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Newsletter Excerpts with Fall Regional Workshop Repertoire

Suzuki Strings Newsletter Excerpts           Vol. 28  No. 1            July 26, 2013

Getting Ready for a new year:  We're excited to start group classes again in Sept.  Below is the repertoire for the regional fall workshop so you can start learning the music.  We're excited to welcome nationally recognized violinist Gabriel Bolkovsky as the clinician

Students in Cedar City have the workshop included in their group fees.  Other students are invited to participate in the two day workshop Nov. 1 and 2, starting Friday at 3 p.m., all day Saturday, and with a concert at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  An entry form is at the end of this blog entry.

For Fall 2013 – Memorize solo pieces. Remember to LISTEN to professional CDs, REVIEW all pieces weekly, and SET A PLAYING TIME for each day so practice is a habit, not a casualty of procrastination.

Book 1 – Twinkles (Variation in A Major with harmony, Variation B in D Major, Theme in A with harmony and obligatto)
Lightly Row (D Major, start on A), Allegro and Perpetual Motion with harmony
Fiddle:  Blue Bells of Scotland from Barrage Collection 1
Let Us Play Together (Kanon) arr. Göran Berg
Devil’s Dream, Fairfield Fiddle Farm Book 1

Violin only:
Book 2 –  Two Grenadiers
Book 3 – Humoresque
Book 4 - Concerto # 5, 3rd mvt. by Seitz 
 Advanced Violins:  Two Puccini arias:
E lucevan le stele (And the stars were shining)
Nessun dorma (None shall sleep)  from Play Puccini Violin, Ricordi, distributed by Hal Leonard

Viola: Bohemian Folk Song  (Bk 1) and Mozart Minuet (Bk 3)

Long, Long Ago (Bk 1)
Rigadoon (with the violins playing harmony)

Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Concerto for Two Celli in G minor by Vivaldi

“Measure by measure, it’s a pleasure” Chelsea Gardner

Salt Lake performance at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute (ISSI)  Congratulations to our local students who participated.

Musicians brains sync up during a duet.  Fascinating how music impacts our lives:

Value of Music Lessons:
Early Music Has Longtime Benefits
“Different instruments, different teaching methods, different regimens — families need to find what appeals to the individual child and what works for the family, since a big piece of this should be about pleasure and mastery. Children should enjoy themselves, and their lessons. Parents need to care about music, not slot it in as a therapeutic tool.
“We want music to be recognized for what it can be in a person’s life, not necessarily, ‘Oh, we want you to have better cognitive skills, so we’re going to put you in music,’ ” Ms. Parbery-Clark said. “Music is great, music is fantastic, music is social — let them enjoy it for what it really is.”

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind from Scientific American
“Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus. The musically adept are better able to concentrate on a biology lesson despite the racket in the classroom or, a few years later, to finish a call with a client when a colleague in the next cubicle starts screaming at an underling. They can attend to several things at once in the mental scratch pad called working memory, an essential skill in this era of multitasking.”
Sept. 3, Recitals start for Orchestra of Southern Utah, more info at

Sept. 5, Group Classes Resume at SUU,  contact suzukistringscc@gmail for more information and teacher referrals.

Sept. 7, Saturday  Graduation Recital:  Sign up by Sept. 1. 
The annual Southern Utah Suzuki Association of Utah’s graduation recital will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Saint George Tabernacle.  The acoustics are wonderful so it’s a great place for your performance.  Contact Sara or Marin for more information, especially if you didn’t get the email on this earlier in the summer.  

Nov. 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday, Regional Suzuki Workshop with Gabe Bolkovsky
        Nationally famous violinist and teacher:

Saturday Nov. 9,  Southern Utah String Festival Orchestras:  Pine View High School.  (Contact Kirsten Candland for more information.) 
Albert Jeung, clinician 
Mr. Jeung is the Director of Orchestras at Aliso Niguel High School, which possesses one of the most extensive high school orchestra programs in California with three orchestras and over 130 participants. Albert is also the principal conductor of the La Primavera Orchestra in South Orange County and is the Vice-President of String Education for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. Albert has taught string method courses at C.S.U.L.B., is the former orchestra director at Santa Ana College, and has been a guest clinician at the past two CMEA State Conferences.
Albert has guest conducted many honor orchestras including: the CMEA Central Coast Middle School Honor Orchestra, The Kern County High School and Middle School Honor Orchestras, the Irvine Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra, and the Yorba Linda/Placentia Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra. Just last March, he had the joy of conducting the Long Beach All-District Ohlendorf Honor Orchestra, which he was a member of in the 80s. He has been a camper and staff member at Arrowbear Music Camp since 1978. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees from California State University, Long Beach, with graduate work from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Both Whittlesticks and Cedar Music Store have new and used instruments.  
Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU)
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)
Free downloadable sheet music at
Another music site:

Regional Workshop and Concert:  Nov. 1 and 2, 2013
ENTRY  FORMplease send it in by Oct 15, 2013 to avoid the late fee of $5.00

Fees: Twinkle Students to Minuet 1              $20.00                         AMOUNT ENCLOSED__________
          Individual Student                               $40.00                  
            Suzuki Group Student fee is included in your semester fee for Group classes.
            SAU members                                     $30.00   (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)         
SAU MEMBER  Yes        No
VIOLIN                  VIOLA              CELLO           
(Please circle instrument played)

                  Street                             City                                       Zip

Phone_______________Email:   ______________________________

Teacher_________________   Teacher's Email or Phone ________________

Current Piece___________________

Please give this form and your money to your teacher, or mail it to:
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721 Phone: 435-586-2286
***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 – questions, email


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