Send A Musical Holiday Greeting To Your Friends And Put A Violin in the Hands of A Child

Suzuki Violin Students playing in front of a Christmas Card

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Our Sister Suzuki Program in Santa Ana at www.occtac.org needs our help to obtain enough small violins for all of the youngest children in the SASS Program who are ready to start playing Twinkle.   We have decided to use our musical gifts during the Holidays to help them put more 1/32, 1/16, 1/10 & 1/8 size violins in the hands of under served children.

Child trying a violin

SASS student with a 1/32 size violin

Violin Students from Talent Education Center and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings are collaborating together on a community service project that brings Holiday Music  to you or your family and friends during the Holiday Season.   For a donation of $25-$30 towards the www.occtac.org SASS Violin Fund you can send a personalized “Live Holiday Musical Greeting”  of your choice via phone, video or Skype in December 2011.

Please share the link below with groups or organizations you think might find a use for such greetings.   I am sure grand parents and other friends and family members would love to receive such a unique and personal greeting.   If you own a business you might want to send a musical holiday greeting performed by our talented young Suzuki violinist to customers, clients or special employees.   Or thank a special volunteer in your organization.

Do you have a hard to impress person on your Holiday shopping list?   This is a Holiday Greeting that will keep them talking about you all week.   You can get started by going to the link below on the OCCTAC.org site.    Choose a Holiday Carol on our request list which you like and fill in the rest of the form.    A Musical team from SASS and TEC will perform the musical greeting for your recipient, live and in person if possible.

Link to Live Musical Hoiday Greetings Request page

Live Musical Holiday Greetings Request page

Send A Musical Holiday Greeting To Your Friends And Help Our Violin Program.



If you liked that wait till you hear all of the SASS children play Jingle Bells for the OCCTAC Holiday Celebration, Dec. 18th.

Please help us share.

Please use the social media you have access to, to help us get the word out while people are making their shopping list and checking them twice.    Share our Seasonal Event on Facebook

With 10-12 donations we can put a small violin in the hands of an under served child in the Santa Ana Suzuki Strings program at www.occtac.org in 2012.

We can’t wait to recieve a request from you and surprise someone you care about.

 

On behalf of our Young Volunteers, Thank you for making a contribution to the SASS Violin Fund at OCCTAC.  We want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.

Ms. Cynthia

Director of Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin, Irvine

and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings at www.OCCTAC.org in Santa Ana, CA

http://sasuzukistrings.wordpress.com

Suzuki Violin Students performing at OCCTAC

Link to SASS YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Chen will play Recital in Cerritos in Sept.

Ray Chen will play a Violin Recital in Cerritos on Wed. Sept. 14th at 7:30 at the Center for Performing Arts.   He will play music from his first CD:

  • TARTINI (arr. Kreisler)- Sonata in g minor from Devil’s Trill
  • FRANCK- Sonata in A Major
  • BACH- Chaconne from Partita in d minor
  • WIENIAWSKI- Legende, Op. 17
  • WIENIAWSKI- Variations on the Original Theme, Op. 15

This is an extraordinary young violinist of Taiwanese decent, who began as a Suzuki student in Australia.   I had the pleasure of hearing him play a flawless and engaging Recital in San Diego earlier this year.

Ray was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at age 15.   He went on to compete at several international competitions and has made an international name for himself as winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.

“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin,” hails the Washington Post.   I would encourage my students go see him while you can still get your hands on a ticket.  It will be something to remember.

http://www.cerritoscenter.com/tickets/production.aspx?productionSeasonId=3665

TEC student, Scottish Fiddler and Eagle Scout plays for Irvine City Council

Christian, our resident Eagle Scout and Scottish Fiddler recently played the National Anthem for the Irvine City Council Meeting, July 12th.   Mayor Kang recalled the young TEC student who showed up for the Irvine Day in the Park with the Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin students in his cowboy hat and duds several years ago when Christian was much shorter.   The mayor is always pleased to add one more community service pin to an Eagle Scout sash with merit bages on both sides of his uniform.

From the age of 6, Christian has been a student at TEC with Ms. Cynthia.   Our Scottish fiddler chose the music that he performed which included "The Star Spangled Banner" and Butterfly, a Scottish Fiddle Tune.   He has so many favorite fiddle tunes that it was not easy to choose just one for such a short presentation.   He helped to start the meeting with his own interpretation of the National Anthem played with out an accompaniment.

I would like to thank Mayor Kang and the City Council for inviting students like Christian to perform on their agendas.   It is always a wonderful experience for our young people. 

