Orchestra Auditions for 2021-2022 School Year

We’ve made it through (what we sure hope was) the worst part of the past year, and we’re planning on going forward with a brand-new season of music-making with our students this fall. There are some fun new developments, and we’ll keep you in the loop as we finish making our plans. But for now, we’re thinking ahead to orchestra auditions for our two main orchestras at LLA—Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia.

Sinfonia Orchestra, directed by Mrs. Stephanie Popa, will be the new Symphony Orchestra, our highest-level ensemble, and it is open to the community. This ensemble will be strictly for strings, and will feature works from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern eras for string ensemble and string quartet literature. We have had to put off our scheduled international tour for two years, unfortunately, for those “2020” reasons we all know about, but we’re hoping and planning toward being able to travel next summer again!

If you would like to audition for Sinfonia or Concert Orchestra, please contact Mrs. Popa at llaorchestras@gmail.com. Auditions will be held August 2-3, 2021.

String Ensemble Performances–Pandemic Edition

Along with the rest of the world, we’ve suffered the loss of being able to perform together in person temporarily. However, the positive side of the story is that our students (and teachers and parents!) have had to learn to be creative to adapt to our current world. We’re so proud of our patient, hard-working students who have been up for the challenge of distance-learning music, which for the most part means online lessons and group classes, and even orchestra. We can’t wait to meet together again and play music for you, but in the meantime, we have been working on a few projects that we’re proud to present.

Spring semester 2020, our Violin Ensembles made a collective video of ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus, arranged by our violin instructor Sammy Young, who also was our talented video producer.

Our second video featured students from both the Violin and Cello Ensembles–Jingle Bells, arranged by Martha Yasuda.

Thanks so much to our awesome students for working so hard on these projects, their parents who helped them through the past year, and our teachers, especially Mr. Young for making these videos.

Spring Performances…Online!

IMG_9459Along with the rest of the world, we are learning to adapt to our temporary new environment this spring. Although we are sad that we can’t collaborate with each other like we’re used to, our stay-at-home time is broadening our experience of what we can create individually, yet together.

Our string teachers are busy researching the best ways to connect with our students via FaceTime, Zoom, and other video platforms for private lessons. Although it isn’t optimal, it’s been nice to be able to “see” our students for their usual weekly lessons anyway, from our homes.

Orchestras and group classes are also using video and other online resources to meet and work on assignments to stay in shape. We have projects for our groups in the works that will be shared as we progress on them.

We also want to share “recitals” by our students. When students record their “recital,” we will keep updating this page with links (posted with parents’ permission).

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Isabella, violin

Finn, cello

LLA Suzuki String Program Winter Workshop 2020

February 16-17, 2020

Registration is open for the 2020 Strings Winter Workshop!

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The LLA String Program’s annual Winter Workshop is an intensive two-day event for string students enrolled in a Suzuki string program. Modeled after Suzuki summer institutes, it is intended to give each student a chance to focus on the study of their instrument with world-class guest faculty from all over the country. 

Both days, the schedule will include:

  • Masterclasses: a short individual lesson with a master teacher, set up so that other students and parents can also learn from observing the lesson
  • Group class: based on the Suzuki repertoire (for books 1-5) or advanced repertoire
  • Orchestra for more advanced students
  • Enrichment activity for younger students
  • Class on alternative musical styles such as fiddling or improvisation

On Monday afternoon, we will finish with a grand finale concert at 4:30 PM in Chan Auditorium.

All classes will take place on the campus of Loma Linda Academy. Parents of students younger than age 13 are required to accompany their students during the day. During free periods, students may practice, read a book or catch up on homework, or just relax with their friends and family. Lunch is not provided; parents must bring along a sack lunch or accompany their children off campus (students may ONLY leave campus with their parents, unless previous arrangements are made with String Program faculty). Childcare is not provided, but parents are encouraged to bring their other children as well for observation.

Registration fee is $175 ($110 for pre-twinkle students ages 4-6). Deadline is November 15. For more information, please contact Stephanie Kime Popa, LLASP Director, at spopa@lla.org

Workshop Clinicians

San Francisco based violin teacher Cathryn S. Lee has taught families and teachers around the world since 1976. As a teacher trainer, Cathryn has taught and lectured at SAA National conferences, Leadership Summits, Suzuki Method World Conferences, the first International Suzuki Teacher Trainer Conference in 2009 and at the 16th World Conference in Japan.  She has given master classes and pedagogy classes in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States.  Cathryn is a guest lecturer in String Pedagogy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cathryn is the author of Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and the Bow Stroke Excerpts books. In 1977, Cathryn founded the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco where she continues to teach students and train teachers.  Cathryn has a B.A. in Performance and Composition, M. A. in Performance from San Francisco College for Women and a teaching certificate from the Talent Education Institute in Japan.  

