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.

Non Program entry information:
Fee for non-program student involvement only is $75
Fee for non-program student involvement plus parent class availability for parents is $100
Pizza  lunch Saturday is provided.

Please contact Tiffany HERE to get registered and for more information! You must be registered by February 9th!


2018 Annual Workshop & Recital

The dates for our 2018 Workshop and Recital are:

Friday, March 2, 2018 –PM Advanced Student Masterclasses.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 -8:15 AM (registration) – AM Workshop Breakout Sessions for Students and Parents, lunch, PM “recital play UP”: we’ll start at the bottom of the list and work our way up the program backwards. Students may leave as they finish their highest piece.

Saturday lunch will consist of pizza.  Lunch is provided for all currently registered AC Suzuki Students and families. 


Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 
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

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 - Check with your teacher about masterclasses! Forms and payment are due Feb 16th. ALL masterclasses for the 2018 Workshop will be Friday after 4.

Download: Masterclass form


What to Review Especially Well!



Spring Workshop (March 2018) 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.


Book 5
Vivaldi-G Minor, 1st mvt

Book 4

Seitz-Concerto No. 5, 3rd mvt

Book 3

Book 2
Gavotte from Mignon

Witches’ Dance

Book 1
Minuet No 2

Allegro with flutes
Go Tell Aunt Rhody

French Folk Song with flutes
One Twinkle Variation in A

Twinkle Theme in C


Book 4

The Swan with cello and guitar

Book 3
Mozart Minuet

Book 2

Lully Gavotte with cellos

Musette with cellos

Book 1

Bohemian Folk Song

O, Come Little Children with cellos

May Song with cellos

One Twinkle Variation in D

Theme in C


Book 6
The Swan,
harp accomp

Book 4

Marcello Adagio/Allegro

Book 3

Lully Gavotte with violas

Book 2

Musette with violas

Book 1

O, Come Little Children with violas

May Song with violas

One Twinkle Variation in D

Theme in C

Book 2

Last Rose of Summer

Telemann Minuet

Book 1

Allegro with violins

French Folk Song with violins

Go Tell Aunt Rhody in C with pianos

Lightly Row with pianos and guitars

One Twinkle Variation in C

Twinkle Theme in C


Book 2

Short Story

Book 1

Allegretto 1

Chant Arabe

Go Tell Aunt Rhody with flutes

French Children’s Song

Lightly Row in G with flutes and guitars

Twinkle Variation B

Twinkle Theme in C


The Swan with cellos

Book 2

Paganini Corrente

A Toye

Book 1

Meadow Minuet

Giuliani Allegretto

Tanz 2

Tanz 1

Lightly Row with
pianos and flutes

One Twinkle Variation in G

Twinkle Theme in C


Book 1

Twinkle Variation A

Twinkle Variation B

Twinkle Theme in C


Program Order

CELLO/GUITAR/ VIOLA The Swan, harp accomp
VIOLIN Vivaldi-G Minor, 1st mvt
PIANO Short Story
FLUTE Last Rose of Summer
GUITAR Paganini Corrente
HARP Twinkle Variation A

CELLO Marcello Adagio/Allegro NO REPEATS
VIOLIN Seitz-Concerto No. 5, 3rd mvt
Mozart Minuet
PIANO Allegretto 1 directly into/no bow  PIANO Chant Arabe
A Toye
FLUTE Telemann Minuet
VIOLA/ CELLO Lully Gavotte
GUITAR Meadow Minuet
FLUTE/ PIANO Go Tell Aunt Rhody in C

Gavotte from Mignon
GUITAR Giuliani Allegretto

Witches’ Dance
PIANO French Children’s Song
VIOLA Bohemian Folk Song
VIOLIN Minuet No 2
GUITAR Tanz 2 directly into/no bow GUITAR Tanz 1
VIOLA/ CELLO O, Come Little Children
VIOLIN Go Tell Aunt Rhody

PIANO / FLUTE Lightly Row
VIOLIN/ FLUTE French Folk Song
without break/applause:

HARP Twinkle Variation B

PIANO Twinkle Variation B

GUITAR One Twinkle Variation in G

FLUTE One Twinkle Variation in C

CELLO One Twinkle Variation in D

VIOLA One Twinkle Variation in D

VIOLIN One Twinkle Variation in A

Twinkle Theme in C


Clinician Information

Sarah Rhodes-Violin Clinician
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Sarah Rhodes attended Ricks College, Utah State University and the University of New Mexico. Her studies included Violin Performance, Music Therapy, Violin Pedagogy and much later, Psychology. Currently, she is working towards applying for a Masters Program in Occupational Therapy. She obtained her comprehensive Long Term Training credential from the Suzuki Association of the Americas at the University of New Mexico.

Sarah is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the New Mexico Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association. Locally, she sits on the boards of the Corrales Arts Council and past Albuquerque Youth Symphony board. She has served as co-director of Mad about Music, a student touring and performance group, and is a Coordinator in the UNM Lab School. An Albuquerque native, Sarah was a member of The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, Inc. During high school, she played under the direction of her conductor father, Dale Kempter. Sarah has also played professionally in the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Aurora Colorado Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, New Life Symphony, La Luna String Quartet, and Enchantment String Quartet. Currently Sarah is forming a Celtic folk group with other Corrales residents.