 

You can see it on ICTV  on the Musical Moment at 14:45.

  http://irvine.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=2865

You can also see it on TECstudio http://youtu.be/Mb9-qqxCimM

 

Official Photo with Mayor Kang

Dear Mayor Kang:

Thank you again from the Suzuki Violin students at TEC and SASS.   We very much appreciate having the opportunity to play for the Irvine City Council Meeting.  Even Dr. Suzuki looks pleased.   You make Irvine great by including young people like us.    We also had a great time at the Irvine Global Village Festival.

Ms. Cynthia

Official Photo with Mayor Kang after Sept. 8th performance for the Irvine City Council.

Official Photo with Mayor Kang after Sept. 8th performance for the Irvine City Council.

TEC and SASS Violin Student Play for Irvine Global Village Festival

This last Saturday from 10-6, on Oct. 3 a number of violin students from both Talent Education Center and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings participated in the Irvine Global Village Festival at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.   I want to thank all of the parents and students that came to help us make new friends that day.

They were invited to perform and do a demonstration under the Cultural Pavilion.   They played “America the Beautiful”  as the audience sang along.   Advanced students played “Humoresque” by Dvorak.    We also played “Song of the Wind”, Lightly R0w, and all of the “Twinkles”   Ending with our favorite game “Up like a Rocket” with the audience participating with their pretend bows and gumi life savers.

Several of our Twinklers helped out at the booth and got lots of extra practicing in the process.   We were surprised how many preschoolers sat down in front of our booth while we were playing.   We had quite an audience of children when ever someone picked up the violin and started playing.   The booth provided an great opportunity for violin students to get experience playing for an informal audience.

We let them play our rhythm instruments and passed out streamers to dance with.   With 4 different stages spread around the park, it was filled with music, musicians and dancers.   Not a boring moment.

There was lots of entertainment, food and activities.    But please bring your own water.   The audience kept asking us for ours.    If you come see us at next years be sure to check where to park to catch the shuttle.

 

Our Booth at the Irvine Global Village Festival after TEC and SASS students performed

Our Booth at the Irvine Global Village Festival after TEC and SASS students performed

Round up for Fall PreTwinkle Violin Classes

PreTwinkle Violin classes are specially designed for Preschoolers ages 3-4 and their parents.   These classes are scheduled on Saturday mornings every 30 minutes  from 9:00-11:00 depending on enrollment.   Each classes size is for 2-4 children with at least one parent.  

We welcome you to come and observe or even participate in a sample PreTwinkle class in September.    Please contact Ms. Cynthia about scheduling a 30min session on an up coming Saturday when you can stay for a full class.

For the next two weeks we have the 19th and 26th of September available  in the TEC Studio for demonstration classes and observations where classes are usually held.     Please call to schedule for:   9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00 or 10:30.

 On Saturday, Oct. 3 we will have PreTwinkle demonstrations at the Irvine Global Village Festival.   TEC  students will be doing demonstrations at our booth in the Kids Village from 10:00pm-6:00pm.    PreTwinkle Demonstratons will be at 10:00 and 1:00.   If you come by at 4:00pm our older students will  be performing for 20min. over at the Cultural Pavilion.    Please check Current Events on this blog for links to more information.

Dress comfortably for sitting on the floor and moving about with your preschooler.   The very first classes start with large motor activities, labeling body parts and moving to music with manipulatives.

Fall is the best time to start in order to make the most steady progress through out the year for most families.     Students can be introduced later in the year as they become at least 3 years of age.   It is not recommended to start a child younger than age 3 in PreTwinkle Violin classes.   Very important kinds of development need to occur so that children can fully participate in the experience.

Children at this age are just beginning to get control of their fingers and are able to stop and start activities.   A good indicator is that they are beginning to manage potty training easily and are becoming verbally expressive.   They are becoming socially brave enough to make friends in a small group if given enough time to become comfortable with their surroundings.

Parents are encouraged to participate more in the beginning classes while children need a little leadership.   If your child is shy give them several weeks to really settle in and make friends with the teacher and the other children.

If you decide to enroll your child be sure to read the “Ready  Go” pages on the www.got2twinkle.com site and make plans to get a copy of the Suzuki Violin CD Vol. 1.     Initial Registration is $50.    Tuition is $200. every 12 week season based on year round participation.    See TEC Calendar.

Give Ms. Cynthia a call if you are interested in the classes in the studio.   We look forward to meeting you.

