Music Academy Students Invited to Study in Singapore in 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 20, 2007 – Students in the Music Academy have been invited to perform at an international string conference next year in Singapore.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Hays Hendricks, Suzuki coordinator with the Music Academy. “To offer that opportunity to kids in pre-school through high school is so exciting. I am thrilled so many are trying to go with us.”

Hendricks said about 17 students in the academy, along with many of their parents and Academy instructors, plan to attend the Singapore International String Conference Dec. 3-6, 2008. The students have been invited to perform as a group. They also will participate in private master classes taught by clinicians, along with individual and group classes and orchestras.

“The kids that are signed on to go are going to be working like crazy,” Hendricks said. “They are going to be held to such high standards. I’m so proud of them for stepping up to the challenge.”

Terry Durbin, an internationally renowned Suzuki clinician at the University of Louisville, and Hiroko Driver Lippman, a student of the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki movement, invited students from the Music Academy to attend the conference.

“One of the reasons the Academy was invited to participate is because of Hays’ (Hendricks) outstanding reputation as a Suzuki teacher,” said Becky Fulgham, director of the Music Academy. “Hays provides outstanding Suzuki instruction to youth in our area. We are very fortunate to have her.”

Hendricks said receiving an invitation to the conference from Durbin and Lippman speaks highly of the Music Academy’s Suzuki program. Durbin taught at the string conference in Singapore in 2006. He is currently a Suzuki teacher in both Lexington and Louisville, Ky. Lippman is a protégé of Suzuki. Suzuki asked Lippman several years ago to move to the United States to teach American teachers his Suzuki program. Lippman is now based in Louisville, Ky., where she owns a private Suzuki studio.

Students participating in the trip also will have the option to travel to Japan prior to the conference. Those wishing to visit Japan will leave Nov. 26. Those wishing to travel only to Singapore will leave Nov. 30. The two groups will meet in Singapore Dec. 2, and both groups will return together Dec. 8.

During the coming year, the Music Academy will be raising funds creatively to support their trip, and these opportunities will be posted on the Academy’s Web site at www.semomusicacademy.org, Hendricks said.

The Music Academy is a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive music instruction to the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas. The Academy currently enrolls more than 250 students, 65 of whom are enrolled in the Suzuki program. Students in the Academy may study piano, organ, voice, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, harp and composition. Special classes include the “Excellence From the Start” Suzuki pre-school and baby class, and Adult Piano.

For more information on the Academy’s upcoming trip to Singapore, contact, Rebecca Fulgham, Academy director, at (573) 651-2378 or e-mail rlfulgham@semo.edu.