"When love is deep, much can be accomplished." ~ Shinichi Suzuki
I believe that music is a powerful tool for transformation, community building and personal growth. I am committed to increasing access to music education and that young musicians thrive when they are actively engaged in the process.
Amy Fish Cele
Amy began her music studies as a student at the Harford Conservatory, studying Suzuki violin with Lani Bortfeld. It is from those formative years that she first developed a love of playing violin and an understanding that music itself is a powerful instrument of personal development and human connection. Amy studied Music Therapy at Marywood University before traveling to South Africa in 1992 where she worked with Pietermaritzburg Community Arts Project (CAP). Through her involvement in this grassroots arts organization in post-Apartheid South Africa, she witnessed the power of music to give voice to marginalized communities and to bring people from different backgrounds to a place of peace.
Amy is registered Suzuki violin teacher with The Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Edward Kreitman, Christie Felsing and Dr. Susan Baer and has studied Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Lynn McCall. Amy founded and served as Executive Director of The Music School at Sound Crossing (MSSC) for 15 years. Through her work at MSSC she developed and implemented string programs in under-resourced schools in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area.
Amy is a firm believer in the transformational power of music on both an individual and community level. She is committed to the belief that everyone deserves access to the strong, nurturing framework which Suzuki music education provides.