September 27th, 2019
Hi fiddle families! I think we are finally settling into a routine and getting everyone’s private and group class schedules figured out. I apologize if I didn’t get your invoices out in a timely manner this month. Between the schedule shifting around, and most of my non-teaching free-time being consumed by my lovely children, I admit to getting behind on a lot of things :-/
Please look over this month’s calendar as there are a few updates to the original schedule. The first being a performance we are doing that is now on Sunday, October 6th at 11 am. We will be performing at the “Make It Alaska Festival” at the Dena’ina Center. Students should arrive by 10:30 so we can tune up and get all the microphones set up in time for our set. This is a free event, and also a good opportunity to support local small businesses, so please invite your friends and family to come too!
The other semi-performance we have this month is the “Spooky Suzuki Playdown” on Saturday, October 26that 10am at the Pioneer Home. There is a tricky door-lock system, so it will be important to arrive at the Pioneer Home by 9:30am so they can meet us in the entry and bring us up the elevator. I have been trying to get us over there to play for the retirement community once per semester. Since this year we will be doing it the Saturday before Halloween, I thought it would be fun to have us all dress up in our Halloween Costumes. This is also one of the only performances we do where we play almost entirely Suzuki repertoire. (We usually end up with a little time to play a couple fiddle tunes at the end too.) ;)
Margo DuFort Vanderburg’s family will be hosting this month’s potluck and jam on October 12th at 4:30pm. Bring a side-dish for the potluck, and your fiddle (and any other instruments you or your family members can play along with!) We do almost all songs that have singing, so if you don’t know a tune, everyone can most certainly sing along (which will help you learn the tune faster in the future!) If you can’t make it to this jam, the next one will be on November 9th. I still need a host for that one, so if you are interested, please let me know.
Again, thank you all for being such awesome Suzuki families and being patient as I go through this pretty big transition with the new house and baby. Getting little tasks (like writing up this newsletter) seem to take twice as long these days, but I know it will get easier as we get settled into our new situation. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or requests. Happy fiddling!