stylized cello with Suzuki Workshop 2024

March 8 and 9, 2024

Friday, March 8: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Feb. 9, 2024

The Suzuki Workshop is an intensive two-day workshop for Suzuki violin, viola and cello students. Over the weekend, students will participate in technique classes, repertoire classes, enrichment classes, play-ins and will get to hear a special guest performance.

Suzuki violin, viola and cello students ages 4 and up may register for the Suzuki Workshop. Note: A parent must attend the workshop with their child/children.

The workshop will take place at the Community Music School of Webster University (on the Webster University main campus), 535 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-968-5939.


Workshop fees are not refundable and are processed in the order of date received. Enrollment is limited.

Non-CMS students (before Feb, 9): $125.00
CMS students: Free (included in CMS tuition)

**A $25.00 late fee will be charged for ALL registrations submitted after Feb. 9.

Workshop Faculty

Dr. Crystal Chu-Sharp holds a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance with a secondary area in Wind Conducting from the University of Oregon. Previously, Crystal earned her M.M. from New York University, B.M. from the National University of Singapore, and studied in an exchange program at the Peabody Institute. Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Chu-Sharp is happy to call St. Louis home with her family. Her doctoral research is concerned with cross-disciplinary art and creative performance practice, including its pedagogical value. Dr. Chu-Sharp specializes in performing new music by living composers, solo marimba, and percussion chamber music. Her teaching style is suitable for all ages and goal-oriented, and she always aims to provide an inclusive learning environment for her students. Crystal is a licensed Kindermusik instructor and early childhood program coordinator at Webster Community Music School.

Violist Sharon Chung enjoys an active life as a chamber and orchestral musician in Central Illinois. Sharon currently performs as principal viola with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra as guest principal viola. She is on the faculty of Millikin University and teaches for many clinics and workshops, such as the Chicago Suzuki Institute, Illinois State University’s Viola Day, and Millikin University’s All-State String Seminar. She has previously held the position of co-principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and spent two summers with the National Repertory Orchestra, as principal violist and featured soloist. As a chamber musician, she has performed in master classes for members of the Alban Berg, Cleveland, Tokyo, and Pacifica String Quartets. Sharon graduated magna cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, and also holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Roland Vamos. Also notably, Sharon is an elected official. Since 2022, she has represented much of Bloomington-Normal as State Representative of the 91st District of the Illinois House. It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to bring a musician’s and educator’s perspective to state governance. 

Siri Heglund Geenen, received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University and her Master of Music in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been concertmaster of the Columbia Civic Orchestra since 2003 and also a violinist in the Missouri Symphony Orchestra since 2005.  In 2019 Siri received the Missouri ASTA "Studio Teacher of the Year" award.  Siri runs a Suzuki violin studio out of her home in Columbia, Missouri and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. Siri also helps direct a music program through the City of Refuge that pairs advanced high school string players with young refugee children who want to learn the violin. One of her biggest joys in life has been sharing her love of violin and music with her two daughters, Solveig and Linnea who are both pursuing music degrees in college. As an empty nester, Siri enjoys spending time exploring her love of the outdoors with her husband Rich, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Vera McCoy-Sulentic is the retired Director of the Suzuki Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has been a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1991 and conducts long term Suzuki teacher training at SIUE. A frequent clinician at Suzuki workshops, she has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, and has taught in Bermuda, Sweden, Taiwan, and Brazil. She was the recipient of SIUE’s Excellence in Teaching award in 1996 and has been a faculty member and director of the SIUE Suzuki Program since 1997. Additionally, she has ten years of string teaching experience in the public schools of Edwardsville, Illinois and Eugene, Oregon. In 1988, Vera earned a Masters in Music Education from SIUE which included long term teacher training with John Kendall. Other Suzuki training has been with Mihoko Hirata, Yuko Mori, Evelyn Hermann, and Doris Pruecil. Academic degrees include a B. M in Music Education from the University of Oregon and a B. A. in French from the University of Iowa. Thanks to two wonderful sons who studied violin and cello, she also has had two decades of Suzuki Parenting experience.

