Weekly Update - January 12, 2018

Welcome Romona Merritt to the SRO Faculty

Romona Merritt, Viola and Violin, is a native of Jacksonville Florida and violist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for 17 seasons . She completed her Bachelors of Music Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and her Masters in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 1994, Ms. Merritt was chosen to participate in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fellowship program, performing with the orchestra for two seasons. After performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony for one season, Ms. Merritt joined the Alabama Symphony in the fall of 1998. Having taught and performed at many leading music festival around the country, Ms. Merritt  was the viola instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts for 16 years. . Ms. Merritt has studied the Suzuki methods Book I and 2 with Carrie Reuning-Hummel at the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She has studied Book 4 with Joanne Martin in Waterloo, Ontario and is continuing her Suzuki training with Mark Mutter.

Ms. Merritt will be accepting violin / viola students and will be teaching in the SRO building. Please contact Haley DeLisle if you have friends who are interested.

SRO Patron Campaign

We are well into our school year and we need your help to keep SRO growing in 2018.

Please consider becoming an SRO Patron.


Platinum Sponsor ($1000)
The Blower Family
Bernadette and Vincent Borla
The Citron Family
DTE Energy - Walter McCarthy Grant
Elaine Madigan
Mark Mutter
Gold Sponsor ($500)
Vonda Douglas Nikitin
Dante and Doree Ann Espiritu
Silver Sponsor ($250)
The Springer Family
Judy Totman
Bronze Sponsor ($100)
The Balendran Family
The Green Family
Pauline and Kenneth Jackson
In Kind Sponsors
Michelle Lannoo and Peter Wardowski
Karen and Frank Vesprini
Please join our sponsors and help SRO achieve their dreams.

SRO Wear

We still have a few Youth and Adult size Long Sleeve T-Shirts and Hoodies left to sell.
Here is a list of what we have:
Long Sleeve T-Shirts
     Youth S
     Youth M
     Youth L
     Youth XL
     Womens M
     Womens L
     Womens S
     Adult M
     Youth L

We also have Car Clings and both Blue and Red Mugs.

Please email mmutter@suzukiroyaloak.org if you would like to purchase anything.


SRO Calendar and Announcements

January 15 16 17 20 - our World Music Series continues

January 22 23 14 27 - World Music Performance Day

February 11 - Faculty Concert - 4:00 PM Sunday - 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. Click here to purchase tickets.  Please bring your family and friends for a wonderful afternoon of music.


SRO Volunteer Opportunities

Dear SRO Families,

We need people to serve as a buddy family to come alongside a new family as they learn the ropes

Please contact Beth Vojtisek on bvojtisek@suzukiroyaloak.org if you can serve as a buddy family.

Your willingness to volunteer helps keep our non-profit going strong.  Thank you!!!


Parents As Partners

Announcing Parents as Partners - Respond by 1/31!

Each year, we have an opportunity to be inspired and gain practical knowledge about our musical journey.  The SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas) has created "Parents as Partners Online" to offer a TED-talk style series of short (10-minute) educational videos, which are also available in audio-only podcast form, or simply as a transcript to enjoy reading.  Each Monday, new content is released, and all resources will remain accessible until October 15.  
All this for only $12!

For more details, a sample video and signup info, visit our website here:
Parents as Partners


Summer Suzuki Institutes and Workshops

We interrupt this winter weather with news about some great summer opportunities!

Many of our families choose to enhance their musical education by attending a Summer Suzuki Institute. In locations all across the US and Canada, these events offer an incredible combination of Suzuki instruction, artistic enrichment, parent education and fun social events.  We continually hear how families have reinvigorated their music study through these experiences.

Also, there are periodic opportunities to attend workshops which are targeted to a variety of student levels and interests.  We would like to bring the following two to your attention for Summer 2018, these are 4-week workshops offering outstanding instructional and performance experiences to serious students ages 12/13 and above, and the first registration deadline is February 1 .

Get all the details here:
Institutes and Workshops