Nancy Yamagata began her cello studies in Los Angeles with Eleonore Schoenfeld. She received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California where she was awarded Outstanding Graduate. In 1986 she was awarded the SHAR Distinguished Young Teacher Award by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Yamagata has concertized extensively as a chamber musician with the Young International Trio, winning prizes in the 1974 and 1975 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. She is a founding member of the Marina Ensemble and is the cello coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. Ms. Yamagata was formerly the director of the Chamber Music Workshop at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and has served on the Board of the Suzuki Music Association of California. In addition, Ms. Yamagata is a registered teacher trainer in the Suzuki method and has taught at numerous institutes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, including the National Cello Institute at Pomona College.

Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. Mr. Kreitman received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University where he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. In 1986 , he studied at the Talent Education Summer School with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan. Mr. Kreitman has served the Suzuki Teacher’s Association in many capacities including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, Teacher Development team and as Coordinator for several National Suzuki Teacher Conferences. Recently he served on the SAA team which developed the Every Child Can! introductory course. Edward Kreitman enjoys an international reputation as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops. Mr. Kreitman is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is the author of Teaching from the Balance Point: A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and Students and Teaching with an Open Heart: A Guide for Developing Conscious Musicianship. In 2008, Mr. Kreitman was honored with the Suzuki Chair Award at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

A native of North Carolina, Elizabeth Wright received her B.A. in Cello Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, where she studied with Ronald Leonard. Currently, she plays with the New West Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach Opera, and the Long Beach Ballet. She is also an active studio musician for film and television; her work includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the HillAmerican Dad, American Idol, The Voice, and X-Factor. In 2000, she earned her M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from UCLA and concluded six years of directing the Westwood Chamber Orchestra, which she founded in 1994. Soon after, she became the Associate Music Director of the Henry Mancini Institute. She has attended festivals at Tanglewood and Aspen, and studied conducting under Mehli Mehta, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff. A passionate educator, Ms. Wright also served as the Director of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, and on the faculty of the Harmony Project and Mount Saint Mary’s College. In 2016, she launched three new summer programs:  ChamberFest, SuzukiFest, and CelloFest. Ms. Wright is a Suzuki cello teacher and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles.  She also serves on the faculty of the Colburn School.

Margaret Shimizu is a faculty member at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts where she teaches violin and viola, conducts Colburn’s String Ensemble and String Orchestra, and is active in the Colburn Suzuki Strings Program. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from USC and her Master of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her mentors include Rosemarie Krovoza, Alice Schoenfeld, and John Kendall. Ms. Shimizu has been a frequent clinician at music camps, Suzuki institutes, and workshops throughout the United States.

Violinist and guitarist Molly White studied Suzuki violin from age six through high school with Idel Low.  She added classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz un Bill Coulter, and directed the Andean Ensemble during her Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin.  Molly continues to apply her music background to a wide array of creative music projects including her work with New York based chamber pop ensemble Kotorino, and the LA based Eastern European Women’s Ensemble, Nevenka.  Molly is also a singer songwriter, and collaborates in the duo Peach & Knife as well as the children’s music corollary Peach & Spoon!  Molly has shared the stage with an eclectic range of performers from Goran Bregovic to Jaymie Stone and Moira Smiley. Molly has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Liz Arbus, Charles Krigbaum and Ed Sprunger, and guitar pedagogy with Andrea Canon and David Madsen.  She has spent the last four years learning fiddle tunes from David Braggar and other teachers at Walker Creek Folk Music Camp.

