Baldwin Wallace Conservatory; Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music; M.M., University of Northern Iowa 

Cellist Suzanne Bullard joined the UNI Suzuki School faculty in (January) 2002.  She teaches all of the private cello lessons and group classes and also coaches student chamber ensembles. 

Suzanne received a BM in cello performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (OH), a Graduate Performance Diploma in cello from the Longy School of Music (MA), and a MM in cello performance from the University of Northern Iowa.  Her teachers have included Jonathan Chenoweth, Ann Alton, Andrew Mark and Regina Mushabac.    

Suzanne received her Suzuki training at various summer institutes with teacher trainers Catherine Walker, Nancy Hair, and Carol Tarr.  Prior to joining the UNI Suzuki School, Suzanne taught privately in New York and Massachusetts, and for the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Preparatory Division in Ohio.  Suzanne is a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and loves playing chamber music, especially string quartets.  She lives in Cedar Falls with her husband, Tim Purdum,  their son, Elliot, and their cats Cleo and Sabrina.   


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Robert Dunn, guitar  

Prominent Iowa jazz musician Bob Dunn, a UNI graduate, currently teaches jazz and classical guitar lessons and music classes as a UNI adjunct instructor and Suzuki guitar for the UNI Suzuki School.

As a fretted instruments specialist, Dunn has played with the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls symphonies on classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric bass, and ukulele. Likewise, Dunn's involvement in Iowa's jazz community has been diverse. At home in a wide variety of styles, he performs regularly with the UNI Faculty Jazz Combo, the Tom Barry Quartet, the Don Wendt Trio, the Dick Watson Trio, The Saints, Magic Mike and the Blue Side, and Checker and the Bluetones.

Over the past two decades, Dunn has taught at Wartburg, Grinnell, Coe and Clarke Colleges and the Southwest Community College Jazz Camp and the UNI Combo Camp.  Mr. Dunn has served as an adjudicator for Jazz Contests and as both adjudicator and guest artist at the Coe Jazz Summit. Dunn also participates in a classical guitar-flute duo with Wartburg faculty member Dominique Cawley.

Enrichment Faculty: 

to be announced; Music History, Theory 

Orchestra & Chamber Ensembles: 

Tom Schilke; Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra 

 John Chiles: Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, Verismo Chamber Ensembles, Adult Orchestra