Annual Recital

The Annual Workshop and Recital is free of charge to all currently enrolled AC Suzuki families!

We plan for and expect each student, from our beginning pretwinklers to our most advanced high school seniors, to be at and participate in all events of this weekend. 
If conflicts arise, contact Mrs. Nies or Mrs. McDaniel ASAP so we can make accommodations.

Students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher or Suzuki program are welcome to participate in our workshop weekend!
All pieces on the final recital are performed from memory.

Fee for student involvement only is $75
Fee for student involvement plus parent class availability for parents is $100
Sandwiches are available Friday night at a cost of $6/adult (12 and up) and $4/child under 12.  Pizza  lunch Saturday is provided.

Please contact Tiffany HERE to get registered and for more information! You must be registered by February 10th!


2017 Annual Workshop & Recital

The dates for our 2017 Workshop and Recital are:

Friday, March 3, 2017 -
4:00 PM-5:30 PM  Advanced Student Master Classes
6:00 PM-8:15 PM Pajama Play-in and Party "Slippers and Sandwiches"
        **Dinner will consist of a deli-style sandwich, chips and drink, provided by Malcolm’s Ice Cream and Food Temptations. Dinner is provided for all currently registered AC Suzuki Students and families.
        There are no PRETWINKLE events scheduled for Friday night. All are welcome to come and watch and enjoy food with us, but they will not play.
**If food served does not meet your dietary guidelines and/or restrictions, please plan accordingly. For an additional cost, parent volunteer Carrie Zink has agreed to help make an alternative grilled chicken nugget meal available for those who contact her at by February 15.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 -
8:30 AM (registration) – early/mid afternoon (ending times TBA closer to event)   Workshop Breakout Sessions for Students and Parents
Saturday lunch will consist of pizza.  Lunch is provided for all currently registered AC Suzuki Students and families.  
**If food served does not meet your dietary guidelines and/or restrictions, please plan accordingly. For an additional cost, parent volunteer Carrie Zink has agreed to help make an alternative grilled chicken nugget meal available for those who contact her at by February 15.
Afternoon (times TBA)-- Advanced Student Master Classes (Optional)

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 
3:00 PM Annual Group Recital 3:00 PM Concert, Concert Hall Theater plan to be in place by 2:45

Washington St Campus, corner of S.W. 22nd and S. Van Buren

What to Wear

Dress for Friday’s Play-in is Pajama casual and the Saturday workshop is daytime casual -- your Suzuki t-shirt would be a terrific choice of attire! 
Student dress for the Sunday group recital at 3:00 will be concert dress: white shirts and black skirts (below knee)/pants, black socks & shoes.

Saturday Parent Classes

AC Suzuki Parents, remember to plan on attending our Required AC Suzuki Parent Meeting 9:00-9:45 AM (right after registration) on Saturday. We will also have various parent topics presented throughout the day to enhance and invigorate you as "home teachers" and your growing child's best support system, so please plan to attend. Topics are planned for parents of young children as well as middle/high school students. 

What You Need to Do:

Parent Volunteer Request - To keep our set-up and clean up fees to a minimum we REALLY need your help. We are also always in need of parent volunteers to plan and supervise activity classes. If you have a great activity for kids of any age, please let us know!
Details can be found in this link:

Master Class Sign-Up - Friday, March 3rd at 4:00 pm and Saturday March 4th afternoon for Violin students book 5 and above, and Viola & Cello students Book 3 and above, guitar, flute and piano check with your teacher.
Masterclass spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please sign up your child (with teacher’s approval) through the link below by Friday, February 17. Return forms and payment to Tiffany McDaniel in room 304 or at group.


Masterclass Information

Master Classes
For Violin students Book 5 and above
Viola & Cello students Book 3 and above
Guitar, Flute and Piano based on teacher availability
(check with your teacher)

Friday, March 3rd, 4PM
Saturday, March 4th  afternoon times TBA

Megan Holland violin- Concert Hall

Megan Holland viola – Concert Hall

Melissa Solomon de Freitas cello – Band Room

Andrea Cannon guitar-- MB 202

Izzy Potts Flute- MB 200

TBA piano-- Choir Room

Participation is on a first come basis, enrolled AC Students receive priority. Spots are limited, not guaranteed!
Turn in completed registration form  and $35  fee to the Suzuki Office (room 304 )or to Mrs. Nies or Mrs. McDaniel by
Friday, February 17th.

master class form

Clinician Information


We have exciting news!!

