Category Archives: Studio Updates

Fall Solo Recitals Sign-Ups & Information

Every semester, we look forward to our solo recitals as both a goal to be strived for and a moment of achievement to celebrate all the learning that has been done over weeks of work and many days of practice.

Our solo recitals this fall will be held at:

Chesterfield Presbyterian Church
KREW House
15037 Clayton Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

The KREW House is located on the east side of the church’s main parking lot.

Recitals will be held at 2:00, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m.  To see which recital your child/children will be playing on, please see the recital assignments list.  We have tried to incorporate all scheduling requests into our recital time assignments.  If a correction needs to be made, please let us know as soon as possible.

Piano rehearsals in preparation for the recitals will be held in the studio (1199 Fieldhurst Dr.) on Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5.  Additional rehearsal time will be made available on Sunday, December 9 at the KREW House (15037 Clayton Rd.) prior to the first recital.  We ask that this time be reserved for Book 1 students, and it has been divided into 10 minute slots, instead of the usual 15 minutes.  Please tab over on the rehearsal sign-up sheet to find the Wednesday and Sunday sign-ups

And finally, we always look forward to the time for students and their families to visit with each other during the reception after each recital.  Please visit our volunteer sign-ups to sign up to bring a snack or a drink for everyone to share and/or to help set up or clean up for each reception.  Please scroll down to find the sign-up sheet for your particular recital time.  Thank you so much for your help.  We truly couldn’t do these events without you!

Thanksgiving Break ’18

Hello WCS Families!

As hard as it is to believe, the majority of the Fall ’18 Semester is already behind us and Thanksgiving Break is now here!  There will be no lessons the week of November 19 – 24, to allow students and their families time enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  We hope you all enjoy a restful and joyful Thanksgiving Day and break!

That said, we hope students still find opportunity to take out their instruments and practice over break.  I believe Dr. Suzuki was very serious when he said, “Only practice on the days you eat!”  (Maybe we should practice extra on Thanksgiving!)  Just like our bodies need daily attention to keep them healthy – eating well, exercising, brushing your teeth – so too do our talents and abilities need daily practice to keep them from diminishing!

When we return from break, we will have less than two weeks before our Fall Solo Recitals on December 9.  Recitals will be scheduled for 2, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m in the KREW House at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church, 15037 Clayton Rd.  If you have other activities the afternoon of December 9 and need to be placed on a particular recital, please let us know as soon as possible!  Piano rehearsals with Ms. Parkin will be held in the week leading up to the recital (sign ups will be posted soon).

That is all for now, so until the week of November 26, enjoy your break and a very happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of our students and their families!

Halloween Recap & Parent Night Info

Hello Everyone!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our Halloween Group Performance & Party.  What a fun evening it was!  Students, you played beautifully.  Getting so many of you together playing as one is really something special.  Thank you for your hard work and preparation this semester thus far!

Don’t forget, next Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. is our final “group” event of the semester – our Parent Night, which will be held at Local Chef Kitchen, 15247 Manchester Rd.  We look forward to seeing you all there to discuss what “progress”  looks like and concrete ways that we can measure it.

Here are some photos from the Halloween gathering.  Thanks again for making it such a memorable evening!

 

Halloween ’18 Group Performance & Party

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Halloween is just a week away, and with it comes one of our favorite events of the year – the Halloween Group Performance & Party.  Here’s what you need to know in order to come and enjoy this event with us this year:

Who: All West County Strings students who have been regularly attending group classes (or have been routinely checking their review repertoire in private lessons in the case of Tuesday evening schedule conflicts).  Please invite friends and family to join you.  The more the merrier!

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What: An informal performance highlighting this semester’s work in group classes, followed by Halloween-themed musical games and treats for all to share!

When: Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: The Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Church, 1166 S Mason Rd.

Why: We’re capping off our group class meetings for this semester and getting ready to move into our focus on solo material for the solo recitals in early December.  The past few months of rehearsals have been an incredibly special time, which we want to celebrate.  Plus, who needs an excuse for music, games, and treats?!

How: Polish your review repertoire (see the list below), find your favorite costume (COSTUMES HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!), and sign up to help set up, to bring your favorite treat or drinks, and/or to help clean up.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Twinkle
Old Brass Wagon
Paw Paw Patch
Chicken Variations
POP Goes the Weasel
“Body” Lucy Locket
“Body” Hot Cross Buns

Violas
Hunter’s Chorus
Andantino / Rocky Mountain
Perpetual Motion (Wipe-Out)

Ensemble
Oh How Lovely
Above the Plain
Ashoken Farewell
Vive Le Compagnie
Coleraine

Circle of Fifths – G Majors – A Majors
Seitz 2 III
Becker Gavotte
Martini Gavotte
Minuet in G
Witches Dance
Minuet 1
Allegro
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Song of the Wind
Lightly Row
Twinkles (D and A Strings)

October ’18 Update

Today, it’s finally starting to feel like fall is in the air.  And as the leaves change and the temperatures continue to fall, they’ll bring with them some of our favorite fall semester studio events!


