Gretchen Harrison was raised in Decatur, IL where she began Suzuki cello lessons at 7 years old, and now resides in Springfield with her husband and children.
Music played a huge role in Harrison’s youth: playing with the Decatur Youth Symphony and Millikin Symphony, teaching cello at summer music camps in Decatur, and performing at surrounding churches with her sister who played the violin.
Harrison obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Western Illinois University. During that time, she studied violin, viola, and bass to expand her knowledge of strings.
In 2010 Gretchen created her studio, 4 Strings Music Studio, where she currently teaches cello, bass, violin, and viola to over 50 students. In addition to her studio, she is also the Starter Strings instructor at Farmingdale Elementary, on the Praise team at Cherry Hills Church, and teaches with the SVYS summer music program.
Gretchen instructs Starter Strings.