Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fall Semester 2013

We have had a busy fall enjoying our Halloween group class, preparing for the regional workshop in Nov. with Gabriel Bolkovsky, playing in the Orchestra Festival in St. George and then two Christmas programs, one at SUU and one at Emerald Pointe.  Thanks to all of the students, parents, teachers, and pianists who make this program possible.  We are pleased with the progress and are looking forward to more musical adventures next semester.
Playing fiddling with linked arms at group class.









Twinkle parade is our Halloween group class tradition.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Regional Workshop Schedule

We're excited to welcome students from throughout Southern Utah and Las Vegas to Cedar City for our Regional Suzuki Strings Workshop at Heritage Center, 105 North 100 East
 
Friday, Nov. 1
Regional Suzuki Strings
Workshop & Concert
Heritage Center
On Stage
Gabriel Bolkosky, guest clinician

Downstairs
3 p.m.
Violin and Viola: Two Puccini arias, Seitz #3 for violin; Mozart Minuet and Bohemian Folk Song for viola (violins take a short break)
Cello:  Rigadoon: Long, Long Ago, Lightly Row, and harmony for Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Twinkle, Blue Bells, Kanon, and Devil’s Dream
Vivaldi Double Concerto,

Nina Hansen, teacher
Beth or Jessie Stephenson, piano
4 p.m.
Orchestra: Polka and Concerto in G minor for Two Celli
Beginning Class:  Twinkles (Var A in A, Var B in D, Theme in A), Lightly Row (start on A, no harmony), Kanon, Blue Bells, Allegro, Perpetual Motion

Kirsten Candland. teacher
Rimi Fletcher, pianist
5 p.m.
Orchestra: Blue Bells, Kanon, Lightly Row (start on A, no harmony), Twinkles (Var A in A, Var B in D, Theme in A), Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Devil’s Dream, Rigadoon,
(beginners may play the pieces they know with the orchestra)
Intermediate Violins:  Two Grenadiers, Devil’s Dream, and Humoresque with Swanee harmony

Kirsten Candland, teacher
Rimi Fletcher, pianist
6 p.m.

Dinner Break

Dinner Break

7:15 p.m.
Parent & Teacher Meeting with Gabe:
Practice Strategies and Your Questions on Helping Your Students Succeed
Children may bring quiet toys or activities for downstairs.  Older students please help with younger students.



Saturday, Nov. 2
On Stage
Gabriel Bolkosky, guest clinician
Downstairs
9 a.m.
Beginning Class: Twinkles (Var A in A, Var B in D, Theme in A), Lightly Row, Blue Bells and Kanon (Everyone plays these pieces for the concert.   Use open D if you don’t know the fingers yet.)
(Rimi Fletcher, pianist)
Viola:  Bohemian Folk Song, Mozart Minuet, Rigadoon, and harmony parts for other pieces as time allows.
(Kirsten Candland
Tasha Seegmiller, piano)
9:30 a.m.
All Violins: 
Twinkles, Lightly Row, Blue Bells, Kanon, Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Devil’s Dream, Two Grenadiers, and Humoresque with Swanee Duet
(Tasha Seegmiller, piano)

(beginning students may go to SUU for Arts Unwrapped after they have played the pieces they know.  Description in column to right at 10:30 a.m.)

Viola and Cello: Harmony Parts for Perpetual Motion, Allegro, Blue Bells, Kanon, and Devil’s Dream + Rigadoon, Lightly Row.
(Nina Hansen,
Beth or Jessie Stephenson, piano)
10:30 a.m.
Orchestra: 
Polka, Double cello concerto in g minor,
other pieces as time allows

(Tasha Seegmiller, piano)

Beginning students are encouraged to attend Arts Unwrapped at 10:30 a.m. at the SUU South Hall, directly east of the SUU Music Building,

200 S. Dewey Ave (about 350 West, parking lot here, go across street past Nellie statue and to right)

Free family event featuring youngsters and parents learning movement from guest artist Monica Gomez Rogerson with percussionist Lynn Vartan.

11:30 a.m.
Violins: Two Puccini arias, and 3rd Seitz
(Tasha Seegmiller, piano)

12:30
Lunch Break
You may bring a lunch and eat downstairs.  Please clean up.
2:30
Dress Rehearsal – EVERYONE
(We run all of the pieces starting with the easiest so you may have a break when we get to the pieces you don’t know. You don’t have to be in your concert clothes yet.)

5:00
CONCERT: Dress clothes please
Invite your family and friends. 
The $5 suggested donation helps us pay the Heritage Center rental.


Thanks to everyone for the months of preparation that this workshop and concert represents. 
Children may sit with their families and come on stage for the pieces they know.  Older students may enter from backstage, but remember to be absolutely quiet backstage.


