Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orchestra Festival 2014

Thanks to all the students, teachers, and families who made this possible.  It was a beautiful day in St. George and we are so pleased with the progress the students are making in working as a team and watching the conductor.
End of "Sound of Music" (photo from Rachel Bonell)

Getting ready for warm-up

Suzuki Strings after performance.  Thanks to Mary Cozzens for this photo
Thanks to Rachel Bonell for this view.

Heather Grafelman Wilhelm conducting the Cedar Middle School Orchestra (some of the Suzuki Strings students missing from the Suzuki Strings photo because they were on stage with this group.  Busy musicians.)

Cedar High School Orchestra below includes some of the Suzuki Strings students as well.  We encourage our students to participate in their public school orchestras for more musical experience and to develop a supportive social network.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Invitation for Workshop Concert, Saturday, Nov. 8

Poster design by Rollan Fell, photo from 2013 concert by Jim Case. Thanks to both.


Jack Ashton:  He retired as a Utah Symphony violinist after 48 years, but continues to teach a large violin and viola studio as well as directing the Young Artist Chamber Players. He also currently teaches at Snow College. Major teachers include Melba L. Burton, Dr. David Shand, and Oscar Chassow.  He has served as Music Chairman for Olympus High School and on the faculties of Utah State University and Westminster College.  He has conducted seven European Tours with Rocky Mountain Camerata.  He has taught at numerous institutes and workshops and many of his students have become teachers and professional musicians.  His students have been soloists with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Southwest Symphony and Orchestra of Southern Utah. He is married to Marie Yeates and they have eight children.

Amanda Clarke: Throughout her twenty-four years of experience playing the violin, Amanda Clarke studied with Sara Penny, Dorothy Baldwin, and Dr. Xun Sun at Southern Utah University.  She has had many opportunities to perform solos, to perform in small ensembles, and to perform with symphony orchestras, whether as a soloist or as an orchestra member.  She has experienced various music camps and has been able to work with many renowned Suzuki clinicians. Her experiences have helped her develop a love for music and the positive influence it has had on her life.  Having been a teacher for over ten years has helped her to see even more, the positive effects music has on individuals.  Seeing these effects in others and not just in herself gives her confidence in saying that any student can learn, any student can develop confidence in their playing, and any student can go as far as they desire to go in their pursuit of musical success. She believes music can be a tool for bettering people and society and with Dr. Suzuki believes that "the real essence of art turns out to be not something high up and far off – it is right inside [one's] ordinary daily self – if a musician wants to become a finer artist, he must first become a finer person." 

Jim Hardy:  Dr. Jim Hardy teaches cello and directs the chamber music program at Dixie State University. Prior to coming to coming to Dixie, for over 15 years, Jim was Assistant Principal cellist with the Ballet West orchestra, and also performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and in numerous studio recordings for film scores, TV shows, PBS specials, IMAX films, and many other projects. He has appeared live with performers as diverse as Itzhak Perlman, Ray Charles, Josh Groban, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Rod Stewart, and the Moody Blues. He co-founded the Cincinnati Piano Trio, and with this group had the honor of being invited performers at the semi-finals of the national Fischoff Chamber Music competition. He studied with Lee Fiser, Harvey Shapiro, Anthony Elliott, Gayle Smith, and coached chamber music with the Tokyo, LaSalle and Cavani quartets. Jim has maintained a private music studio since 1987. Jim is happy to be living in sunny St. George, where he lives with his wife and son.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fall Regional Workshop, Nov. 7 and 8, 2014

Suzuki Strings Cedar City

Guest Clinicians:  Jack Ashton, Amanda Clarke, and  Jim Hardy

Jack Ashton in Cedar City with Suzuki Strings
Amanda Clarke
Jim Hardy, cellist

Jack Ashton

Classes at the Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City
Friday, Nov. 7:  3 to 6 p.m.        
Parent and teacher meeting 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8:  9 a.m. to 12:30   Dress rehearsal 1:30   

Concert 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8
$5 suggested donation
Public welcome 

(note update on times for dress rehearsal and concert)

Workshop and Concert Repertoire:

Orchestra:  Pizzicato Polka by J. Strauss 
Mozart Minuet (solo part in Book 7) string quartet, K. 421
Telemann Viola Concerto in G major, 4th mvt.
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in A minor, 3rd mvt. 
Sound of Music Medley

Everyone: French Folk Song

Book 1: Twinkles:  Variation A in A major, Variation D (16th notes) in D Major and Theme in A Major
O Come Little Children with harmony
Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Uncle Bob, and Pharaoh, key of D
Allegretto with harmony
Gossec Gavotte, violin only

Book 2: 
Chorus from Judas Maccabeus with harmony

Book 3:
Gavotte in G minor, violins and violas only

Book 4:  Vivaldi 3rd mvt.   violins

Advanced Violin:  Bolero by Granados arr. McLean (Care to Tango? Book 2, Published by Alfred)

Viola:  Telemann  4th mvt. and 
 Fantasia -“Cinderella” from Barbara Barber, Solos for Young Violists, Vol. 2

