Director of Education and Community Engagement
Candace E.B. Jorgensen was once told at a young age that she “looked like a cello person,” picked up the instrument and never looked back. Originally hailing from Syracuse, New York, Jorgensen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. While pursuing her degree, she performed with strings and jazz ensembles at Doane and in addition attended the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) to perform in the UNL Symphony Orchestra.
Jorgensen has a great love for musicals and has enjoyed playing in many theaters in Nebraska as well as in Chicago, Illinois where at the Jedlika Center for Performing Arts she played in the Chicago-area premier of Little Women and the national premier of In My Life, as well as the emotional show Last 5 Years at the Steele Beam Theatre.
As a teacher Ms. Jorgensen has enjoyed teaching classes, groups, and her private studio and is passionate for how Suzuki philosophies are helpful and inspiring to learners of all ages. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and enjoys expanding her Suzuki training each summer.
In recent years, Jorgensen has traveled and worked in Europe and Asia with her vocalist husband where she performed and taught music through any platform available. She spent two years in Hong Kong teaching English through music. While in Asia, she performed with the alternative rock band Noughts and Exes.
As she was a product of Suzuki piano training from the tender age of 3, Jorgensen is excited to be the Director of Off-Site Operations overseeing many programs including the new Violin Sprouts program for children ages 3-4 to learn violin. It has been a joy to be able to combine a fulfilling job with her love of photography, design, and colorful office supplies.