Open House this Tuesday!

Our SSM/MCE Open House is on Tuesday!  Please invite friends to join us and see what Suzuki Strings has to offer! We’ll have an instrument petting zoo, door prizes, and treats.  A reminder that there is no play-in this Tuesday.  We’ll be having regular group classes to prepare for the spring concert.


Register for FFF (Fantastic Folk and Fiddle) today!  The Early Bird registration is available until April 22nd.  This event occurs August 2-5th, and is for students ages 10-18 (registration for  children under 10 with teacher recommendation). Young musicians of all levels of experience will have the opportunity to learn new styles of music through large and small group classes with expert instructors, culminating in a final performance at the Sugar Maple Music Festival! Free Sugar Maple Music Festival passes are included for workshop participants and their guardians.  The featured artists, “Big Richard” are a nationally acclaimed all girl band that play diverse styles and several have training in Suzuki  pedagogy.   Click here for more information, and here to register!

SSM/MCE be hosting a Mike Block workshop event on June 6th from 5:30-7 at MyArts.  All Sonora, Cello Ensemble Books 1 and 2 students will be participating.   Mike Block is an award-winning cello player, singer, composer, and educator, passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, and committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music, and cross-cultural collaborations, releasing almost 20 albums under his name. He has been a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble since 2005. Mike‘s music and live performances are unique as they draw from many different cultures, landscapes, and music styles, bringing a great variety on stage.    Read more about Mike here!


We have a time and location for Make Music Madison!  Please add 7pm on June 21st to your calendar–we’ll be performing at the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company on Atwood Ave.

Free Concert featuring the Verona Quartet at the Bethel Concert Series, April 23rd at 4pm.  Click here for more information!


Calendar update: there will be no play-in on April 25th.  We’ll be holding regular group classes that day to prepare for our spring concert.

You can find the May 20th Spring Concert handout here!  This document has information on rehearsal times, concert dress and repertoire.

Help us spread the word!  SSM/MCE will be hosting an Open House on April 25th from 4:30-7.  Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and see what Suzuki Strings is all about!


Come join your SSM/MCE friends on June 16th for a special event at the duck pond!  This is a non-profit night benefiting Suzuki Strings, and we’ll get a portion of each ticket we sell.  In addition to playing the national anthem, there will be a 50-50 raffle (also benefiting SSM), and a Suzuki Strings promo table.  Click here to reserve your ticket–and please share widely with your friends and family!

Plan your musical summer!  Info on Suzuki Summer Institutes here.


Spring gets busy!  Please put these upcoming dates for your calendar.  Specific details for various events and performances are being worked out and will be provided as soon as they’re available.

April 18: Danish String Quartet field trip, 7:30pm  UW Union Theater  WEAR YOUR SSM/MCE T-SHIRTS!
April 25th: Regular Group Classes, no play-in
May 7th: Solo Recital, St. Luke’s Episcopal
May 16: 5:30 pm dress rehearsal for Spring Concert (Wear your SSM/MCE T-shirts!)
May 20: 3:00 pm Spring Concert, Middleton PAC
June 4: Graduation Recital, Oakwood
June 4th: 3pm  Solo and Graduation Cello Recital and Family Picnic at Hoyt Park Shelter. Celebrate with graduating  seniors!
June 16: 6:30  Mallards Star Spangled Banner  NEW DATE and TIME!
June 21: Make Music Madison, 7pm Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Atwood Ave.
Aug. 2-5: Fantastic Folk and Fiddle (FFF)