Mardi Gras Workshop



Friday, February 9

12:00—1:00 PM Registration

1:00—7:15 PM Classes

Saturday, February 10

8:00 AM—12:00 PM Classes

12:00—1:15 PM Lunch Break

1:15—3:15 PM Classes

3:30—4:45 PM Informal Final Concert (all students)

6:00 PM Krewe of Gemini Parade

Weather permitting, everyone meets between Albany and Albert on E. Kings Hwy for the Mardi Gras Parade.

Easy parking at Broadmoor Methodist Parking Lot. Wear your Workshop T-Shirt!

Sunday, February 11

Scott Conklin, clinician

Group 1: 9:45-11:15 (30 minutes each)

 Cal Alexander, Miriam Cole, Neelie Lim, and Charlotte Cole

Group 2: 11:15-12:45 (30 minutes each)

Samuel Aycock, Sophie Wiener, and Elizabeth Brice

Lunch 12:45-1:45  

Group 3: 1:45- 3:45 (30 minutes each)

Isabelle Veneracion, Ashini Modi, Diego Martinez, and Landon Kay

All classes will be held at the Hurley School of Music building on the campus of Centenary College


Click on the red button below to open a folder with all the individual, family and the master schedules.



This is the repertoire suggestion for group classes and the concert. Teachers may play and work on pieces that are not listed here. Please, always review thoroughly all your known repertoire.


Suzuki Volume 1: Twinkles, Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Andantino, Minuet 2, and Happy Farmer

Suzuki Volume 2: Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”, Hunters’ Chorus, and Witches’ Dance

Suzuki Volume 4: Seitz Concerto #2 in G major: 3rd mov., Vivaldi Concerto in Am, 1st mov, and 

Suzuki Volume 5: Bach: Gavotte, and Veracini Gigue

Suzuki Volume 6: Handel F-major Sonata: II. Allegro, Fiocco Allegro, and McLean: Fandango (complimentary)

Suzuki Volume 7: Mozart Minuet and Corelli Courante

Suzuki Volume 8: Tambourin

STRAD Class (Suzuki Volumes 9 and up): Joplin-McLean: The Easy Winners and Wieniawski: Etude-Caprice Op. 18, #4



Suzuki Volume 1: Twinkles, French Folk Song, Bohemian Folk Song, and Minuet 1

Suzuki Volume 2: Musette, Handel Bourrée, and Lully Gavotte

Suzuki Volume 4: Seitz Concerto #5, 1st mov., and Telemann Concerto for 2 violas: 4th mov.

Complimentary (Volume 4 and up): Beethoven: Country Dance (from Stuen-Walker’s Violas in Concert vol.2)



Suzuki Volume 1: Twinkles—Perpetual Motion, Rigadoon, and Etude

Suzuki Volume 2: Minuet 1, Hunters’ Chorus, March in G, and Moon Over the Ruined Castle

Suzuki Volume 3: Berceuse, Minuet in G, and Humoresque

Suzuki Volume 4: Chanson Trieste,

Suzuki Volume 5 and up: Danse Rustique


Download Orchestra Repertoire:

Violin 1 Parts

Violin 2 Parts

Viola Parts

Cello Parts

Download Book 6 and up Repertoire:

Fandango Violin 2

Download STRAD Repertoire:

Fandango Violin 1

McLean Easy Winners Violin 1

McLean Easy Winners Violin 2

Wieniawski Etude Caprice Op. 18 No.4 



Dr. Susan I. Baer (violin – Greenbank, WA)

Susan Baer is a freelance violinist and violin teacher residing on Whidbey Island in Washington State. In her four decades of experience with the Suzuki method, Susan has run a thriving private studio, co-founded a Suzuki school, organized workshops, taught in a long-term training program, and served on the board of directors of her local foundation. Susan is in high demand as a Suzuki clinician and registered SAA violin teacher trainer. She has served as area coordinator for six SAA conferences, has been published in the SAA journal, and has served two terms on the SAA Board of Directors. Dr. Baer holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a Master of Music degree in violin performance, and a PhD in fine arts.



