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May 2021 Newsletter

Updated: Aug 8


April and May Birthdays


Let's wish our Sešek String Studio friends a

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (BELATED IN SOME CASES!


Phoebe Z.

Ronald L.

Mary N.

Ronin C.

Zack J.

Sophia P.

Vihaan W.

Avni W.

Sarah Y.

Student of the Month

Lilian Nguyenphuoc


Every month we feature a different SSS student. It’s not an easy decision since all of you are doing a wonderful job! Chosen SOTM's recieve a prize for being selected.


Age: High School ;)

Instrument: Viola


1. What are you playing/working on right now?

I’m working on the first and last movements of Bach Suite 5 in C minor, the first movement of Walton’s Viola Concerto, and becoming a wonderful scale machine.


2. When did you start in SSS?

I started in the studio in the early spring of my eighth grade – it’s been just over three years!


3. What drew you to the viola?

I switched from violin to viola in middle school because I felt that the viola’s warmer tonal color better matched the vision of the musician I wanted to be. It was the right choice, because I find myself coming back to my viola even when I’m struggling with it.


4. What is your favorite musical experience to date?

I think my favorite musical experience to date was attending SYSO’s Dances of the Americas the March of last year, which broadened my perspective as a musician and led me to discover music from composers I had never heard of before.


5. In what other activities do you participate?

Other than lessons at the studio, I am most notably a part of the Knowledge Bowl club at my school, a consistent library-goer, and a dabbling creative writer.


6. Any other tidbits about yourself that you want others to know?

Alongside music, two other passions in my life are the literary and culinary arts, for which I’ll be forever grateful to my mother for encouraging me to grow in both.

Sorry We Missed April


Last month was quite full with performances and extras! But we are back on track and look forward to seeing you monthly again! In case you missed it, check out Amber's performance with the Byron Schenkman & Friends chamber series!



Student Accomplishments!


Congratulations to SOPHIA STEVENSON! Sophia accepted a $49,000 a year scholarship to study at the Eastman School of Music, a part of the University of Rochester in New York, and one of the finest music schools in the world!That's almost $200,000 for 4 years!She will study with former violist of the Grammy Award winning Pacifica Quartet, Masumi Per Rostad. Sophia was also awarded scholarships to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Washington, and WesternWashington University. To say we are proud is an understatement!

Important Dates


Sunday June 13 Studio Class on ZOOM- Opportunity to play your piece(s) for your cohort and both instructors. Players receive feedback from both insgructors and possibly peers. Times for classes will come out over email 2 weeks before the event.


Sunday June 20 Spring Recital- We are still working out details, but we are hoping to have both an in person and online recital option.We will be sending information via email soon!


Summer Lessons

Summer is right around the corner and with that comes new schedules.We know many of you like to change your lesson times for the summer months. We will be sending out our summer lesson scheduling sheets the first week of June.Be on the lookout for those via email.

Sustain Music Project

The Sešeks will be featured on the Sustain Music Project's virtual Concert series beginning June 25th. It will feature works by Boruslav Martinu, Johan Halvorsen and local composer, Angelique Poteat. Google "The Sustain Music Project" for more details on the premiere.


Fanny and Felix's Follies


The Dogwood trees were in full bloom the last week of April and the first week of May.The Poodlessohns took full advantage of the delicate pink blossoms for frolicking!They sure know how to have a good time!

Tell Your Friends and Family


Help spread the word about our studio!

If you refer a friend, and they sign up for lessons, you receive $80 OFF your next month! Just be sure they include your name when they sign up! (One name per referral.)


Referrals are UNLIMITED!!!


By the way, we ALWAYS appreciate Google reviews.