Bruno Bastos do Nascimento (Conductor) majored in orchestral conducting at the State University of the Amazon-Brazil, and in 2017 received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-USA in orchestral conducting. He studied under Marcelo de Jesus (Brazil), Gustavo Medina (Venezuela), Sandino Hohaggen (Brazil), Claudio Cruz (Brazil), Edward Dolbashian (USA) and Daisuke Soga (Japan). He conducted the French Alliance Chamber Orchestra-OCAF between 2009 and 2010, and has guest conducted the Experimental Orchestra of the Amazon Philharmonic, the Amazon Chamber Orchestra-OCA, and the Amazon Philharmonic-AF. Nascimento has served as assistant conductor for the Amazon Philharmonic, Amazon Opera Festival, and Amazon Chamber Orchestra. In Missouri, he served as an orchestra and music theory teaching assistant, was named the school’s top TA, and was later elected to the National Music Honor Society. Nascimento was also Associate Conductor of the Amazon Philharmonic-Brazil for the 2017-2018 season, Assistant Conductor in the 2018 Amazon Opera Festival, and Assistant Conductor in the Amazon Chamber Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season. Since 2010, he has been a part of the faculty of the Arts and Music School of the Federal University of the Amazon-Brazil, and recently was invited to be part of the Amazon Academy of Music. Nascimento is currently in his second year of UCLA’s DMA program in orchestral conducting, studying with Neal Stulberg.


Parent Information Meeting

Welcome to another new school year! Some of you are starting your senior year, and some are entering kindergarten. We wish you all an exciting year of music-making and we’re looking forward to working with all of you!


To start us off, our annual mandatory parent meeting will be Monday, September 9 at 7:00 PM in the Elementary Choir Room. This is your chance to reconnect with each other, go through some plans for the year, and have some discussion time to inspire you to get your musical year going.

We are also inviting any families who would like to learn more about the LLA String Program to join us at that time.

Secondly, all group classes and orchestras will keep the same Wednesday schedule as last year and our first rehearsal is September 4, combined violin group class at 5:00. (Students auditioning for orchestra will be notified of their results sometime next week. Symphony families will be meeting with Dr. Anderson on August 28 at 5:30 PM to discuss the tour.)

Happy music-making!

Orchestra Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season

We have certainly missed seeing our students in person this past quarter, and are looking forward to a better year next year. We’ve had a lot of disappointments this spring, including the unfortunate cancellation of our Italy tour, but we are working on planning options for the upcoming semester, whether distance learning or (hopefully) being together, at some point at least. But we hope that you will join us on this journey, and stay tuned for more updates on how we can soon enjoy making music together!

Our two orchestras, Concert Orchestra (intermediate) and Symphony Orchestra (advanced), will be accepting video auditions for the 2019-2020 school year.

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LLASP Orchestra Audition Information

This year, auditions for the LLASP Orchestras will be open to video entries. Videos are due August 15, 2020.

Guidelines: 

Please prepare a video recording of the following:

  • One scale and one arpeggio, two or three octaves, any key and variation you prefer, showing your best tone quality and intonation;
  • Two pieces of your choice, of contrasting tempo/style, etc., no more than 5 minutes each. 
  • All video recordings must be of reasonable quality that displays your current level of performance. It may be from a recent (this year) performance or recorded in your home, etc. Professional recordings are not necessary and not recommended.The scale and repertoire performances may be recorded at different times but please combine them into one upload.
  • Position the camera’s field-of-view so that both right and left arms are in clear view (i.e. no music stand blocking bow arm or fingerboard, keys, or embouchure).
  • Performances may not be edited or spliced. Please use one continuous take only. Videos showing evidence of editing may be disqualified.

Please post your videos to YouTube for review. Send your link (one video link per person) to llaorchestras@gmail.com by August 15.

Download the audition form here (please attach to your email):  audition form 20

Be sure that privacy settings are set to allow us to view your video.

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Requirements for participation in LLA Orchestras

First, please consult with your private teacher regarding recommendation for participation in orchestra.

  • The Loma Linda Academy Symphony rehearsals area Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM.
  • Concert Orchestra rehearsals are Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM (note new time).

Placement in either orchestra will be determined at this audition.

Loma Linda Academy High School students will receive fine arts credit for both Concert and Symphony Orchestras, and are required to register for the class to participate. There is no fee for LLA students, regardless of grade. Non-LLA students will be required to register as “special enrollment” at LLA for a $175 for the year.

Please be advised that part of the class requirements for both Symphony and Concert Orchestras is that participation in every performance is mandatory. 

