The Rock Violin Studio
Susan has opened a rock violin studio on the north side of Chicago to teach both classical violin and rock improvisation.
With a violin degree from IU…years of touring… experience creating violin parts using effects pedals...
She offers training in the skills needed to play in a variety of situations - recording studio, concert hall, Saturday Night Live or the front porch.
- String fundamentals: intonation, tone, shifting, vibrato, relaxed body
- How to improvise over chords
- How to create a signature melody
- How to play back up and support a vocalist using chords, call & response, harmonizing, counter melodies
- Playing with a DJ
- How to best electrify your strings
Using the Suzuki repertoire and songs from pop, rock, hip hop, disco, punk and jazz, you'll learn how to play songs you love and discover and develop your own unique musical style.
12.26.13 - 12.29.13 - With Poi dog Pondering at City Winery, Chicago.
12.31.13 - New Years Eve with Alejandro Escovedo at Space, Evanston.
1.15.14 and 1.17.14 - With Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery, NYC.
9.24.13 - 10.01.13 - SMV duo tour with Alejandro Escovedo and Shelby Lynne with Ben Peeler in the Northeast.
8.27.13 - Syd Straw Poet of the Spheres with SMV, Robbie Folks, Gerald Dowd at Space.
8.26.13 - Sugar Fly With Me, City Winery, Chicago.
8.18.13 - Sugar Fly With Me, Electric violin, cello, vibes, jazz drummer and DJ Numinous Radio, City Winery, Chicago.
8.14.13 - Expo 76, special guests SMV and Syd Straw. Simons, Chicago.
8.3.13 - Complicated - a play by Brigid Murphy inspired by the music of Poi dog Pondering. Acorn Theatre, Three Oaks, MI.
7.21.13 - Poi dog Pondering Sheffield Garden Walk.
7.20.13 - SMV performed with Belle & Sebastian, Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago. Love the Scottish!
6.22.13 - Poi dog Pondering in Aurora.
4.30.13 - Nick Tremulis Orchestra at City Winery. Record release of For the Baby Doll.
Special Guests: Bun E. Carlos and Rick Rizzo.
4.22.13 – Los Immortales performance at La Sirena Clandestina.
4.8.13 – Sugar Fly with Me performance at City Winery.
4.5.13 – PdP show at the beautiful Tivoli Theatre in Downer’s Grove.
3.26.13 – SMV with Nicholis Tremulis Orchestra at City Winery.
Special Guest: Willie Nile.
3.21.13 – PdP DVD release Gingerman Tavern performance.
2.25.13 – SMV with Nicholis Tremulis Orchestra. Special Guest: Charlie Sexton.
2.15.13 – Poi dog Pondering tour to Denver and Phoenix.
2.9.13 – Poi dog Pondering plays the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
1.29.13 – SMV with Sugar Fly trip hop DJ, vibes and violin at City Winery.
1.13.13 – SMV songwriting storytelling show at Space in Evanston with Anne Harris and Cathy Richardson. Unexpectedly rich night.
1.12.13 – Alejandro Escovedo Holiday Spectacular Show at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas. With Charlie Sexton, girls choir, horns lit in red in the balcony. Majestic.
12.26.12-12.27.12 – Poi dog Pondering two night orchestral show at the City Winery in Chicago.
12.1.12 – Pali Chant Suite performs at Moksha Holiday Party. The recording of the orchestral and trip hop Pali Chant Suite will be available by spring.
10.25.12-10.27.12 – Poi dog Pondering Austin version performs three nights at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.
10.23.12 – Clark Street Bridge. Art & Science multi media lecture with cinema musicians and Draft FCB at Northwestern.
10.18.12-10.20.12 – Poi dog Pondering performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Doug Fur Lounge in Portland and in Seattle. We packed lightly and hopped on trains when possible.
9.27.12 – Pali Chant Suite performed at the Goorin Bros. Hat Store. Love this hat store. We all left looking foxier than when we arrived.
8.20.12 - Deep Blue Field performs at the new Chicago City Winery at Randolph & Racine.
8.17.12 - Austin Chronicle article spotlights SMV’s Musician Guide to the Road.
Click to read.
8.19.12 - Poi Dog performs for Bicycles Worldwide at Wrigley Field. Then to Mia Francesca for a pleasant after show dinner of red wine and pasta on the patio.
7.31.12 - Members of Poi – SMV, Dag and Max sing the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field.
7.22.12 - Poi Dog performs at River North Festival. Super nice festival. On the river.
7.14.12 - Poi dog Pondering Concert in Naperville with full strings and horns.
6.14.12 - Rare 8fatfat8 performance. Matt Lamb Galleries at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois, benefiting IL Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights. Frank Orrall, SMV and Charlette Wortham. Live PA.
5.26 and 5.27.12 - Memorial Weekend Concert: Poi dog Pondering Double Header at the Double Door. Frank Orrall solo record official release of Never Trade These Days.
5.20.12 – Susan Voelz and Paul Weitz lead a 3 hour ruesri daton class at Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage, 537 Custer Ave., Evanston. Theory, philosophy, breathing technique, 26 poses, culminating in a group performance of the Pali Chant Suite.
4.21.12 - Performed acoustic set and full rock set with Alejandro Escovedo Prairie Centre for the Arts, Schaumburg IL
4.17.12 – SMV and Liam Davis performed at the Cavalcade of Songwriters Show at the Hideout along with Thymme Jones from Cheer Accident and Dag Juhlin.
3.16.12 – Miss V created and recorded music for University of Illinois – Chicago MFA performance of Hansel & Gretel
3.10.12 – Miss V played solo violin at the wedding of Coach Brett Buelma and Jennifer Heilsburg in Madison, Wisconsin.
1.14.12 – Poi played at the gorgeous art deco Paramount Theater in Aurora.
1.5.12 – 1.8.12 Pali Chant Suite traveled to Seattle to perform 8 shows at West of Lenin. Yes, that’s Anne Harris performing with us!