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Suzuki Strings 36th Annual Spring Concert

It was an emotional evening as we paid tribute to our founder and long time director, Sara Penny, who is stepping down from her role after 36 years. Lindsay Szczesny shared these heartfelt words:
"36 years ago the Suzuki Strings of Cedar City held their first spring concert. What a joy it has been too see this program flourish for all these years. Sara Penny's vision, leadership, fortitude, musical wisdom, good sense, and ultimately her love for children has made this program possible.
"She was inspired by the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki, who believed that every child can learn to play beautiful music if given a nurturing environment and effective teaching. Against all odds Sara Penny ran with that philosophy and started Suzuki Strings to complement what was happening in private lessons. She herself gained Suzuki teacher training by going to music workshops and institutes.
"Sara has been the first to teach hundreds of children to hold a bow for the first time- with the bent thumb and curved pinky. Sara thinks big and makes big things happen, but she knows it happens in the little things like writing a blog post, sending an email, scheduling a building... or in a curved pinky.
"With gratitude we say we love you. Thank you!"

The students played a beautiful concert.  Thank you to all who participated, students, teachers, pianists and family.  We love you and appreciate all of your support.  We are looking forward to seeing you in the fall!  Have a great Summer!  


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(Some of you may need to arrange to get out of school early to be on time.) Cello: Catherine Anne Willey Schulzke, guest clinician Elfintanz (Elf Dance)
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Perpetual Motion (beginners open D) Melany Jeffs, pianist Advanced Violin: Denise Willey, guest clinician Allegro by Fiocco 2nd Seitz Gavotte in D Major Gavotte from “Mignon” Karaly Whitesel, piano 4 p.m.

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------- 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 -------
Repertoire: 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
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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