After completing graduate study at Ohio University and a Bachelors in Music Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Blakely “Blake” Brasch joined the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago in 1996, where was a Suzuki cello teacher for over 20 years.
A respected teacher, he received a Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in 2009 and became registered teacher trainer in 2010. He is a frequent clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops throughout the US and Canada and has presented at several SAA conferences. His students have been selected to participate in master classes and orchestras at the SAA conference in Minn.; to be principal players in area high schools, the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra, and the Illinois Music Educators State High School Orchestra; and are prize-winners in Society of American Musicians competition. His students that have chosen to pursue a career in music have been admitted to Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford University, University of Illinois, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
As an administrator, Blake began his career as a staff member of the Denver Suzuki Institute as a teenager and has been part of the administrative team of an institute every summer since. Most recently he was the Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Suzuki Program Director at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Blake began teaching Suzuki Cello at The Hartt School Community Division in 2017.