Questions?  Sara Penny at suzukistringscc@gmail.com or 435-586-2286


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Regional Suzuki Strings Workshop and Concert



Featuring Gabe Bolkosky 
                                           http://www.gabrielbolkosky.com/ 

and Kirsten Candland
 
November 1 and 2, 2013
Concert 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2

Heritage Center Theatre
Cedar City, Utah

_________________________________________________________________________
Regional Workshop and Concert:  Nov. 1 and 2, 2013

ENTRY  FORMplease send it in by Oct 15, 2013 to avoid the late fee of $5.00
Fees: Twinkle Students through Book 1               $20.00                         AMOUNT ENCLOSED__________
          Individual Student (Bk 2 and above)         $40.00        
            Suzuki Group Student fee is included in your semester fee for SUU Group classes
            SAU members                                     $30.00   (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)   
      
SAU (Suzuki Association of Utah) MEMBER  Yes        No
                                   
Name_____________________________________________________
VIOLIN                  VIOLA              CELLO           
(Please circle instrument played)
Address__________________________________________________________
                  Street                             City                                       Zip

Phone_______________Email:   ______________________________

Teacher_________________   Teacher's Email or Phone ________________
Current Piece___________________
Please give this form and your money to your teacher, or mail it to:
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721 Phone: 435-586-2286
***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 – questions, email suzukistringscc@gmail.com

____________________________________________________________________________

Students who attend the SUU group classes have the workshop included in their group fees.  Other students are invited to participate in the two day workshop Nov. 1 and 2, starting Friday at 3 p.m., all day Saturday, and with a concert at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Center. Complete the entry form above and mail fee as soon as possible so we can get you the non-Suzuki music to learn.

Nov. 2 Concert Pieces – Memorize solo pieces. Remember to LISTEN to professional CDs, REVIEW all pieces weekly, and SET A PLAYING TIME for each day so practice is a habit, not a casualty of procrastination.

Book 1 – Twinkles (Variation in A Major with harmony, Variation B in D Major, Theme in A with harmony and obligatto)
Lightly Row (D Major, start on A), Allegro and Perpetual Motion with harmony (no repeat)

Fiddle:  Blue Bells of Scotland from Barrage Collection 1 
(all on melody first time, repeat with harmony parts)
Let Us Play Together (Kanon) arr. Göran Berg
Devil’s Dream, Fairfield Fiddle Farm Book 1 (repeat with tag ending)

Violin only:
Book 2 –  Two Grenadiers
Book 3 – Humoresque with Swanee Duet
Book 4 - Concerto # 5, 3rd mvt. by Seitz 
 Advanced Violins:  Two Puccini arias:
E lucevan le stele (And the stars were shining)
Nessun dorma (None shall sleep)  from Play Puccini Violin, 
Ricordi, distributed by Hal Leonard

Viola: Bohemian Folk Song  (Bk 1) and Mozart Minuet (Bk 3) all repeats and D.C.

Cello:
Long, Long Ago (Bk 1)
Rigadoon (with the violins playing harmony)

Orchestra: 
Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr. (no repeat on D.S.)
Concerto for Two Celli in G minor by Vivaldi

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Newsletter Excerpts with Fall Regional Workshop Repertoire


Suzuki Strings Newsletter Excerpts           Vol. 28  No. 1            July 26, 2013

Getting Ready for a new year:  We're excited to start group classes again in Sept.  Below is the repertoire for the regional fall workshop so you can start learning the music.  We're excited to welcome nationally recognized violinist Gabriel Bolkovsky as the clinician http://www.gabrielbolkosky.com/

Students in Cedar City have the workshop included in their group fees.  Other students are invited to participate in the two day workshop Nov. 1 and 2, starting Friday at 3 p.m., all day Saturday, and with a concert at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  An entry form is at the end of this blog entry.

For Fall 2013 – Memorize solo pieces. Remember to LISTEN to professional CDs, REVIEW all pieces weekly, and SET A PLAYING TIME for each day so practice is a habit, not a casualty of procrastination.

Book 1 – Twinkles (Variation in A Major with harmony, Variation B in D Major, Theme in A with harmony and obligatto)
Lightly Row (D Major, start on A), Allegro and Perpetual Motion with harmony
Fiddle:  Blue Bells of Scotland from Barrage Collection 1
Let Us Play Together (Kanon) arr. Göran Berg
Devil’s Dream, Fairfield Fiddle Farm Book 1

Violin only:
Book 2 –  Two Grenadiers
Book 3 – Humoresque
Book 4 - Concerto # 5, 3rd mvt. by Seitz 
 Advanced Violins:  Two Puccini arias:
E lucevan le stele (And the stars were shining)
Nessun dorma (None shall sleep)  from Play Puccini Violin, Ricordi, distributed by Hal Leonard

Viola: Bohemian Folk Song  (Bk 1) and Mozart Minuet (Bk 3)

Cello:
Long, Long Ago (Bk 1)
Rigadoon (with the violins playing harmony)

Orchestra: 
Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Concerto for Two Celli in G minor by Vivaldi

“Measure by measure, it’s a pleasure” Chelsea Gardner

Inspiration:
Salt Lake performance at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute (ISSI) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxfF0VBqYEs  Congratulations to our local students who participated.

