SSM 12/9 rehearsal and adjusted class schedule


Dear SSM FAMILIES: Thank you for all of the great work this semester. We are excited about our upcoming performances. Please read the schedule for Next Tuesday 12/9 carefully.

Next Tuesday 12/9 will use the following schedule

NO Dalcroze, FSS 1 or FSS 2 or Theory 3 or  Ensemble

YES Pre Twinkles group class but meet at 4:00-4:45*

All other classes are in rehearsals as noted below. Please visit the black and white bins to make sure you  have your concert attire.


Tuesday 12/9 Winter concert rehearsal schedules

PLEASE BE ON TIME- many thanks.

Book 1 and Book 2

4:00-4:45 to rehearse for their Madison Central Library Concert on Saturday Dec 13  10:00 am tune and 10:30 am perform.

Book 3 through Sonora

4:45-6:00 to rehearse for their Olbrich Gardens concert on Sunday December  14 , tune 1:30  and perform 2:00 pm

Prelude and Sonora have a Great Wolf Lodge Concert  on Saturday December 13 at 5:00pm  - sign up required

100 Day club will celebrate on Dec 16– parent coordinator needed!

Sonora will package cookies on 5:30 pm Tuesday Dec 16 for their annual holiday sale-consider ordering a dozen or more.

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images-1Sonora Strings Annual Holiday Cookie Sale

Every bag filled with delicious homemade mixed varieties

pre- order Tuesday November 25-Tuesday December 9

Family Name, phone number and email

quantity   choose:

1 Dozen decorative bag  $7.50

OR  2 Dozen decorative bag $15.00

Delivery week of December 16

ORDER at group classes on large sign up

or email

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Tuesday November 25 Play In and Sign Ups

Tuesday November 25 is a SSM Play In

Twinkle- Book 3 tune at 4:15 and start playing at 4:30
Book 4- Sonora tune at 4:45 and join in at 5:00

The black and white concert clothing bins will be available. Feel free to take what you need or donate what you have outgrown.


SIGN UP for the following SSM events :

–Great Wolf Lodge  Sat 12/13 : Prelude and Sonora
–Madison Capitols Hockey 1/31: All National Anthem players and families and friends.

SUPPORT SONORA with their Annual Holiday Cookie Sale

 Pre order: 1 dozen or 2 dozen mixed cookies in lovely decorative bags.
order deadline is 12/9
Sign up on the Sonora Cookie Poster board at all group classes.
Delivery week of  Dec 16th.


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Sonora Strings Thanksgiving Pies Pre Order Now

Support Sonora Strings and pre-order your home made pies

25$ each  choose from:
Traditional Pumpkin
Sweet Potato


or email to reserve a pie or two.  thank you- Sonora Strings


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Holiday Concerts



Holiday concert season is coming !

Please mark these dates:

Novembert 16 :Prelude and Sonora  Winter Art Fair at the Monona Terrace

December 13: Book 1-2   at the downtown Madison Public Library

December 13: Prelude and Sonora at Great Wolf Lodge , Wisconsin Dells

December 14: Book 3- Sonora Sunday at Olbrich Gardens

Please go to this link to print your Holiday Music.


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Prelude and Sonora to perform at the Madison Winter Art Fair 11/16



Madison Winter Art Fair Concert SSM Prelude & Sonora Tour Groups

Sunday, November 16th
Tune 11:45 / Performance 12:00 Monona Terrace Convention Center

Suzuki Repertoire:

Handel Sonata No. 3 in F, Mvt. 3, Largo Bach Double
Veracini Gigue
Bach Gavotte
Bohm Perpetual Motion
Seitz 2/3
Becker Gavotte
Martini Gavotte – Prelude duet                                                                                                     Minuet in G –   Sonora duet                                                                                                         Handel Bouree – Sonora duet

Supplementary Repertoire:

Salut D’Amour-Sonora                                                                                                                   Tango – Sonora & Prelude                                                                                                           Prelude and Berceuse – Prelude                                                                                                 Kleiner Walzer – Prelude

Concert Dress:
Sonora- Black Sonora jackets and black dress pants or skirts Prelude-White long sleeve white dress shirts and black dress pants or skirts Black socks or hose
Black shoes

Parking and Entrance Information:

Performers and their families will enter the Art Fair free. Just inform the people at the ticket table you are performing at the event.
Parking on the street is free on Sunday. Otherwise, there is paid parking at the Monona Terrace.


Great Wolf Lodge Holiday Performance December 13th at 5:00
Sign up required
More details coming soon!

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Some musical treats

On this cold and blustery Halloween, enjoy some musical treats from SSM!


La Streghe/Witche’s Dance  ( familiar  book 2 part starts at 3:00 mark)


The Dance of the Goblins with Perlman performing:


Check out this Cd by Rachel Barton Pine, little snippets of the recordings for you to search out further great “scary”  violin music!



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Madison Symphony welcomes violinist Sarah Chang


The concerts are Fri., Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street.



The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will offer Student Rush tickets at the Overture Box Office at 201 State Street for $12 or $15 on the day of its concerts. The $15 student rush ticket provides a premium seat that normally sells for $82.50.  The $12 student rush ticket is for all other seating. College-age students must show a valid student ID and younger students can claim student status. Students can receive up to two $12 or $15 tickets. The Box Office opens at least one hour before MSO concerts.  More information is at:

Ms. Chang makes her third appearance with the MSO after charming audiences in 2004 and 2008 with Dvořák and Brahms concertos. In the November 2014 concerts, she will play the virtuosic violin Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 47., an expansive and powerful work by Finnish master Jean Sibelius, composed shortly after the turn of the century.  The MSO will also perform for the first time Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Suite and Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s  Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, “The Inextinguishable.”

listen to the Sibelius here:

Come early and don’t miss out on the Pre concert discussion!!!

One hour before each performance, Elgin Symphony Orchestra Education Conductor Randal Swiggum will lead a 30-minute Prelude Discussion in Overture Hall to enhance concertgoers’ understanding and listening experience. More background on the music can also be found in the Program Notes at:

click here for Poster:

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October Halloween Play In – 10/28

imagesThis Tuesday 10/28 is our Play In :  Halloween costumes encouraged

Play In is in the Bradfield Hall of the Covenant Presbyterian Church

11/2 Graduation Recital rehearsal starts at 4:00 pm :performers will be notified by email  as to their start times

Pre-twinks through Book 3 arrive to tune at 4:15 and start playing at 4:30

ENSEMBLE PERFORMS at 5:00 pm ( arrive to tune and set up at 4:45 pm)-bring your Ensemble music and a music stand.

Book 4- Sonora arrive by 5:00 ( unless in the Ensemble)

Here’s a  musical treat for you to listen to:

Sonora will have some treats available as well to help with their 2015 Tour.  YUM YUM!


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SSM Alum Vicki Powell to perform in Madison


October 22, The Middleton Community Orchestra opens its fifth season at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol Street, that is attached to Middleton High School. Tickets are $10 general admission; students get in for FREE. Advance tickets can be bought at the Willy Street Coop West.

I began taking violin lessons with Maria Rosa Germain at the age of four after hearing my brother, Derek, play the violin. I have such a vivid memory of the moment when I decided that I wanted to play the violin: It was dusk, and I was curled up on the green shag carpet of our basement floor, the last bits of daylight leaking in through the windows above. Derek was practicing the Waltz by Johannes Brahms from Suzuki, Book Two a few feet away.

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