Annual Recital

The Annual Workshop and Recital is free of charge to all currently enrolled 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 12th!


2016 Workshop & Recital

The final recital program can be found here: Program

The dates for our 2016 Workshop and Recital are:

Friday, February 26, 2016 -
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, February 27, 2016 -
8:30 AM (registration) –  1:30 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.
1:30-3:30PM Advanced Student Master Classes (Optional)

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 
3:00 PM Annual Group Recital 3:00 PM Concert, plan to be in place by 2:30

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. Details can be found in this link:

Master Class Sign-Up - Friday, February 26 at 4:00 pm and Saturday February 27th afternoon for Violin students book 5 and above, and Viola & Cello students Book 3 and above, guitar and flute check with your teacher. Masterclass spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, with overflow Cello and Guitar spots in the Friday 4:00-5:30 pm  time slot.  . Please sign up your child (with teacher’s approval) through the link below by Friday, February 12. 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 and Flute based on teacher availability
(check with your teacher)

Friday, February 26th, 4-5:30 (if needed for cello and guitar)
Saturday, February 27 Time 1:30-4pm

Keith Redpath, violin/viola - concert hall

TBA violin/viola – choir room

Lisa Ronis, guitar- room 202

TBA Flute- location TBA

Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello- band 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 12th.


Clinician Information


Lisa Ronis, Guitar


Lisa Ronis holds a B.M. from the University of Redlands and a Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Arizona at Tucson. Lisa has studied classical guitar with Tom Sheeley, Manuel Lopes Ramos and Thomas Patterson. She has taken numerous master classes taught by world class guitarists, to name a few: Robert Guthrie, David Leisener, David Russell  and Pepe Romero.

Lisa is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed training to teach six of the nine Suzuki Guitar School books. Her Suzuki teacher trainers include, Andrea Cannon, William Kossler, Frank Longay, Jean Luedke and David Madsen. She has been teaching Suzuki Guitar to children and their parents since 1989. Lisa takes the Suzuki philosophy to heart which is “Every child has the ability to play beautiful music.” Her program includes group theory and ensemble classes in addition to private instruction. Her program can be compared to growing a beautiful garden. Sow individual seeds and bulbs, water and care for the small plants and they will bloom to create a landscape of beauty and color.

Lisa lives with her husband and daughter in Slidell, Louisiana. She enjoys playing in guitar and mandolin ensembles. Her second instrument is the highland bagpipe.

Meredith Blecha-Wells
Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells, Cello


Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was recently awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Dr. Blecha-Wells received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Additionally, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. During her earlier studies, Dr. Blecha-Wells worked with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer String Quartet.

An avid performer, Dr. Blecha-Wells has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players and tours with them regularly. In 2012, Dr. Blecha-Wells recorded her first CD, Purple Line, with the Pangaea Chamber Players. The CD features works by Gaubert, Rorem, Villa-Lobos, and Weber. She has also participated in several festivals including the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Artur Balsam Ensemble Classes. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has held principal and assistant principal positions with several orchestras including the Richmond Symphony and Spoleto Festival USA.

A devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has taught throughout the United States and has most recently given classes at Indiana University, the University of Kansas, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of Georgia. In addition to her teaching position at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Blecha-Wells is dedicated to teaching at the precollege level. Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the director of the Oklahoma State University String Academy, a program that she co-founded in 2009. Additionally, she is a Suzuki cello teacher and has completed training with Gilda Barston, Pamela Davenport, Nancy Hair, and David Evenchick. She has started a Suzuki cello program at Oklahoma State University and has taught at the Chicago Suzuki Institute as well as the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Previous teaching posts include Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Eastman Community Music School, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, and Indiana University’s String Academy.









Dr. Keith Redpath, violin

Keith Redpath enjoys a performing career that spans a wide range of chamber, orchestral and solo repertoire.  A 2012 review of his performance of Tlivaldis eniš’ Chaconne on a Latvian Folk Theme reported, “The brilliant violinist’s playing spoke to our hearts and emotions.”  As a dedicated chamber musician, he has shared the stage with members of the Cleveland, Pro Arte and Miró String Quartets and recorded works by Daniel McCarthy and Ola Gjeilo.
Dr. Redpath has performed as a soloist with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and Chamber Music Amarillo’s Virtuosi.   His performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra featured cadenzas that he composed for the event.
An experienced orchestral musician, Keith has been the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony.  Dr. Redpath has held teaching positions at Interlochen Arts Camp, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Bethel College in Kansas.  He has performed at several other national and international music festivals including the Spoleto Festival (South Carolina and Italy), the Quartz Mountain Music Festival (Oklahoma), the Hot Springs Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Barn (Kansas), and the Heidelberg Scholssfestspiele.
Dr. Redpath holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Wichita State University, and the University of Minnesota. Since 2003, he has been 2nd violinist of the Harrington String Quartet and a member of the string faculty in the School of Music at West Texas A&M University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time hiking, camping and bird watching with his wife, Daina, their two sons Peter and Matthew, and dog, Sophie.

What to Review Especially Well!


Spring Workshop (March 2016) 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.

**Selection Change** Instead of the Tarentella listed for Cello, the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 cellos will be performed


Play In

09:15 AM - 11:00 AM, October 1, 2016

Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater

Wednesday Group Classes

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM, October 5, 2016

Amarillo College Music Building

Wednesday Group Classes

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM, October 12, 2016

Amarillo College Music Building

Wednesday Group Classes

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM, October 19, 2016

Amarillo College Music Building

AC Suzuki Solo Recital

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM, October 25, 2016

Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater

Wednesday Group Classes

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM, October 26, 2016

Amarillo College Music Building

Advanced Violins Perform at Chamber Music Amarillo

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM, October 28, 2016

3306 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106

Support The Amarillo College Suzuki Program

"Perhaps it is music that will save the world."

- the great cellist, Pablo Casals, upon hearing a group of Suzuki students perform.