Roman (9 yrs.), Nico (8 yrs.), and Archer (5 yrs.) Patrick all began their study of the violin promptly after their 4th birthdays. Each learned a bit more quickly than their older brother as violin and music concepts became as regular as brushing their teeth.
This November (2016), the Patrick boys traveled to New South Wales, Australia, on holiday. One of the highlights of this trip was a special anniversary performance they were invited to play- at the Sydney Opera House! What a milestone in these young boys violin careers. The boys looked up in wonder at the world famous concert hall, and interpreted their experience as only young boys can. They tested the acoustics with Twinkle variations and Gavotte, and laughed with other children that traveled from all over NSW, from Canberra to Brisbane. As a testament to the Suzuki learning method that connected all the students playing that day, the Patrick boys marveled at how even though their accents were a bit different, their violins sounded the same. We asked the boys to share some of their thoughts on this experience. Here's what they said-
Archer-"It was fun playing on a big stage."
Nico-"We all did a good job making sure our bows played in the same direction."
Roman-"Our bow holds were the same, & the teachers were so nice."
We have much gratitude for both our stateside teachers, Mrs. Victoria Kuchta Sczepaniak (Associate Director) & Edward Kreitman (Program Director) of the Western Springs School of Talent Education & Naperville Suzuki Schools, who helped prepare the boys for the event, to Tina OHagan, Takao Mizushima (President), and the hosting teachers in Australia, who helped continue their music education while traveling abroad. We hope the boys will look back fondly on this experience, and remark, "I remember the first time I played at the Sydney Opera House..."