Emilie Grondin has been conductor of the South Bend Youth Concert Orchestra since 2006. She teaches the String Ensembles at Stanley Clark School, a program she started in 1994, as well as the preschool and kindergarten music classes and a summer Chamber Music camp. A Suzuki cello teacher for 35 years, first in Eugene, OR, and since 1990 in the South Bend area, Mrs. Grondin teaches cello and chamber music at workshops and adjudicates at ISSMA District Solo and Ensemble events.
Mrs. Grondin is the cellist with the Gaska String Quartet, a professional string quartet that plays throughout the Michiana area. She previously played with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra (11 years), Eugene Opera (9 years) and South Bend Symphony Orchestra (2 years). Mrs. Grondin believes in the importance of chamber music in developing ones playing and listening skills, so in addition to performing and teaching several chamber groups, she volunteers every year at the Fischoff Competition with the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.
Mrs. Grondin grew up in Spokane, WA, where she participated in the Youth Symphony program. She attended the University of Oregon, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She and her husband Jim enjoy playing chamber music with their two daughters, Elizabeth, a violinist, and Michelle, an SBYSO alumna who plays flute and piccolo.