Musicians brains sync up during a duet.  Fascinating how music impacts our lives:  http://www.livescience.com/25117-musicians-brains-sync-up-during-duet.html

Value of Music Lessons:
Early Music Has Longtime Benefits
Excerpt:
“Different instruments, different teaching methods, different regimens — families need to find what appeals to the individual child and what works for the family, since a big piece of this should be about pleasure and mastery. Children should enjoy themselves, and their lessons. Parents need to care about music, not slot it in as a therapeutic tool.
“We want music to be recognized for what it can be in a person’s life, not necessarily, ‘Oh, we want you to have better cognitive skills, so we’re going to put you in music,’ ” Ms. Parbery-Clark said. “Music is great, music is fantastic, music is social — let them enjoy it for what it really is.”

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind from Scientific American
Excerpt: 
“Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus. The musically adept are better able to concentrate on a biology lesson despite the racket in the classroom or, a few years later, to finish a call with a client when a colleague in the next cubicle starts screaming at an underling. They can attend to several things at once in the mental scratch pad called working memory, an essential skill in this era of multitasking.”
 
Calendar:
Sept. 3, Recitals start for Orchestra of Southern Utah, more info at www.orchestraofsouthernutah.org

Sept. 5, Group Classes Resume at SUU,  contact suzukistringscc@gmail for more information and teacher referrals.

Sept. 7, Saturday  Graduation Recital:  Sign up by Sept. 1. 
The annual Southern Utah Suzuki Association of Utah’s graduation recital will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Saint George Tabernacle.  The acoustics are wonderful so it’s a great place for your performance.  Contact Sara or Marin for more information, especially if you didn’t get the email on this earlier in the summer.  

Nov. 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday, Regional Suzuki Workshop with Gabe Bolkovsky
        Nationally famous violinist and teacher:  http://www.gabrielbolkosky.com/

Saturday Nov. 9,  Southern Utah String Festival Orchestras:  Pine View High School.  (Contact Kirsten Candland for more information.) 
Albert Jeung, clinician 
Mr. Jeung is the Director of Orchestras at Aliso Niguel High School, which possesses one of the most extensive high school orchestra programs in California with three orchestras and over 130 participants. Albert is also the principal conductor of the La Primavera Orchestra in South Orange County and is the Vice-President of String Education for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. Albert has taught string method courses at C.S.U.L.B., is the former orchestra director at Santa Ana College, and has been a guest clinician at the past two CMEA State Conferences.
Albert has guest conducted many honor orchestras including: the CMEA Central Coast Middle School Honor Orchestra, The Kern County High School and Middle School Honor Orchestras, the Irvine Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra, and the Yorba Linda/Placentia Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra. Just last March, he had the joy of conducting the Long Beach All-District Ohlendorf Honor Orchestra, which he was a member of in the 80s. He has been a camper and staff member at Arrowbear Music Camp since 1978. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees from California State University, Long Beach, with graduate work from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

                                                                                                                      
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Resources:
Both Whittlesticks and Cedar Music Store have new and used instruments.  
Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU) http://www.suzukimusicutah.org/
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) http://suzukiassociation.org/
Free downloadable sheet music at http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
Another music site:  http://imslp.org/
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Regional Workshop and Concert:  Nov. 1 and 2, 2013
ENTRY  FORMplease send it in by Oct 15, 2013 to avoid the late fee of $5.00

Fees: Twinkle Students to Minuet 1              $20.00                         AMOUNT ENCLOSED__________
          Individual Student                               $40.00                  
            Suzuki Group Student fee is included in your semester fee for Group classes.
            SAU members                                     $30.00   (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)         
SAU MEMBER  Yes        No
                                   
Name_____________________________________________________
VIOLIN                  VIOLA              CELLO           
(Please circle instrument played)

Address__________________________________________________________
                  Street                             City                                       Zip

Phone_______________Email:   ______________________________

Teacher_________________   Teacher's Email or Phone ________________

Current Piece___________________

Please give this form and your money to your teacher, or mail it to:
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721 Phone: 435-586-2286
***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 – questions, email suzukistringscc@gmail.com



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thanks to Jim Case for Spring Concert Photos

We appreciate Jim providing concert photos from the balcony so you can see each student.  Thanks again to all the students, teachers, pianists, alumni, and family for their wonderful support of Suzuki Strings.

































