5/10 dress rehearsal and 5/15 concert and celebration

in Bradfield Hall
tune 4:45
rehearsal 5:00
ensemble meets in the choir room at 5:00 and then comes upstairs to join the rehearsal
pre twinkles start rehearsal and we practice from Twinkle on up to Sonora pieces
This is the reverse order of the actual concert.

Concert order on SUNDAY May 15
Reception and stage set up starts at 1:00
tuning is at 2:00
performance starts at 2:30
Pre Twinkle presentation
All school and alumni play in ending with Twinkles

Light refreshments and a live alumni string quartet!
Special free raffle giveaway -put your name in the glass bowl!

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End of semester SSM sign ups


Sign up for May 15 Anniversary concert reception help

needs: setup, cupcakes, cookies, fruit skewers, beverages, cleanup


Congratulations to all those on the 100 Day practice club journey!
Sign up on 5/3 and 5/10 for the party on Tuesday May 17.

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This year June 21 falls on a Tuesday!
We will be performing at 4:45 pm in front of Sentry Metcalfe’s at Hilldale Mall 726 N Midvale blvd. Rain or shine!
all levels welcome.


Mark your summer calendars for SSM night out at the Mallards.
tickets are only 10$ each and include a baseball cap.
Major League Dreams Showcase!
SSM students to perform Star Spangled Banner and O Canada!

All families/friends welcome. SSM has 100 seats reserved together in the grandstand.
please make your check out to SSM

Please sign up on the event specific poster boards
or let your private teacher know and she will add your name

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Saturday April 30 4 pm Sonora Strings and Janet Jensen and the All String University Symphony

JOIN SONORA STRINGS as they perform on the FAREWELL concert of conductor,artist teacher SSM board member and dear friend Janet Jensen!

Saturday April 30 4:00 pm Mills Hall Uw School of Music
free and family friendly

from a lovely UW School of Music article:

A farewell concert with conductor Janet Jensen, professor of string pedagogy and associate director of the School of Music, who retires this spring after 25 years on faculty at the school.

Orchestra, Too!

–Suite Modale Ernest Bloch
–Suite for Strings John Rutter
Mikko Utevsky, conductor
–Tango Nuevo Benedikt Brydern
–Concerto Grosso in A Minor, op. 3, no. 8 Antonio Vivaldi
With Sonora Strings, from Suzuki Strings of Madison

–Celtic Juggernaut Cristina Seaborn

Orchestra I

–Simple Song from MASS, arr. Robert Longfield Leonard Bernstein

–Holberg Suite, op. 40 Edvard Grieg

Elliot Stalter, conductor
John Povolny & Lili Kim, soloists

–Four Tango Postcards Benedikt Brydern
Brandi Pease, conductor

–Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048, G major J.S.Bach

–Källnaschottis Cristina Seaborn

A few words from Janet Jensen:

As always, this program is dedicated to our teachers and mentors – even as we, all of us, become teachers and mentors ourselves. But today I specifically remember and thank my music teachers, whose careers have made my career possible. My principal band and orchestra directors in Madison schools were Ralph James, John Rafoth, and Hiram Pearcy . My cherished flute teachers were Betty Bielefeld and Robert Cole. The conductor who most influenced my undergraduate playing was H. Robert Reynolds, David Nelson made sure I finished my masters degrees, and from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1968 to this very moment, Marvin Rabin’s legacy shapes nearly everything I teach and every thought I have about music.

And so I’ve returned a bit to my past today: it started with the flute, and after many years of not playing, I promised myself that I would come back to it, or at least give it my best effort. So with less time to practice, less collagen in the embouchure, more arthritis in the hands, and a second pair of glasses, today I get to play some favorite music with some favorite people. Bloch’s Suite Modale, written late in his life, represents both a return to a simpler musical language and his admiration for one of the few professional women flutists in the 1950s, Elaine Schaffer. Bloch has a particularly important connection to UW-Madison, as my colleagues in the Pro Arte Quartet have recorded all of his string quartets.

Bernstein’s MASS was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Arts and explores themes of anguish, loss of faith, hope, and yearning for wisdom. “A Simple Song” opens with these lyrics:

Sing God a simple song, lauda laude

Make it up as you go along, lauda laude

Sing like you like to sing, God loves all simple things.

For God is the simplest of all, For God is the simplest of all.

Two of the richest sources of classical string orchestra music are British and Scandinavian composers, and Rutter and Grieg gave us two of the best suites for strings. Rutter set folksongs much as a painter might capture landscape and light. Listen for color and even brush-like bow strokes in Rutter’s work, and lush romantic melodies in the Holberg Suite. The latter is more accurately titled “From Holberg’s Time: Suite in olden style,” as it exemplifies 19th century music that uses styles and forms from the 18th century.

