Annual Recital and Workshop

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 pre-twinklers 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 1st!


2020 Annual Workshop & Recital

The dates for our 2020 Workshop and Recital are:

Friday, February 28, 2020 –PM Advanced Student Masterclasses and advanced sessions.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 -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 1, 2020 - 
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 21. ALL masterclasses for the 2020 Workshop will be Friday after 4. If we are able to begin early, I will email to check with you on your time.



What to Review Especially Well!



Spring Workshop (March 2020) 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.


Bk 6 & up
Fiocco Allegro

Bk 5
The Swan
with guitars, cello

Bk 4
Vivaldi A minor, 1st mvt

Bk 3 
Humoresque (
viola accomp)

Bk 2

Lully Gavotte


Bk 1

Minuet 2 with flutes

Allegro with pianos

French Folk

One Twinkle Variation in A

Twinkle Theme in C


Bk 4/5
Telemann Concerto for 2 Violas, Vivace

Bk 3

Mozart Minuet

Book 2


Bk 1

Gossec Gavotte

Bohemian Folk Song


Lightly Row


One Twinkle Variation in D

Theme in C


Swan with violin, guitar, flutes

Bk 5

Vivaldi E minor, 4th Mvt


Bk 3
with violins

Bach Minuet 3 (minor section)


Bk 2
Gossec Gavotte
with violas

Bach Minuet 3


Bk 1

Perpetual Motion

Lightly Row with violas

French Folk Song



One Twinkle Variation in D

Theme in C

*Secondary students only play their highest piece

Bk 2 Minuet 2 with violins

Bk 1

Cuckoo/Lightly row with pianos


One Twinkle Variation in C

Twinkle Theme in C


*Secondary students only play their highest piece

Bk 2


Bk 1

Allegro in A with violins

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Au Clair de la Lune
Cuckoo/Lightly Row
with flutes


One Twinkle Variation

Twinkle Theme in C


*Secondary students only play their highest piece


Swan with cello, violin

Bk 3:

Ghiribizzo- Paganini

Bk 2:

Andante- Carcassi

Corrente- Paganini

Bk 1:

Tanz I- Fuhrman

Allegretto- Guiliani

One Twinkle Variation in G

Twinkle Theme in C


Long, Long Ago
Lavender's Blue
Lightly Row

One Twinkle Variation

Twinkle Theme in C


Program Order

Secondary instrument students play only their highest piece on secondary instrument.

Fiocco Allegro-Violin book 6 & up
The Swan-
Guitar, Violin 5 & up, cello, Flute
Telemann Concerto for 2 Violas, Vivace Viola
 Ecossaise Piano
Long, Long Ago Harp
Ghiribizzo Guitar
Vivaldi E minor 4th mvt Cello
Vivaldi A minor 1st mvt Violin
Mozart Minuet Viola
Go Tell Aunt Rhody Piano
 Kagome Flute
Andante Carcassi Guitar
Humoresque Violin, Cello (Viola accomp)
Lully Gavotte Violin
Musette Viola
Bach Minuet 3 (bk 2 and 3) Cello
Au Clair de la Lune Piano
Corrente Paganini Guitar
Gossec Gavotte Viola, Cello
Lightly Row Harp
Waltz Violin
Minuet 2 Violin, Flute
Bohemian Folk Song Viola
Cuckoo and Lightly Row Piano, Flute
Tanz I Guitar
Perpetual Motion Cello
Allegro Violin, Piano,
French Folk Song Violin
Lavender's Blue Harp
Allegro Viola
Lightly Row Cello, Viola
Allegretto Guiliani Guitar
French Folk Song Cello

without break/applause:

GUITAR One Twinkle Variation in G

HARP Twinkle Variation B
FLUTE One Twinkle Variation in C

PIANO Twinkle Variation B

VIOLA One Twinkle Variation in D
CELLO One Twinkle Variation in D

VIOLIN One Twinkle Variation in A

Twinkle Theme in C


Clinician Information

This year, we'll have guest Violin/Viola and Cello clinicians! We'll offer masterclasses in all instruments this year.

Alyssa Hardie Beckmann - Violin/Viola Clinician
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Alyssa Hardie Beckmann directs the Kansas City Suzuki Academy, where she teaches violin, viola and chamber music. Alyssa attended Boston University, Vanderbilt University and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, a performer for Music Master Course Japan, the Britten-Pears Music Festival in England and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for tours of Latin America, including a joint performance with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Alyssa is a substitute with the Kansas City and St. Louis Symphonies and a member of the Fiama String Quartet.

