The Violin and Viola Studio of

Vivienne Venderley


Providing Violin and Viola Training in Naperville for 30 Years.





"I believe that any student with the desire can perform a piece of music well, and that it is the responsibility of the teacher to show the student how.  In my studio, students learn how to juggle the challenges of playing the notes, rhythm, bowings, articulation and dynamics correctly, while maintaining proper technique and a beautiful tone.  With enough practice and attention to detail, students discover they can do it all, and the result is beautiful music." 


Professional Background


Vivienne Venderley is from Bloomington, Indiana, where her musical training included studies with Donna Bricht, Eleanor Briccetti, and Laurence Shapiro.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Stephen Clapp, and then received a graduate fellowship from Syracuse University, where she studied with Andrew Zaplatynsky.  Her early orchestral experience included memberships in the Syracuse Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the National Orchestra Association and the Opera Orchestra of New York. 

Ms. Venderley was Concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony from 1987 until it disbanded in 2001, and also appeared as soloist with that orchestra.  The Aurora Beacon-News praised her 1990 performance with the FVS of Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante as "stellar."  She has also been a member of the Illinois Chamber Symphony and the New Philharmonic at the College of DuPage. 


As a member of the Spectrum Duo (with pianist Robert Sacks) and the Spectrum Trio (with Sacks and cellist Edward Moore), she has performed chamber music at recitals and social functions throughout the Chicago area and beyond.  The Trio performed on WFMT's Dame Myra Hess concert series in 1995, and has been featured on local cable television.  In the fall of 1995, the Trio gave its first East Coast performances.


From 2004-2013, Ms. Venderley was a member of the OPUS Strings Chamber Music Camp faculty, as chamber music coach and clinician, and also served as the OPUS librarian.




Teaching Schedule


During the school year, most lessons are taught Saturdays and Sundays from early morning through late afternoon, with a few additional openings on weekday afternoons.  Daytime openings are available during the week for adults and home-schooled students.  Weekly private lessons range in length from 30 minutes for those students aged 6 and under, up to 60 minutes for advanced students.  Most students receive 45-minute lessons.  Group lessons are taught during 6 weeks spread over the course of the school year, with 3 of those serving as dress rehearsals for upcoming recitals.  Students are grouped by age and level of advancement whenever possible.  No private lessons are taught during group lesson weeks.


Summer lessons are not taught according to a fixed schedule, but all students are required to attend a small number of lessons over the course of the summer—typically 5 or 6 lessons—in order to reserve their roster spot for the next fall term.


Current tuition, per lesson:  30 minutes - $36.00   45 minutes - $46.00   60 minutes - $56.00



For more information, call Vivienne Venderley at


or e-mail her at strings@spectrumduo.com


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