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

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.