Faculty & Staff

Iris Wei

Department Co-Chair: Strings; Faculty: Violin


Roosevelt University, BA, Violin Performance


An active educator, Iris Wei maintains a violin studio of over forty students ages ranging from 3 to 18, teaches group classes, and coaches chamber music and sectionals in Merit School of Music’s Conservatory. Ms. Wei believes in building people: her greatest source of pride comes from guiding her students to become happy and healthy human beings—high-level musicians who are kind, know how to deal with adversity, and excel at whatever endeavors they pursue.

In her pedagogical training, Ms. Wei has had the privilege of learning from Michele George, Ed Kreitman, Nancy Jackson, Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Tom Wermuth. As a performer, she has performed with groups such as the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic, Rockford Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Also a pianist, Ms. Wei switched her main focus to violin after being accepted as a scholarship student at Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts in Chicago, Illinois, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance. Aside from making music and teaching, she is an avid runner, eater, and dog lover.

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