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Fall String Festival 2018

We have an exciting festival in store for teachers, parents, and string students from Twinklers to advanced levels.

    Festival Date: Nov. 3, 2018
    Registration Deadline: Oct. 20, 2018
    Scholarship Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2018

    Terry Durbin--Guest Master Violin Teacher

    Terry is a favorite at Suzuki festivals and institutes around the world. He will lead all the violin group classes and the advanced chamber group. (He is crazy fun!) 
    Check out his website.

    Please download and print the poster attached to the bottom of this page and hang it in your studio and/or send it to your families.

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    Join other Suzuki families for a day of music and fun with excellent teachers. This fall's festival will again be held at Snow Pond Center for the Arts, located in Sidney, Maine. This is a beautiful location and will be filled with fall foliage on the festival weekend.


    NEW! Teachers (5:00-8:00 p.m.)
    • Potluck Dinner 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Teacher Workshop 6:00-8:00 p.m. FREE for MSA teacher members. Please register using this LINK to sign up.
    • Teachers are also welcome to attend the daytime activities to observe.

    String Students (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
    • Violin, Viola, & Cello Group Classes. For students from beginning to advanced. 
    • Fiddle Classes. Students of all abilities will learn fiddle tunes and play for a contradance after lunch. Great for the entire family.
    • FUN Music Theory. For non-music readers, this is a fun introduction to note reading. There is also ear-training and theory for advanced students.
    • Small Ensembles/Orchestra. Music readers in Volume 3 and up will have small ensembles/orchestra. See "Festival Repertoire" below to obtain music to practice ahead of the festival. 
    • Master Classes. Every festival student shares a 50-minute lesson with other students taught by excellent teachers. Each student plays individually for the teacher and also learns by observing other students in their same class. Students should have a fairly well-polished piece prepared to play for the teacher. This year's master class teacher include: Mariella Haubs, Yasmin Vitalius, and more.
    • Performance 3:00 p.m. This is a casual performance of music played at group classes and chamber music sessions. Students can wear everyday clothing. No tickets required.
    MSA members are eligible for partial scholarships based on financial need. The application deadline for this is Oct. 12, 2018. Print and complete the application form attached to the bottom of this page.

    MSA Membership Required:

    $20/year for a family
    Become an MSA member HERE.

    Registration Fee: 

    $80 for the first student in a family and a discounted rate of $70 for any other siblings. MSA membership required.

    Deadline: Oct. 20, 2018

    Registration Form: 

    Complete the online form HERE. If you prefer a paper form, please print the Registration Form attached to the bottom of this page.

    Festival Repertoire:

    Use this LINK to see repertoire for the group classes and fiddle classStudents should come with Suzuki music well reviewed. Learn as many of the fiddle tunes as you can. However, they will be taught during the fiddle class, including easy parts for less advanced students.

    There are two levels of small ensembles/orchestra: one is for music readers in Volumes 3 & 4 and the other is for students in Volumes 5 & up. Our faculty has chosen very fun music for these groups. Printable music for these groups is posted at this LINK so students can learn learn it ahead of time.


    A hot meal is being provided by the Pineland Fiddlers who are fundraising for a trip to the Shetland Islands. The menu is chili or veggie chili, $8 for a bowl or $5 for a cup and includes salad, cornbread, and herb iced tea. Coffee and pie ($2.50 a slice) will also be available. You will pay for this at the event but we'd like a head count when you complete the registration form. Or you can bring your own lunch.

    Remember snacks, and drinks (no other food service available).

    Carol Preston,
    Aug 22, 2018, 6:35 PM
    Carol Preston,
    Aug 21, 2018, 9:14 AM
    Carol Preston,
    Aug 21, 2018, 9:13 AM