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Janet Janz

Ensemble Director: Stradivarius Strings; Faculty: Cello, Early Childhood


DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts (Music Education)


Janet Janz is the Ensemble Director (Stradivarius Strings) and Cello and Early Childhood instructor at Merit School of Music. In addition to teaching at Merit, Jan is the owner/director of the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park. She is lucky to teach in many areas – cello, string orchestra, early childhood, and general music. Jan also plays cello with the Lakeview Orchestra.


Yo-Yo Ma – he is a wonderful musician and incredible human being!

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