Alyssa was raised a Suzuki student and has taken many units of long and short term training with William Preucil Sr., Louise Behrend, Teri Einfeldt, Carol Smith and her mother, Julia Hardie. Alyssa has written articles for the SAA journal, recorded for Parents as Partners, presented at the SAA National Conference and served on committees for the SAA and chapter affiliates. She has taught at music festivals and institutes across the country, including the American Suzuki Institite at Steven’s Point, the Colorado Suzuki Institute, Point Counterpoint and Heartland Chamber Music. Alyssa enjoys yoga and gardening with her husband, cellist Matt Beckmann and their two children.

Maia Cook - Cello Clinician

Cellist Maia Cook performs regularly as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. She began her studies at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts where she studied with professor emeritus Olive Shaw and Ifan Williams. She continued her education in cello performance at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and 
Dalhousie University in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. 

Maia has a passion for teaching music to children both young and old. She has studied string pedagogy and the Suzuki Method extensively with David Evenchick, Pam Devenport, and Wan Tsai Chen. Most recently she worked to develop Suzuki cello programs at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts as well as the Scotia Suzuki School of Music. 

Stephanie Littlejohn - Guitar Masterclass Clinician

Stephanie Littlejohn is a graduate of Amarillo College, where she studied guitar and received an associate’s degree in music. Stephanie went on to attend West Texas A&M University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting.


Stephanie has attended guitar master classes taught by the internationally renowned Romero Guitar Quartet and was privately instructed by Celin Romero. Stephanie has played guitar with the Amarillo Chorale and various other music groups in the Texas Panhandle. Formerly the Orchestra Director at Fannin Middle School, Stephanie currently directs the Amarillo High Orchestras.

Michele Sheffield-
Masterclass Clinician    

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Michele Sheffield holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts degree in Music from West Texas A&M University, and has over 25 years teaching experience, most of it here in the Texas panhandle. Mrs. Sheffield has been a member of the Amarillo Music Teachers Association since 1999, receiving the group’s Teacher of the Year

award in 2006 and 2016, and currently serves as the groups Student Affiliate Chairman. She is an experienced accompanist and collaborative pianist with performance experience both as a soloist and within chamber ensembles, and has taken a number of AMTA ensembles and chamber groups to the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention to encourage the same varied experience in the next generation of pianists. Mrs. Sheffield has previously held positions teaching private piano at Odessa College, and class piano at WTAMU, and currently operates a private studio in Canyon, Texas where she lives with her husband, Mike.

Katie Worsham - Flute Masterclasss 
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Katie Greenwell Worsham, from Paris, Texas, is a master's student of Helen Blackburn's in the flute performance program at West Texas A&M University and holds a bachelor's in flute performance from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Dr. April Clayton. Katie has received several awards in acclaimed competitions, including first place in the 2018 Utah MTNA Young Artist competition, woodwind division. Katie is currently the TA for the WTAMU flute studio and teaches private lessons and sectionals at several schools in the Amarillo area. She also enjoys performing as a solo artist and with the WTAMU Symphonic Band. When she's not playing flute, Katie loves to spend time with her husband and son.

Jenny Miller - Harp Masterclasss
Dr. Jenny Miller is a professional harpist, based in Amarillo and Canyon, Texas.  She is the Instructor of Harp at West Texas A&M University. With over 15 years of professional experience in the harp, she has played for professional orchestras, operas, and musicals, and is a frequent performer for churches and organizations all over West Texas. She has three music degrees from Texas Tech University, including her doctorate in Harp Performance, studying under the World-renowned harpist, Gail Barber.

Jill Bradford - Additional Violin and Viola Masterclasses


Jill Bradford is a product of the Amarillo ISD Orchestra program, beginning on the violin in the 4th grade. Her first teacher, Betty Roller, recommended switching to the viola in her 6th grade year.  That turned out to be a great move as she was a 2-year All-State Orchestra member on the viola in high school. Bradford went on to study music at West Texas A&M University, majoring in Viola Performance and Music Education.  She taught a total of 33 years in the public schools in Amarillo and Canyon until her retirement in 2017.   The bulk of her career was spent teaching orchestra in Amarillo, mainly at Austin Middle School.  Under her tenure, the orchestra program grew and improved, consistently earning Sweepstakes awards at UIL Competitions

and Outstanding awards at other festivals. In 2014, Bradford was named a finalist for Teacher of the Year for Amarillo ISD.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Bradford has served as a clinician for area schools, and for All-Region and All-City orchestras. She also served for 10 years as a conductor for the Amarillo Symphony Youth Orchestras. Currently, Bradford teaches the orchestra classes at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Amarillo and is a proud 45-year member of the Amarillo Symphony Viola section.








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