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

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, with harmony

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 2:30   Concert 4 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 
Suzuki Group Student fee is included in your semester fee for SUU Group classes
SAU members:  $30.00 (taking $10.00 off the Individual Fee)
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***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:  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.
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Sara Penny, 1366 North Fairway Drive, Cedar City, UT  84721
Questions:  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 <>.

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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

FREE Easter Weekend Concert

Suzuki Strings hosts the Young Artist Chamber Players in a free concert on Saturday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 70 North 200 West. Jack Ashton spent his career in the Utah Symphony and has developed this elite performance group which has toured Europe several times and includes advanced performers from the Salt Lake area.

The YACP will perform part of of Tchaikovsky's Serenade, a new Piece by Chad Cannon called Chaconne for After a Storm, a movement of Vivaldi's Triple Concerto and a newly composed piece called Fantasy on Mormon Hymns by Robert Cundick.

Suzuki Strings will join the Young Artists in movements from Vivaldi violin and Teleman viola concerti as well as themes from New World Symphony by Dvorak.

Suzuki Strings alumni and teachers are welcome to participate in the joint pieces. We'll rehearse at 1:00 p.m. with YACP and have a break before the 4 p.m. concert. Vivaldi A minor Violin Concerto, 1st movement and Telemann G Major Viola Concert, 1st movement plus the Dvorak.

You are invited to this FREE concert. For more information contact Sara Penny at 586-2286 or

Monday, March 10, 2014

More Suzuki Strings 2013

Regional Graduation Recital at St. George Tabernacle, Sept. 7,  2013

Orchestra Festival at the St. George Opera House, Nov. 9, 2013
Eric Liebhardt, conductor
Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss and Double Cello Concerto by Vivaldi

 Christmas Concert at Group Class, Dec. 11, 2013

 Christmas Performance at Emerald Pointe Assisted Living, Dec. 14, 2013

Thanks to all involved.  Music is a wonderful gift.