Friday, July 6, 2018

Regional Workshop & Concert Nov. 2 and 3

Group classes start Wed., Sept. 5, 5 p.m. SUU Music Building
Regional workshop and concert Nov. 2 and 3, 2018

Concert  on Sat., Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Public invited 

(suggested donation $5)
Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City, UT
Classes Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
and Saturday starting at 9 a.m., all at Heritage Center
Repertoire Draft:
Book 1 
Twinkle Variation A in Key of D, Theme in Key of A
Lightly Row with harmony
O Come Little Children with harmony
Etude with harmony and duet
Happy Farmer in key of G (violins move down a string so viola and cello are able to play)

Book 2
BourrĂ©e  by Handel with duet, violin and viola only
Gavotte from Mignon by Thomas, viola only

Book 3
Gavotte in D Major, violin only (use revised edition)

Book 4
2nd Seitz, violin only at this point although we own the orchestra parts if we feel we can add to the orchestra.  We'll decide by mid Sept.

Book 6
Allegro by Fiocco, this is the advanced violin piece and the book 4 students can learn this if they start now.

Fiddle and supplementary
Barrage Vol 1:  Country Dance and Blue Bells
Star Spangled Banner from Let Us Have Music book, we'll transcribe for viola and cello

Gabriel's Oboe thanks to the Cozzens family
Telemann concerto thanks to Denise Willey
Troika by Prokofiev

Concerto in G major by Telemann, 1st mvt.  (again I have orchestra parts if we are able to add to orchestra time)
Chorus by Handel, viola only

Perpetual Motion
John Dunbar Theme
Elfintanz (Elf Dance) by Jenkinson in Solos for Young Cellists, Volume 2

We are excited to welcome Denise Willey, Rebekah Willey, and Catherine Schultze as our workshop clinicians.

Denise Willey
Denise Willey is the founder of the Lyceum Orchestra Program. She is an SAA Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, and was selected “Studio Music Teacher of the Year” by Utah’s American String Teachers Association.  She has served on the Suzuki Association of Utah Board of Directors for thirty years.  Mrs. Willey published the I LOVE to Read Music! Literacy Series, and has authored Easy Steps to Music Reading.  Mrs. Willey received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah, magna cum laude, played in Mormon Youth Symphony for years, and taught school orchestra for a dozen years before she retired to raise her family. She has since performed with Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Willey was a home-schooling/Suzuki mother for 30 years, of six now-grown children, who have all received national recognition for their accomplishments, including first place in the ASTA National Solo Competition, Professor of Viola at BYU-Idaho, Principal cellist in Orchestra at Temple Square,  Certified and Registered Piano Technician, and others.  All six were principals in Utah's All State Orchestra and played in National High School Honors Orchestra and in Orchestra at Temple Square. There are seven degrees among them, including two masters and a doctorate. Mrs. Willey is also the happy grandmother of six, ages 4 and younger, most of whom she also teaches. She has a full studio of string students and teaches orchestra. 

Catherine Schulzke

Catherine Schulzke (cello) has been teaching private cello lessons since 2005, taking Suzuki teacher training from Denise Willey, Beth Goldstein-McGee, Pamela Devenport, and David Evenchick. In 2016, she received a degree in Classical Studies from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. She spent a semester teaching English in Kyiv, Ukraine, and served a full-time church mission to Cape Verde, speaking Portuguese. Catherine has been playing cello for twenty-four years and performs regularly in the Orchestra at Temple Square. She loves audiobooks, running, popcorn, chamber music, and her BFF Nathan.

Rebekah Willey (violin and viola)  Rebekah Willey began violin and viola at twelve months old with her mother, studied with Deborah Moench of SLC, Barbara Williams of Brigham Young University, & Kathryn Eberly. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony a record eight times, with the Debut Orchestra in Beverly Hills in ’06, and with 11 other local symphonies, including at the ’10 ASTA Nat’l Conference in Santa Clara. She soloed on a 1692 Stradivarius on WMP’s “Strad for Lunch” concert series in New York City in 2010. She has won seven prizes in the Utah State Fair Music Competition, including first place in ‘04, ‘06, and ’08. 
bekah 10 yr old performanceHer family has presented six “Families Making Music” recitals on the prestigious Temple Square Performance Series. She has been concertmaster of the high-school aged Lyceum Philharmonic & Music Festival since age 12, and concertmaster of Utah’s All-State Orchestra as a freshman and sophomore. She has been in orchestra since age four, and played her first full symphony at age 7, and solo violin in “Fiddler on the Roof” at 12. She played in National High School Honors Orchestra. She won the Utah Prize in the first Stradivarius International Violin Competition in ’07, grand prize in the ’10 Utah Baroque Competition, and four consecutive prizes in annual Utah Solo Viola Festival. Miss Willey has recorded extensively, and her family released their first Willey Family Strings album, “Simply Sublime” in 2012. Rebekah also enjoys vocal lessons. She sang the soprano solos in “Messiah,” in ’10 and ’11, and sang in Carmina Burana with Utah Valley Masterworks Chorus. Beka has earned her Young Women’s Recognition Award of her church (similar to Eagle Rank Scout,) and was a 2011 Utah Girls’ State delegate. Rebekah was home schooled and is the youngest of six talented childre. In her spare time she loves to read and cook.

Students are welcome to join us for the regional workshop and concert.  
Those involved in the SUU group classes are automatically enrolled in the workshop and concert through their group fee.

