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!