Concert Orchestra Expectations:

  • Comfort level in shifting and sight-reading music in lower positions (first and third position for violins)
  • Solid intonation and strong tone in two-octave major scales and arpeggios
  • Ability to work together with colleagues in a focused learning environment
  • At least age 7 in fall 2020
  • Generally, students are at least Suzuki book 3 level or equivalent

Symphony Orchestra Expectations:

  • STRINGS: Comfort with shifting and sight-reading in both lower and higher positions (especially important for 1st violins as they frequently have notes in the higher positions). Generally, students are at least Suzuki book 5 level or equivalent
  • STRINGS: Comfort with advanced bowing techniques such as spiccato, up-bow staccato, etc.
  • STRINGS/WOODWINDS/BRASS: Comfort with vibrato
  • WOODWINDS/BRASS: Comfort with various tongued patterns/articulations
  • PERCUSSION: Comfort with keyboard, snare, and timpani
  • EVERYONE: Solid intonation and strong tone in 2/3-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • At least age 12 in fall 2020

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Winter Workshop 2019

Loma Linda Academy

January 20-21, 2019

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The LLA String Program’s annual Winter Workshop is an intensive two-day event for string students enrolled in our Suzuki string program. Modeled after Suzuki summer institutes, it is intended to give each student a chance to focus on the study of their instrument with world-class guest faculty from all over the country. 

Both days, the schedule will include:

  • Masterclasses: a short individual lesson with a master teacher, set up so that other students and parents can also learn from observing the lesson
  • Group class: based on the Suzuki repertoire (for books 1-5) or advanced repertoire
  • Orchestra for more advanced students
  • Enrichment activity for younger students
  • Improvisation

On Monday afternoon, we will finish with a grand finale concert at 4:30 PM in Chan Auditorium.

All classes will take place on the campus of Loma Linda Academy. Parents of students younger than age 13 are required to accompany their students during the day. During free periods, students may practice, read a book or catch up on homework, or just relax with their friends and family. Lunch is not provided; parents must bring along a sack lunch or accompany their children off campus (students may ONLY leave campus with their parents, unless previous arrangements are made with String Program faculty). Childcare is not provided, but parents are encouraged to bring their other children as well for observation.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Kime Popa, LLASP Director, at spopa@lla.org

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2019 Workshop Guest Faculty

Liz ArbusLiz Arbus, (violin) is an SAA Sanctioned Teacher Trainer. Liz received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Illinois State University and her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she studied with the renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainer, John Kendall. She became director of Suzuki Talent Education in Pasadena (STEP) in 2002. She enjoys teaching at Suzuki Institutes all over the United States. Liz studies Baroque performance practice along with continuing musical education at independent and Suzuki workshops . Ms. Arbus has also taught in the Joliet, Il. Public Schools (1978), Suzuki violin in Berkeley, Calif. 1980-1985 and with the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program 1985—2004. In teaching children I see the hope and joy that learning brings. In learning the violin, children do a step-by-step process of discovery which carries over into every aspect of life. The Suzuki Method aids in this growth process with consistent nurturing from both parent and teacher. Suzuki Institutes provide an enjoyable environment to motivate students, parents and teachers. Being able to produce music can create self-assurance and an inner joy. Listening to music can soothe our hearts and minds. I hope through my teaching I can create a lifelong connection to a marvelous musical tradition.

Megan Shung SmithMegan Shung Smith, (violin and improvisation) graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music with honors, studying under David Updegraff, and also earned her Suzuki pedagogy certifications with Kimberly Meier-Sims. Upon graduation, she continued her studies with Paul Kantor in Houston, TX for two years. Past mentors include Richard Schwabe and Henry Gronnier at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Megan’s honors include the 2011 Dr. Jerome D. Gross Prize in Violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music and 2008 International House of Blues Foundation Ambassador Scholarship.

She is currently a Suzuki violin/viola faculty and department coordinator at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. In addition, she spends her summer teaching at numerous institutes with a specialty in jazz and improv.

Kathleen SpringKathleen Spring, (violin) a 1974 graduate of Walla Walla University, has also studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna with Eduard Melkus and with Alan Bodman at Washington State University. She received a M.Mus. in Violin performance with James Maurer from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Honors include the ASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for Washington State,1996. Con Brio, her Jr. Hi. string ensemble performed at the Washington MENC convention, 1998. Her violin studio performance group, Spring Strings, performs regularly in the Denver metro area and has participated studio exchange tours with both Swiss and Belgian Suzuki students in Switzerland.

A registered Teacher Trainer, Kathleen teaches workshops the US, has guest taught in both Europe and Asia. She teaches Suzuki Violin Pedagogy in the long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and maintains an active studio in the Denver metro area.

Elizabeth Wright (cello)

Elizabeth WrightA native of North Carolina, Elizabeth Wright received her B.A. in Cello Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, where she studied with Ronald Leonard.

