Nathan Sutter is a classical violinist and composer from Boise, Idaho. He has run the Sutter Suzuki Studio (SSS) violin program since 2006. The SSS is an anti-racist music school for students, their families, teachers and local performing artists dedicated to social change through financially accessible violin instruction and the decolonization of classical music.
The SSS strives to use violin education as a means to empower students from diverse backgrounds to affect social change in their community by developing students’ capacity to empathize with others, think critically, and reimagine the institution of classical music without the meritocratic and colonizing aspects. Students collaborate and perform with local artists from marginalized communities as we strive to advance racial solidarity and belonging through music. The SSS works with Boise community partners to curate an economically and racially diverse studio and provides full and partial scholarships for low income families.
Mr. Sutter is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Interlochen Arts Academy. He studied Suzuki pedagogy with Cathryn S. Lee. and is a graduate of the SAA Course of Action “Growing Equitable Music Studios”. Mr. Sutter directed the Sacramento Waldorf School Elementary Strings and High School Orchestra for 10 years. He now teaches each summer at the Idaho Suzuki institute and at the Northern California Suzuki Institute. Mr. Sutter has performed with the Folsom Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and currently performs as concertmaster of the Boise Serenata Orchestra.
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