For our 2017 Workshop and Recital we are bringing in a clinician for EVERY instrument!

Violin/Viola Clinician-
Megan Holland

Originally from Albuquerque, Megan Holland began studying the violin at age four with Susan Kempter, nationally renowned pedagogue, author and Suzuki teacher trainer.  She later studied privately with Leonard Felberg, former Professor of Violin at the University of New Mexico, concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and violinist of the Seraphin Trio.  She has received Suzuki teacher training from Susan Kempter. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David Updegraff, head of the Violin Department. She received a Master of Music degree and an Advanced Studies diploma under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California.

Megan has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.  Reviewers have characterized her performances as "poised" and "powerful".  She held the position of Principal Second Violin in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and member of the CSO String Quartet since 2001.  In addition to her duties as Principal Second Violin, she also performed as soloist with the CSO on several occasions. She has given critically acclaimed solo and chamber music performances in the Piccolo Spoleto Chamber Music Spotlight Series.  She is a former member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, a summer orchestral and chamber music festival under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmermann.  In 2003 she performed as soloist with that orchestra.  She has performed in the Breckenridge Music Festival's Winter Concert Series since it's inception in 2002.  She has also appeared as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Albuquerque Philharmonic.

Currently, Megan is the Suzuki violin teacher at The Montessori Elementary School.  She is an active performer in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area.  She performs regularly with Chatter, the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and Santa Fe Pro-Musica. She has twice been a guest lecturer for the UNM Pedagogy department speaking about the Mozart Violin Concerti. She maintains an active private violin studio.

Cello/Viola Clinician-
Melissa Solomon de Freitas

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Melissa Solomon came from a family of professional musicians and developed an early passion for music. She immigrated to the United States after receiving a full scholarship to study at Interlochen Arts Academy.
She graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied cello with Timothy Eddy and chamber music with Robert Mann, Earl Carlyss and Jonathan Feldman.

Melissa has always had a passion for teaching and firmly believes that music has the power to inspire, heal and connect people. While she was studying at Juilliard, she participated in the Juilliard’s Community Fellowship Program, bringing music to
diverse audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area. She developed a thriving private teaching studio in Pasadena, CA and started the cello program at Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena. Later, she founded Project C.E.L.L.O where she directed her cello orchestra and ensembles. Her years teaching in Pasadena were the most rewarding up to that point, both as a musician and as a teacher. Working with a variety of wonderful children and their families – whether they just played the
cello for the joy of it or went on to major in music in college – was inspiring, fascinating, and fulfilling every day.

Ms. Solomon has worked as an instructor at the Colorado Suzuki Institute, the Lone Star Young Artists Program at DFW WOW Suzuki Institute, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, the Suzuki Strings by the Bay summer institute in Berkeley, National
Cello Institute Winter workshop in Pomona and other workshops in Texas. She gained all her Suzuki teacher training at the Colorado and Chicago Suzuki Institutes with Pamela Devenport, Nancy Hair, Sally Gross. Carol Tarr and Jean Dexter, and the
Pasadena Conservatory of Music with Rick Mooney. Melissa has performed in the United States, Europe and South Africa, including New York, London, Florence, Edinburgh, Johannesburg and Cape Town. She has appeared at music festivals, among
them the Accademia Chigiana (Italy), the Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), the Bucknell Quartet Program (Pennsylvania) and the Franschoek Chamber Music Festival (South Africa). Highlights included a solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Paul Hall
(NY), performances at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy) and leading the Juilliard Symphony celli at Carnegie Hall (NY) under the baton of James de Priest.

After well over a decade in California, Melissa now lives in Austin, TX with her Brazilian husband and two delightful children aged 5 and 3. When she is not teaching, she loves to write, think about and discuss all sorts of ideas and topics with friends, and
most of all, spend precious time with her family.

Flute Clinician-
Izzy Potts

Elizabeth Potts, better known as Izzy, began studying flute at age five, after first beginning Suzuki lessons on the violin. Izzy is now an active performer, pedagogue, and clinician throughout Oklahoma and Texas. She presently serves as Co-Principal Flutist and Piccoloist for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Corporon and Principal Flutist of the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony. Izzy has also served as guest Principal Flutist of the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra and guest Piccoloist for the Enid Symphony Orchestra. During her education, Izzy has served as Principal Flutist for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, The University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Opera Orchestra, and Co-Principal of the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.

