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Aber Suzuki Center open house in Marshfield

Learn about opportunities for instrument instruction in violin, viola, cello and harp at the Aber Suzuki Center-Marshfield open house in June.
Held Saturday, June 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Lincoln Ave., Marshfield, the event offers information about a Marshfield satellite program of the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Marshfield program will be adding viola, cello and harp lessons this fall.
The open house offers children an instrument “petting zoo,” where they may try the violin, viola, cello and harp. Families also may attend a mini-concert and short presentation about the Suzuki philosophy.
Those who register at the open house will receive a $50 tuition rebate towards the first regular semester of lessons. Students may also sign up for four 20-minute lessons for $99.
For further information, see the Aber Suzuki Center website at www.uwsp.edu/suzuki or call the office at 715-346-3033.
UW-Stevens Point partners to create new youth symphony orchestra program

A new youth symphony orchestra program will serve Central Wisconsin, with support from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and area music educators.
The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program will offer a full symphony orchestra, Philharmonia (string orchestra) and junior wind ensemble as well as partnerships with UW-Stevens Point Music Department faculty, the Aber Suzuki Center and UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education. Kurt Van Tiem, a director of the Concert Band and string program at P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point, is the program’s founding music director.
“I have this vision of creating an opportunity for central Wisconsin youth to perform standard orchestral repertoire,” said Van Tiem. “I also want to help bridge the gap of less personal instruction time at school with more access to higher-level instruction and music literature by focusing on great classical orchestral music with our region's outstanding young musicians.”
Members of all ensembles have the opportunity to receive coaching from UW-Stevens Point and Aber Suzuki music faculty.
“Young musicians would have to travel to Madison or Fox Valley to be involved at this level of study and performance,” said Van Tiem, “and now they can travel to the beautiful facilities at the UW-Stevens Point Noel Fine Arts Center.”
Van Tiem will direct the Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at the advanced high school level. It will tour every three to four years.
Van Tiem previously conducted the Wausau Symphony, the Symphony and Symphonic Band at UW Marshfield and the Wind Ensemble and Youth Wind Ensemble at the University of Massachusetts. He served as principal horn of the Central Wisconsin Symphony and the American Wind Symphony. He holds degrees in music education and horn performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The Philharmonia, directed by Ginger Marten, will perform string orchestra literature from standard middle school to high school level. Marten teaches sixth through 12th grade orchestra programs in Wisconsin Rapids and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Lawrence Conservatory of Music and UW-Stevens Point. She was awarded a Kohl Fellowship for Teaching in 2010 and performs in the band Tilly’s Village.
The Junior Wind Ensemble, directed by Jeanne Olson, will perform wind band literature from standard middle school to high school level. Olsen teaches instrumental music at Wisconsin Rapids East Junior High School. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from UW-Stevens Point and plays in the flute and piccolo section with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Rapids City Band.
Student musicians are encouraged to register early for auditions to the program. Rehearsals will begin this fall, and a concert will conclude each semester. Information and registration materials are available through UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at www.uwsp.edu/conted/artculture/Pages/cwysoor by calling 715-346-3838.
The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program is a non-profit organization. Donations may be made to a fund at the UWSP Foundation. For more information, call 715-346-3812 or email uwsp.foundation@uwsp.edu.
Summer art exhibits at UW-Stevens Point

Art isn’t taking a vacation this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Edna Carlsten Gallery.

Three exhibits will be featured in the gallery, located on the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus:
  • Brian Borchardt: My Aesthetic Confession, through Saturday, June 7
    The exhibit features the letterpress collages of Stevens Point artist Brian Borchardt, the curator of the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum. The works reflect the artist’s passion for texture and tactile surfaces as well as for book reading and printing. A closing reception will be held at the gallery June 7 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Vague Images of the Past: Korean Artists from the Gail Art Museum, June 14-30
    The exhibit is part of an exchange between Korean artists and faculty artists from UW-Stevens Point. A few of the Korean artists will attend a reception at the Carlsten Gallery Friday, June 13, from 4-6 p.m. Work by UW-Stevens Point faculty will be exhibited at the Gail Art Museum in Gapyung, South Korea, August 1-Sept. 28.
  • KiHwan Sun: Meditations on Inner Nature, July 2-Sept. 15
    Sun is a well-known wood block printer from Korea. He will be available at a reception at the gallery Wednesday, July 2, from 4-6 p.m. A closing reception will be held Monday, Sept. 15, from 4-6 p.m. (The gallery is closed Friday, July 4.)

    Free and open to the public, the Carlsten Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and from 1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see
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