Casie Runkle started the violin at age 10 after spending many weekends hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and listening to mountain music. She learned the violin classically while enjoying fiddle music for fun. Because of its deep, rich tones, Casie switched primary instruments to viola in high school. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the University of Memphis and her Master’s Degree in Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Hartford.
During her coursework, she found a love for teaching children. This led her to complete Suzuki training in Violin Books 1-4 with Kimberly Meier-Sims and Violin Books 1-8 with Linda Fiore. She has taught private and group lessons at the Community School at the University of Connecticut as well as in her home. She has also been a member of the Chattanooga Symphony since 2012.
Casie became a Christian while studying in Connecticut and has served with her violin and viola in worship ever since then. She shares her walk in Christ with a wonderful husband and two active boys.
“As Suzuki believes, every child can learn. Given my mixed background of traditional learning as well as Suzuki training, I am excited to blend the two in order to help children learn with excellence.”