Violin, Viola, Suzuki
Mrs. Grazzia Rode-Sagastume is a Honduran-American Suzuki violist, violinist and early childhood educator. She began her musical education on the viola at age 13 at the “Escuela de Música Victoriano López” in her home city, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
She received her Bachelor in Arts degree from Western Illinois University where she studied viola under Dr. Istvan Szabo and played with the President’s International String Quartet. In 2015, Ms. Grazzia, graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a Master in Music in Viola Performance and a Master in Music in String Pedagogy. She studied viola and violin with Susan Kempter, Kimberly Fredenburgh and Carmelo de los Santos.
In her capacity as graduate assistant, she maintained a studio of violin and viola students, taught at the UNM Suzuki Lab School and Young Musician’s Initiative (El Sistema Albuquerque), and performing professionally with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Performance Santa Fe Symphony, and San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO. She completed long term training in Suzuki violin books 1-10 with nationally renowned pedagogue, Susan Kempter.
Mrs. Grazzia is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers Association, and the Omaha Musician’s Union. Since moving to Omaha in 2015, she has held a full studio of violin and viola students, teaches over 150 students in the String Sprouts outreach program at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, co-teaches the first Suzuki Early Childhood Class “Tuneful Tots” in Nebraska, and in November 2021 was promoted to Interim Director for the Omaha Conservatory of Music Suzuki Institute and SoundWaves summer music program.
She performs regularly with her string quartet–Cass Quartet and enjoys performing with Omaha Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller, Voices of Omaha, Orchestra Omaha, and with the Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway tour shows.
In the summer of 2017, Mrs. Grazzia attended the Retreat for Violin and Viola teachers seminar at Indiana University. She was fortunate to have learned under amazing pedagogues such as Mimi Zweig, Rebecca Henry, Brenda Brenner, Sherry Sinift, James Przygocki, and Elizabeth Zempel.
In 2018-2019 she received the Nebraska American String Teacher Association “Outstanding Private Teacher Award”.
During the pandemic, she has taken advantage of the Suzuki online courses and has taken multiple enrichment and a supplementary courses under: Sharon Jones, Edward Kreitman, Ann Montzka Smelser, Wan Tsai Chen, Christine Goodner, Danielle Kravitz and Marguerite Jayasimha.
In her spare time, Mrs. Grazzia enjoys learning, baking, crafts, savoring delicious espresso, and time with her husband Ian!