The Advanced Ensemble played for the Pilgrimage Ball in Columbus’s Trotter Convention Center.
Congratulations to our students who took part in All-State this weekend! The Belhaven All-State Orchestra is a prestigious event which is open to high school string musicians in 8th grade and above from across the State of Mississippi. Students are chosen by audition to take part in this orchestral opportunity. The Concert, which was open to the public, was held on March 25th and included such pieces as The Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor by Bach, The Holberg Suite, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg, and The Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still. The students who participated in this event are members of the Columbus Suzuki Strings Program under the direction of Diane Ford. From left to right: James Sandifer, Gracie Swartzendruber, Abbey Swartzendruber, Lorn Duff, Aidan Dunkelberg, and Scott Sandifer.
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We are working on plans for fundraisers, starting with an event on February 4, 2017. All funds raised for the trip will be to the Create Foundation.
Download a copy of our brochure for the trip!
Thanks to all who came to the Parents’ Meeting. We had a great turn-out and there was a lot of positive energy in the room! It was good to see everyone again and meet some new families! We even got a good start to recruiting some cello students, and Mary Catherine’s piece sounded wonderful.
If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, please see your teacher as soon as possible to get signed up for the program. New families who are interested should contact Diane Ford.
Looking forward to orchestra and ensemble next week on Tuesday at the usual time, and the first cello group lesson and violin play-in on Sept. 4. The calendar page has been updated with all of these times and dates. Group violin lessons are tentatively scheduled through December. The schedule may change, so check back each month for updates. Don’t forget, you can also subscribe to the calendar and get the latest information, if you use a calendar program on your phone or computer. See the link at the bottom of the calendar page.
Calling all parents of current and prospective Suzuki Strings students! Don’t forget the parents’ meeting on August 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Carrier Lodge! We’ll have lots of new information about plans for the program this year, including cello group lessons, group violins, orchestra, and ensemble. And we’ll have the registration form for the coming year. Prospective family’s, come meet the parents of current students and learn more about the benefits of our program!
To find us, go to the South end of First Street (along the river). Carrier Lodge will be on your right at the very end of the street, where it intersects with 8th Ave. S. You can’t miss our big parking lot. If you live in this neighborhood, it’s where you go to vote.
One of our goals this year is to build our cello program by recruiting some beginning students. We’ll have some exciting news about weekly group cello lessons to help you get started! So, if you’ve ever thought about taking strings or if you’re thinking of switching from violin to cello, come to the meeting, August 21 for information on discounted first month cello rentals, beginner cello teachers, group lesson times, etc.
And of course, all current and interested violin students and their families are encouraged to come to the parents meeting, too! We’ll have lots of information on the program, upcoming events, and registration. Family memberships are due now, so current families, bring your checkbooks!