I don’t know Benedikt Brydern, but I like him a lot. A violinist originally from Germany, he was selected out of 1000 applicants for Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival to perform in the festival orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He returned to the festival in 1990 to be part in the TV series “Orchestra!” hosted by Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore. After graduation in 1992 he received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue his studies in the United States where he completed the Advanced Studies Program, “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television,” at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. Besides being a classically trained concert violinist, he co-founded the “Hot Club Quartette” which pays tribute to the great music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. As a past president of the Rotary Club of Hollywood and a board member of the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization providing free music lessons to more than 700 underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area, he connects with the community and shares his passion and love for music. I hope you like tango!

This is a 25th anniversary year both for me in the School of Music and for Suzuki Strings of Madison! Throughout that time I’ve admired and valued the work of Diana Popowycz and Maria-Rosa Germain, who founded and continue to teach SSM, with colleagues Janse Vincent, Kathryn Taylor, Heidi Kenney and Carol Lebovic. Since 1991 Suzuki Strings of Madison has provided children of all ages (3-18) quality, comprehensive musical instruction through the violin. Beyond the weekly private lesson, students receive weekly repertoire and technique classes alongside a full music reading and theory program. By fostering a positive environment and working relationship between teacher, child and parent, students learn the tools for success and-well being that last a lifetime. Initiated in 2001, Sonora Strings is a violin choir of students ages ten to sixteen which provides Suzuki Strings of Madison’s advanced students with adventurous performing opportunities and experiences performing in modern, romantic and popular musical styles. When we last got to perform with them, we played the 2nd and 3rd movements of this concerto grosso by Vivaldi; today, we play the 1st movement!

You’re invited!
Suzuki Strings of Madison 25th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 pm
Middleton Performing Arts Center

I’ve loved the Brandenburg Concerti (there are six in all) for a long time, so much that they were the topic of my masters thesis. However, it was an arrangement of the first movement of this 3rd concerto, arranged for young string players by Merle Isaac, that may have taught me the most about their inherent joy and energy. My then 7th graders were really not technically ‘ready’ to play this piece, but they were so motivated that they played way above themselves. Today we play Bach’s original version of that piece, scored for 3 violin parts, 3 viola parts, 3 cello parts, and bass.

Finally, we end both parts of the program with folk music arranged by Cristina Seaborn, who lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Celtic and Swedish – going again to the British/Scandinavian ‘well’, so to speak!

My commitment to and involvement with AUS will not end with retirement. I want everyone involved to be successful, and to that end I’ll help as much as is needed.

With deep gratitude, Janet Jensen.


April 30
4:00 pm
Event Categories:
Classical Music, Non-Majors, Special Event, Student Ensemble
Event Tags:
Non-majors, strings

Mills Concert Hall
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States + Google Map

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April 24 : Hilary Hahn recital and Sonora Strings pre-show



Please remember that the concert starts at 7:30, but come earlier: the youthful Sonora Strings, Suzuki Strings of Madison, will be playing music by Handel, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Anderson and Mc Lean starting at 7pm inside Shannon Hall.

See you at the theater! tickets almost sold out!
SSM families get 10$ student ticket rate with an adult full rate

About Hilary:
Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has delighted audiences around the world in the 20 years of her career. Starting lessons in the Suzuki program at just three-years-old, Hahn went on to enroll in the Curtis Institute of Music at age 10 and made her orchestra debut at age 12. She would soon complete university requirements at age 16 but would delay graduation to continue studies, eventually becoming a full-time touring musician and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree at age 19. Her career now boasts 15 albums, three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, a performance spot on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, cover features in various magazines like Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and Marie Claire, and being named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine in 2001. –
See more at: http://uniontheater.wisc.edu/Season15-16/hilary-hahn.html#sthash.Wc2x6zqA.dpuf

Have a listen!
Largo from Bach Sonata in C major ( on the program)

Third Sigh by Garcia Abril

A lovely article by Jacob Stockinger:


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Calling all SSM amateur photographers!


Visual artist Lisa Frank would like
YOU: any age SSM student or parent, living in Dane County
and is an AMATEUR photographer
to SUBMIT up to FIVE photographs of the SEASONS
submit to :lisafrank@lisafrankphotography.com

Read specifics below!

Visual Artist, Lisa A. Frank, will be creating photographic imagery for this year’s Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society concerts at the Overture Center for the Arts.

The program on June 25th will include Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” For this concert, a photographic collage of the four seasons will be projected on a large screen behind the musicians.