Currently, she plays with the New West Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach Opera, the Long Beach Ballet, and the chamber music series, Jacaranda: Music at the Edge of Santa Monica. A versatile performer, Ms. Wright has shared the stage with Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Zinman, Ivan Fischer, John Williams, John Clayton, Vince Mendoza, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Christian McBride, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Ben Harper, Kelly Clarkson, and Whitney Houston. She is also an active studio musician for film and television; her work includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the HillAmerican Dad, American Idol, The Voice, and X-Factor. 

In 2000, she earned her M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from UCLA and concluded six years of directing the Westwood Chamber Orchestra, which she founded in 1994. Soon after, she became the Associate Music Director of the Henry Mancini Institute. She has attended festivals at Tanglewood and Aspen, and studied conducting under Mehli Mehta, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.

A passionate educator, Ms. Wright has designed and implemented educational outreach programs for the Young Musicians Foundation and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She has taught cello, violin, and general music for the YMF Youth Mentor Artist Program, Children’s Music Workshop, the American Youth Symphony String Project, and the Henry Mancini Institute, as well as the LAUSD and Santa Monica-Malibu School districts. Ms. Wright also served as the Director of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, and on the faculty of the Harmony Project and Mount Saint Mary’s College. In 2016, she launched three new summer programs:  ChamberFest, SuzukiFest, and CelloFest.

Ms. Wright is a Suzuki cello teacher and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles.  She also serves on the faculty of the Colburn School.

Nancy YamagataNancy Yamagata (cello) began her cello studies in Los Angeles with Eleonore Schoenfeld. She received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California where she was awarded Outstanding Graduate. In 1986 she was awarded the SHAR Distinguished Young Teacher Award by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Yamagata has concertized extensively as a chamber musician with the Young International Trio, winning prizes in the 1974 and 1975 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. She is a founding member of the Marina Ensemble and is the cello coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. Ms. Yamagata was formerly the director of the Chamber Music Workshop at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and has served on the 

Board of the Association of California. In addition, Ms. Yamagata is a registered teacher trainer in the Suzuki method and has taught at numerous institutes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, including the National Cello Institute at Pomona College.

Alvaro G. Diaz Rodriguez (conductor) studied music at the Centro de Estudios Musicales de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) and the Escuela Nacional de Música de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), having as main teachers Boris Glouzman, Susan Barret, Carmen Thierry and Julio Estrada. He also holds a BA in History from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, a specialty in Cultural Policy and Management from the UAM-Iztapalapa, a Masters in Teaching and is currently a PhD candidate in Music with a specialty in Historical Musicology from the Universidad Católica Argentina. 

Rodriguez has been invited to give concerts and conferences in various universities, festivals and congresses in Mexico, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Canada, USA, Cuba and Argentina. Within his publications he has several articles in music and aesthetic research journals, and he has written chapters for various books.

He is currently the musical director of the Ensenada Chamber Orchestra, and the Founding Patron of the IAP Music and Art Networks Project Foundation, focused mainly on the support of children and young people with limited resources, through music. He is a full time Research Professor at the UABC. He has received several scholarships and distinctions for his career, among which stand out: fellow as orchestral director of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (2010-2011 / 2015-2016) and in 2011 he was named Distinguished Citizen of Ensenada, for his artistic career.

 

2018-2019 Orchestra Auditions

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We would like to welcome you to audition for the LLA Orchestra Program! Auditions will be held at Loma Linda Academy (Elementary Building) on Sunday, August 12, 2018 for the upcoming school year.

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playing. Concert Orchestra meets every Wednesday at LLA from 6:00-7:30 PM throughout the school year.

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LLA Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Dean Anderson, director) is our most advanced orchestra, and includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion as well as strings. Symphony Orchestra goes on an annual tour in the spring.

 

 

Spaghetti for Strings: Feb. 25-26

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We’re excited about our Spaghetti for Strings concert and fundraiser in two weeks! There are two parts to this event: the Spaghetti part and the Strings part.

First of all, the Strings part will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 PM in the Loma Linda Academy High School Gymnasium. We will kick off our fundraiser with a special gala concert featuring all of the ensembles of the LLA String Program. The program will include:

  • LLA Violin Ensemble
  • LLA Viola Ensemble
  • LLA Cello Ensemble
  • LLA Concert Orchestra
  • LLA Symphony Orchestra

The concert is free and the community is invited, so please bring all of your friends, family, teachers, neighbors, anyone who enjoys music!

