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Lamar Blum, violin

A graduate of the University of Montana music school, Lamar has taught public school strings and been a music supervisor for primary grade teachers in Missoula, Montana. After moving to Illinois, a private studio was more suitable to her family needs.

Her exposure to Suzuki method in Montana offered new dimensions to the musical community in Elgin. The demand for Suzuki education led Lamar to hire additional violin teachers as well as cello, bass and flute teachers. The Elgin program is looked upon as a model program in the Suzuki movement which gives Lamar the opportunity to speak to groups of teachers on studio organization. She is also sought after to teach at weekend and summer institutes. Lamar is in her seventh year as director of the Montana Suzuki Strings Institute in Missoula, Montana. Lamar has recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Americas which sets policy for North, Central and South America for the association.

In 1991, Lamar named a phalaenopsis orchid for Dr. Suzuki taking plants and presenting them to him on the National Concert in Tokyo. At that time, she was able to attend classes taught by the then 92 year old educator.

Lamar is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America, 1966. In 1989, she was named Music Educator of the Year by the Elgin Area Youth Orchestra. She holds the 1991 Entrepreneur award from Women in Management and the 1993 Margaret Hillis award for the Arts from the Elgin YWCA. In 1999, Lamar was recognized by the Musician’s Union for Outstanding contributions to the Music Education of Young People. In 2001, she retired after 30 years as a violinist from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. At that time she was recognized by the Symphony League as a Musical Treasure of Elgin.

Daughters Christina and Rebecca grew up involved in music, Christina as a ballet dancer and singer and Rebecca as a violinist, who has her own Suzuki violin studio in Pickerington, Ohio.