An avid supporter of new music, Izzy performs with the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble, recording and touring throughout Los Angeles, California. She  has performed premiers by Thomas Clark, Micah Clark, David Drexler, Joseph Eidson, and Jon Brenner all over the country. Former new music ensembles include Futura, Le Sexdon, the University of Oklahoma New Century Ensemble, and the University of North Texas NOVA.

Izzy is a certified teacher and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the National Flute Association, the Texas Flute Society, the Oklahoma Flute Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Her academic honors include Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, Delta Epsilon Iota, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She has served on the Board of the Texas Flute Society since 2012 as the Annual Festival Clinician Coordinator.

During the summer months, Izzy serves on staff with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, teaching conducting and mentoring high school musicians. She also performs with the summer UNT Collegium Ensemble recording collections for Teaching Music Through Performance in Band produced by GIA Publications, Inc. Other recordings include Canvanses (2014), Offerings (2014), Conclave (2013), Reconstructions (2013), Composer’s Collection: Leonard Bernstein (2013), Composer’s Collections: George Gershwin (2013), and Los Angeles New Music Ensemble (2014).  

Izzy Potts received Bachelor of Music degrees, cum laude, in Flute Performance and Conducting from Wheaton College Conservatory, a Master of Music, manga cum laude, from The University of Oklahoma, and will receive her Doctorate of Musical Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of North Texas in May of 2017. While at the University of Oklahoma, Izzy had the privilege of working as a Graduate Assistant, teaching undergraduate flute and leading the OU Flute Choir. She was also the recipient of the Alton Cronk Award for Musicianship, the Toulouse Graduate School Award for Academic Achievements, and the Dean’s Camerata Award. Her principle teachers include Terri Sundberg, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt, Dr. Valerie Watts, Dr. Jennie Brown, Bonita Boyd, Tadeu Coelho, and Melissa Arthur.

Izzy currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband Eli and their cat Molly B. There she provides private lessons and masterclasses for Owasso Public Schools, Sapulpa High School, Bixby High School, and Sand Springs Public Schools.

Guitar Clinician-
Andrea Cannon

Andrea is an alumna Boston’s Berklee College of Music with a major in Jazz Performance as well as an Outstanding Alumni Service award. Post-Collegiate studies include extensive Applied Performance in Classical Guitar with Robert Guthrie of Southern Methodist University and Suzuki Method pedagogy courses in both guitar and Early Childhood Education.

Andrea’s Guitar Arts Studio in Houston, Texas includes training in Theory and Performance skills for guitarists as well as the first Suzuki Early Childhood Music program established in the US. She serves as a consultant to the Spring School District Music Department and directs Applied Guitar studies at Lone Star College. She is Certified through Music Teacher's National Association and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Andrea is humbled and proud that arts advocacy group Alarte of Guatemala City, Guatemala has created a Scholarship in her name. The first recipient of the 'Beca Andrea Cannon' is enjoying the benefits of a new guitar as well as expert Suzuki instruction, and she also has a beautiful smile.

Piano Clinician-
Cathy Hargrave

Cathy Hargrave, a native of Louisville, KY. holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville and Butler University. She became the 4th American pianist to earn a Suzuki Piano Teaching Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied Suzuki Pedagogy with both Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Dr. Haruko Kataoka, co-founder of Suzuki Piano. She studied extensively with Dr. Kataoka for 23 years, four of which were full-time in Matsumoto. Mrs. Hargrave’s other teachers have included Martin Marks, Dr. JoAnne Link, and chamber music coaching with the Tokyo String Quartet.

Currently, Mrs. Hargrave operates a home studio in Rowlett, Texas with about 20 students. She is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association and has been a guest teacher/lecturer/performer at institutes, workshops, national and international Suzuki conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Russia. She is the author of two books, Reading Music By Ear and Basic Rhythm Studies, and many articles for the American Suzuki Journal.

Some of Mrs. Hargrave’s former students have become professional musicians, and over 50% become piano minors in college. Her students have received praise from collegiate teachers at Southern Methodist University, Santa Clara University, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and others. Most importantly, many of her students continue to enjoy piano-playing throughout their lives

What to Review Especially Well!


Spring Workshop (March 2017) Review List

Please be sure to regularly review all pieces listed up to your most advanced piece.  All listed pieces should be polished and performance ready. 
These will be worked in small groups with our guest clinicians during Saturday's workshop, and presented at our Annual Group Concert.

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