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Making Music in Reston

Dr. Carolyn Barrett, 39 year Reston resident is founder and owner of the Barrett Suzuki Studio of Reston (www.barrettsuzuki.com). The studio serves all students beginning at age 3. She also founded Suzuki studios in Lagos, Nigeria and Seoul, Korea.

The Reston studio presents recitals and has performed throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area since 1992. Students have soloed with the Washington Symphony, performed at President’s Park and participated in concerts at Wolf Trap, Constitution Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The students have also given recitals at the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. Often musicians from the Loudoun Symphony join in accompanying performances of concertos and trisonatas with student soloists.


“I heard a performance of a Vivaldi Sonata on WETA which sounded exactly the same as a live Barrett Suzuki studio performance I recently attended!” comments one audience member.

A favorite activity of the studio is presenting a Holiday Program each year at Ashby Ponds Retirement Community in Ashburn. This past year, the Studio presented its 11th Holiday Concert at Ashby with a SingAlong accompanied by visiting guitarists, a String Orchestra rendition of Jingle Bells with surprise bell accompaniment from students in the audience, and exquisite performances of movements from three Vivaldi concertos with string orchestra accompaniment.

Dr. Barrett currently performs as a violist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as violinist and violist with the Loudoun and Washington Symphonies, and the Reston Community Orchestra. In addition she has performed at the White House, President’s Park and the Executive Mansion. Dr. Barrett has studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of The Suzuki Method who endorsed her book on the Suzuki Method, The Magic of Matsumoto: the Suzuki Method of Education. She is a past president of the Suzuki Association of The Greater Washington Area and was Director of the 1998 Suzuki Centennial Celebration at Constitution Hall. Needless to say, Dr. Barrett is an accomplished musician and educator!

Barrett Suzuki Studio was selected for the 2019 Best of Reston Award in the Music

School category by the Reston Award Program. “We felt honored to receive this

wonderful award. Reston is our much-loved home. ” comments Dr. Barrett. Dr. Barrett and the studio members were touched to be among recipients who are described as exceptional local companies that enhance the positive

image of small business and help make the Reston area a great place to live, work and play.

Barrett Suzuki Music Studio Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano


Learners of All Ages Beginning at age 3


—Dr. Shinichi Suzuki “I am pleased that you have profound understanding of my method.”

703-295-0659 • Reston, VA www.virtuosos2132@gmail.com www.barrettsuzuki.com


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