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February Newsletter

posted Feb 3, 2013, 3:48 PM by Kristiana Matthes

Dear Parents and Students,

Our spring semester is off to a wonderful start. We had a very fun group lesson playing together and preparing for graduation. Everyone is making tremendous progress in their private lessons. Keep practicing!  Here are a few announcements for February. Please make sure to read the graduation information and make sure your name is on the list for the correct levels. Thank you!

The February group lesson will be Saturday, February 23rd at SugarSpace. 10:30-11:30am for Book 1, 11-noon Book 2+. Book 2+ students will need to bring a music stand, and their movie ensemble music.

Review practice challenge. We will all be participating in a review challenge this month. The goal is to play 100 review pieces during your daily practice time. Charts will be handed out during lesson. Get ready for a great month of review!

Graduation is Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm. It will be held at Juan Diego High School, 300 East 11800 South, Draper. Regular lessons February 12th will be moved to Tuesday, February 26th. You are all encouraged to attend graduation even if you are not graduating. It is a wonderful event and I will be leading the Mozart concerto (Book 10). I sent out a lot of information about graduation last month so if you have questions please refer to the January newsletter or let me know.

Federation is Saturday, March 23 at Libby Gardner Hall (University of Utah). This is a wonderful experience and available to every student wanting to prepare and have a chance to play for a friendly audience and judges. All of my students are invited to participate; please ask me about this if you are interested. I need to turn in the list by February 18th. There is a $13 participation fee + small pianist fee.

ISSI – Intermountain Suzuki String Institute is a wonderful week of fun and intense learning. All my students who participate come back with excitement and improved skills. I highly recommend all my students participate in ISSI. The scholarship deadline is due February 20th. I am happy to write a letter for you and ask for a week notice. For more information please visit:

No regular lessons February 25-28. However, regular Park City lessons will be held Tuesday, February 26th instead of February 12th (graduation day).

I would like to let you know I will be performing with the Utah Symphony February 7-9. The program will include the Stravinsky violin concerto. I will also be performing with Ballet West February 14-23. We are playing Prokofiev’s Cinderella. Both concerts would be a great performance opportunity for your student to attend.


2013 Graduation List

Twinkles – Helena Archibald

Twinkles - Sofia Kelson

Twinkles – Sarah Ricks

Book One – Grace Bauman

Book Three & Four – Savita Deo

Book Four – Emma Anderson