Susan Raguse, co-founder of Traverse Community Music, earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music from the University of Miami and her Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Former teachers include George Zazofsky, Louis Krasner, and Aaron Krosnick. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Doris Preucil, Thomas Wermuth, Edward Kreitman, and other noted Suzuki educators.
Teaching experience includes the past sixteen years as founder and director of the Good Harbor Suzuki School in Traverse City. The prior ten years Ms. Raguse served as teaching assistant to Edward Kreitman at the Western Springs School of Talent Education. She also taught in the Suzuki music program of the Sisters of St. Joseph in La Grange Park, IL.
Ms. Raguse taught on the summer music faculty at the American Suzuki Institute (University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point) for ten years. She has performed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Peninsula String Trio and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
Ms. Raguse established the advanced violin repertoire group, Bel Canto, in 2001.
In 2003, Ms. Raguse co-founded the Bay Chamber and Prelude Chamber Strings, both multi-generational string orchestras. In 2008, the two groups were added to the education program of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and are now known as Civic Chamber and Civic Prelude Strings.
Ms. Raguse is a Suzuki parent of three grown children and is married to the renowned violin bow maker, Douglas Raguse. She resides in Leelanau County.