Thank You, Professor Clifford Cook

Photograph by Adina Steiman '98

If not for conservatory professor Clifford Cook, these budding virtuosos might never have picked up violins. Cook, who died last February, was instrumental in bringing the Suzuki method to the United States. Suzuki students from Lorain County paid tribute to him with a memorial performance preceding the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra's May 4 concert.

Cook became intrigued by the Suzuki method in 1958, when he saw a film of Shinichi Suzuki's Talent Education Institute students in concert. Cook began using the method, and in 1964 he brought Shinichi Suzuki to Oberlin to instruct other music teachers in the method's use.