Happy Holidays, Everyone:

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The month of December is looking very hectic. I know you all have a calendar that is just as full as mine. Hopefully, everything will slow down in time for us to enjoy Christmas with our families.  In this newsletter, I have included information about the December 11 Group Recital and MUCH MORE.

December 11 Group Recital 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Fredericksburg at 107 East Lower Crabapple Road in Fredericksburg.

Students must know ALL Suzuki pieces previous to the one they know for memory. Everyone should attend.

December 11 Group Concert Rehearsal Arrival Times (be ready to tune and step on stage, uncase in hallway near office)
1:30 Christy and Allyson
2:00 Julia, Aaron, Amber, Henry, Luke
2:10 Lauren, Joel, Maeve, Jake
2:15 Grace, Willow, Michael, Kristian, Kathryn S., Reilly, Eliza, Kathy, Ella, Meredith, Hannah & Violet
2:30 Everyone Else to run through Twinkles, Monkey Song & Jingle Bells
2:50 Final Tuning
3:00 Concert begins. The first half of the program will last approximately 50 minutes.

Concert Program


1.       Bach Double Concerto (Christy & Allyson Ward)
2.       The Holly and the Ivy (Add Julia & Aaron)
3.       O Little Town of Bethlehem
4.       Chorus from Judas Maccabeus (Add Amber, Henry)
5.       Minuet 2 with Harmony (Add Luke)(violins will be seated for viola pieces)


1.       Gossec Gavotte (Lauren, Joel, Maeve)
2.       Minuet 3
3.       French Folk Song (Add Jake, he will have a seat after )

Violins, Violas, and Cellos

1.       Minuet 1 on the D string (Christy, Lauren, Joel, Maeve, Amber, Henry, Luke, Grace)
2.       Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
3.       Perpetual Motion with Doubles(Add Willow)
4.       Allegro (Add Michael, Kathryn)
5.       O Come Little Children on D and A (Add Kristian, Jake)
6.       Good King Wenceslas (Add Reilley and Eliza)
7.       Go Tell Aunt Rhody on D and A (Add James)
8.       Song of the Wind on D and A (Add Kathy)
9.       Lightly Row starting on A (Add Meredith, Ella, Hannah, Violet)
10.   Twinkles on D and A strings (Only play the ones you know!)
a.       Theme
b.      Run Pony Run Pony
c.       Strawberry Blueberry
d.      Ice Cream Cone
e.      Mississippi Mississippi
f.        Mississippi Stop Stop (Open A if you don’t know it)
g.       Mississippi Stop Stop Twinkle on A and E for violin only (Open E if you don’t know it)
11.   Monkey Song on A string
12.   Jingle Bells (Open A or Rest position if you don’t know it.)

Following a short intermission 15 minutes and reception for this recital, the following students will perform individually (Only students performing in the second half are required to stay:

Grace – Minuet 3
Aaron – Gavotte from Mignon
Julia – Chorus from Judas Maccabeus
Amy – Monkey Song
Gracie – Twinkle Variation I
Jonathan – Twinkle Variation I
Addison – Twinkle Variation I
James – Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Kathrynr – French Folk Song
Kristian – Long Long Ago
Willow – Perpetual Motion

Late Arrival to Lessons In the last few weeks, I have had some very definite issues caused by late arrivals to lesson. From now on, I will just notify you that your lesson is over at the time it was scheduled to end. Regardless of the cause of your late arrival (and even it it wasn’t your fault), it should not affect others when you are late. If time allows, we can make up that time on another date. I will do my best to respect your schedule as well and start and end lessons on time.

Cancellation of Lesson Please let me know if you will be unable to attend. If you do not notify me, I will continue to stay at the lesson place until the end of your lesson. As for make-up of missed lessons, no make-ups will be allowed when I have not received a call in advance. However, I would rather reschedule than cancel. If I don’t see a student for two weeks, we take a big leap backwards.

Ambleside Christmas Program will be December 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Ambleside. String students at Ambleside will perform: Adeste Fidelis, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Good King Wenceslas, Jingle Bells, Mississippi Stop Stop Twinkle. ALL Ambleside students should attend the 3:30 to 4:00 ensemble class on December 2 and 9.

Community Orchestra for students with 3+ years of experience December 3, 10, 17 at the Pioneer Museum. 7 p.m. Please bring your own folding stand.

Holiday Caroling
Monday December 20 in Fredericksburg at area businesses and municipal buildings. Let me know if you are interested. This will be a great way to get our faces in the public eye!

Symphony of the Hills performs Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Kerrville. Young violinist, Colin Turner will be performing the Bruch Violin Concerto. For tickets, contact the Cailloux Theater at (830) 896-9393. I have two free tickets to the first who responds.

Fredericksburg Chorale performs Saturday December 4 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Garrett Thompson, Theresa Britt, Sarah Privslosky will be performing the Correlli Christmas Concerto at St. Joseph’s hall with pianist and composer, Mark Hierholzer and other local musicians.

January Dates

Saturday, January 8 –  Suzuki Parent Education Class and Group Classes (Times and Location TBA)
Saturday, January 22 – Suzuki Parent Education Class and Group Classes (Times and Location TBA)

Saturday, January 29 – Fredericksburg Music Club Concert – Fidelis String Quartet from the Houston Symphony Orchestra – Please attend if you can! It is a very rare opportunity to see a professional quartet for FREE!