Friday, March 24, 2017

Young Artists Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings Cedar City on April 8

 Jack Ashton’s
Young Artists Chamber Players 
and Suzuki  Strings in Concert

Saturday, April 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. in the St. Jude’s Episcopal Church
70 N. 200 W.   -  Free and public invited

Music includes Fiddle Faddle by LeRoy Anderson, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and more. 


Suzuki Strings
Aunt Rhody Variations
Red Wing

Young Artist Chamber Players
Divertimento in Bb - Allegro vivace by Telemann
Mendelssohn Sinfonia No. 9 - Grave-Allegro
Solitude on the Mountain by Ole Bull
Serenade for Strings - Tchaikovsky (portion)

Combined Pieces
Fiddle Faddle by LeRoy Anderson
Andante Festivo by Sibelius 

Salt Lake group coming to Cedar City for performance

Rehearsing combined groups in 2016

Suzuki Strings students join with YACP

Jack Ashton with Suzuki Strings teachers Chelsea Gardner and Marin Colby at a previous performance.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Piano Guys Include Suzuki Strings in Performance

Thanks to Blaine Hofeling for sharing these videos of the Feb. 3, 2016 performance in Cedar City at the SUU Centrum:

Piano Guys with Suzuki Strings students: and from a different angle

Sound check was in the afternoon:

It is fascinating to see all the stage, light, and sound set up for a big production.  Thanks to the students who participated, their families, and the teachers who helped.  Thanks to Mindy Benson and her staff for persevering to get this wonderful group to SUU. The biggest thanks is to the Piano Guys for nurturing and encouraging all ages to engage in live music.  Their joy and enthusiasm is contagious and we have been excited to see their rise to an internationally prominent group.

Thanks to the parents, teachers, and SUU Alumni Office for sharing photos:

Three group rehearsals before the sound check and the music had to be memorized

Soundcheck in the afternoon

Backstage before the performance


After the performance backstage

Steven Sharp Nelson has been coming to Cedar City to perform since he was in high school with Jack Ashton's "Young Artist Chamber Players".  He also wrote two symphonies for Orchestra of Southern Utah with Marshall McDonald that Sara Penny helped facilitate. Dr. Xun Sun directed the world premiere performances of both "Spanish Trail Suite" and "Africa" are available on the OSU youtube channel:  There are also interviews with Dr. Sun and the composers.

At the Meet and Greet, photos thanks to SUU Alumni
With teachers Patty Walser, Marin Colby, Sara Penny, and Amy Gold

The Blaine and Kirsten Hofeling family are friends of Jon Schmidt so the whole event had the feel of a family reunion.

The local pipers who participated included Jameson Fife, 2nd from left, who participated in Suzuki Strings as a child.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas from Suzuki Strings Cedar City

Thanks to the students, teachers, pianists, and families who share music at this wonderful time of year and wishing you all a wonderful 2017 of making beautiful music.
Below are photos from the Frontier Homestead Performance and GPA Community Concert 2016. Thanks to the families for sharing photos. If you have one you want added send to

Best wishes for a lovely Christmas season.

At Frontier Homestead State Park 2016.

Michael Bahr shared charming Christmas readings.

Suzuki Strings Cedar City as part of a community concert directed by GPA's Rebekah Hughes.

Teacher Samantha Herring and her sister making music.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Workshop, Orchestra Festival, and Halloween 2016 photos

Thanks to the clinicians, teachers, students, parents, and families who make the Suzuki Strings Cedar City program possible.  We appreciate the teacher and parent photos and videos below:

Videos thanks to Minerva Gonzalez:
Twinkles: Variation C, D and Theme - Dr. Suzuki - Suzuki String Regional Workshop

O Come Little Children - Folk Song

Bohemian Folk Song 

Minuet 3 with Minor Minuet - Johann Sebastian Bach

Entrance & March of Guests, Tannhauser - Richard Wagner arr. Dackow

Jazz Rhythmico by Kirt N. Mosier 

The Swan - by Camille Saint Saens

Berceuse by Franz Schubert

Rigadoon by Henry Purcell

Duo No. 2 in F Major, WoO 27 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Le Basque by Marin Marais, viola

For Christina for Viola and Piano Solo - composed and performed by Randen Heywood with Tasha Seegmiller, pianist

Quando men vo from La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini 

Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Major, 1st mvt by Friedrich Seitz

Waltz by Johannes Brahms

Minuet in G by Ludwig van Beethoven

On the Road to Boston and Liberty Two Step - Arr. Barrage

Frost is All Over arr. Barrage 

Sunny Day Jig - arr. Carolyn Hatch

Orchestra Festival in St. George

Halloween Group Class 2016