Come and celebrate the MacPhail Suzuki Program 50th Anniversary!

Mark Bjork founded the Suzuki program in 1967 with just a few violin students, after seeing the Suzuki Violin Tour Group from Japan during one of their first international tours to the United States. In 1974, Nancy Pederson began a Suzuki piano program at MacPhail and became the Suzuki Associate Director. The two worked together to build one of the most reputable Suzuki programs in the country. Today the program features lessons in 7 instruments (piano, harp, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and flute) and has more than 700 students.

We hope current and former Suzuki students, teachers, parents, family and friends can come together to celebrate the rich history of our program.

We’ll gather the weekend of January 5 and 6, 2018 for some fun events. Mark your calendars now! Included will be:

Friday, January 5

6:00 pm, Antonello Hall: Suzuki Department recital featuring current students and recent alumni

o Come and listen to current Suzuki students and recent alumni of all instruments and levels
o Reception to follow provided by the MSA
o Free and open to the public (no reservations required)

Saturday, January 6

9:30 am – 11:00 am, Florence Center, De LaSalle High School: String Play-Ins during group classes

o Bring your instrument and join our group classes to play your Suzuki favorites!
o Free and open to alumni string students and faculty
o Email to reserve your spot

7:00 pm, Antonello Hall: Suzuki 50th Anniversary Gala Alumni Benefit Recital

Featuring Suzuki program alumni performers, including Xavier Jara, guitar, Michael Sutton, violin Henry Johnston, guitar, Travis Anderson, piano and Kirsten Docter, viola




$25 adults, $15 youth (ages 6 through 18), $5 for current Suzuki students
How to order:
Tickets may be ordered by calling 612.767.5250 or by stopping by Student Services at MacPhail locations in Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Apple Valley or White Bear Lake. Advance purchase is recommended. All tickets are general admission. Seating is subject to availability.

Reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine to follow, hosted by the MSA.

Any net proceeds from ticket sales will fund the Bjork/Pederson Student Scholarship Fund.
The Bjork/Pederson Suzuki Student Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the MSA (MacPhail Suzuki Association and honors Mark Bjork and Nancy Pederson for their years of teaching and work in establishing MacPhail’s Suzuki Program.Today, in celebration of the Suzuki program’s 50th Anniversary, the MSA will match all gifts to the Bjork-Pederson Scholarship, up to $5,000. Our goal is to raise the $25,000 needed to permanently endow the fund making it possible to award a scholarship annually to a student/s in the MacPhail Suzuki program to help defray tuition costs. This would provide much needed support to students with financial need in our program.

Please make your gift to the Bjork/Pederson Suzuki Student Scholarship Fund today!

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Share Your Suzuki Stories and Stay connected!

We’re collecting Suzuki Stories and photos from the past to publish in our Suzuki Newsletter, The Gavotte and/or to display at the Gala Recital. Send your story about your personal experience with the Suzuki program and photos (JPEG files, please) to  Click on the Gavotte Newsletter link in the red box above to read Suzuki Stories from the past, learn about Suzuki Department News and to find Gala Weekend updates.

50TH Anniversary t-shirts available for $20.00!

Email to order yours today. Comes in Youth and Adult sizes. Limited supply available.