Originally trained as a dentist with specialty in Paedodontics, Gwendoline Thornblade subsequently was trained as a Suzuki violin and viola teacher. Active on the national and state level, she founded the Suzuki School of Newton in 1986, and was recently recognized as one of the founders of the MA Suzuki Association. An avid chamber music player, she sits on various boards which support this activity, including ACMP. Currently she is teaching and coaching with Project Step, in addition to conducting a senior citizen chamber orchestra. Playing with the LSO has proved to be a very musical and fulfilling experience.