For students not enrolled in SUU group classes please complete this form and 
send by Oct 15 , 2018 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 (discount of $10.00 off the Individual Fee for SAU members)
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 and you may participate in the classes and concerts at no extra fee if you have students participating.
Mail to: 
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

35th Annual Spring Concert Photos and VIdeos

Video links: 
Violists, Bach BourrĂ©e
Down Yonder, Dress Rehearsal:
Boil the Cabbage, Dress Rehearsal:
Videos of Capriol Suite selections with Young Artist Chamber Players in previous blog post.

Letter to Editor printed in The Spectrum newspaper:
WOW! FANTASTIC! SPECTACULAR!!!   THANKS to the Cedar City Suzuki Strings and their performance on Thursday.  Well over 40 musicians delighted the audience with Bach, Handel, and a variety of other composers.  Ages 4-?? played with violins, cello, and viola.  Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley, played an Adagio by Bach and also spoke of her journey through music.

Many hours of teaching and practice went into this wonderful concert and as an audience member who knew none of the performers but went on whim, I was impressed (once agian) with the talent and culture of Cedar City.  Don't miss next year!!

Jane McCoy
Warm up before concert

Beginning of concert

Cello group

JessiKate Riley spoke about perseverance and value of music.

La Folia by Corelli led by Marin Colby
Seitz led by Amy Gold

Gossec Gavotte

Down Yonder

Boil the Cabbage and concert conclusion
Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

35th Annual Spring Concert

Suzuki Strings Celebrates Spring with Public Concert
Miss Utah Guest Artist

The 35th annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert will be on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East in Cedar City. Guest artist will be Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley, who started violin with the program at age 3 and played as a soloist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah a few years ago. The public is invited and the suggested donation is $5.

The Suzuki Strings Cedar City program teaches violin, viola, and cello to students from age 3 to adult and plays music ranging from fiddling to classical.  The orchestra has selected music from multiple eras, including Handel and the popular movie theme “Somewhere Out There.”  The advanced violinists are setting their talents to the challenging Mozart "Rondo" and Corelli's "La Folia." Cellists will play Bach and the theme from "Mission Impossible" while the violists are playing a popular "Allegro" by Suzuki and a Baroque
dance.  Fiddling is a popular part of the program with "Down Yonder" and a duet of "Boil the Cabbage Down."

Thirteen teachers cooperate to teach the students individually.  The weekly group classes help solidify skills and ensemble experience.

Group class teachers include Marin Colby, Amy Gold, Karaly Whitesel, Bethany Jeffs, Lindsay Szczesny, Sarah Chugg, and Sara Penny. Pianists are Sunny Chen, Mary Cozzens, Mel Jeffs, and Beth Stephenson.

"We enjoy sharing our music with the community and the program offers a wide range of music for your enjoyment", said Sara Penny, Suzuki Strings director.

Suzuki Strings Cedar City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and appreciates support from the Cedar City RAP fund.

For more information on the concert or Suzuki Strings contact


JessiKate Riley won a preliminary talent award at the Miss America competition:

Her personal story and the role of music in helping her overcome struggles:

According to Christopher Schram, this was the first reward Miss Utah has won at Miss America in five years. Another fun fact to note is that the Miss Utah Organization is now tied with the Miss Massachusetts Organization for Non-finalist Talent awards, with 17 won by each! More info:

Miss Utah competition

Orchestra of Southern Utah concert in 2009

Performance in Italy

Suzuki Strings students and teachers with Jack Ashton in recent concert.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Young Artist Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings Cedar City Photos and Videos

Concert April 14, 2018 with Young Artist Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings Cedar City. Thanks to  all of the students who performed and special thanks to Jack Ashton, director of the Young Artist Chamber Players from northern Utah.  We appreciate the help of Becky Hesterman in helping facilitate this annual concert.  Thanks also to the Suzuki Strings teachers, pianist Sunny Chen, and the student families for their help. It is a joy to perform in the St. Jude's chapel with its amazing acoustics.  More information on YACP at

Video links for a few of the pieces
Red Pony Suite by Copland
Paganini Perpetual Moto featuring Cameron Jeppson
Combined Groups:
Capriol Suite Basse Dance
Capriol Suite Pied-en-l'air
Capriol Suite Sword Dance
Cameron Jeppson being recognized after the Paganini performance
Young Artist Chamber Players

Suzuki Strings with JackAshton after the concert

Conclusion of joint performance.  Thanks to all involved.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Saturday, April 14, Concert at 4 p.m.

You are Invited to a Joint Concert with Jack Ashton's Young Artist Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings Cedar City on Saturday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the St. Jude's Episcopal Church at 70 N. 200 West in Cedar City.  Free and the public is invited.

YACP Selections:
The Red Pony by Aaron Copland
Moto Perpetuo by Niccolo Paganini, Cameron Jeppson, Soloist
Violin Concerto in C by Joseph Haydn, Brooklyn Fagergren, Soloist
String Quartet No. 8 for String Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich

Suzuki Strings Selections:
Boil the Cabbage, arr. Hall
Hunter's Chorus by Weber
Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvt. by Seitz

Combined Pieces
Selections from Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock
  Basse Dance
  Sword Dance

Jack Ashton  and YACP

Sara Penny, Jack Ashton, and Carol Bolsover at 2017 performance

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Piano Guys 2018

So exciting that the Piano Guys include students in their performances.  Photos and videos thanks to parents and teachers.  Thanks to SUU for bringing these wonderful musicians and including our Suzuki Strings students.

Sound check video link:
Performance video link:

Bagpipers included Jameson Fife, who played in Suzuki Strings while growing up.