TEC & SASS on YouTube

 

 

Suzuki violin students play for Irvine City Council and Mayor Kang

The video we took from the back of the room. It is not as in focus as the TV version but the sound is better. Wish I could mash them together. Let me know if you got any better photos or video. We would love to see it.

See also on http://sasuzukistrings.wordpresss.com

www.occtac.org

http://www.youtube.com/user/TECstudio

TEC and SASS Violin Students play for Irvine City Council Meeting

For most students it was the first day of school but for TEC Suzuki Students and their friends from SASS at OCCTAC,  it was the day they played together for Mayor Kang and his City Council Meeting at the Irvine Civic Center.

My biggest worry was whether everyone would make it there on time with the extra craziness of the first week of school.   But everybody was there ready and tuned for the sound check.    I want to thank all of the parents that got them there calm and ready to play.

Even Dr. Jimenez made it back from her office at OCCTAC to see us play.   She was very pleased to see all of the children and parents working together for such a great purpose.

We got an applause from members of the audience just for doing a sound check.  There’s nothing like a little applause to calm down the butterflies in our stomachs.  Then they put us back in the green room for the longest 10 min. we ever had to sit through, while they started the meeting.    Everyone was so quiet with anticipation.   Finally we were led back into the hall with all of the students from age 4 and up.

It was our first time letting someone else run the volume controls on the sound system.   I don’t think they realized how big our tone was going to be so we restarted the Humoresque after they adjusted the sound levels.    When my students could hear the piano part they quickly regained their confidence and opened up their tone again.    The ensemble playing on the video is best after the first few lines  of music when we finally all begin to synchronize, including the sound guy.   Its not every day that he gets practice adjusting the sound for violins at a City Council Meeting.   Not to worry.  He picked up the violin sound with microphones so he could ballance it later.

The audience was very appreciative.   We got a wonderful applause.   The Mayor  was really great with the children.

http://irvine.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=2111

Look for the    Jump To. . . .      drop down box below the screen and go to the line where it says:

 Musical Presentation just above   .2  and just below

Moment of Silence  in the jump to menu

The meeting was broadcast live within the city of Irvine on Cox Communications Channel 30.   And will continue to be available on demand using the ICTV menu:   http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/citymanager/pio/ictv/city_council_meetings.asp

We played :

America the Beautiful, Humoresque – by Dvorak and Twinkle A

We finished Twinnkle with our traditional game of  ‘Up like a Rocket’ with our Gummy Life Savers on the tip of our bows.    It was one more chance to make the Mayor laugh.    Then we all took some pictures with  Mayor Kang.    With all of those parents in the auditorium taking pictures this took almost as long as the music.

SASS and TEC Suzuki Violin with Mayor Kang at Irvine City council Meet

SASS and TEC Suzuki Violin students with Mayor Kang at Irvine City Council Meeting

 Official Photo from Mayor Kang

Councilmember BETH KROM  was right.  It would be really cool if Mayor Kang picked up his bow again to play Twinkle with us.   Maybe next time he’ll remember to bring his violin.  He has a standing invitation to join us for any of our sessions.    Group  Lesson is every Saturday at 3pm @ OCCTAC and our next joint public performance with the TEC students is going to be at the Irvine Global Village Festival on Sat. Oct. 3rd.

It all went by very fast.   And the children had such a wonderful experience.   They were so excited when we got back to the green room to put everything away.   What a wonderful story they have to tell their friends and family members.   It was even more wonderful to see children from both the Irvine Suzuki program and the Santa Ana Suzuki program playing together for such an audience.   I think they are fired up to do it again some time.

You may wonder how did we get an invitation to play for such an auspicious occasion as the first meeting of the school year.

Last April our Suzuki Studio participated Irvine’s Day In the Park.    It was early in the morning and it wasn’t very crowded yet.   Only two Twinklers, Jacob and Sophie were there to help me with our booth which we moved under a tree.    That was because my advanced students were all at orchestra rehearsal and some students were on Spring Break.

Mayor Kang was expected to open the event and afterward he always circles the booths and visits with everyone.   When he got to our tree he saw the children playing their violins and asked if he could play on my  violin.  How could I couldn’t resist?   Before you know it he and the kids were playing all the Suzuki songs that they knew.

My students discovered that this Mayor was not only an education mayor and a culture mayor.   He  was also a Suzuki Violin kid at heart.     We are very lucky to have a Mayor of Irvine who grew up playing the violin.

