In-store Lessons

Music Lessons at Classic Violins


We are pleased to offer violin, viola and cello lessons, right here in our shop. Lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. For more information or to schedule lessons, please call the shop at 847-970-3797, or send an email to [email protected]

Teaching Faculty at Classic Violins

Daria Horodyskyj

Violin - Mundelein

Daria Daria completed her musical studies at Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, graduating in 1976 with Master’s Degree in performance and pedagogy. For seventeen years she was a violinist in the Lviv Opera orchestra rising to the rank of assistant concert master. When Daria moved to Chicago, she joined the Northwest Chicago Symphony and the NCSO String Quartet. In addition, she has been string instructor at the Chicago School of Violin Making since 1994. Daria is an active performing violinist in the Northern Illinois/Indiana area and a teacher of developing young string players. She works with student ages 7 through adult. 


Iordanka Kissiova

Violin, Viola, Cello - Mundelein

Iordanka Iordanka Kissiova is a Grammy nominated violinist and active orchestral, chamber and solo musician. A native from Bulgaria, she studied at the National Academy of Music - Sofia with Prof. G. Bliznev and George Monov (performing artist who comes from the finest Russian tradition in violin playing). Before moving to the United States in 1993, Iordanka was a member of Bulgaria’s National Music Theater Orchestra and performed in Italy, Spain, France and Germany with the Lady's Chamber Orchestra, Sofia. She was also a string instructor and co-founder of New Youth Philharmonic and was teaching violin and viola at Little Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the United States, Iordanka has played regularly in regional orchestras throughout the Midwest. Among them are Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra of Lake Forest, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, St. John Cantius Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Folks Operetta, and New Budapest Orpheum Society, are among the few.

Iordanka appeared as soloist with NSO, Chicago Businessmen Orchestra and Chicago Virtuosi Orchestra.

Iordanka has been an active violin, viola, and beginning cello teacher in the Chicago area since 1996 She has been passing her passion and love for music to her students using traditional, Suzuki and other appropriate and innovative  methods for every  individual student. She teaches students of any age and level  from 3-year olds to adult.


Warren Oja

Cello - Mundelein

WarrenWarren Oja is an active teacher and performer. Mr. Oja has been giving private cello lessons for over a decade. From the summers of 2014-2016, Mr. Oja was the head counselor of the International Cello Institute at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he served as a mentor and a coach for young and serious cellists. Aside from teaching, Mr. Oja has served in numerous professional symphonies as a sub and a section cellist, including the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Park Ridge Civic, and the New Philharmonic Symphony.

Mr. Oja received his bachelor's degree in music performance at Western Michigan University where he served as principal cellist of the University Symphony and received the Herbert Butler scholarship. Mr. Oja continued his education at University of Tennessee, where he had the position of graduate teaching assistant and served as principal cellist of the University Symphony. His primary teachers have been Bruce Uchimura, Wesley Baldwin, and Brant Taylor.

Mr. Oja is recognized internationally as a cellist and teacher through his platform on Instagram, which has nearly 40,000 followers. With his following, he built an online Skype studio where he currently gives private cello lessons to students from all over the world. Mr. Oja is happily married to his wife Elizabeth Vaughan, an accomplished pianist. They live in Vernon Hills with their twin toddlers, Heather and Iris.

Dana Zapata

Violin - Mundelein

DanaDana started studying violin at age 4, when she saw a violin recital and fell in love with the sound of the instrument. Dana went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. After graduating, she began teaching violin and viola privately. Her teaching method emphasizes proper playing technique and comfort with the instrument. She takes an individualized approach with each and every student and focuses on making lessons fun as well as informative. She teaches students as young as 6 through adult. Dana is an active performer and plays violin as a member of the Lake County Symphony Orchestra. She also takes an interest in alternative playing styles such as rock and fiddle music.

Donna Curry

Violin - Kenosha

DonnaDonna Curry is dedicated to instructing and developing young musicians in Violin and Viola, K - adults using both the Suzuki and Traditional methodologies through 'The Curry Method'. The Method enables her  to build a consistent musical foundation that is co-created, interactive, and highly individualized. It enables students to know the joy of making music and inculcates a life long love of music from “Twinkle" all the way to the complexity of a major Concerto.

Donna is an accomplished violinist and teacher is as well a certified, registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Method. She has had the privilege of being an invited faculty member across the country as well as the International Convention in Banff, Alberta Canada.

Donna holds degrees from the University of Michigan and  DePaul University.

She has also completed advanced studies at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Wayne State University as well as  additional private violin study with the renowned teachers, Elizabeth A.H. Green (author, teacher, publisher), Charles Avsharian, (CEO  SHAR Products), Gustave Rosseels ( past Chair, University of Mich.) Dr. Milton Goldberg (acclaimed teacher, Winnetka), David Moll (CSO), Prof, Aida Guertovici, (mentee to Eugene Ysaye).

Proudly, Donna’s current students hold leading chairs in 12 area orchestras from the North Shore to Milwaukee and suburbs West.

Kaila Bingen

Violin - Kenosha

KailaKaila Bingen is a double graduate of Carthage College: first, for her Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Education, and secondly, for her Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy. A diverse and experienced musician, Kaila began studying violin at the age of three. She spent the bulk of her childhood studying at the Barcel Suzuki String Academy in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and also played violin in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra through high school. In college, she studied violin with Darlene Rivest and Drew Williams, and also studied cello with Scott Cook. She has performed around the country and the world. Her most fond memories include playing violin on a choir tour through Spain, a mission trip to support and perform with the Portland Suzuki Project, and playing violin in the band for a new musical premiered at the Chicago New Music Theatre Festival and the New York New Music Theatre Festival (off-Broadway).

Kaila has taught public school orchestra in Brookfield and West Bend, and currently serves as a registered adjudicator for Wisconsin School Music Association. She has worked as a music director, composer, conductor, and clinician throughout the region. She has taught students of all ages and backgrounds and utilizes her strong Suzuki training to inform her teaching style. Kaila also shapes her instructional approach around the CMP model - Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance. In every lesson she seeks to find a balance of outcomes as laid out in the model: skill-based, knowledge-based, and affect-based. The last of these three challenges Kaila to dig beyond the surface of each piece of music to find its deeper meaning and purpose and to help her students connect with it personally. Kaila believes in guiding all students to discover their inner musician by finding what motivates each unique student and instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment in everything they do.