Secondly, the Spaghetti part will take place the following day, Monday, February 26. From 4-8 PM, if you eat at the Macaroni Grill in Redlands (Citrus Plaza, 27490 Lugonia Ave.), either dine-in or take-out, a portion of sales will go to support the String Program. Please present this announcement or one of our flyers at the restaurant.

We want to thank everyone in our community and our network of wonderful parents, families, and of course students who have worked hard to present this event for you! Proceeds from the Spaghetti for Strings concert and fundraiser will go to purchasing music and instruments, student scholarships for events and workshops, and community programs such as outreach and community children’s concerts.

2018 Suzuki Winter Workshop

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We are working on planning our Suzuki Winter Workshop this year, which will be held January 14 and 15. The Winter Workshop is like a mini music camp where students will get a chance to work with clinicians who are coming from all over the country.

Each student will have be involved in a masterclass, where they will have a short individual lesson with the teacher, and get a chance to observe a few other students’ lessons in the same hour. There will also be group classes for every instrument and level. Younger students will participate in Suzuki group classes for their respective book, and more advanced students will have an advanced ensemble for their instrument as well as chamber groups, while younger students will enjoy a craft enrichment activity.

For information on how to apply, please contact Stephanie Popa at spopa@lla.org. Registrations must be received by December 15.

Jared Ballance Jared Ballance will be teaching cello masterclasses, as well as Dalcroze classes for all instruments. Dalcroze is a method of teaching concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement, solfège, and improvisation. Dr. Ballance comes to us from Kent, Washington, where he teaches cello along with his wife, Ruth Marie, who will also be joining our violin faculty. Dr. Ballance holds performance and education degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music and the Dalcroze certificate from Juilliard. He has taught cello at ENCORE School for Strings, the University of Rochester, Samford University, Oakwood University, and given master classes at Andrews University, the Eastman School of Music, and at cello workshops.

Ruth Marie Ballance will be joining her husband Jared at our workshop teaching violin. Ruth Marie BallanceShe has previously been on faculty at Samford University, where she was a member of the Samford University Quartet; University of Alabama—Birmingham; STEP Birmingham; Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, NY; Cleveland Institute of Music and Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Ohio; Credo Chamber Music at Oberlin College; and Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop.  Ruth Marie studied violin with Leonard Posner, Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Paul Kantor among others, and received the Cleveland Institute of Music Jerome Gross Prize in Violin in 2001.

Colleen Ferguson

Colleen Ferguson, violin teacher, is currently the violin professor at Eastern Kentucky University. After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music from UT Austin, where she was also a faculty member of the UT Austin String Project, Dr. Ferguson taught general music and orchestra in the El Paso, TX public schools and also played professionally as a member of several orchestras in the El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM area. Subsequently, Dr. Ferguson earned both a Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa.

Charles KrigbaumCharles Krigbaum, violin/viola teacher, is a Suzuki Talent Education specialist and is the founder and Director of the North Texas School of Talent Education, a Suzuki violin and viola program located in Plano, Texas. Mr. Krigbaum studied at the Schwob School of Music, University of Texas at Arlington, and Indiana University, where he studied String Pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. In 2014, Charles became a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  He has taught at workshops and Institutes throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany; he is also past President of the North Texas Suzuki Association, a Chapter Affiliate of the SAA.

April Losey lives in Redlands, California where she teaches both violin and viola. April April LoseyLosey grew up as a Suzuki student and has been an active Suzuki teacher for over twenty years. She has taken extensive teacher training in both violin and viola, continuing to be passionate about finding ways to inspire kids to learn. Ms. Losey graduated with a M.M. in Viola Performance from Arizona State University, a B.A. in Music from Washington Adventist University, and has studied privately with Donald McInnes. In addition to freelancing throughout the Los Angeles area, April is a member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. She is the director of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop, is a registered SAA viola teacher trainer.

Nancy YamagataNancy Yamagata is joining us from Northridge, California. Ms. Yamagata holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Southern California where she was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music in 1978. She began her cello studies in Los Angeles with Eleonore Schoenfeld and studied Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney, Barbara Wampner, Tanya Carey, and Gilda Barston. In 1986 she received the SHAR Distinguished Young Teacher Award at the Biennial SAA Conference. Ms. Yamagata is the cello coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles where she has taught for the past 38 years. In addition, she has directed the Chamber Music Workshop at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and is a valued member of the National Cello Institute faculty.