Musical Experiences

My students and I have been fortunate to have an abundance of musical experiences, performances, and activities. Special thanks to the parents, students, administrators, and event coordinators for helping make all of this possible!


My music studio and teaching philosophy were used as an example in David Cutler's book "The Savvy Music Teacher," published by Oxford University Press (2015).

Newspaper Articles

NWI Times Band of the Week

Rancho Santa Margarita Patch Whiz Biz: Suwardi Music Studio

Rancho Santa Margarita Patch Whiz Kids Articles

School Performances

Alumni Events and Visits (2nd Semester)

Sound and Color (May)

Home Football Games (August-October)

Community Dinner (November)

HAPA Holidays (December)

Sounds of the Season (December)

Music Studio Concerts

Solo Recital (January)

Student Composition Concerts (March)

Spring Concert (May)

Summer Concert (August)

Halloween Concert (October)

Christmas Concert (December)

Clinics and Workshops:

African Drumming Workshop with Fred Jones, Abalaye African Dance Ensemble

Flute Master Class with Sir James Galway at San Diego State University

Irish Fiddle Music Workshop and Concert Performance with Celtic Spring

VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, Illinois

Viola Fest LA at the Colburn School, Los Angeles

Community Performances:

Atria Woodbridge Nursing Home, Irvine, CA

CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange, CA

County Line Orchard Wedding Performance, Hobart, IN

Covington Care Center, Aliso Viejo, CA

Granny's Place, Mission Viejo, CA

Hammond Holiday Parade, Hammond, IN

Hammond Veteran Appreciation Parade, Hammond, IN

Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA

Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA

Laguna Niguel Community Center Seniors' Club, Laguna Niguel, CA

Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club, Lake Forest, CA

Mariners' Church Wedding Performance, Irvine, CA

MeoowzResQ Fundraiser Performance, Lake Forest, CA

Park Terrace Retirement Home, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

San Francisco Solano Church Wedding Performance, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA

Soka University's International Festival, Aliso Viejo, CA

Victory Centre of River Oaks, Calumet City, IL

Concert and Rehearsal Field Trip Experiences

Cal State Fullerton's Cello Extravaganza

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago World Music Festival

Concordia University's Concert on the Green Wind Orchestra

Grant Park Symphony

Irvine Valley College's Wind Symphony

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Notre Dame Symphony

Pacific Symphony

VanderCook College of Music's String Ensemble and Symphonic Band

San Diego Symphony

Honor Festival Rehearsals and Performances:

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Southern Section Honor Festival, Calabasas, California

Capistrano Unified School District Honor Festival, Orange County, California

Indiana All-Star Marching Band, Indianapolis, IN

Indiana State University All-Star Honor Band Festival, Terre Haute, IN

VanderCook College of Music's Middle Level HonorFest, Chicago, Illinois

VanderCook College of Music's High School Honor Festival, Chicago, Illinois


My students have entered in and received recognition in these competitions. Depending upon competition rules, some allowed the students to prepare for them in their lessons and classes, but others required the students to work on their own using personal knowledge and skills acquired.

ACT-SO Regional and National Competitions

Chicago Public Schools' Solo and Ensemble Contest

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest

HAPA Festival of Music

Music in the Parks Festival

PTA Reflections Competition

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my portfolio! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me.