I want to thank Mayor Kang for inviting us, as well as  the City Council Members and everyone that  came to hear the children play.   You were a wonderful audience.   Thank you for giving our students so much encouragement and allowing them to share their abilities and enthusiasm with the local community  at your meeting and on your media service.   It was a privilege.

Mayor Kang is always welcome to come by and borrow my violin anytime he needs a break from the office.     We are just down the block from the Civic Center between the District and the Diamond Malls.

Ms. Cynthia

SASS and TEC students invited to perform for more Fall Events in Orange County

Just as their video with Mayor Kang and the City Council meeting was being made other organizations in Orange County were making plans to invite Suzuki Violin Students from TEC and SASS to play for their events.

They are planning to have a booth in the Irvine Global Village Festival  on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Kids Village.    But now they have been invited to play for the  Cultural Demonstration Pavilion at 4:00that day for 20 minutes.   This will be located near the Cultural Exhibits in the front of the Park.   Now we can play all of the other Twinkles  and Book One pieces that we didn’t have enough time to play for Mayor Kang.   There will be a sound system so we can play our accompaniments and talk about the Suzuki Method with the audience.    See Calendar Events for details.

This Festival will be lots of Fun for the Whole Family, with Exhibits, Entertainment, International Marketplace, Children’s Activities and International Cuisine.    Admission is Free.    Food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.     See the link above for parking and shuttle information or bike parking.

We also plan to make an appearance for a Hoag Hospital Foundation fundraiser at a private party on Balboa Island in November.  We are going to bring some special guests from SASS to help us.  More details later.

We will also be signing up Violin Students  in Sept. for Suzuki Festival which will occur on November 7th.

Stay tuned.   This is going to be a busy year.

TEC and SASS can be engaged to do community service activities for occasional non profit events.    Please contact Ms. Cynthia at TEC or OCCTAC.

Chamber Arts Festival 2009

Our friends from Musishare during their Chamber Arts Festival this summer rehearsing for a recital at UCI, coming up Saturday evening  Saturday, 25 July 2009 @ 7:00pm .  

Admission:   Students $5 – General $10.

ChamberArtsFest 2009

Chamber Music scheduled for this Saturday evening at UCI.

Location:

Winifred Smith Recital Hall
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

http://www.chamberartsfest.com/index.html 

Postalude:

I attended the recital that evening.   This was a very affordable way to expose young people to an intimate experince with chamber music.   Thank you for the invitation.

Congratulations to Ray Chen

This last month something happened that would have made Dr. Suzuki very happy.    A young Suzuki Violin student from Australia just won a very prestigious international violin competition.   Not only is he an amazing and gifted violinist but, he has no qualms about putting the references about his Suzuki childhood in his bio.

A must see requirement for all of my students.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition was established in 1937.    At the time it was known as the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition.    Ysaye was also a very famous violinist and composer of his time in Belgian.  H.M. Queen Elisabeth and the celebrated Belgian violinist and composer were behind this magnificent project.    It was not until after the war, in 1951, that the Queen Elisabeth Competition really came into being.   Since this time it has become a non profit foundation which awards 6 laureates each in violin, voice piano and composition.   It is an organization that helps gifted young artist start their careers.   So it is a very big deal.

You will find the best video of his playing on http://video.cmireb.be/vod# for as long as they post it.    There are CDs for sale of the sessions.   My hope is that a DVD will be available of the violin finalist so that students can see them in this quality. Three different recitals where played by those who made it into the semifinals.   At least three more works were performed for a jury by those who made it to the finalist.   The above link includes a full video of all three performances.

Cesar FRANCK�
Sonata in A major
CHO Eun-Hwa  ( composition finalist)
Agens
Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY  Concerto in D major op. 35  

 

Notable is also the MOZART  Concerto n. 4 in D KV 218 which also includes his version of the cadenza   [CADENZE: R. CHEN] .   This is one of the Mozart concertos at the end of the Suzuki Violin Books.   Thank you Chen for making this recording available to Suzuki children the world over.  What a fine interpretation.

I could not help but notice  what I am sure the jury saw in Chen’s performances.   It was so much more than just playing all the right notes in the right places with the right interpretation.   Technically it was fluid and effortless as if the bow and the violin was an extension of his own body.   It was also the elegant agility that I have seen in Hilary Hahn.   You easily forgot how difficult the music was.   But it was more than that.   Clearly there was something in Chen’s playing that was missing in the other performances.