Joanna Binford (viola – Virginia Beach, VA)

Joanna Binford is currently the Coordinator of the Suzuki Program at the Academy of Music, based in Norfolk VA. She freelances in the Hampton Roads area and performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony. Awarded the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association 2013 “Outstanding Service” award and District 7 KMEA “Outstanding College/University Music Teacher of the Year”, she is a sought after Suzuki institute and workshop clinician around the country. Ms. Binford is a member of the Suzuki Teachers Association of Hampton Roads. She prepared viola students to perform on the STAHR tour of Peru (June 2014). In addition to her Suzuki classes, Ms Binford also teaches a Fiddling in D class, coaches chamber music and offers an Improvisation Techniques Workshop, upon request. She is featured on several recordings, including the 2016 release of “Almost Home” by the Endless Road Strings, an ensemble specializing in alternative styles. In addition, Ms. Binford has served as a back-up musician for celebrities such as Arlo Guthrie, Mark O’Connor, Dave Brubeck, Anne Murray, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ray Price, David Gates, Dinah Shore, Ann Hampton Callaway, Natalie Cole, Stewart Copeland, and the Moody Blues. As a member of the Lastinger Ensemble, she appeared in the movie Simpatico, which starred Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone.


Dr. Scott Conklin (violin – Iowa City, IA),

Dr. Scott Conklin regularly appears as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, and he is Associate Professor of Violin at The University of Iowa School of Music and a violin teacher at the Preucil School of Music. Conklin has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Louisville, Nashville, and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is the 2008 Iowa String Teachers Association Leopold LaFosse Teacher of the Year, and his album Violinguistics—American Voices is available on Albany Records. During his youth, Conklin studied with Carol Dallinger, Violin Professor at the University of Evansville. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied violin with David Updegraff and chamber music with Peter Salaff. Conklin also earned Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music as a student of Paul Kantor.


Donna Davis (cello – Dallas, TX)

Donna Davis has been teaching the Suzuki method for over 27 years. She began her teaching career in Connecticut and was the founding cello teacher of the Bethwood Suzuki School in Woodbridge, CT where she taught for 3 years before moving to Erie, PA. Teaching at Mercyhurst College, Donna established the cello program and an extensive early childhood music program. Donna has been a certified Music Together teacher for over 10 years. A Texan for the last 15 years, she maintained a private studio in San Antonio before moving to Plano 5 years ago. Conducting and working with youth orchestras is one of her passions. She has conducted for the Young Artists Philharmonic, CT, Greater Erie Youth Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio. Donna continues to freelance and play chamber music throughout the United States. Donna is the creator of the Kodomo Music program for infants and toddlers and directs the Kodmo program at SMID She is also the Director of the DFWWOW Summer Institute. She is married to Jolyon, a cellist and has a 17year old cellist son, Alexander. 


Rolando Freitag (violin – Chicago, IL)

Rolando Freitag is a registered Violin Teacher Trainer and serves on the Board of Directors at the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is on the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and at DePaul University Community Music Division. Mr. Freitag earned his M.M. in Violin Performance from Penn State University, and his B.M. in Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition, he holds the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, an award given to teachers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching. A native of Brazil, Mr. Freitag is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, an avid scuba diver, a US Sailing Instructor Trainer, and a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain



Daniel Gee (viola, orchestra – Austin, TX)

Daniel Gee Cordova is founder and director of the Austin Suzuki Music School. He has extensively studied the Suzuki Method in Violin, Viola and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with a broad scope of teachers. Mr. Gee has been the Orchestra Director at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD since 2009, which serves middle school violin, viola, cello, bass and harp students. As a fervent believer and advocate for the Suzuki in the Schools movement, Daniel uses his Suzuki background to influence the school curriculum with Suzuki Method principles and pedagogy. In May 2012, Daniel was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, a recognition given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching. Daniel is an active clinician giving presentations at National Conferences as well as guest teacher at workshops around the country. He has presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences (2010, 2012) ASTA conference (2010), Texas Music Educator’s Conference (2014, 2016), Texas Orchestra Director’s Association Conference (2015, 2016), and did web conference presentations for the SAA Parents As Partners (2012, 2013, 2016) Daniel has been invited to guest conduct the Texas Region Middle School String Orchestras for Region 11 in San Antonio and Region 18 in Austin. In the summers, Daniel serves a Director for the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute and has been on faculty for Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in UT, the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, the Ozark Suzuki Institute, Acadiana Suzuki Institute, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Daniel also performs regularly serving as Assistant Principal Viola with the Austin Opera. Outside of teaching and performing, Daniel enjoys spending time with his terriers Bamboo and Tristan, and finding the best tacos in Austin.


