Saturday, May 21, 2016

Regional Workshop Nov. 4 and 5, 2016

Concert  on Sat., Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.

Classes Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
and Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
all at Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City

Randen Heywood, Violin/Viola and Orchestra Clinician

Ka-Wai Yu, Cello Clinician

Kindal Ridd, Violin Clinician (photo with Suzuki Strings students at 2015 concert)

(The more of the solo pieces memorized the more enjoyable the workshop)

All Instruments: 
Book 1: Twinkles (Variation C in A Major - "grasshopper" 1/8 1/16 1/16; 
Variation E in D Major with harmony - "peanut butter jelly sandwich" eight 1/16 notes; 
and Twinkle Theme in A Major with harmony and obbligato

O Come Little Children (with harmony), with repeat

Minuet 3 (with minor part from Book 3) (with harmony parts)
AB minor part AB, AB  (Book I does a page straight through, rest position for minor section, and repeats page)
For help with new ornaments Kristen Candland shared these videos: and

Book 2: Minuet in G by Beethoven for violin, viola and cello (all in same key so they can play together)  No repeats, but take D.C. 

For Orchestra (uses music):
Jazz Rhythmico by Kirt N. Mosier, Wingert Jones Publications ( has listening link at the top when you type in the piece name)

"Entrance and March of the Guests from Tannhäuser" by Wagner, arr. Dackow Listening link: and click at right on mp3 Audio

Book 2: Waltz (with emphasis on vibrato), both repeats

Book 4: 2nd Seitz with orchestra (Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Major, 1st mvt.)

Book 4 and 5: Bach Double, just violins with piano rather than orchestra

"Quando men vo" from La Bohème by Puccini 
Play Puccini: 10 Arias Transcribed for Violin & Piano Series: 
Publisher: Ricordi available from Hal Leonard and Sheet Music Plus, Music includes CD
Listening Link with soprano:

Book 1: Bohemian Folk Dance 

Book 5: Le Basque 

Book 1: Rigadoon

Book 3: Berceuse

Book 6: The Swan

Sunny Day Jig, arr. Hatch  
(play straight through and then repeat whole piece, ABAB)

from Barrage Fiddle Vol 1:
Frost is All Over
(repeat first section, then repeat second section, AABB)

On the Road to Boston
Video is slightly different, but still useful:

Liberty Two-Step 
Video shows variations and other possibilities with other instruments, slightly different, but helpful

WORKSHOP ONLY ENTRY  FORM (just Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, 2016)
please send it in by Oct 15, 2016 to avoid the late fee of $5.00
Fees: Twinkle Students through Allegretto  $20.00
Individual Student (Etude and above) $40.00 
SAU members:  $30.00 (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)
SAU (Suzuki Association of Utah) MEMBER  Yes _____ No _____
Circle instrument(s)
City_________________________ State ________Zip________
Phone_______________     Email:______________________________
Teacher_________________Teacher's Email or Phone ________________
***Make your check payable to Suzuki Strings
and fill out a separate form for each child.***
Teachers – please send in the forms as soon as you can
Mail to: 
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721
Group classes resume at SUU on Sept. 7
This workshop is included in the group class fee.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Thanks for a Very Happy Spring Concert

33rd Annual Suzuki Strings Cedar City Spring Concert, May 12, 2016

Thanks to all of the students, teachers, pianists, and families for making this possible and the hard work and dedication it represents.  Photos from parents and teachers.  Videos thanks to Minnie Gonzalez.

Video links: 
Full Group Opens Concert:
Twinkle Variation A and Theme
Andantino by Suzuki
Perpetual Motion by Suzuki

Orchestra Pieces:
Brandenburg Concerto #2 by Bach
Entrance of Queen of Sheba from Solomon by Handel 
Dance of Comedians by Smetana
Star Trek Theme

Viola Pieces:
Courante by Bach
Nina by Pergelosi

Cello Pieces:
The Moon Over Ruined Castle by R. Taki
Adagio and Allegro by Marcello
Neapolitan Dance by Nino Marcello

Violin Pieces:

Vocalise by Rachmaninoff
Country Dance by Weber
Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr.
(Soprano Soloist: Rimi Fletcher)

Fiddle Pieces:
Kiss Me Waltz arr. Hall
Blackberry Blossom arr. Barrage Fiddle
Short Bow Jig by Dean Marshall

The science is in.  You make a bigger sound when you stand tall.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

33rd Annual Suzuki Strings Concert

Poster design and photo by Kindal Ridd
You are invited to the 33rd annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center in Cedar City.  Music ranges from classical to fiddling.