Ray played with such   a complete lack of self consciousness and enthusiasm for every note.   He was so at home and comfortable in each musical venue and style that you could not imagine that he had any fears about the performance.    He played with such exuberance, as if he was having the time of his life.   Ray seemed completely lost in the adventure of creating music and he took the audience along on the ride with every note.

I think Dr. Suzuki would have taken great delight in Chen’s performance.   To see him play the TCHAIKOVSKY  made me sense the power of Sensei’s presence in the world again.   It was an affirmation that as a Suzuki movement we are headed in the right direction.   Even the youth who chooses to take on the rivalry of musical competition should be able to do so with imagination and joy.

Sensei used to joke about living till he was 120 years old.    When you see Chen play you can not  help but believe that he found a way to cheat death with the next generation of young violinist.

http://www.cmireb.be/en/

http://raychenviolin.com/  Ray Chen’s site

Also a great joy to see playing was runner up Lorenzo Gatto.   http://www.lorenzogatto.com/en/index.php

Take time to see Gatto’s Mozart in the semi finals.  KV 219 is the other Mozart which Suzuki uses in the last two violin books with the Joachim cadenze.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Concerto n. 5 en la majeur KV 219 | Concerto n. 5 in A KV 219
[CADENZE: J. JOACHIM]

We can not wait to see Chen play live in Orange County, CA.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California invites Suzuki Students to concert

 I want to thank Dir. Gene Wie and the CYOSC Board for providing free seats to hear the  Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California at their performance in the Barclay Theatre.    May 22nd was their 20th Anniversary Concert.   I was pleased that about 30 of our students age 4 and up from both the TEC and SASS programs were able to attend this wonderful concert.    

This organization consisted of two ensembles.   The Sinfonia was principally a preparatory string orchestra with students as young as 8 years of age played Albinoni, Ravel and Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean with impressive skill for their age.       These students rotated their seating through out the concert giving each other opportunities to play in different positions.

The Symphony a somewhat older group played Glinka, Terricciano (World Premiere) and Mozart’ Jupiter Symphony.    Hearing the Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla brought me back to my own experiences of playing in a similar organization as a youth.    As Wie introduced and recognized this year’s Seniors to stand it also was also impressive to learn what schools these graduates were headed to in the Fall, even the institutions which where not music schools.

A 501 (c) (3) non profit community arts education organization based in Irvine, they also have a tradition of volunteering in the community doing community outreach to assist local music programs.   

This was a very inspiring concert opportunity for Suzuki Students and just about the right length concert for our PreTwinkle students.    When not performing at the Barclay their performances are admission free.   

   Thank you again for letting us take advantage of your musical celebration to expose our young ears to your excellent performances.

You can learn more about this performing  organization at  www.cyosc.com

Prelude Strings Concert, Spring 09′

I was very pleased with this Springs Prelude Strings Concert.   Compared to other concerts I have heard them play in the past I thought this one showed quit a bit of musical maturity.   They are really beginning to shine in their own right as an exceptional performing organization for their age level.

Pieces where played with real expression and feeling.   Eyes were very much on the conductor with a very professional attitude.   They were all taking themselves very seriously as musicians.   You had the feeling that much of the music was nearly memorized.    Even notes in the upper register were rather in tune and played with a good tone.   This is notable since the pieces they are playing have steadily become more interesting as well as difficult over the years.

It is even more pleasing that we have 4 students from TEC participating in these wonderful orchestras.   This has been a great place to develop there skills as orchestra members from the very beginning.

Bravo Prelude Strings.   I hope that some one’s dad got some video of the performance this year.  I would love to have a sample to share with future families.   Wish more of the younger children from our program had attended these concerts.   I am sure they would have found a concert of this length manageable and inspiring.

Announcement below

Prelude Strings Concert

Saturday, April 25,      11:0-11:45am

free admission & parking

Samsvick Chapel, on the campus of

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This is the Spring 08′ Concert of the Chamber Strings and Prelude Strings Youth orchestra program.   This is a Preparatory orchestra program in which 4 of our violin students currently participate in.   Arya, Kayla, Tianrui & Katherine have been working hard all year.   We invite you to come and give them encouragement at this years final concert.
This is also a good family concert to bring young children to.   It is short enough for PreTwinklers and Twinklers to see older students playing their instruments.