Halloween Performance & Party

The first is our annual Halloween Group Performance & Party, which will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Church, 1166 S Mason Rd.  This informal performance gives students a chance to showcase what they’ve been working hard on in group classes this semester, and will be followed by treats, musical games, and a chance to get to know each other better.  Costumes are highly encouraged!


Parent Night

The next event is our Parent Night for the fall semester, which will be held on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Local Chef Kitchen, 15274 Manchester Rd.  The topic will be, “Help! Is My Child Making Enough Progress?”  Local Chef kitchen is owned and operated Rob and Mitzi Uyemura, whose sons Ethan and Owen are long-time West County Strings students.  No purchases are required, but we certainly encourage you to sample their locally-sourced, healthy, and delicious menu while we’re there!

 

Solo Recitals

And last but certainly not least, our Fall Solo Recitals will be held at 2:00, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9 at the KREW House at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church, 15037 Clayton Rd.  Solo recitals offer students the valuable opportunity to polish a piece to the very best of their ability, perform from memory in front of a supportive audience, and see how far their work has brought them since they last performed.  Recital pieces must be selected no later than one month before the performance date, so your teacher will be working with you to choose yours soon!


As a final note, we are now already in the midst of the eighth week of the Fall ’18 Semester.  And these first eight weeks have really been exceptional.  I’ve been so excited to see what’s going on in group classes, and for the consistency I’ve seen so many students exhibiting from week to week in their practice and the progress that goes along with it.  Let’s keep it up as the semester progresses!

Fall ’18 Group Class Updates & Information

Many thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for our annual Play-In & Ice Cream social to help kick off the school year.  It was a lot of fun to see and hear you all back in one place again after summer.  There’s something really special about a large group of stringed instruments playing together, as you can hear at Suzuki Institutes, Workshops, and group performances – I really recommend experiencing it as often as you can!  To those who weren’t able to make it this time, we missed you and we hope you’ll be able to join us for the next one!

Starting next Tuesday, August 28, fall group classes will begin in earnest at Good Shepherd Church (1166 S Mason).  The schedule is the same as in past years:

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. – A Majors (Pre-Twinkle – Andantino)
  • 6:10-6:40 p.m. – G Majors (Etude – Bach Bourree)
  • 6:50-7:20 p.m. – Viola Choir (layered violas of all levels)
  • 7:20-8:05 p.m. – Circle of 5ths (Book 4+)
  • 8:05-8:50 p.m. – Performance Ensemble (supplemental/non-Suzuki Book 4+)

HOWEVER, many of you have graduated to new class levels!  If you have moved into the second half of Book 1, we would love to have you join us in G Majors.  If you’ve completed Book 3 and are making your way into Book 4, we would love to have you get your feet wet in Circle of 5ths AND keep coming to G Majors.  If you’re solidly in Book 4, 5, 6 or above, we’d love to have you in Performance Ensemble, as well.  Please refer to the sheet below to find your assigned group(s) for this semester, and let your teacher know if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evenings!

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Spring Festival ’18 Recap

There have only been a few times in my life that I’ve performed something and lifted my bow at the end of the last note thinking, “Wow!  I totally nailed every last little detail of that.”  I think the feeling is actually more memorable and meaningful because it’s so rare.

Leaving the Spring Festival on Sunday, I had a feeling that everything had gone very well, but it wasn’t until I had a chance to sit down and listen to the recording of the concert that I literally said to myself, “Wow!”  You guys really nailed it!

Parents, I will be telling everyone during their lessons this week, but please convey to your kids that they did an exceptional job of preparing this semester, both in group classes and in private lessons, and they put on a truly wonderful performance.  They should be very proud of themselves, and I hope that you’re very proud of them, too.  I know I am!

It’s at times like these that I’m particularly reminded how fortunate we are to know and have the opportunity to work with such wonderful families.  We truly appreciate you all!

We’ve had a chance to go over a few of the photos from the afternoon, and we’d like to share them with you.  If you have any great moments that you captured and would like to share with us, please do!  We’d love to have them to commemorate the day.