Sarah has four children, all whom play the violin. She loves yoga and completed her levels 1 & 2 Ashtanga teacher training. She also enjoys cooking soups, tasting wine, spending time with elderly, and quiet hours in her mud hut in Corrales.

Timothy Angel-Violin Clinician
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Timothy Angel is a dedicated performing artist and teacher. Originally from Washington State, Angel now resides in Lubbock, Texas, where he is attending Texas Tech University completing his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Violin Performance under Dr. John Gilbert.

Mr. Angel currently works with the Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region and directs the Suzuki violin program at Ramirez Elementary School. Most recently, Mr. Angel won the Principal Second violin chair in the Lubbock Symphony for the 2017-2018 season. 

Additional awards include winning the American Suzuki Institute’s John and Catherine Kendall Memorial Scholarship for 2016, The CodaBow International Scholarship for 2017, and the most outstanding Graduate Student (University of Texas at Arlington).



Rodrigo Pessoa-Cello Clinician and Masterclasses
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Since 1996, Mr. Rodrigo Pessoa has successfully taught thousands of students in private schools, music projects, lab schools, and Suzuki Method Studios in Brazil and USA. He is currently living in Lubbock, attending Texas Tech University as a student of the Doctor of Musical Arts Program in Cello Performance, under renowned cellist, Professor Jeffrey Lastrapes.

Mr. Pessoa holds a Bachelor in Music Education from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (Sao Paulo—Brazil). He received his Master of Music in Cello Performance at University of New Mexico under Dr. David Schepps. While there, he was awarded the Abe Franck Graduate Assistantship,  as the cellist of the Abe Franck String Quartet, and he also held the position of Principal Cellist at the UNM Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Pessoa is a teaching assistant at Texas Tech University and low strings instructor with the TTU Strings Project.

Mr. Pessoa also uses traditional methods in relation to orchestra playing and includes the student’s repertoire as primordial in the learning process.


 James Rauscher-Piano Masterclass ClinicianRauscher

Professor Jim Rauscher retired in 2016 as a member of the music faculty at Amarillo College, where he taught piano for 35 years, and also served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988 to 2013.  He has been extremely active in the Texas Panhandle as a solo recitalist, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator.  Principal keyboardist for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1981, he has also been a frequent guest soloist with that orchestra, most recently in Liszt/Busoni’s Rhapsodie Espagnol for Piano and Orchestra in Fall 2011. He has appeared as soloist with the West Texas State University Band, the Texas Tech University Orchestra, the Texas Tech University Symphonic Band, and the Amarillo Virtuosi of Chamber Music Amarillo, including performances in  January 2016 as harpsichord soloist in two of Bach’s keyboard concerti. He and his wife, Vanessa, are the music directors at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Amarillo, where he is principal organist/pianist.   Their two children both studied violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki program from a very early age through high school:  John is currently the orchestra director at Pearson Middle School in Frisco, Texas, and Ann Marie is a Development Operations Manager with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida. 

Melinda Koster- Viola/Violin Masterclass ClinicianMKoster pic

Melinda Alexander Koster claims Amarillo, Texas as her home town even though she has lived as far south as Louisiana and as far north as New Jersey.  She started her musical training singing in church choir and one day totally shocked her parents by requesting to join the 5th grade beginning strings class in Denton, Texas to learn to play the VIOLIN!  Luckily for her, they not only purchased the violin, but "went the extra mile" for private lessons.  That wonderful gift of music has allowed Melinda to enjoy performing fantastic classic-to-modern music with the Amarillo Symphony, Texas All State Symphony, Baylor Symphony, Waco Symphony, Victoria Bach Festival, Symphony of the Southwest, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Little Theater, Amarillo Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Barry White, Moody Blues, TransSiberian Orchestra, J.D. Souther, Asleep at the Wheel, Mannheim Steamroller and various other symphonic and chamber music personalities, entities and events.  Melinda began her teaching career with Amarillo ISD immediately after graduation from Baylor University (Cum Laude, Bachelor of Music Education) and additionally decided to take the plunge and add viola to her list of fun things to do (West Texas State University, Master of Arts in Viola Performance).  She officially defected to the Amarillo Symphony viola section in 1988, when it was apparent that her teaching buddies were having a lot more fun over there than the violinists were.

Her instructors throughout the years have included Blair Farris, Geraldine Kidwell, Daniel Sternberg, Harry Lantz, G. Roy Mann, Jr., Daniel Guillet, Carol Lieberman, Ted Allred, and Amy Brandfonbrener. 

Melinda has recently retired from her "day job" of 34 years as an orchestra director with Amarillo ISD and is grateful to enjoy doing whatever she likes, whenever she likes:  quality time with hubby and pets, nature walks, road trips, practicing, and projects around the house.


Ricardo Cruz-Guitar Masterclass Clinician
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Ricardo began is formal music training attending Amarillo College where he received an Associate of Arts.  He then attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where he received a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Music Performance.  Ricardo is also certified by the state of Texas to teach music Early Childhood though 12th grade.  He began teaching private guitar lessons in 2007 and currently teaches elementary music for Amarillo Independent School District.  


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