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January 2022 Newsletter




Happy 2022 everyone! It's a new year which means new beginnings. Did any of you make any resolutions? Perhaps to practice more?! That's always a good one! We are particularly excited to feature our first adult student as student of the month! She think she is super cool and we know you will agree :) Here is what we have for our January issue:


  • January Birthdays

  • Student of the Month- Jennifer Leland

  • Welcome to our new students!

  • Paint the Music Premiere

  • The Sešeks perform with the Mercury Chamber Orchestra

  • February 2022 Practice Challenge!

  • Fanny and Felix's Follies

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


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It’s the beginning of a new year and let’s celebrate those born in the first month! Let’s wish our January friends a very happy birthday!


Stefan C.

Lena C.

Justina S.

Krishna S.


 

Welcome to our new students!


We have A LOT of new students we would like to welcome to the Sešek String Studio. This is a great community of strings enthusiasts, and we can tell you that good things are sure to come!


Claire D.

Sarah L.

Haolei F.

Tobi A.

Justina S.

Mishal A.

Krishna S.

Gopal S.

Aryan P.

Suhani S.


 

Student of the Month

Jennifer Leland




City and state currently residing? Seattle, WA

What are you playing/working on right now? W. F. Bach viola duets, Max Reger Suite #1 in g minor, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Marić for an upcoming Seattle Philharmonic concert. When did you start in SSS? October 2017 [OMG Amber, it's been that long?!] What drew you to the viola? I started in 6th grade as part of a public school program, and after I'd already played piano for a few years. Viola (and violists) just seemed a little out of the ordinary and in demand, and then I totally fell for that one of a kind viola sound (magical!). What is your favorite musical experience to date? So hard to pick! In recent years, hearing Dudamel conduct the Rite of Spring with the LA Phil at the Disney Concert Hall in LA was phenomenal. Being able to perform at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Philharmonic is a total treat too, and I really like the camaraderie in our big viola section. What do you do for a living? Senior Project Manager for Inclusive Design at Starbucks Coffee Company. Basically I work closely with customers and employees with different types of disabilities to figure out how to design Starbucks stores, digital tools, and equipment to be more usable for more people. In what other activities do you participate? Travel - especially international travel and visiting my 3 nieces - is the other thing I spend most of my free time doing. Any other tidbits about yourself that you want others to know? I have a great dog named Leo (husky) who keeps me company when I'm practicing.



 

Paint the Music Premiere!


Last year before leaving Seattle, the Sešeks recorded a concert for the Sustain Music Project. The concert features artist Pacific Northwest painter and artist, Kimberly Tremper, doing a live painting inspired by the works chosen by the Sešeks. Additionally, the concert features “Water Pastel,” a work written for the Sešeks by composer Angelique Poteat, who recently premiered her cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony. After several months of hiatus due to the pandemic, The concert will be premiered on Sunday, January 23rd at 3pm CST and 1pm PST. If you are interested you can find more information by following clicking the video link below!




 

The Sešeks perform with Mercury Chamber Orchestra


Luka and Amber have both been asked to perform with Houston’s Mercury Chamber Orchestra in their Handel and Vivaldi Concert on Saturday February 12 at 8pm CST. The Mercury Chamber Orchestra offers unique programming with stunning visuals. You may find more information including tickets for both in person and streaming options at this link:



 

February practice challenge 2022!


Okay everyone, gear up! We are going to have another practice challenge for the month of February. The challenge and prize will be announced in next month’s newsletter so make sure to log on to our website or look in the mail for the challenge information. The winner of the challenge will be announced in the March Newsletter. Last year, Metta M. was at the top of the deck! Let’s see if anyone can take her down this year! Looking forward to seeing what you all accomplish!



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Fanny and Felix’s Follies


Luka and I were fortunate to be able to travel to his home country of Slovenia for Christmas this year. But that meant our poodles had to stay behind. Not that they were sad because they had a BLAST with the best dog sitter in Texas, Miss Lauren. We received pictures everyday of them bouncing and playing with lots of other dogs to their hearts’ delight. It felt good knowing that they were well taken care of and had a great time as well! Enjoy a few pictures from their vacation!





TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!


Help spread the word about our studio! If you refer a friend, and they sign up for lessons, you get 15% off of your next month's total tuition!


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It's our way of saying "Thank You" for helping us grow! There is NO LIMIT to the number of people you can refer! (Just make sure they include you as a reference when they sign up!)


We always appreciate Google reviews too! It helps us get seen on the web.


We'll see you next month!