Rimi Fletcher will be the guest soprano soloist with the advanced violins for the Laughing Song by Strauss.  The orchestra has music by Bach, Handel, and Smetana plus the Star Trek theme.  Fiddle songs from Barrage include Short Bow Jig and Blackberry Blossom.  Genesis and Matthew Gonzalez are the soloists for the "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon.

Students range from 3 to adult.  Students participate in weekly group classes as well as private lessons.  Teachers are Marin Colby, Alexander Schwartz, Kindal Ridd, Ling Yu, and Sara Penny.  Pianists are Tasha Seegmiller, Rimi Fletcher, Beth Stephenson, and Mel Jeffs.  Twelve area teachers help prepare the students in individual lessons as well.

A suggested donation of $5 helps these young musicians tackle new music, pay for Heritage Center rental, and support our next generation of orchestra musicians.  You are invited to join in the musical celebration on Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 E. in Cedar City.

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 16, 2016 Concert with Young Artist Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings

Thanks to everyone who participated in the concert.   We always enjoy working with Jack Ashton and his Young Artist Chamber Players.  Music included Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, which was exquisite in St. Jude's.  Here's a link so you can revisit this wonderful music:  

The full American Suite by Keith Bradshaw will be on the Orchestra of Southern Utah concert on April 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center.  Thanks to soloists Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw who performed two movements as a preview with their sister Lydia Feild at the piano.

Our combined pieces of Brandenburg #2 and "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon will be on the upcoming Suzuki Strings Concert on May 12, 7 p.m., Heritage Center.

Thanks to parents and teachers for the photos below of the rehearsal and performance.  Thanks to the St. Jude's Episcopal Church for sharing their beautiful sanctuary with our young musicians.  We also appreciate pianists Marie Ashton and JaNell Wood for helping with the concert.  

Jack Ashton's "Young Artist Chamber Players"

Suzuki Strings Cedar City performed two Barrage pieces

Suzuki Strings orchestra musicians on Sat.

Rehearsal with combined groups

Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto by YACP

Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw sharing part of "American Suite" with Lydia Feild at the piano.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jack Ashton’s “Young Artist Chamber Players” and “Suzuki Strings” Present Free Spring Concert

Jack Ashton and Young Artist Chamber Players, 2016
Exceptional young musicians touring southern Utah make an appearance in Cedar City on Sat., April 16, at 4 p.m. in St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 70 N 200 W.  You are invited to this free public concert. Young Artist Chamber Players join with Suzuki Strings in performing music ranging from Bach and Handel to Vaughn Williams and fiddling.

The Young Artist Chamber Players are directed by Jack Ashton, recently named "Utah's Music Man" by the Deseret News for his exceptional teaching and performing career.  "In addition to playing year-round in the Utah Symphony, he taught orchestra part-time for 35 years at Olympus High, his alma mater, and for the past 31 years he’s been director of the Young Artist Chamber Players, an organization he set up with his brother Ted in 1985 for the purpose of “helping good kids play the hard stuff and get better.” If every teenager he’s taught, encouraged and inspired were to pick up his or her bow and start playing, you could hear them around the world. And they’d sound pretty good. Especially the Young Artist Chamber kids. The elite string orchestra includes about 40 players who are accepted after auditions. (Another 80 young violinists make up three additional orchestras sponsored by the organization). They meet at Highland High School once a week, honing their skills under the direction of the man who performed with the symphony for nearly a half-century," wrote Lee Benson. Full article at

Suzuki Strings students from southern Utah will join the YACP for Brandenburg Concerto #2 by Bach and the rousing "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon.  Suzuki Strings will also play Short Bow Jig and Blackberry Blossom from the fiddling group Barrage. 

The YAPC have chosen Fantasia of a Theme by Thomas Tallis by R. Vaughan Williams, Spanish Dance by DRomance for Violin Solo & Strings by Shostakovich, and the Overture to "Solomon" by Handel to complete the concert.

The public is invited to the free concert.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry Christmas from Suzuki Strings Cedar City

Thanks to all of the students, teachers, and families who participated in the performance at Frontier Homestead Museum on Dec. 9, 2015.  Thanks to Mary Cozzens for providing a keyboard.

We encourage the students to share their music with family, friends, and neighbors.  

Group classes resume in January.  

Thanks for the photos from Dezhi Wu, Sara Penny, and Joshua Stavros.

Getting ready to perform.

Thanks to everyone who came to share their music.

Photo by Joshua Stavros.  It was a full house.

Singing helps us play in tune.  Thanks to the Griffin family .

Teachers Kindal Ridd and Sara Penny share a fiddling/carol mash-up.

Thanks to Tasha Seegmiller for playing piano for our orchestra and soloists.

More fiddling fun.

Started the evening with a glorious sunset highlighted with outdoor warming fires.