Sunday, December 9, 2018

Merry Christmas from Suzuki Strings Cedar City

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Frontier Homestead program on Nov. 5, 2018.  We appreciate the students, teachers, pianists and families involved.  Thanks to the staff at Frontier Homestead for providing this opportunity to share our music.  Videos and photos by Heather Wilhelm, teachers and parents. If you have one you want to share please send to

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas

Video links of the performances:

Blue Bells

My Dreydal

Frosty the Snowman 

Here We Come a Caroling featuring the cellists

First Noel

O Come Little Children

Jingle Bells

Silent Night

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Thanks to Heather Wilhelm and Samantha Herring for the Christmas group class downstairs

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Orchestra Festival 2018

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Links for performances: 

Outside after performance

Case room before performance

Warming up

Adding percussion to Troika

Warm up room

Thanks to Mel Jeffs and Sarah Chee for their help.

Group before performance directed by Lindsay Szczesny.

Cedar Middle School orchestras included some of Suzuki Strings students.

Getting notes from clinician

Friday, November 9, 2018

Halloween Fun 2018

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween group class this year.

Regional Workshop and Concert Nov. 2018

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Regional Workshop and Concert.  We appreciate the students, clinicians, teachers, pianists, and families who are involved as well as our wonderful audience.  A few photos and video links below.

Gabriel's Oboe with string orchestra and piano

Country Waltz

Seitz Violin Concerto #5, beginning

Allegro by Fiocco, violin and piano, portion

Cellists play Elves' Dance, portion

Bourrée by Handel

Concert Photos:

Workshop Photos:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Regional Concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. and You are Invited

Suzuki Strings Presents Regional Concert

You are invited to the Suzuki Strings workshop concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 East, in Cedar City. Music ranges from fiddling to classics. The concert features outstanding clinicians and students from age 4 to adult from throughout the region. The suggested donation is $5 and the public is invited.

Movie themes from Gabriel’s Oboe and John Dunbar are on the program as well music by Telemann, Handel, Fiocco and more.  The concert includes pieces for the individual instruments as well as the student orchestra.

Denise Willey serves as the orchestra, advanced violin, and viola clinician.  She is the founder of the Lyceum Orchestra program, a new Vivace Orchestra program, and is a SAA Registered Teacher Trainer.  She has been honored by the American String Teachers Association and served on the Suzuki Association of Utah Board for 30 years. Her “I LOVE to Read Music” literacy series is used internationally.  Her six children have received national recognition for their musical achievements. Two of her children are also clinicians for the regional workshop and concert.

Catherine Anne Willey Schulzke teaches the cello classes.  She is a BYU graduate and has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony twice, as well as other orchestras. She teaches in the Lyceum and Vivace programs as well as at the Bryce Music Camp.

Lara Willey is finishing her degree at Utah Valley University and has also been a soloist with the Utah Symphony a record five times, along with many other national performances.  She was the concertmaster for the Utah All-State Orchestra and taught at the Bryce Music Camp. She will teach violin classes for the workshop.

Teachers from throughout the region encourage their students to participate in the two day workshop. They join the students who have weekly classes at SUU. Group class teachers are Marin Colby, Lindsay Szczesny, Amy Gold, Sarah Chee, Heather Wilhelm, Samantha Herring, Karaly Whitesel, Bethany Jeffs, Mindy Grimshaw, and Sara Penny. Pianists are Mary Cozzens, Karaly Whitesel, Beth Stephenson, and Melanie Jeffs. 

The Saturday concert culminates two days of workshop classes with students from throughout Utah. Suzuki Strings Cedar City is a non-profit organization and appreciates support from the RAP Fund (Recreation, Arts, and Parks) and the Suzuki Association of Utah. “Learning new techniques and musical ideas enrich our performances,” said Sara Penny, director. “We looking forward to the workshop concert and appreciate our strong team of local teachers.” Suzuki Strings works with the SUU Music Department and the Suzuki Association of Utah to provide musical opportunities for students.

In addition to the concert there is a parent and teacher meeting with the clinicians on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:15 p.m. at the upstairs conference room at Festival Hall/Heritage Center to explore notereading, motivation, and ideas to help students succeed. This is free and the public is invited. More info:


Who: Suzuki Strings Cedar City
What: Regional Concert
Where: Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 Eat, Cedar City
When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m.
How:  Students age 4 through adult