Have you taken pictures of your favorite time of year? Lisa invites amateur photographers of all ages to participate in this concert by sending up to 5 of your best shots depicting any aspect of any season.

Send your photographs to lisafrank@lisafrankphotography.com by April 15th. The images can be in jpeg, tiff or photoshop format. Up to 100 photos will be selected! If your photograph is included, you may be asked to resend a higher resolution image. All featured photographers will receive a video of the result.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR BDDS 25th anniversary concerts too!!
students are only $5!

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SSM March Calendar/Spring Break



Pre-Twink- Book 3 tune 4:15, play 4:30
Book 4-Prelude tune 4:45, Play 5:00

March 29 SONORA MEETS at 5:00 DOWNSTAIRS choir room for rehearsal and not PlayIN

April 2/3 Solo recitals dress rehearsal starts as early as 3:00
students will be emailed their start times. Please meet in the church choir room.

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SSM Practice list for 25th Anniversary Concert!

Get ready for May 15 Spring Concert 25th anniversary


The May 15 Sunday concert and celebration info:
Middleton HS Performing Arts Center
Lobby post concert party set up 1:30
Tuning 2:00
Concert 2:30
Celebration immediately to follow with light refreshments

Shout out to all SSM alumni– please join us onstage for as many pieces as you wish to play along.

Please print the concert practice list below.


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Fiddle workshop and Barn Dance information

Rosin up ! Get your bandanas ready…..
It’s time for our Fiddle Workshop and Barn Dance
IN HOUSE 3/1 TUESDAY at group classes and

Tuesday March 1
All fiddle classes will be in the CPC Sancturary

Fiddle workshop with SHAUNCEY ALI
take as many classes as you have tunes learned

4:00 Pre-Twinks, Book 1, Book 2
Boil them Cabbage, Cripple Creek, Soldier’s Joy
4:45 Book 2, Book 3
Soldier’s Joy, Redwing, Liberty
5:30 Book 4, Prelude, Sonora* ( *will have normal rehearsal)
Liberty, Arkansas Traveler, *Cincinnati Hornpipe

Students should feel free to stay for extra classes if you know more of the fiddle tunes.




GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER 149 Waubesa ( map below )
tuning 3:00
dress code: jeans , sapphire blue SSM TSHIRT and bandana
SSM has red bandanas but you are free to wear your own
fiddle concert 3:30
BARN DANCE WITH CALLER AND LIVE BAND immediately following concert


following dance around 5:30 in the Merrill Lynch Room at the Goodman Community Center.
As you arrive for concert/dance -Drop off your food in the Service Kitchen. We have access to fridge keep things cold and ovens to reheat.

MAIN DISH for 8 please mark meat or vegetarian
SIDE DISH for 8 ex. Hummus/bread/veggies, cheese or fruit tray
BEVERAGE 2 gallons
Bring your own plates/cutlery or use disposable provided by SSM


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Parents as Partners! Online video lectures 2016

This is for our Suzuki Strings of Madison PARENTS

Every year the Suzuki Association of the Americas compiles online videos that touch on a variety of topics that help PARENTS in the Suzuki Triangle.These are short and informative and sometimes funny.
Once they are posted ( a new one every Monday) you can view them online at your convenience until June 2016.


cost is 10$ per family payable to SSM. We will sign up as a program.


here’s a short clip:
parents as partners video clip

Parents as Partners Online 2016 launched with 46 new video talks for parents, as well as the return of 17 past favorites.

The cost is 10$ per family. We will register as a program.

This series of short online videos for Suzuki parents and teachers will address such Suzuki-related topics as practice tips, parent-child relationships, philosophy, listening, motivation and more!


How it Works

You will receive an email with instructions on how to access Parents as Partners Online.

New video lectures will be added each Monday, and we’ll email you then too.

Videos can be watched on any web-enabled device: desktop and laptop computers, smart phones, and tablets—including iPhones and iPads.

Once posted, all videos can be watched online at any time until June 30.

