Dr. Julia Bullard; Viola Faculty 

  • Russell Hall-167-319-273-3074   julia.bullard@uni.edu
  • B.M., M.M., Temple University; D.M.A., University of Georgia

Julia  Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and music theory at the University of Northern Iowa.  She served as UNI Suzuki School director from 2003 through summer of 2010. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad.   Dr. Bullard received the D.M.A. degree from the University of Georgia, where she was the Director of the Pre-College String Program.  She received her M.M. (string pedagogy and music history) and B.M. (performance) degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She has completed Suzuki training with Ed Kreitman, Terri Einfeldt, Doris Preucil, and William Preucil.  Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Dr. Bullard taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program; Toccoa Falls College; Clarke Middle School; Settlement Music School (Philadelphia); Temple University's Music Preparatory Division; and the Brenau Suzuki School. 

JOHN CHILES:  Department chair, orchestral studies and chamber music; viola faculty

  • Russell Hall --757-759-2284

John Chiles began his collegiate studies in viola at Virginia Commonwealth University under Dr. Stephen Schmidt, continued his graduate viola studies under Dr. Julia Bullard at the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently a master's student of Conducting at UNI. During his time at UNI, Mr. Chiles served as principal violist and concertmaster of the UNI Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. John is also the conductor of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and the assistant conductor of the UNI Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to teaching private and group violin and viola lessons with the Suzuki School, John also leads the school's chamber music efforts for youth and adults as the head of the new Verismo program and the Cedar Falls Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Chiles is also passionate about community outreach through the arts; as of 2015, John has established a partnership between the Suzuki School and Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls for the purpose of community involvement and expansion of the Suzuki School.

Hannah Howland Jacobs - violin/viola



Bethany Washington; Violin/Viola Faculty

  • Russell Hall 173-- bethanyw@uni.edu
  • B.M. Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University
  • M.M. University of Northern Iowa

Bethany began playing the violin at the age of four through the Suzuki method. She has completed Suzuki training and teaches violin and viola in the University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School. She also serves as Adjunct Upper Strings Professor at Wartburg University, where she performs as concertmaster of the Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra.

Bethany earned a Master of Music in violin performance from University of Northern Iowa, where she held a graduate assistantship, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance with a Certificate in Music Composition from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received an Excellence in Music award. Her past teachers include Steve Koh, Ross Winter, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, David Kim, David Halen, Robert McDuffie, Samantha George, Benjamin Sung, and Julia Bullard (viola).

Bethany Washington performs as a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Formerly, Bethany was a member of the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. As a soloist, she has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow, Madison Symphony Orchestra Final Forte, Fox Valley Symphony Youth Soloist, and Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition Soloist.

Bethany lives in Cedar Falls, IA, with her husband, composer Denzel Washington.


Todd Williams; Violin Faculty and Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra Music Director

 Todd Williams began his musical studies as a Suzuki student and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in Violin Performance.  There, he also underwent Suzuki teacher training including an internship at the Suzuki program at the McPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.  Before joining the UNI Suzuki School in 2003, he was a faculty member at the St. Paul Conservatory and taught Suzuki classes at the ABC International Montessori School in Bloomington, MN.  He is a member of the wcfsymphony and Wartburg Community Symphony orchestra.

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Suzanne Bullard; UNI Suzuki School Director & Department Chair, Cello Faculty 

  • Russell 170--273-2548  suzanne.bullard@uni.edu           
  • B.M., Baldwin Wallace Conservatory; Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music; M.M., University of Northern Iowa 

A native of upstate New York, cellist Suzanne Bullard began her formal cello studies at age 11 with the late Rudolf Doblin. Her other principal teachers have included Regina Mushabac, Ann Alton, Andrew Mark, and Jonathan Chenoweth. Suzanne has performed in numerous orchestras and ensembles in Iowa, New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Locally, she has been a member of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony since 2002. As a chamber musician, Suzanne has performed in several chamber music series in Iowa and New York, and is a member of the UNI Suzuki Faculty String Quartet.

Suzanne’s Suzuki training was obtained at various summer institutes and workshops around the US with Catherine Walker, Nancy Hair, Carol Tarr, Carey Beth Hockett, and Katherine Wood. Prior to joining the Suzuki School, Suzanne taught privately in New York and Massachusetts, and for the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Preparatory Division in Berea, Ohio. Additionally, from 2014-2016, Suzanne taught at Wartburg College.

Suzanne joined the faculty of the UNI Suzuki School in January of 2002, and began serving as the school’s director in 2015. She maintains a studio of between 25-30 students ages 3 through adult, teaches group classes, directs the cello choir, and has previously coached chamber ensembles. Suzanne resides in Cedar Falls with her husband Tim, son Elliot, and their cats.

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Robert Dunn, guitar  

Prominent Iowa jazz musician Bob Dunn, a UNI graduate, currently teaches jazz and classical guitar lessons and music classes as a UNI adjunct instructor and Suzuki guitar for the UNI Suzuki School.

As a fretted instruments specialist, Dunn has played with the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls symphonies on classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric bass, and ukulele. Likewise, Dunn's involvement in Iowa's jazz community has been diverse. At home in a wide variety of styles, he performs regularly with the UNI Faculty Jazz Combo, the Tom Barry Quartet, the Don Wendt Trio, the Dick Watson Trio, The Saints, Magic Mike and the Blue Side, and Checker and the Bluetones.

Over the past two decades, Dunn has taught at Wartburg, Grinnell, Coe and Clarke Colleges and the Southwest Community College Jazz Camp and the UNI Combo Camp.  Mr. Dunn has served as an adjudicator for Jazz Contests and as both adjudicator and guest artist at the Coe Jazz Summit. Dunn also participates in a classical guitar-flute duo with Wartburg faculty member Dominique Cawley.

Enrichment Faculty: 

to be announced; Music History, Theory