The Connecticut Violin and Viola Studio of Judi McDermott-Eggert

About the Violinist/Violist

Judi McDermott-Egger, Guilford Violin and Viola Teacher

Judi McDermott-Eggert has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music, and believes passionately in the power of music not only to celebrate life, but also to create the language and path of a good life.Music is key to bringing up children with warm hearts, fine sensibility, discipline and skill. ~ Shinichi Suzuki. 




Judi studied at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, and received her undergraduate degree in music and German literature from Barnard College of Columbia University. She attended many summer festivals, including Merrywood Music School, Bowdoin College and the Temple University, where her studies included violin, chamber music and orchestra under Jascha Brodsky, Helen Kwalwasser, Lewis Kaplan, Joseph and William DePasquale, Orlando Cole and Benjamin Zander.  She also completed  graduate studies in business administration, music education and performance at the Hartt School of Music,Yale, and the University of New Haven. Judi also studied under George Neikrug, Chairman of the String Department and Professor of Violoncello at Boston University.

Judi has an extensive background in Suzuki education, having studied and registered multiple short term courses for each of the Suzuki violin books and advanced repertoire with many leading Suzuki educators, including Ronda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, Linda Case, John Kendall, Linda Fiore, Alice Joy Lewis, and Brian Lewis, as well as long term graduate studies at the Hartt School of Music.

Certifications and Teaching Experience:

In addition to her Suzuki certifications, Judi is certified as a Provisional Educator in Music for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Judi has started multiple thriving string programs in both public and private schools in CT, and has worked in other established public and private school programs such as Adams Middle School and Guilford High School, in Guilford, Connecticut, to achieve a greater quality of curriculum and performance standards.

Studio teaching, one of Judi’s great loves, has been a part of her professional life throughout her long career, starting with a studio of fifty students in Winchester, MA, which she eventually reestablished in Guilford Ct where she has been teaching private students exclusively for the last ten years.

Performance Experience:

Judi is currently a contracted and tenured section player with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra where she has performed for almost 25 years. She has been a frequent performer for the education department as a NHSO Teaching Artist, in the Musical Readers program throughout libraries in Connecticut, in the NHSO Hard Rock Quartet, and as a coach for school programs served by the NHSO. She received the 2010 Outstanding Service Award.

Judi also played in the Stamford Symphony for over 20 years where she participated in the symphony’s education programs and chamber music and recitals in support of the symphony.

Her career in classical music has afforded her the opportunity to play in most of Connecticut’s fine local symphony orchestras including Waterbury Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Philharmonia, Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Norwalk Symphony. She has also played in many opera and theater orchestras including Opera Theater of Connecticut, Connecticut Grand Opera, Light Opera on the Sound, Capella Cantorum, Oakdale Musical Theater, the Schubert Theater Orchestra and New Britain Opera Theater.

Professional Affiliations:

MENC, CMEA, ASTA, SAA , CEA, AF of M Local 234

Regional Orchestra Players’ Association Delegate, Orchestra Committee, Education Committee, Institutional Vision Program for the NHSO.

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