Dr. David Holmes (cello – Minneapolis, MN)

David Holmes lived in Texas his first 21 years and has lived in Minnesota since 1993.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Houston, and his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Kansas.  David has taught cello lessons for over 30 years, and has been a Suzuki instructor for the past 25 years.  He has been a guest clinician at over 50 institutes, both regionally (Duluth and Bemidji), as well as at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, the National Cello Institute (Los Angeles), the Oregon Suzuki institute, the Black Hills String Retreat (Rapid City, SD),  The Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, the Hartt Suzuki Institute (Hartford, Connecticut), and others.  He is trained in all 10 Suzuki cello books, and has twice presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas convention, once on group class instruction and once on teaching spiccato and sautille’ bow strokes.  David has been cello columnist for the Minnesota String and Orchestral Teacher’s Association (MNSOTA) since 2009, and has published over 20 articles on a wide variety of topics related to cello teaching.  He has also been published in the ASTA Journal and in the Wisconsin Cello Society Journal.  His students have won the YPSCA, Mary West, and Varsity competitions in Minnesota, and several have been first chair at all-state as well.  David gives frequent performances in recitals, and as a member of the Northern Lights String Quartet.  He is recipient of the MNSOTA Master Studio Teacher award for 2014. 


Irene Mitchell (violin – Dallas, TX)

Irene Mitchell was fortunate to experience a diversity of cultures in her youth, living in ten countries throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. This shaped her appreciation for a wide range of music, eventually leading her to earn a BM and MME at the University of North Texas. After exploring theatre, violin performance and orchestral conducting, she discovered her life-long passion in teaching the Suzuki method. Irene studied twice with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan; returning to establish Suzuki Strings of Dallas in 1981. Irene teaches in her home studio in Dallas, TX, and serves as a clinician for Suzuki programs throughout the world.



Pam Reit (violin – Hinesburg, VT)

Pam Reit grew up in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Music from Peabody Conservatory in 1984 and her Masters of Music from Rice University in 1987. She began her Suzuki studio in Houston in 1986 and trained with Paul Landefeld, Mihoko Hirata, Lorraine Fink, Doris Preucil, Stevie Sandven and extensively with Ronda Cole. Pam also took workshops with Kato Havas and deeply incorporates Kato’s joy and ease into her teaching. Pam founded HASSA (Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association) in 1990 and had the privilege of co-directing workshops, observing countless lessons, teaching for, taking Suzuki Book 1A with and being greatly influenced by Ms.Judy Offman in Houston. Also in Houston, Pam had the opportunity to study the Alexander Technique. Pam has taught at Suzuki Institutes in Fort Worth TX, Hartford CT, Washington DC, Maine, and has been on the faculty of the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute in Vermont for 15 years. She has been the GMSI Institute Director since 2015. Pam has attended every National Suzuki Conference (except one) since she began attending in 1990 in San Francisco (where she met Dr. Suzuki).  In 2012, Pam was awarded the Suzuki Association of the Americas Creating Community Award entitled “The Heart and Soul of Green Mountain Suzuki.” Pam has directed and taught at countless workshops, written an article for the SAA journal (“International Musical Co-operation”) and was a presenter for the 2013 SAA Parents as Partners Online.   She maintains a private studio at home in Hinesburg, VT. She is the Principal Second Violinist of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and she is the Founder and Director of Vermont Suzuki Violins, Inc, a non-profit community group class and chamber music program, which (for almost 25 years) has been committed to nurturing and inspiring young musicians to play, perform and appreciate classical music. She also frequently offers Suzuki Teacher Class, mentoring and updating new and current Suzuki teachers. Pam plays the violin and the viola professionally and teaches her advanced students to play both instruments. Pam has two daughters, Abby who is a junior at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Layla who is a 9th grade cellist.  She is married to Ira Morris, who is an amazing violinist, violist, lawyer, skier, cook, father and husband.


Dr. Laurie Scott (violin – Austin, TX)

Laurie Scott is Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she serves as the director of The University of Texas String Project and the Musical Lives string program at UT Elementary School. As a university professor she has received both the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Music and from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. A former middle and high school orchestra director, she now mentors young professionals toward successful lives as string educators. In every facet of her teaching Dr. Scott serves as an advocate for inclusive and diverse music classrooms, adult music learners, and access to quality music instruction for children in underserved communities. She is a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and continues to maintain a private violin studio. Her former students have become exemplary string educators, professional studio and symphony musicians, and passionate arts advocates. She is co-author with William Dick of the books Mastery for Strings, Level One and Two, and From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Performers become Great Teachers, is co-authored with Cornelia Watkins. Laurie is a co-author of Learning Together: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensembles, Books I and II. She is a recipient of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Community Learning Award for her work in developing the Suzuki Method in school settings.




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