Friday, July 6, 2018

Regional Workshop & Concert Nov. 2 and 3

(poster design by Rollan Fell)
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
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 with orchestra accompaniment

Book 2
Bourrée  by Handel with orchestra accompaniment
Gavotte from Mignon by Thomas, violin 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

Fiddle and supplementary
Barrage Vol 1:  Country Dance and Blue Bells (open D drone for beginners)
Star Spangled Banner from Let Us Have Music book, cello bass line of piano (beginners open G

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 (beginners open D)
Angus Campbell (thanks to Catherine Schulzke)
John Dunbar Theme
Elfintanz (Elf Dance) by Jenkinson in Solos for Young Cellists, Volume 2

We are excited to welcome Denise Willey, Lara Willey, and Catherine Schultze as our workshop clinicians.
Denise Willey
Denise Willey, founder of the Lyceum Orchestra Program in 1987, is starting a new youth orchestra this summer, the VIVACE ORCHESTRA PROGRAM. She also founded the Lyceum Music Festival Youth, a hugely successful orchestra summer camp.  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.  She received her Bachelor of Music from the U of Utah, played in Mormon Youth Symphony for years, and taught school orchestra for a dozen years before she retired to raise her family. She's back in school this fall after 30 years. She also performs with Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Willey was a home-schooling/Suzuki mother of six now-grown children, who have all received national recognition for their accomplishments, and the happy grandmother of nearly 10.

Catherine Anne Willey Schultzke graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University, earning a degree in Classical Studies (Latin) and Music.  She has also served as a music missionary for twelve years in the Orchestra at Temple Square, and is co-principal cellist. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony (twice), Utah Valley Symphony, Timpanogos Symphony, Lyceum Music Festival, at two ASTA National Conferences, and for a world audience with Debut National Orchestra at Mt. Rushmore. She is a fully- trained Suzuki teacher and has taught private cello lessons since 2005. She has been the faculty cellist at Vivace Orchestra Program, Lyceum Music Festival Youth, Mountains and Strings Retreat, and Bryce Canyon Music Camp. She spent a semester teaching in Kyiv, Ukraine, and served a mission to Cape Verde. An aspiring polyglot (eleven,) she took first place in the 2016 International Yengitch Latin Competition. She is married to her BFF, Nate Schulzke. 

Lara Willey is a senior at Utah Valley University on full music scholarship, where she
serves as concert master of the UVU Symphony. Her teacher is Donna Fairbanks and
she is double majoring in Violin Performance and Commercial Music (Film Scoring.)
Miss Willey has soloed with the Utah Symphony a record five times, along with the
Debut Orchestra in Beverly Hills, at three ASTA National Conferences, five times with
Utah Valley Symphony, with UVU Symphony in 2016 and 2018, among others.  She
was concert master of the Lyceum Philharmonic and Music Festival for ten years, from
age 12, concertmaster of Utah’s All-State Orchestra, and performed in National High School Honors Orchestra.  Rebekah started violin at 12 months with her mother, and also studied with Deborah Moench, Barbara Williams, and Katherine Eberly.  She played her first full symphony at age 7, and solo violin in “Fiddler in the Roof” at 12. She won the Utah Prize in the first Stradivarius International Violin Competition, first prize in the Utah Baroque Competition, and 2nd place in the Grand Junction Symphony Competition. Teacher-trained in the Suzuki method, Rebekah maintains a studio of young violinists/violists, is the new director of the Vivace Chamber Ensemble, and the faculty violinist at Lyceum Music Festival Youth, Mountains and Strings, and Bryce Canyon Music Camp.

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 Bourrée
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.