Judy Olmstead - O'Regan

Judy Olmstead-O’Regan has been a Suzuki teacher since 1982. To better understand the Suzuki Method, she travelled to Matsumoto, Japan, to study with Dr. Suzuki. She took classes with him, seven days a week, for two months in 1987. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Brandon University and Suzuki Teacher Training courses from institutes at Ithaca, N.Y., Guelph, Kingston, and Steven’s Point Wisconsin. She is a founding member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario. Judy has played in Symphony Nova Scotia, The Atlantic Symphony, Symphony P.E.I., The Regina Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick and the Trinity Chamber Ensemble (Toronto). She has been the Suzuki violin parent to her two teenaged daughters, both of whom attend Canterbury High School Arts Program in the Strings Program. As a trio, Judy and her daughters frequently perform classical and fiddle music. They have performed at the Black Sheep Inn, Tulip Festival, Art in the Park, and regularly perform at retirement residences and charity events. Some of Judy’s students are members of the Canterbury High School Arts Program. Some have participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Others have won awards through the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Association. Judy has been a Faculty member of The National Capital Suzuki School of Music (SuzukiMusic) since 1995.