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Spring Concert Flyer

Spring Concert Flier

 

 

 

 

 

Who stands behind every Volunteer

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Recently I was invited by Dr. Jimenez, the Executive Director of  OCCTAC to attend a banquette called the ‘Spirit of Volunteerism’ held  at the Disney Land Hotel to honor  volunteers in the OC area.    It was sponsored by the OC Register and the Volunteer Center of Orange County, organizations I often drive by on the way to OCCTAC on Fridays to teach the Santa Ana Suzuki Strings.    I got to meet and have lunch at one of many tables with about 7 other volunteers at OCCTAC which Dr. Jimenez wanted to recognize that day.     We were treated to entertainment by dancers from the OC High School of the Arts and a slide show of all of the 250 volunteers who were being honored that day.

The people being recognized had many different kinds of motivations and resources for their desire to volunteer.     Many of them expressed an interest and value they already had in animals, culture or the environment.    Some had gifts financial or spiritual and had  time on their hands to go out into the community and work with other people.    Some like Ms. Cynthia were blessed by a sense of gratitude for opportunities they received in life and felt driven by an obligation to make the world a better place for future generations.

I couldn’t help but wonder who supported these volunteers when they were out there burning the candle at both ends?   Who was there waiting patiently in the wings for them to come home to do family things?   Who believed in them and appreciated the value of the gift that they insisted on pursuing?   Who was willing to share the indulgences that these generous volunteers had for the need to share with strangers in their community that they might not ever meet?

If they could all fit on the back of the certificate,  there would be quite an extensive  list of family, friends and students who put up with this Suzuki teacher and tolerated her audacious and outrageous vision that all of our children have access to the best possible education that music can provide.    I appreciate both the financial and emotional support that all of you have provided over the years.

 

Spirit of Volunteersim Awards, Certificute

Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, Certificate

Making friends at Day in the Park

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We had a successful event last Saturday at Day in the Park.    I want to thank everyone that came and played at our booth for the crowds.   Even though attendance was a little slow this year, this was our target audience:  local families with young children.   It was great experience for our students to serenade the little children who came by and sat themselves down under the shady tree at the entrance to the event.   This was a very appreciative audience even if you were just one of our Twinklers.    See link to Day in the Park Event photos:

TEC booth at Day in the Park

Jacob and Sophie with the Mayor of Irvine

Jacob and Sophie with the Mayor of Irvine

One of the treats of being at the park early enough to help Ms. Cynthia unload and set up the booth is that the Mayor of Irvine has a tradition of making the rounds with a photographer in toe.     This year it was Mayor Kang and he had a surprise for Jacob and Sophie.    After listening to Jacob play some of his first Twinkles for everyone the Mayor couldn’t stand it any more and just had to get his hands on a Fiddle.   Much to our surprise he recalled a favorite Suzuki tune and a few other favorites from his own childhood as a violin student.   He says that he still has the Suzuki Violin at home which he studied on.    If you go to the Day in the Park photo album linked above you can see all of the photos of him playing on Ms. Cynthia’s violin. 

Thank you Mayor Kang.   You are a real inspiration.   See how far studying the violin can take you.   We need more elected officials who have music in their backgrounds.

Jacob gives the Mayor a turn on Ms. Cynthia's violin

Jacob gives the Mayor a turn on Ms. Cynthia's violin

Even though it was a slower year for this event we still made some friends.    Keep a look out for a few more new faces in the studio.   Later some of our friends from the Santa Ana Suzuki Strings came by to play a few tunes with us.    And finally 3 of our students who came straight from their last Prelude Orchestra rehearsal came by and gave us quite a nice serenade under the trees from Suzuki Books II, III and IV.   See Announcement about their concert this Saturday.    Ms. Cynthia got to play harmony with these students.    If anyone has better pictures of these moments please send them to me for the blog.
Thank you to everyone who came to help with Day in the Park.     I also want to thank the Day in the Park event volunteers.   They were very helpful and open to our issues of playing music in the Sun on a hot day.
   By the way, has any one seen what happen to our beach balls?     I’m still looking for them.

Irvine Day in the Park, April 09′

TEC Booth at Day in the Park

TEC Booth at Day in the Park

 

The Irvine ‘Day in the Park’  is held every spring to Celebrate the national week of the Young Child.  This year TEC plans to have a booth there on the lawn.

  • Saturday, April 18  10:00-1:00.  
  •  Heritage Community Park.  

 

  Ms. Cynthia will be teaching some demonstration PreTwinkle classes with her Saturday morning PreTwinklers from 10:00-10:45.     If you are 3 or 4 years of ages we invite you and your parent to come and sit  in for a session.   Well we won’t exactly be doing a lot of sitting.   But you’ll get the picture.    We will be tapping our Twinkles, playing some finger games, dancing with streamers and moving to the music with our beach balls.    We also plan to do our game with the pencil bow and the life savers.   I know that will be a hit.

