Teo Crespo-Carrión

Teo leans against a fence with a hat on, smiling. Teo Crespo-Carrión

Harmony Manager


Teo is a violinist and teacher based in the Twin Cities. In addition to teaching violin and viola in his private instructional studio, he works as a freelance musician performing at weddings, fundraisers, religious ceremonies, and other celebrations, such as quinceañeras and community chamber music concerts. In the past, he has also performed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra, and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Principles of language learning, literacy, and intellectual development inform his teaching methods and philosophies, and his private students play and compete in youth ensembles throughout Minnesota. As Harmony Manager, Teo is responsible for program operations, student progress and development, family communications, community outreach, and partnership building.

Teo received his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, where he also studied Music and Violin Pedagogy under Mark Bjork. His past teachers include Karen Moon and Lorie Hippen. Before studying violin at the U of M, he received music instruction at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He’s passionate about Suzuki Pedagogy, having learned from this method in childhood. In addition, his experiences as a first-generation immigrant to the United States and his previous work in community advocacy inform his commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, and cultural competency. Before joining GTCYS, Teo worked in communications and administrative roles at nonprofit and for-profit institutions, developing consumer research and relationship and program management skills. Teo enjoys plant-keeping, learning six languages simultaneously, and struggling to learn the piano during his downtime.

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