New 2016 Talks

A Measure of Progress
Sue Baer

A Parent’s Perspective on Summer Suzuki Institutes
Cindy Schreuder

A Thousand Bow Holds? You Must Be Kidding!
Barabara Balatero

Are You Inadvertently Sabotaging Your Child’s Lesson?
Teri Einfeldt

Creative Strategies for Effective Review—a Survey of Favorite Activities from within the Suzuki Triangle
Rafael Videira

Discover What Encourages Teens to “Get Up and Go”
Colleen Fitzgerald

DIY: Do-It-Yourself Practice Games
Kathleen Schoen

Don’t Just Practice…Go Do Something!
Rebekah Hanson

Everything I Needed to Know about the Suzuki Triangle I Learned from a Dog
Meret Bitticks

Five Years Later—Where are They Now?!
Rebecca Martin with Suzuki parents Jen Blackenship and Julie Stibbards

Fun with Trouble Stops? What?
Shu-Yi Scott

Group Class: Creating an Environment of Community in Our Isolated Society
Mark Mutter

Guitar Hero?! VIOLIN Hero!!
Treesa Gold

Hands Separate Practice: Techniques and Tips for Success
Ellen Kogut

How to Make Sure Your Child Will Never Ever Set Foot on Stage to Perform Again!
Diana Galindo

If You Can Sing It, You Can Play It!
Mary Hofer

I’ve Been to the Lesson and Now What?
Brittany Gardner

La Teoría de las Inteligencias Multiples: Ideas en práctica
Fernando Pinero

Making Suzuki Feel Good in 2015
Liza Barley

¿Mil tomas del arco? De broma?
Barbara Balatero

Music for 1000 Children
Tammy Linn

Musical Elements from Twinkle to Mozart
Holly Smardo

Musical Rewards
Darbi Green and Connie McCullough

No Time to Practice?
Kathleen Bowman

Nurtured by WHAT??? When You Are Not Feeling the Love During Practicing
Zachary Ebin

Orchestra and the Suzuki Student
Daniel Gee

Overcoming Practice Challenges . . . I Promise You’re Not Alone!
Christine Wilson-Goodner

Parent to Parent: Creating the Link of Community for All
Janelle Severson

Partner Up!—Get the 411 from Suzuki Parents
Lucy Shaw and Suzuki parents

Playing By Ear…Unlocking the Mystery
Ed Kreitman

Practicing with Loops
Leo Kitajima

Recipe for Citizenship: Key Ingredients for Teaching Children to be Members of a Community
Katie Bast

Review that Works!
Julie Bamberger Roubik

Seven Secrets to Sanity with Suzuki Siblings
Rebekah Waggoner

Suzuki Parenting: An Exercise in Leadership
Janis Wittrig

Suzuki Training and Body Mapping: A Great Combination for Playing Better While Avoiding Injury
Kerry Travers

Take Your Teacher Home! Creative and Effective Uses of Video Recording in Your Individual Lesson
Lillie Mannis

Teachers’ Perspectives on Practicing with their Children
Amy Gesmer-Packman, Stacey Brady, Flori Muller, Heather Hadley

Tech Talks V2.0—Studio Updates Available for Download Now
Ian Salmon

The Importance of Educating a Really Beautiful Human Spirit
Danette Schuh

The Practice Lizard
Suzy Perelman

The Value of Listening
Kelly Williamson

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Ideas in Practice
Fernando Pinero

Three Important Words
Edmund Sprunger

Triangle Distortion: Confessions of a Suzuki Teacher who is also a Suzuki Parent
Andrea French

Want Consistent Progress in Your Practicing?? Use These Reminders to Help Your Child at His Lesson
Beatrice Blanc

Why ARE we doing Suzuki, anyway???
Joanne Martin

Work Together, Stand Back, and Admire
Beth Titterington and Sarah Beth Titterington Ibbett

Selected Talks from Prior PPO Years

Advice and Encouragement for Suzuki Parents
Brittany Gardner

Dry Ideas! Make it visual using the dry erase board
Lucy Shaw

Forget Soccer, I want to practice!
Zachary Ebin

Guarantees for More Progress During Practice
James Hutchins

Guarantees for More Progress During Practice, the Sequel
James Hutchins

Guarantees for More Progress During Practice, Part 3
James Hutchins

Is My Child Talented?
Kathleen Spring

Ed Kreitman

Pardon the Interruption
Ed Sprunger

Pop your Ears!
Alyssa Hardie Beckmann

Meret Bitticks

Raising Independent Musicians
Mark Mutter

Simple Suzuki Stretches
Joanna Binford

Tech Talks 2015: Bringing your Suzuki Experience Up-to-Date with the Latest Gadgets and Apps
Ian Salmon

Teens, Tenacity and Technique
Nicolette Solomon and Donna Davis

The Suzuki Triangle Relationship
Rebecca Martin and Suzuki parents

Leslie Mizrahi

Leslie Mizrahi

Email webmaster@suzukiassociation.org if you have any questions about Parents as Partners Online or how to register.

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Due to changing weather conditions and area school closings Suzuki Strings of Madison is NOT having GROUP CLASSES tonight 2/2.
Be safe out there driving.

Please contact your private teacher if you are scheduled for individual instruction.


enjoy this Soldier’s Joy

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