We will have a booth so that our Book I and II students can take turns serenading with the pieces they are practicing through out the morning for guest.    We will be on hand to pass out postcards with our website and answer questions.

By 1:oo we are hoping that some of our more advanced students will drop by after a busy morning with Prelude Strings Orchestra rehearsal for Lunch at the picnic tables  next to the pond.    It will be a Brown Bag Serenade with all the Suzuki Violin students we can round up for lunch.     Bring your own Sandwich and you can hang out with the musicians. 

If you would like to learn more about what we do in our Suzuki Violin program this is a very enjoyable way to spend the morning.   There will be many activities for children and performances by local organizations on stage.   This event happens to be sponsored by the Irvine  Child Resource Center and the City of Irvine.

 

TEC Fiddler at Day in the Park

TEC Fiddler at Day in the Park

Graduations 09′

International Graduation

Every year in March the SMAC/LA regional teachers send in Graduation recordings of students who have mastered an International Book level of playing.   In order to qualify for IG one must not only complete the Book but also be about half way through the next book while polishing and reviewing the pieces from the last book.    A recording is made of the graduation piece from each book.

At TEC we have started making DVD recordings of the students graduation pieces which they send in to a teacher in the LA Branch who takes the time to review all of the recordings from one book level.    Each graduate will receive feed back from the teacher on another recording.    Much care and preparation must go into recording these DVDs and sending them in with registration and each student’s fees.    Graduates also have the opportunity to hear the Graduates of other book levels, including the advanced Post Graduates who play pieces beyond book 10.

Each student who graduates is invited to an Annual Graduation Concert usually held in the Spring at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School of Music, near Disney Hall.  The concert is admission free and open to the public.   After playing the piece with all of the other Graduates they also receive a pin and certificate along with their reviewers feed back.   This year the Concert will be on  Sunday April 5th.

This year the following TEC students sent in Graduation recording on the following pieces:

  • Arya              Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Kayla             Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Tianrui          Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Katherine     Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Marrisa         Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Mariana        Twinkle
  • Sydney          Twinkle
  • Sophie           Twinkle

After all that hard work these students sound even better on their pieces than they did when we recorded them.    Anyone want to record their graduation pieces again?

I would love to have our graduates make their graduation recordings available on our YouTube site so that the other students and even prospective students can hear what TEC students are capable of when they really polish their pieces.    Thank you for all of your hard work.   We are all very proud of you.

TEC students appear on line, in OC Register, with Prelude Strings.

 

On Friday, January 16, 2009

 

It was such a nice surprise to hear that several of our TEC violin students appeared with the Prelude Strings Orchestra and  the Prelude Chambers Strings when they were featured on the Arts section in the Orange County C Register at the beginning of this year.

The Title of the article reads:

They keep time together

MORNING READ: Do Prelude music students believe in practice? Check the contract.

 

By TIMOTHY MANGAN,   714-… or tmangan@ocregister.com  

 

If you get a chance read the article and let Timothy know how much we appreciated seeing one of our favorite musical organizations covered in the press.    The article was exceptionally informative about the life and inner workings of these very special youth orchestras.

I am just as pleased that we always have a hand full of students from TEC particpating in each of the Prelude strings orchestras.   This has been a valuable and inspiring musical experience for each of them.

Yes these kids sign a contract promicing not to miss more than 2 rehearsals per semester.   Several of our TEC students have earned a button that says  ‘I can’t, I have rehearsal.’  by having perfect attendance.    See :

http://tecblog.got2twinkle.com/?page_id=26

 

I have a rehearsal

I have a rehearsal

Several of our students at TEC say they can be recognized in the video.   So far I think I have spotted Kayla and Katherine in the video.   But I am not sure because it is so dark.   I am still looking for Tienrui.   It has wonderful interviews with the director Helen Weed and founder Annette Brower.

 

I have definately spotted Arya with a beautiful bow hold looking up at Ms. Weed with real focus.    MINDY SCHAUER took the very inspiring photos which can be purchaced on line.   I especially enjoyed the one with a sign that says “No note Left behind”    Maybe Suzuki Sensei would say “No Beautiful Tone left behind”

 

I look forward to seeing more articles about the efforts of young strings players in Orange County in the future.    We can use the inspiration these days.

 

Prelude Strings and Prelude Chamber Strings will be having their Spring concert coming up on a Saturday morning April 25th from 10:00 to 10j:45.  in Samsvick Chapel at Calvary Church in Tustin.   Watch for it.   It is just the right length concert for a budding young PreTwinkler to attend.    I hope to see some TEC Pretwinklers there.

