Kassie Meeks is the Founder and Director of the Northwest Indiana
Suzuki Conservatory, after having taught violin since 1996 and Suzuki violin since 2004. She began her studies in Indianapolis
at the age of four with Alberta Denk and continued her growth as a violinist under the instruction of Roland & Almita
Vamos, Andrew Smith, John McGrosso (a former pupil of Dorothy DeLay), Melissa Gerber Knecht, and Betty Gehring. She gained
world-class experience in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, as well
as at the Weathersfield Music Festival in Vermont. Kassie has been concertmaster of and soloist with numerous orchestras,
and a member of various chamber ensembles (string quartets & duos; piano trios & sonatas).
pedagogy with Edward Kreitman, Michele Higa George, Dorothy Jones, Linda Fiore, and Mary Louise Wilson, Kassie is Suzuki trained
and registered, and Musikgarten certified and licensed. A graduate with top honors from Hillsdale College, Kassie is a member
of the SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas), Musikgarten, SAI (Sigma Alpha Iota), ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa), PBP (Pi Beta
Phi), Lamplighters, and LIT (Lambda Iota Tau). In 2012, Kassie was honored to be inducted into the Society
of Innovators for her work integrating violin and yoga.
Kassie regularly performs at various special events and as a member of bands in several
musical genres. She particularly loves the art of improvisation—both in music-making and in life in general—and
she also enjoys standing on her head, doing cartwheels & handstands, reading & writing in a wide range of disciplines,
running, swimming, skiing (down mountains, given the slightest opportunity), piano, and composition.