Annual Recital

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


Students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher or Suzuki program are welcome to participate in our workshop weekend!

Fee for student involvement only is $75
Fee for student involvement plus parent class availability for parents is $100
Pizza will be provided Friday night, however if you would like lunch delivered to you, the fee is $6/adult (12 and up) and $4/child under 12.

Please contact Tiffany HERE to get registered and for more information! You must be registered by February 13th!


2015 Workshop & Recital

The dates for our 2015 Workshop and Recital are:

Friday, February 27, 2015 -
4:00 PM-5:30 PM  Advanced Student Master Classes
6:00 PM-8:15 PM Pajama Play-in and Pizza* Party
        *If food served does not meet your dietary guidelines and/or restrictions, please make alternative arrangements

Saturday, February 28, 2015 -
8:30 AM (registration) –  1:30 Workshop Breakout Sessions for Students and Parents
   Special Thanks to the Amarillo Museum of Art for special programming "Wizards of Pop" breakout sessions!
1:30-3:30PM Advanced Student Master Classes (Optional)
**Special evening performance by Advanced Violins at the Chamber Music Amarillo Concert. This performance restricted to current registered AC Students only.


Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 
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 the link below...

Saturday Lunch- Lunch will consist of a deli-style sandwich, chips and drink, provided by Malcolm’s Ice Cream and Food Temptations. Lunch is provided for all currently registered AC Suzuki Students and families. Non AC Suzuki families/students can have lunch for $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12.  ***If food served does not meet your dietary guidelines and/or restrictions, please make alternative arrangements

Master Class Sign-Up - Friday, February 28 at 4:00 pm and Saturday February 28th afternoon for Violin students book 4 and above, and Viola & Cello students Book 3 and above (check with your teacher). Masterclass spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, starting with the Friday 4:00-5:30 pm  time slot.  The Saturday master class times may be offered depending on student interest and clinician availability. Please sign up your child (with teacher’s approval) through the link below by Friday, February 20. Return forms and payment to Tiffany McDaniel in room 304 or at group.

Go to  (link to come) for more details and to sign up for any or all of these items by Friday, February 20.

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.


Clinician Information

Megan Holland, Violin and Viola

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 played in the Albuquerque Junior Symphony, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the New Mexico All-State Symphony, serving as concertmaster for all three orchestras. She won first prize at the Las Cruces Concerto Competition in 1993 and performed Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the Las Cruces Symphony that same year.  She also won the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and performed the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on their tour of Canada. She has received Suzuki teacher training from Susan Kempter.
   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 also has been a member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, a summer orchestral and chamber music festival under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmermann, since 2002.  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 co-director of the Strings program at Sandia Preparatory 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 been a guest faculty member at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and The Strings Summit in Cullman, Alabama.  She has coached the violin section of the Front Range Youth Orchestra for three years.  She taught violin in a classroom setting in the inner city public schools of Los Angeles as part of the Young Musicians Foundation outreach program.  She has also been a frequent guest clinician in the public school system of Fort Worth, Texas. Her students have been accepted at major national summer festivals and have played in the Harvard University Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston Orchestra, the University of South Carolina Symphony, and the Piccolo Spoleto Conservatory Orchestra. 
   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, where she was selected as Concertmaster of their Chamber Orchestra. She attended the ENCORE School for Strings from 1992 to 1999.  She attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany in 2000 and the National Repertory Orchestra in 2001.

Mary Margaret Haraden, Violin and Viola

Mary Margaret Haraden grew up in the Amarillo College Suzuki program, where she studied violin with Helen Gerald.  She attended Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, and elementary certification.  After a couple of adventures she returned to Amarillo to teach in the AC Suzuki program and AISD, and play with the Amarillo Symphony.

In 2001 a Suzuki program, modeled on Parker Elementary in Houston, was launched in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.  HEB ISD is in the area known as Mid-Cities, between Dallas and Fort Worth.  Mary Margaret took a position in one of the first five schools to offer Suzuki.  The following year viola and cello students were added, and training on those instruments was required.  The HEB Suzuki program now offers violin, viola, cello, and bass to students in Kindergarten – 6th grade, and Mary Margaret enjoys the challenges of teaching all four instruments.

Helen Blackburn, Flute

Helen Blackburn is the newly appointed Artist Teacher of Flute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.  Ms. Blackburn is also principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a core member of the nationally acclaimed modern chamber music ensemble “Voices of Change”, and the principal flutist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony for its 2012-2013 inaugural season. 
Ms. Blackburn has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, both as a featured soloist and as a member, including the Breckenridge Music Festival (where she is currently principal flute), Aspen Music Festival, the South Bohemia Music Festival, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She appears frequently in recital across the country and in Europe as a soloist and also with her husband, Drew Lang, in their flute/marimba duo.
A prize winner of the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, the Ft. Collins Young Artist Competition, and the Aspen Wind Concerto Competition, Ms. Blackburn has previously served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University and McMurry University. Ms. Blackburn received her bachelor of music degree (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her master of music degree from Northwestern University.



more info to come!


What to Review Especially Well!

Spring Workshop (March 2015) 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 6:

Fiocco Allegro

Book 5:
Bach Double

Book 4:

Bach Double

Seitz No. 2, III

Book 3:
Gavotte in G minor w/violas

Book 2:

Lully Gavotte


Book 1:

Minuet 3

Perpetual Motion

French Folk Song

Twinkles in A & D



Book 5 (none):

Bach Double accomp

Book 4:

Telemann Double, 4th mvt

Book 3:

Gavotte in G minor w/violins

Book 2:

Witches’ Dance w/cellos

Hunter’s Chorus w/cellos

Book 1:

Minuet 1 w/cellos

May Song w/cellos

Go Tell Aunt Rhody w/cellos

Twinkles in D w/c




Book 4:
Sonata in C Major, Allegro by Breval
Bach Double accomp


Book 3:


Book 2:

Witches’ Dance w/violas

Hunter’s Chorus w/violas

Book 1:

Minuet 1 with violas

May Song w/violas

Go Tell Aunt Rhody w/violas

Twinkles in D w/va





Minuet 1







May Song



 Masterclass Information

Master Classes
For Violin students Book 4 and above
Viola & Cello students Book 3 and above
(check with your teacher)

Friday, February 27th, 4-5:30
Saturday, February 28 1:30-3:30 PM


Participation is on a first come basis, enrolled AC Students receive priority. Spots are limited, not guaranteed!
Turn in completed registration form(link below) and $35  fee to the Suzuki Office (room 304 )or to Mrs. Nies or Mrs. McDaniel by
Friday, February 13th.

master class form 2015


Wednesday Group Classes

04:15 PM - 05:45 PM, September 2, 2015

Music Building

College Closed for Labor Day

All day event - September 7

Wednesday Group Classes

04:15 PM - 05:45 PM, September 9, 2015

Music Building

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