 

Remember Prelude Players.  Your task is to keep us inspired.

TEC Students play in Prelude Strings Spring 08′

This Spring 4 of our students participated in a Spring Concert for the Prelude String Orchestra and the Prelude Chamber Strings.  These preparatory string groups which TEC student participants of Prelude StringsTEC student participants of Prelude Stringsprovide opportunities for students age 8 – 14 to have an orchestral experience from a young age.   Students are expected to audition every year in September.

TEC students after Prelude Spring Concert

TEC students in Prelude Orchstra.

This year was Katherine’s first year.   She had just finished Book I and was barely into Book II and starting to do some sight reading.   I must say she was a little nervous about the audition, but for such a petite young lady she is filled to capacity with enthusiasm.   And it must have shown through because the teachers at the audition could see how much this very

Katherine

Katherine

determined young student was going to accomplish in one year.   Don’t be fooled by her sweet personality when you see her coming your way.   Even as a first year participant she has already earned her first perfect attendance award.  Yea!! Katherine!!

 

 

 

Tianrui is a transfer student to our program.   He came to TEC from a program that already emphasized reading skills.   He has worked very hard to improve his physical control of violin technique and bowing.   He is now developing a wonderful tone.  Quiet and extremely polite, he has become a very sensitive musician.   In the middle of Book II when he auditioned, he has now progressed to the end of Book III and is starting to play his first concertos in Book IV.    Tienrei and AryaHe made it into the first violin section of Prelude Strings on his first audition.   We look forward to future progress.

Arya is becoming an experienced member of the Prelude Strings.   She is also busy supporting her local school orchestra as a cellist this year.    This seems to keep her interest in their fledgling school program.    She has also benefited from the experience of going to a summer music camp experience at Interlocken in Anarbor, Michigan.    Arya is now well on her way into  Book IV.   She has grown in musical leadership skills and increasingly takes her violin studies very seriously.

This year Kayla managed to secure a chair in the Chamber Strings.   As a dancer, a pianist and an avid reader she is also no stranger to hard work and perseverance.   This year she was the other student from TEC who earned a perfect attendance recognition.   She is undaunted by her seating in the III violin section in the back of the orchestra as she has quickly moved into Book IV this year.   She has grown with confidence from the challenge.

 Kayla in orchestra

I have a rehearsal

I have a rehearsal

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TEC students participate in Prelude Strings Concert 08′

This Saturday on the 26th of April, four of our students at TEC will be participating in the Prelude Strings Concert.   They are Kayla, Arya, Tianrui and Katherine.   They are in books II, III and IV.   We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to hearing a good concert.

 This is there final Spring concert after a year of hard work.  These violinist have become much better musicians for the experience.  They will have the summer off until auditions in the fall so don’t miss it.

The concerts is at Samsvick Chapel, Calvary Church of Santa Ana (1010 N. Tustin Ave.), from 11:00am to 12:00am.    Admission is free and open to the public.

This is the perfect concert for a young Pretwinkler to attend.   It is a family event and the parking is also free and reasonable.    We look forward to seeing your there.

More later after the concert.

Recital on Sat. evening: Affordable Opportunity for young Suzuki Students

Aside

Last night I attended a recital by my friend William Fitzpatrick and his pianist William Ransom.  Though no admission was charged it was quite an impressive concert.  Both have impressive credentials as you will see in the links with this piece.   They also played some very animated violin and piano music for an intimate audience at the Musishare location just down from the Spectrum Mall.    There William keeps a grand piano in a room available for Master classes and Performance classes.   Before I arrived that evening the performance students had been having master classes with William Ransom.

I was pleased to see some of my students there to hear Maestro Fitzpatrick play Violin Sonatas by CLaude Debussy and Edvard Grieg.    Even one of our 6 year olds  from TEC was sitting in the front row with her older sister and father.    I was frustrated not to see more of my students there.    This was an opportunity to hear difficult and interesting music played at a high level of artistic skill at a very parent friendly, free admission.   Best of all students could sit close to the front and meet the musicians in person afterswards.

These are pieces that students do not often get to hear because of the technical difficulty, not to mention the problems of ensemble.    Ransom also treated us to two well known  Chopin works:  The Scherzo #1 in B Minor, op. 20 and the Ballade #1 in G Minor, op. 23.   The low ceiling did not seem to take much away from a dramatic and expressive performance of the piano.

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