Karen Ruckman Lindsay was diagnosed with VCFS at the age of 23 and ever since she has been a strong advocate for people with VCFS. A talented musician who plays both piano and the violin, she has spoken and performed at meetings of the Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation and served on its Board of Directors for three years. Karen teaches Suzuki Piano from her home studio, in Braintree, MA where she lives with her husband Doug and her daughter, Alissa. She has one or two student recitals (Halloween and Spring Recital) per year at Braintree’s Thayer Public Library. All recitals are free and open to the public. Ms. Lindsay has previously taught at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA and Duxbury, MA, where she completed her Suzuki Piano teacher training through Book 4. Ms. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, in Appleton, WI in 1997. She earned a Performance Diploma in Piano from the Longy School of Music, Cambrigde, MA in 2000. She attended many summer music festivals in high school and college. Some festivals she attended include: Brevard Music Festival, North Carolina, Interlochen Music Festival, Michigan, Tanglewood Music Festival, in Lenox, MA, and Rocky Ridge Music Festival in Colorado. She also plays the violin and has performed with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music groups including the South Shore Chamber Orchestra. She has been teaching at her home studio in Braintree, MA since 2009, and continues to enjoy teaching her many dedicated students/families.