Chris Sanchez joined the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute as its business director in 2015. Under his tenure, the Institute has grown to attract more young talent each year. As a violinist and Suzuki student himself, he developed a passion for musical education at an early age. He began his musical studies at age 7 and, after mastering all ten Suzuki volumes, continued his childhood studies with David Salness at the University of Maryland and at the Meadowmount School in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland and his Master of Music from the University of Georgia. His experience with outstanding teachers, including Ronda Cole, Sally Thomas, David Salness, Dr. Levon Ambartsumian, Charles Castleman, Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley (Guarneri String Quartet), has shaped his view that “everything depends on the teacher” and that excellent teachers help children discover possibilities beyond their peripheries. Chris founded and directs the Capitol City Strings and teaches with Ronda Cole and David Strom at the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.