Christy Paxton – Director
The Director of NWA Suzuki School of Music and the Ozark Suzuki Institute, Christy Paxton is an active Suzuki teacher and performer. Formerly of Joplin, MO, she studied Suzuki violin from the age of 5. She brings over 28 years of teaching experience and extensive training to Bentonville as an advocate of the Suzuki Method. Her training includes work with Suzuki Trainers such as Alice Joy Lewis, Ronda Cole, Ed Kreitman, Carol Dallinger, Cathryn Lee, Tom Wermuth, Linda Case, Barbara Barber, Susan Kempter, Teri Einfeldt, Brian Lewis, Gabe Bolkosky, and many others. She maintains a high standard of excellence in private teaching, trains parents to be involved, and provides stimulating and motivation-building group classes and performance opportunities for her students. She currently teaches over 45 students, and is very excited to see the Suzuki Method growing in the NWA region.
She also finds time to be a symphony and solo performer, chamber musician, and director. In 2008, she founded and directed The Youth Orchestra of the 4 States in Missouri, and currently directs the Chamber Strings of the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She performs regularly with the Fort Smith Symphony, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She was selected by the SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas) to participate in the Parents as Partners program in 2015 as a contributor and participates in the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute as a clinician. Her Parent Training program is one of the reasons for the success of the Suzuki programs. Her students have taken top chairs in All-Region and All-State Orchestras in Arkansas. Others have won competitions and have performed with several area symphonies. She is a mother to 4 children, who are enthusiastic supporters of the Suzuki School.
Beth Day – Registrar
You’ll probably see her name quite a lot as you get ready for your OSI experience. As registrar, Ms. Day makes sure that many moving parts and pieces come into place and that you have all the information you need to have a wonderful week at OSI! She is a passionate supporter of the arts, and the Suzuki method in particular. A Suzuki kid herself, she started the violin at the age of 6 (she might even pull out her violin at Institute), and graduated from the Suzuki Repertoire in high school. You might notice that if she and Ms. Paxton, our fearless leader, stand side by side, their noses look eerily similar. That’s because they are sisters! Suzuki was an integral part of the famed “Higginson Home for Girls” where 5 sisters all played Suzuki violin. They enjoy working together to bring Dr. Suzuki’s vision to NW Arkansas.
When she is not working on OSI, she works as a Realtor with The Brandon Group and a Yoga Instructor. Don’t forget to bring your mat to OSI so you can join her in some Sunrise Yoga sessions! She has four children, all of whom participate in Suzuki music lessons. Currently the Day family has a classical guitarist, two violinists, and little guy who sings all the Suzuki songs that he has heard from the time he was no bigger than a peanut.