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