Performance Opportunities with Suzuki Music School of Barrington
Performance is an essential motivator for successful instruction. SMSB and BSS are proud to provide many opportunities for students to reap the benefits of their work. Of course, quality and satisfying performance requires rehearsals. These rehearsals are scheduled first and foremost to provide the performer/s with enough time to do their best.
SMSB provides a wide range of performance for all levels of performer and different performance venues. SMSB offers solo performance, large group performance, single instrument as well as inter-instrumental performance, and intimate concert venues to large auditorium venues. Students perform as soloists, in quartets and groups as large as 150 performers.
SMSB provides two solo concert opportunities. All students in the school are asked to perform. If a student will not be in town, then they should record their polished piece and submit it to the private teacher. In this way the student will work to produce a polished solo and have record of it. It is especially important that new students begin the "performance process". Non- piano performers have the opportunity of working with an accompanist. Rehearsals are scheduled on the two Wednesdays before the solo concert. Piano and Guitar students will run through their solos in their repertoire class. These performances are set in appropriate locations and are free to the public/
These concerts meet as scheduled and provide students the opportunity to perform in a relaxed home setting. Sign up is through the office, 847-382-9517.
Suzuki students who have completed a Suzuki Book are invited to perform works from that Book for family and friends. These are scheduled as needed. Sign-up is through the office: 847-382-9517.
Large Group Concerts
All qualified SMSB performers are expected to learn their concert repertoire, attend all rehearsals and participate in the concert provided by BSS. We have two December holiday concerts set in appropriate concert venues.
This inter-instrumental concert is placed in a large concert venue. A minimum repertoire level is set for the concert and 2 rehearsals during concert week are required of performing students to ensure the success of each child’s experience. No private lessons are taught to performers during concert week.
Qualifying piano students perform in a smaller venue in a “Family Holiday Concert”. Concert rehearsals are scheduled during rehearsal week. No lessons are taught to performers during this week.
All qualified SMSB performers are expected to polish their repertoire, attend rehearsals and participate in the Spring Concerts. These concerts are set in an appropriate venues. Students perform work they have prepared in repertoire classes throughout the year. Two rehearsals during concert week are mandatory. No private lessons are taught to performers during concert week.
Other Performance Opportunities
The Young Performers Concert is a winter concert is sponsored by BSS. Private teachers recommend students or groups for performance in this concert. Students who have shown a high degree of performance level are challenged and honored by being a "Young Performer".
Suzuki Performing Groups
These groups are sponsored by BSS. Students are often invited to perform at various functions, community events, weddings, private parties, schools and joint concert with other local groups. To qualify to be in such a group, Suzuki students must fulfill a “minimum level” repertoire requirement. Rehearsals are required and students exchange their private lesson for concert rehearsals.
Suzuki Tour Groups
BSS sponsors domestic and foreign tour groups. All Suzuki students who fulfill tour requirements will make up the performing group for each trip. Each tour has a different minimum level of repertoire required. All trips are domestic except for those that take place every four years, which are international concert tours. BSS tour groups travel each year, usually in June/July. Students must be registered for the entire school year prior to a tour to qualify.
Performers have a focused attitude when they perform in a uniform. Before each concert, students will be informed if they qualify to perform, if they need a uniform and which one. BSS has a formal black-white uniform and an informal red polo shirt/BSS sweatshirt. For more information on the specifics of the uniform, uniform deposit fees and “how to get” a uniform, please check your BSS Handbook.