Sunday, May 12, 2013

Thanks for all involved with our 30th Annual Spring Concert

It was wonderful having our current students play with students from past years.  We appreciate those who traveled from great distances to participate.  What a great musical family.  It was also fun to have the Rocky Mountain Strings perform.  We appreciate everyone's help in making this a memorable event.

Suzuki Strings and Alumni led by Chelsea Gardner

Rocky Mountain Strings from Salt Lake City

30 Years of Music Making

            Cedar City Suzuki Strings began with a small number of families working with Shannon Pointer. She studied violin teacher training in Japan with Dr. Suzuki.  Others took training offered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, mostly at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute, directed by Ramona Stirling.  Then an adjunct professor at SUU, Sara Penny, started the Music Festivals and put Suzuki Strings under the auspices of the SUU Music Department.
            Clinicians have come to Cedar City to help develop the program over the years including Terry Durbin, Phil Baldwin, Ed Sprunger, Andrew Galos, Susan Kempter, Denise Willey, and Randen Heywood.  Suzuki Strings alumni have also served as clinicians.
            Ramona Stirling, Janet Andersen, and Doralee Madsen first brought a Salt Lake group in 1989 for a joint concert.  Jack Ashton has brought his Young Artist Chamber Players many times. Our students have participated in regional, national, and international events. School orchestra programs in Beaver and Kanab developed from families participating here in Cedar City.
            Orien Dalley donated his student instrument collection to the SUU Music Dept. in 1989 which allowed us to add cello and viola to the program and develop a student orchestra.
            The program has benefited from many devoted teachers, pianists, and families over the years.  We are excited to see new students joining our musical family.
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Eric Liebhardt leading Hungarian Dance #5 while standing on a chair at group class.

Dress rehearsal the day before the concert at the Heritage Center.


















Warming up before the concert.

Cello teachers Leah Brown and Julie Davis.

Joining forces with Rocky Mountain Strings, Suzuki Strings, and alumni







Marin Colby leading Allegro by Fiocco during the concert warm-up

On stage and ready to start the concert.




Sara's daughter Bridget Lee surprised her by joining the cellists.  Thanks also to Jenni Rock, Brooke MacNaughtan, Leah Brown, and Julie Davis for joining with Jessica Brown and Britton Gardner on the advanced cello piece. Jeff Gardner at the piano.

Hannah Bradshaw, Joseph Arnell, Sara Penny and JenniLynne Hunt played La Basque for viola with Tracey Bradshaw at the piano.  We love when violinists add the viola.                                            

Rocky Mountain Strings played wonderful pieces.


Teachers Deborah Moench and Ramona Stirling join their students on stage.

Fiddling for the final Suzuki Strings concert piece.

It was great seeing friends from over the Suzuki Strings years.

Jon Shumate came from Tucson.

The younger Hofeling students with Sara after the concert.

Emily and Chelsea Gardner represent two generations of our Suzuki Strings family.
Suzuki Strings Group Class Teachers: Marin Colby, Julie Davis, Chelsea Gardner, Eric Liebhardt, and Sara Penny.
Suzuki Strings Group Pianists: Margarita Castro, Rimi Fletcher, Joy Miller, and Tasha Seegmiller.
Additional Private Lesson Teachers:  Leah Brown, Amanda Clarke, Nina Hansen, Christiana Hofeling, Patty Walser, and Heather Wilhelm. 
 
Spring 2013 Suzuki Strings Group Classes

VIOLIN
Abby Adams, Lizy Bates, Megan Bates, Serenity Braun, Ethan Calvasina, Alissa M. Castro, Jenna Dickison, Hailey Jean Dodgion, Tobler Dotson, Olivia Dubrasky, Makayla Fife, Nisha Fletcher, Emily Gardner, Kailey Gilbert, Jocelyn Green, Hannah Green, Ashley Hall, Brianna Hall, Carissa Hofeling, Caroline Hofeling, Samantha Hunt, Lincoln Miller, Merica Miller, Quincy Miller, Joseph Morse, Ellie Seegmiller, Saydee Sherratt, Caleb Simmerman, Annie Stein, Laura Stephenson, Sage Stonely, David Sun, Sarah Sun

VIOLA
Ellie Seegmiller, Madeline Simmerman

CELLO
Jessica Brown, Britton Gardner, Ethan Johnson, Catie Seegmiller

Suzuki Strings is under the auspices of the Southern Utah University Music Department.

Special thanks to support from the Sterling and Shelli Gardner Foundation and the Suzuki Association of Utah.

Some of the instruments used in our program are from the Orien Dalley Collection administered by the SUU Music Department.