Cello: March in G (Suzuki Book 2)
Concerto in C Major, first movement by Vivaldi in Solos for Young Cellists, Vol. 1, by Carey Cheney

Fiddle from Fiddle Farm arr. Hall
Old Joe Clark   (beginning version in Book 1 and advanced in Book 2)
Cripple Creek   (beginning version full page and repeat)  (advanced, p. 26 of  Book 1)

Classes at the Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City
Friday, Nov. 7:  3 to 6 p.m.        Parent and teacher meeting 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8:  9 a.m. to 12:30   Dress rehearsal 1:30   Concert 5 p.m.

please send it in by Oct 15, 2014 to avoid the late fee of $5.00
Fees: Twinkle Students through Allegretto  $20.00
Individual Student (Etude and above) $40.00 
SAU members:  $30.00 (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)
SAU (Suzuki Association of Utah) MEMBER  Yes _____ No _____
Circle instrument(s)
City_________________________ State ________Zip________
Phone_______________     Email:______________________________
Teacher_________________Teacher's Email or Phone ________________
Most Advanced Concert Piece___________________
***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
Send to: 
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721
Questions: suzukistringscc@gmail.com  or 435-586-2286
starting Wed., Sept. 3, SUU Music Building
5 p.m. Rooms 206, 207 and 104

The group class fee for Suzuki Strings is due at the beginning of each semester.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO Suzuki Strings:   $70 for one student   
$80 for two students    $90 3 or more students

     Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU) members have a $10 discount off the group fee.
If you would like to join SAU please contact Sara or Marin before Sept. 25.  It’s $30 per family and gives discounts to state activities plus a parent newsletter.
     Please give this slip with your group fee to your teacher, Sara Penny, or Marin Colby by the end of the 1st month of the beginning semester you have registered for -  THANKS! 

We want to make sure each child is recognized with correct spellings for programs.




Parent Name__________________________________Home Phone______________Cell #_________
CURRENT EMAIL: _________________________
Send to: 
Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721
Questions: suzukistringscc@gmail.com  or 435-586-2286 or 435-231-2182

Cedar City Arts Council Performance

Thanks to the Cedar City Arts Council for their support of 
Suzuki Strings as we work towards creating a non-profit organization 
which will be poised to continue to provide quality string instruction for our area.  
Thanks also to the students and their families for making 
this performance at gallery Gala possible in February.

Thanks to Teri Saa, Joe Nemrow, and Sara Penny for these photos at the Cedar City Arts Council Networking Social.

Spring Performance Photos, May 2014

Concert photos thanks to  Dezhi Wu

Dress rehearsal photos thanks to Tasha Seegmiller

Dress Rehearsal photo thanks to Tasha Seegmiller

Photo thanks to Samantha Sherratt

Thursday, April 24, 2014

31st Suzuki Strings Concert, Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m.

        Join the Cedar City Suzuki Strings for music by Dvorak, Telemann, and Vivaldi on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The suggested donation is $5.
      Fiddling pieces include Orange Blossom Special and Old McDonald complete with animal sounds on instruments. Students age 3 through adult present folk songs, classics and popular music for your enjoyment.
       Themes from Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and  "Pirates of the Caribbean" give the orchestra contrasting styles of music. Violists present the Telemann Concerto in G major, 1st movement, with orchestra and the violinists perform Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, 1st movement. The lovely "Lover's Waltz" by Jay Unger and Molly Mason is also on the program.Cellists have chosen "Livi's Blues" by Cheney as their show piece.
            The Suzuki Strings program is in cooperation with the Southern Utah University Music Department and the Suzuki Association of Utah. The program involves parental support, listening to professional recordings to develop better intonation, and group classes. Marin Colby, Kindal Erickson, Chelsea Gardner, Sara Penny and Alexandra Schwartz teach the group classes.  Pianists are Tasha Seegmiller, Rimi Fletcher, and Beth Stephenson.
            Financial support this season comes from the Sterling and Shelli Gardner Foundation plus a grant from the Cedar City Arts Council.
            “We are excited to see the student progress this year.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication that the concert represents,” said Sara Penny, Suzuki Strings Director.
            The concert is at 7:00 pm in the Heritage Center on Thursday, May 8. A suggested donation of $5 can be given at the door.  For more information on the concert or the Suzuki Strings program contact Penny at 586-2286 or <suzukistringscc@gmail.com>.

Thanks to Jack Ashton and the wonderful Young Artist Chamber Players

We appreciate working with Jack Ashton and his talented ensemble.  We had a very productive improving our musical skills and a lovely concert which was appreciated by all who were able to attend.  Photos are from the rehearsal and concert.  

Students from our local Suzuki Strings program and the Young Artist Chamber Players from the Salt Lake City area participated. Special thanks to pianist Tasha Seegmiller for her help and to Susan Allman and St. Jude's Episcopal for sharing their beautiful chapel with us.  

We appreciate working with Jack Ashton and his talented ensemble.  We had a very productive improving our musical skills and a lovely concert which was appreciated by all who were able to attend.  Photos are from the rehearsal and concert.