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Suzuki Violin, MacPhail Center for Music

2017-2018 AtAGlance

Fall Semester

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Grps&Orch
27:SenConcJan27, 7pm@MacP

    Grps&Orch
  NO Lessons or Grps&Orch      NO Lessons or Grps&Orch 
*SAM Grads
9 Suz Grps/Orch Day1 
ChbrOrchRtrt 4-7:30
  13 SprStudioRec AHall
4-5:30 incl Rcptn
9 Suz Grps Out&About    21 Group Concert @MacP
5 Orch Conc 1:30p Antonello Hall   10, 29

Orch Conc
10th=10:30 AHall
29th=4:30 AHall

21 ChbrOrchReh
@MacP 3-5
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Senr.s' Concerts
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FaStudioRec AHall
5-6:30 incl Rcptn

  19, 20 orch auditions
         
  StrQt: Fall  red=no     
  Sept: 23, 30      
  Oct: 7, 14, 21, 28      
  Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25      
  Dec: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30      
  Jan: 6, 13, 20, 27      
  Feb: 9 @ 5:30      
  FaConc: Feb9@7:30      

Blanc Studio Recitals

Our biannual celebrations of progress!

                                                                                  Antonello Hall

 

     Fall Studio Recital: Sunday December 3rd, 5-6:30 Antonello Hall      
Spring Studio Recital: Sunday May 13th, 4-5:30 Antonello Hall

Students can also participate in Friday-night Suzuki Department Recitals
and MacPhail All-School Recitals at the invitation of their teacher.

 

 

SAM Graduations

Our Suzuki Association's state-wide chapter, the Suzuki Association  of Minnesota, (SAM), provides an opportunity every year for students to participate in a Graduation process similar to the one Suzuki observed for decades. 

Suzuki would listen to recordings sent to him by children from all over Japan, assess the skills of the player and write back to the student with either corrections or a Graduation Certificate. His Graduation Certificates were handpainted ink and brush by him, each and every one. 

Here in Minnesota, we make recordings also, and they are heard by other Suzuki teachers from all over the state who write comments--both suggestions and praise. After submitting recordings in January, participating students from all over the state gather for one large Graduation Concert in March. That concert celebrates graduates at each level, starting with advanced soloists representing books 9 & 10, then graduates from Bk 8 join them on stage and play the Bk8 Level graduation piece, then Bk 7 kids join on stage, etc. until the stage is full of kids playing Twinkle. Some years that is 400 kids playing Twinkle--pretty spectacular!

Recordings are due January 15th: we will make them in December, after our recital and before our holiday break. 

The Graduation Concert is Saturday, March 10th, at Bethel University in St. Paul. Rehearsals are in the early afternoon and the concert is midafternoon--plan to be there from about 1-5. Due to the long afternoon for SAM Graduation participants, we don't hold group or orchestra that morning at MacPhail. 

Winter Workshop WrapUp

Our Winter Workshop was so m u c h F U N!!!
Here are the heros who made it happen :) 
​L to R; Katie Bast, clinician; Mark Bjork, clinician; Erika Blanco, clinician; Alison Fahy, organizer extraordinaire. ​Thank you guys so much!

50th Anniversary photos!!


​photo credit Art Montzka
​photo provided by David Carp, MacPhail grad circa1982

^above: MacPhail Suzuki students at Stevens Point Suzuki Institute circa1975


Mark Bjork leading Eccles, Mark Bjork posing with some of the PlayIn participants, and some of our recent alums back from college for the event.  


 

Suzuki Faculty Recitals

Spring Semester:Friday, March 16th, 2018, 6:00 pm, Antonello Hall


Fall Semester:Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:00 pm, Antonello Hall
We had so much fun playing our favorite Suzuki songs together!

Featured pieces included:   Happy Farmer for 4 Pianists, Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto, and Eccles Violin Sonata mvmnts 1 and 2, led by Mark Bjork! 


Nick Trygstad, professional cellist and former Suzuki Cello student, was a featured soloist to celebrate our 50th Anniversary on this recital! Nick is the son of MacPhail Suzuki faculty Linda Trygstad, and I recall hearing him play for Yo Yo Ma about 20 years ago!


The Suzuki Faculty presented this recital as a fundraiser for the Suzuki Bjork/Pederson Scholarship Fund. 


 

 

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