Debbie Hammond

B. Mus, M. Mus. Violin Performance


SAO Member-at-Large

Bells Corners, Ottawa, Ontario 


Violinist Debbie Hammond began her studies at the age of four in London, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters on Music in Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her principal teachers include Patrick Burroughs, Geri Arnold, Dr. Robert Skelton, Scott St. John, Mark Fewer, Annalee Patipatanakoon, David Zafer and Yehonatan Berick. 

As a soloist, Debbie has performed in master classes for Martin Beaver, James Ehnes and Regis Pasquier. She has also been a guest soloist with the London Community Players and the Cambridge Community Orchestra. Her love of chamber music has led her to master classes with the Arthur LeBlanc, St. Lawrence and Berlin Philharmonic String Quartets, as well as the Gryphon Trio. 

Debbie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada from 2000-2002, touring across Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. While in Michigan, Debbie was a regular member of the Jackson and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. In Canada, Debbie has performed with both the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London Canada. From 2007-2010, Debbie served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Cambridge Community Orchestra. 

Since 2007, Debbie has focused her attention on the study of violin pedagogy. She has registered training courses for Suzuki Violin Book 1 through 10 with noted teacher trainers including Carol Dallinger, Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, and Edmund Sprunger. In addition, Debbie has completed supplemental Suzuki courses with Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin, Brian Lewis & Daphne Hughes. To complement her Suzuki training, Debbie has also studied pedagogy with Robert Culver and the University of Michigan and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. Debbie is the proud recipient of scholarship support from the Suzuki Association on the Americas (2018) and the Suzuki Association of Ontario (2017 & 2018).  

​Debbie was a member of the faculty at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival in 2003 & 2006, and a coach with the Side-By-Side Chamber Music program at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts in 2007. From 2007-2014, Debbie was a full-time faculty member with the Suzuki String School of Guelph and the National Capital Suzuki School of Music. Since September 2014, Debbie has been directing her own independent and vibrant Suzuki community in the Bells Corners area of Ottawa. 


Hammond Suzuki Studio