Music Lessons at Classic Violins


We are pleased to offer violin, viola and cello lessons, right here in our shop. Lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Students of all ages and level of experience are welcome. For more information or to schedule lessons, please call the shop at 847-970-3797, or send an email to

Teaching Faculty at Classic Violins

Dana Zapata

Dana Dana began studying Violin with a disciple of the Suzuki Method at age 4. She went on to attend Illinois Wesleyan University, where she received her BM in Music Performance. During her senior year at the University she was Concertmaster of the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and was awarded the Todd French/Stringworks Talent Scholarship. Since graduating in 2010, Dana has been invited to play as a substitute for several symphonies, including the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She has also experimented with the use of violin in popular music, as the electric violinist for an Irish Rock band. Dana has taught private violin lessons since 2008 and worked as an instructor at Access Contemporary Music School in Chicago.Dana is an experienced violin instructor and works with students ages 8 through adult.. 



Daria Horodyskyj

Daria Daria completed her musical studies at Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, graduating in 1976 with Master’s Degree in performance and pedagogy. For seventeen years she was a violinist in the Lviv Opera orchestra rising to the rank of assistant concert master. When Daria moved to Chicago, she joined the Northwest Chicago Symphony and the NCSO String Quartet. In addition, she has been string instructor at the Chicago School of Violin Making since 1994. Daria is an active performing violinist in the Northern Illinois/Indiana area and a teacher of developing young string players. She works with student ages 7 through adult. 




Iordanka Kissiova

Iordankal Iordanka Kissiova is a Grammy nominated violinist and active orchestral, chamber and solo musician. A native from Bulgaria, she studied at the National Academy of Music - Sofia with Prof. G.Bliznev and George Monov (performing artist who comes from the finest Russian tradition in violin playing). Before moving to the United States in 1993, Iordanka was a member of Bulgaria’s National Music Theater Orchestra and performed in Italy, Spain, France and Germany with the Lady's Chamber Orchestra, Sofia. She was also a string instructor and co-founder of New Youth Philharmonic and was teaching violin and viola at Little Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the United States, Iordanka has played regularly in regional orchestras throughout the Midwest. Among them are Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra of Lake Forest, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, St. John Cantius Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Folks Operetta, and New Budapest Orpheum Society, are among the few. She appeared as soloist with NSO, Chicago Businessmen Orchestra and Chicago Virtuosi Orchestra. Iordanka has been an active private string teacher in the Chicago area since 1996 and has been teaching students from all levels and ages 5 to adult. 



Susan Russell

Susan Susan studied Suzuki violin from the age of 4 and played at Carnegie Hall with a group of children representing American students. She was accepted into Music and Art High School in New York and elected to attend Mannes Conservatory prep division. Graduating from School of The Art Institute in Performance with credits from New York University, she received her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia. Having played in chamber ensembles, Susan has performed at weddings, events and country clubs. Additionally, Susan enjoys playing electric violin with an alternate rock band at venues around Chicago. Susan is a College Professor in the Arts and Humanities and currently teaching courses in Performing Arts at the College of Lake County. This experience has provided her with a broad understanding of music and the arts in many cultures. Susan has been enjoying teaching violin to children as young as 4 through adult since 2003. She is available to teach both Suzuki and traditional methods.