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Regional Workshop November 1 & 2, 2019

We are thrilled to announce our annual workshop!  This year we have clinicians from around Utah.  Please join us for this wonderful musical opportunity!  Workshop is included for group class participants. There is a workshop only option (click below).  Teachers are welcome at no cost.  Workshop registration is online:

The workshop begins on Friday (11/1) at the Heritage Theater in Cedar City.  Hours are: Friday 3:30 to 7:00 pm.  Saturday 9 am to 2:00 pm with a 5:00 concert (Call time is 4:30).  Lunch is provided for all participants on Saturday.  
(The Storybook Parade is at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon.)  

Payments are accepted under the "Payments" tab on the blog site through PayPal.  You can also send a check written to "Suzuki Strings"  c/o Amy Gold, 12 N. Cove Drive, Cedar City, UT  84720.  

Peter Romney started cello at the age of five, and grew up studying under, among others, Carol Tarr, Richard Hoyt, Richard Aaron, Rodney Farrar, Tanya Carey, and Kory Katseanes, former assistant conductor for the Utah Symphony. He has toured throughout the western US and Europe with classical ensembles as well as improvisational, jazz, and folk artists, and is featured on the albums of Theta Naught, Paul Jacobsen, and others. Currently, Peter maintains his private studio, Bass Clef Talent Education, in St George. He is assistant principal cellist for the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and continues to hone his skills, both as a cellist and as a Suzuki teacher, with 
Dr. AliceAnn O’Neill.

Madi Riley started Suzuki violin at the age of 2.5 with her beloved teacher Mrs. Penny. At the age of 8, after hearing the viola for the first time, she made the best decision of her life, and started taking viola lessons. Currently a sophomore in the Brigham Young University School of Music studying viola performance with Claudine Bigelow, Madi has traveled all over the world performing in various concert halls and studying with world renowned teachers including attending Interlochen Arts Camp, playing in Carnegie Hall, touring China, and taking lessons and masterclasses from professors from The Paris Conservatory, The Royal Academy of Music, The Juilliard School, The Cleveland Institute of Music, UNT, New York University, and members of the Utah Symphony. Some of Madi’s greatest accomplishments include soloing with several orchestras, being principal violist of the Lyceum, and All-State Orchestras, participating in the All-Star Evening with the Utah Symphony, being selected as the 2018 Wasatch Front Instrumental Music Sterling Scholar Winner, and having a successful private violin, viola, and piano studio.

JessiKate Riley is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Music, violin performance emphasis. Her recent jobs include working for Tuacahn, freelance recording, and being a dog mom. She is an accomplished violinist and has a long list of notable achievements and has accompanied many famous artists like Vonzell Solomon, David Archuleta, and The Piano Guys. She has performed all over the world including Italy and Carnegie Hall. As Miss Utah 2017, JessiKate brought home both a Miss America preliminary talent award and a non-finalist talent award as she represented the state at the Miss America Competition.

Amanda Riley, a long-time supporter of the Southern Utah Suzuki String program, began her string journey traveling from Beaver to Cedar City for her children to study violin with Sara Penny. She and her daughters traveled each week to participate in group lessons. It was there she fell in love with Suzuki’s philosophy of teaching. This prompted her to work on her Suzuki teacher training with Denise Willey.
Amanda taught K-12 music classes (choir, orchestra, guitar, and general music) in Beaver, where she started the Orchestra program. She and her family recently moved to Highland where she teaches 7-9th grade orchestra at Timberline Middle School in Alpine, and conducts the Chamber Ensemble for the Lyceum Orchestra Program at American Heritage School. Amanda was recently awarded the Secondary Teacher of the Year from Utah ASTA chapter. She is a BYU graduate in Family Home and Social Sciences, and just completed her Masters of Music Education degree from SUU. She enjoys playing in the American Fork Symphony, spending time with her family, swimming, and eating dark chocolate!

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Hayley Baksis is from Fairbanks Alaska the she grew up in the local Suzuki and Youth Symphony community. Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from University of Alaska Fairbanks, along with school, Hayley continued her education in Suzuki pedagogy at the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute. While making her home in Alaska, Hayley also taught violin group class for several years, and served on the Board of directors at The Fairbanks School of Talent Education. Hayley now resides and teaches in Escalante, Utah with her husband and 5 children. 


Jenni Rock started violin lessons with Sara Penny at age 5 but added the cello when she was 9. She studied with Tom Silliman, Roger Drinkall, and Jim Hardy. She started teaching cello lessons during middle school. When she was 15, Jenni traveled to Japan with Southwest Symphony to play the cello in various concerts in Japan. This inspired her later to travel to Taiwan, Europe, Alaska, and China. Jenni currently lives in Cedar City with her husband Jarad and four children, two of whom are in Suzuki Strings.


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Workshop Schedule For Nov. 2 and 3, 2018

Friday, Nov. 2 Regional Suzuki Strings Workshop & Concert Heritage Center/Festival Hall Conference Center Room 7, enter by office on southwest corner of building and go upstairs or from 2nd floor of parking garage by Festival Hall sign Arrive at least 10 minutes before class to be ready, sit quietly and listen when it’s a piece you do not know yet. Conference Center Room 2 enter by office on southwest corner of building and go upstairs or from 2nd floor of parking garage by Festival Hall sign 3 p.m.
(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)
Angus Campbell
John Dunbar Theme
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.

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