Sturgis Music Academy

Registration for Spring Semester 2020 is now open! 

Spring Term: January 13th - May 9th (Dates below)

Email kwilliamson@arkansassymphony.org to register as a NEW student. All fall 2019 semester students will be automatically registered for spring 2020 unless you inform the director otherwise.


The mission of the Sturgis Music Academy is to provide an opportunity for excellence in the pursuit of high-quality musical education, based on the methods and philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Mimi Zweig and Paul Rolland. This is a proven method for developing confidence, creative thinking, and a general work ethic that will assist students' musical and non-musical endeavors. The students of the Academy receive weekly group and private lessons, as well as performance opportunities throughout the semester. 

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Saturday, December 21

4:30 & 5:30 PM, Byrne Hall

PROGRAM INFORMATION (Fall and Spring Semesters 2019-20)

  • Program period:
    • Fall: August 26 – December 21, 2019
    • Spring: January 13 – May 9, 2020
  • Offering weekly private and group lessons for violin and cello 
    • For violin, we accept students ages 5-18.
    • For cello, we accept students ages 7-18.
  • Offering group and individual performance opportunities
  • Private lessons once a week (lesson length and teacher assignment determined by the instructor) 
  • Teachers for the private lesson might be different from the group lesson
  • Fees (based on the length of private lessons):
    • 30-minute private lesson: $480
    • 45-minute private lesson: $640
    • 60-minute private lesson: $800
  • Fees include all group and private lessons and activities in the semester                                                      Group Class Schedule 


Byrne Hall


Fitzgerald Hall


Byrne Hall


Fitzgerald Hall


Violin A (Beginner)-


Violin B-Jones

Cello A (Beginner)-

*4:15 - 4:45




Violin D-Williamson

Cello B -Klett


Violin C-Williamson


*Please note: Group class times above for Spring 2020!! 

                                                Cello groups B and C are now in ONE group (Group B)

                                                Violin groups C and D are now in ONE group (Group C)

                                                Violin group E is now group D!


Important Announcement

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact the director for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline:
    • Spring: January 3, 2020
  • Tuition in full: (Contact the director for payment options)
    • Spring: January 31, 2020
  • Tuition by two installments: 
    • Spring: January 31, 2020, and March 13, 2020
  • Payable by check made out to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (or ASO), cash, or credit card through https://www.arkansassymphony.org/sturgis-pay-online


  • For private lesson, the location will be determined by the teacher.
  • Group lessons are held at
    • Byrne Hall: 2417 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 72207.
    • Fitzgerald Hall: 2414 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR  72207 (Room B1 in the basement)

Spring 2020 Concerts

Sunday, March 1st, ASO Lobby Concert CELLOS ONLY

       2:20 PM, Robinson Center

Saturday, March 21st, Annual Spring Gala

       3:00 PM, Trinity Presbyterian 

Saturday, May 9th, Student Solo Recitals

       4:30 & 5:30 PM, Byrne Hall

Faculty Contact Information

Katherine Williamson Director /Violin Instructor

Graham Jones / Violin instructor

Joanna Klett / Cello instructor

 Please contact the director with any questions!


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