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177 Russell Hall


University of Northern Iowa


Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246





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suzanne photo Suzanne Bullard; Director and 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.   

Artistic Advisor & Master Teacher; Therese Fetter  

  • 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 was named Artistic Advisor in 2010. Through her association with that school, she 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. 

  Suzuki School Coordinator: Cathy Craig    

  • Russell 177 - 319-273-2508 or

    Cathy Craig has been involved in the administration of the UNI Suzuki School since 1987.  She currently is the Suzuki Coordinator.  She has an education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and has completed several administrative training modules for her responsibilities with the program. Cathy has two children, Saylar (and daughter-in-law Tracy, and grandchildren Kalia and Harrison) and Mia (and son-in-law Scott, and granddaughter Anya).  Children and children in-law are all musicians and teachers.  Cathy lives in Cedar Falls with her husband Bill, and enjoys singing, reading, needlework and old house decorating. 






Julia Bullard

(319) 273-3074

Russell Hall 289

Suzanne Bullard

(319) 273-2548

Russell Hall 170

John Chiles


Russell Hall 173

Cathy Craig

(319) 273-2508

Russell Hall 177

Robert Dunn

(319) 273-6373

Russell Hall 65

Therese Fetter

(319) 273-6113

Russell Hall 73

Mary Grey


(319) 504-7662

Russell Hall 173

Holly Schult

(641) 425-3567

Russell Hall 173

Todd Williams

(319) 273-3302

Russell Hall 175

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