Alyssa Avery has been playing violin for two decades. She graduated from Webster University with a bachelor's in Music with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance. She has become known as one of the most versatile violinists in the area. She regularly performs with a klezmer band, jazz ensembles, in pit orchestras, while touring nationally with her modern folk trio Mt. Thelonious and hip-hop producer tristaño. She previously taught fiddle classes at the Folk School and currently teaches improv, fiddle styles, student ensembles and private lessons.

St. Louis cellist Ranya Iqbal maintains a busy performance schedule and an eclectic mix of musical output. You may find her performing as principal cellist of the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis or with the Winter Opera orchestra. Additionally, she is a member of the Zafira String Quartet - an electric string quartet. She is often collaborating with great local Jazz, World, and Folk musicians in special concerts and on albums. In that realm, some of the groups she performs with are Autumn’s Child (Native American flute), Triosity (a ukulele, voice, and cello jazz trio), and Acoustic Element (Latin jazz). When Ranya is not performing, she enjoys teaching cello privately.

Andrea Yun is an active performer and teacher. She believes in the power of a child’s autonomy. Andrea is a member of the Detroit Opera; Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; and Baroque on Beaver Island orchestra (principal). Andrea is one of 40 Suzuki cello teacher trainers in the Americas and is on Paul Katz’s CelloBello teacher training team. Andrea has held teaching positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bowling Green State University, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, and Okemos Chippewa Middle School. Andrea holds a dual bachelor's degree in music education and mathematics; master's in cello performance; and doctorate in cello performance and pedagogy. Her solo and chamber performances have been heard on CBC Radio (Canada), WKAR-East Lansing, WRCJ-Detroit, Blue Lake Public Radio, and Interlochen Public Radio. Andrea was awarded the 2020 Teacher of the Year award by the Michigan chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Andrea lives in Ann Arbor, MI, where she homeschools her daughter. She is an avid swing dancer and park roller-skater.

Workshop Schedule

 Friday, March 8th

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration & Play-ins (no pre-Twinkle)



Saturday, March 9th

9:00 - 11:50 a.m. Classes
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (lunch is not provided)
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. St. Louis String Collective Performance
2:00 - 3:50 p.m. Classes

Pre-Twinkle students will have two classes Saturday morning only: an instrument class and a movement class. All other students will have a technique class, a repertoire class, and an enrichment class in addition to the Friday Play-in. During your free hours you may observe another class or visit with your friends. All families will get to hear the 1:00 performance by the St. Louis String Collective.

Repertoire Lists

Book 1 ALL
Book 2: Chorus
Hunters’ Chorus
The Two Grenadiers
Witches’ Dance
Lully Gavotte
Book 3:  Martini Gavotte
Gavotte in g minor
Gavotte in D Major
Book 4: Seitz Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvt.
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, 1st mvt.
Bohm Perpetual Motion
Bach Double Concerto, 2nd violin
Book 5: Bach Gavottes
Country Dance
Bach Double Concerto, 1st violin
Book 6: Fiocco Allegro
Book 7: Mozart Minuet

Book 1:
Twinkle and all Variations
French Folk Song
Lightly Row
Song of the Wind
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
O Come, Little Children
May Song
Long, Long Ago
Perpetual Motion
Minuet 1
Minuet 2
Minuet 3

Book 2:
Chorus From Judas Maccabeus
Hunter's Chorus
Witches' Dance
Lully Gavotte

Book 3:
Martini Gavotte
Bach Minuet

Book 4: 
Seitz 5/1
Telemann 2nd movement 

Book 5:
Veracini Gigue

Book 6:
Fiocco Allegro
J.C Bach 1st movement 

Book 1: All 
Book 2: Long, Long Ago
Minuet 1
Hunter’s Chorus
March in G
Book 3: Berceuse
La Cinquantaine
Book 4: Breval Movement 1  
Book 5: Vivaldi Sonata Movement I
Book 6: Vivaldi Double