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Faculty & Staff

Monica Lugo

Head of Alegre Strings; Faculty: Violin


Peabody Institute of Music
M.M., Violin Performance

Florida International University
B.M., Violin Performance


Its beauty, and the ability to interact and play with many people at the same time, drew Monica Lugo to music. That she was also drawn to teach others is a benefit to her students, who have performed at a number of major events in the Chicago area. Most recently, Ms. Lugo traveled to Matsumoto, Japan with 18 students of the Suzuki-Alegre Strings Program to represent Merit and Chicago at the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention.

As Director of the Suzuki-Alegre Strings Program, Ms. Lugo oversees its artistic vision, leads performances, and provides mentoring and support to faculty and parent training sessions. As Co-chair of the Strings Department, she works extensively in curriculum development, faculty observation and mentoring, and as liaison to teacher-training opportunities.

Born in Puerto Rico and fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, Ms. Lugo held studio teaching positions in Puerto Rico, Florida and Michigan, and tenured positions at the Arturo Somohano Orchestra and the Flint Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has participated in various artist-in-residence programs in the United States, Switzerland and Canada.

She holds a Master of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Florida International University. She is a registered instructor of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has participated in pedagogy lessons and workshops with leading teacher-trainer violinists, including Almita Vamos and Mimi Zweig.

Ms. Lugo says her ultimate goal as a teacher is to guide and help students achieve their highest personal, musical and academic potential. She sets high expectations for her students, working with parents to set goals and a vision for each.

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