Join Sharon Neufeld (narrator) and Ruth Cutcher (classical guitar) for a special presentation of the The Story of Ferdinand, the strong bull who refused to fight in the bullfight.  In this telling of the story, the action is accentuated by classical guitar accompaniment and is a captivating treat for all ages.

After the story, Sharon and Ruth will lead a discussion about the story as well as answer questions that parents and children may have about Suzuki music lessons.  If time permits, a brief demo Suzuki group class may be conducted.

ruthRuth Cutcher received her BA in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She studied guitar with Alex Komodore and David Evans, two Denver-area virtuoso classical guitarists.  Ruth is active as a solo and ensemble performer.  She has a wealth of ensemble experience from marching band, jazz band, orchestra, to an informal punk band, bluegrass jams and classical guitar ensembles.  As a solo performer, she played in many master classes and several radio appearances.

Ms. Cutcher did graduate work at Colorado State University in Music Therapy, Music History and Women’s Studies.  She received her Suzuki training at Colorado Suzuki institute from the eminent performers and pedagogues, David Madsen, Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron and Frank Longay.

Ruth wholeheartedly believes in the Suzuki-inspired concept that “Every one can!” succeed in having enjoyable musical experiences. Because music is meant to be shared, Ruth encourages performance opportunities for students of all ages.

For more information about Suzuki guitar lessons with Ruth, please visit her website.

Sharon Neufeld is a lifelong musician who began violin lessons at the age of 7, adding viola at the age of 13. She holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX; a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH; and attended The High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. Her early training as a student, and later as a teacher, was with Master Suzuki Violin Teacher Judy Offman in Houston.

sharonMiss Sharon has had over 18 years of experience teaching violin and viola in public schools, music centers, and privately in her home. Her teaching methods are centered on The Suzuki Method®, specializing in working with young children (age 3 and up). She incorporates scales, basic music theory & history, and ear/rhythm training into each child’s musical education, and more advanced students are challenged with advanced scales, etudes and repertoire. All teaching is tailored to each student's individual strengths and learning style(s).

Miss Sharon has had extensive ensemble performing experience in different contexts and locations around the country and the world, including chamber music groups and orchestras in Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Russia, and now here in the Four Corners! She plays in the viola section of the San Juan Symphony, and enjoys collaborating with other area professional musicians to bring great chamber music to the Four Corners region. Additionally, Miss Sharon coaches the viola section of the Durango Youth Symphony, serves on the faculty of the Conservatory Music in the Mountains, and is developing a string program at Whirligigs Art House in Cortez, CO.

For more information about Suzuki violin lessons with Sharon, please visit her website.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event address: 
Maria's Bookshop
960 Main Avenue
81301-5122 Durango
The Story of Ferdinand Cover Image
By Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670674244
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Published: Viking Books -

The Story of Ferdinand Cover Image
By Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140502343
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Published: Puffin Books - June 30th, 1977

El Cuento de Ferdinando Cover Image
By Munro Leaf, Pura Belpre (Translator), Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140542530
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Published: Puffin Books - December 1990

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Maria's Bookshop

960 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301