Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal this Tuesday–wear your SSM/MCE T-shirts!

Our dress rehearsal is Tuesday!  We will be taking pictures at 5:30, followed by filming.  Please wear your SSM/MCE T-shirts!!
String Orchestra Tune 4:45 / Rehearse 5-5:25 Rm 1C
All Violins Tune 5:15 / Rehearse 5:30-6:45 Rm 4D
Cellos will meet at their regular class times, with Ensemble 2 meeting at 6:45.
You can find the May 20th Spring Concert handout here. This document has information on rehearsal times, concert dress and repertoire.


If you participated in the 100 Days Practice challenge, we’ll be celebrating with mini-golf and pizza at Vitense on May 23rd at 5:30.  Sign-up here!

Our end of the year concert on May 20th is a special event in the beautiful Middleton Performing Arts Center.  This year forward it will be a ticketed event, in line with all other youth arts organizations such as WYSO and MYC.  Our $20 family ticket includes performers, immediate family and grandparents.  Guests are $10 each.  Kids under 12 free.  Tickets will be available at the door–cash or credit card accepted.  Tuning 2:30 pm and the concert starts at 3:00 pm.  We’ll gather in the shelter at Fireman’s Park (adjacent to the PAC) to celebrate our student’s hard work.  Please bring a treat or drink to share!

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 (they are $15 apiece)–and please share widely with your friends and family!  Sheet music for the Star Spangled Banner can be found here!

SSM/MCE will be hosting a Mike Block workshop event on June 6th from 5:30-7 at MyArts.  All Sonora and Cello Ensemble 1 and 2 students will be participating, all others are encouraged to come and observe!   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!


Register for FFF (Fantastic Folk and Fiddle) today!  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!

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.

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.

May 16: 5:30 pm dress rehearsal for Spring Concert, MyArts (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 6th: 5:30-7 Mike Block Workshop at MyArts (All Sonora, Cello Ensemble Books 1 and 2 students will be participating)
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)