ChrisWChristine Williams, director of the Family String Studio, and co-founder of Traverse Community Music, received a B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University in 1972. In 1983 she began her Suzuki teacher training and to date has completed 8 units of study in both cello and violin.

In 1994 she earned an elementary endorsement and then in 1996, a Master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in gifted and talented education. Her student teaching was at GVSU’s summer gifted and talented program called Focus on Ability. Her thesis presented a mental model which explored the common ground between the creative genius and special needs learners.

Christine has been a teacher at Saint Mary’s of Lake Leelanau and an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern Michigan College.

She has also taught for Marshall Music, Cadillac Strings Association, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Summer Camp, Newland Charter School, Dawntreader Alternative HS, Algomatrad Traditional Arts Camp, Wheatland Festival and Okemos Suzuki Workshop.

Christine serves as a mentor for the Civic Chamber Strings and the Summer Band Program. She has performed as a member of the Battle Creek Symphony, Benzie Symphony and in church.

As a folk musician and fiddler Christine and a colleague presented “Folk Music in the Schools” with several MCA mini-grants. She has also performed for contra and square dances, festivals, coffee-houses and fundraisers.