Dr. Sigrid Karlstrom

Dr. Sigrid Karlstrom

BM, University of New Mexico
MM, University of Oregon (violin performance)
MM, University of New Mexico (viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy)
DMA, Hartt School (University of Hartford)

Violinist and violist Sigrid Karlstrom possesses a great love for teaching and is an active private and group instructor for all ages and abilities. Her years of teaching experience include lessons for children and teens through the University of New Mexico Lab School, guest summer teaching at the University of Oregon Community Institute, instructing beginning string orchestra through the Eugene Youth Symphony Program, and teaching adults and children through her own studio.

Requested often as a public school orchestra clinician, Sigrid was a guest teacher at Jackson Middle School, Eldorado High School, and Jimmy Carter Middle School, in Albuquerque, NM. Sigrid also served as adjudicator for the New Mexico Music Educator’s Association Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Sigrid’s teacher training is extensive and encompasses not only Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy but pedagogies of Ivan Galamian, Simon Fischer, John Kendall, and subjects unrelated to individual instrumental teaching: string orchestra instruction (Dr. Robert Gillespie and Paul Rolland), music theory for children (Michiko Yurko and Fritz Gearhart), and jazz improvisation in the classroom (Stanley Chepaitis).

She holds a Masters degree in string pedagogy from the University of New Mexico, where she also received her Long Term Training in Suzuki violin (books 1-10), with Prof. Susan Kempter. Sigrid also completed Suzuki viola training (books 1-7), with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

An active performer, Sigrid was a tenured member of the New Mexico Philharmonic viola section and a member of Opera Southwest. She has appeared as a violinist and violist in solo and chamber recitals and orchestra concerts in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Italy, Brazil, and Australia.

Sigrid holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola from the University of Hartford, a Masters degree in violin from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in viola from the University of New Mexico. Her major teachers include Ole Bohn (Sydney Conservatory of Music), Fritz Gearhart (University of Oregon), Guillermo Figueroa (Lynn University), Kim Fredenburgh (University of New Mexico), and Rita Porfiris (The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford).