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Sturgis Music Academy

*Fall 2021 Registration Now Open* 

(Deadline to register is August 16th, 2021)


Fall 2021 -- Monday, August 30th - Saturday, December 18th

Spring 2022 -- Monday, January 18th - Saturday, May 7th


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 virtual performance opportunities throughout the semester. 

We are hoping that we will be able to remain teaching in-person for the Fall Term. To do this safely, we are asking all of our students and parents to remain masked during group classes and to remain masked during lessons unless all parties at the LESSONS are fully vaccinated. You will be asked to wear a mask properly (covering nose, mouth and chin) during the classes. 

*August 10th Update - We will have the option for students to continue lessons virtually if you so choose. Do communicate this with your instructor/director upon registration.*


 Offering weekly private and group lessons for violin and cello 

    • For violin, we accept students ages -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: $500
    • 45-minute private lesson: $660
    • 60-minute private lesson: $820
  • Fees include all group and private lessons and activities in the semester      
  • Any non-Sturgis student of Ms. Jo or Ms. Katherine is welcome to attend any group class with a donation to the Education Department of $50/semester. 

  • Any Prelude Student is welcome to attend Bi-monthly Etude/Technique Class with a one-time fee of $5.



Beginning Violin: Mondays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Byrne Hall WILLIAMSON

Book One Violin: Mondays 4:00 - 4:45 PM Byrne Hall WILLIAMSON

Book Two/Three Violin: Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Byrne Hall WILLIAMSON

Violin Etude/Technique Class: EVERY OTHER MONDAY 6:00 - 6:45 PM Byrne Hall WILLIAMSON


Beginning/Book One Cello: Mondays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Fitzgerald Hall KLETT

Book Two/Three Cello: Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Fitzgerald Hall KLETT

Cello Etude/Technique Class: EVERY OTHER MONDAY 6:00 - 6:45 PM KLETT


Annual Halloween Concert: Saturday, October 30th 3:00 PM Location TBD

Winter Solo Recital I:  Saturday, December 18th 3:00 PM Byrne Hall

Winter Solo Recital II: Saturday, December 18th 4:30 PM Byrne Hall

*Advanced Cello and Violin Students - Ms. Jo and Ms. Katherine are highly encouraging all students in book four or higher to apply for the ASO's youth ensembles. Your Sturgis bi-monthly group class is designed to pair with a youth orchestra.*  Please visit the youth orchestra tab for more information. 



     Important Announcement

Tuition deadline: September 24th, 2021

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact the director for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline: August 16th, 2021
  • Payable by check made out to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (or ASO), cash, or credit card through

  • Address: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra c/o Sturgis Music Academy 2417 N. Tyler Little Rock, AR 72207 Memo: Sturgis Academy Tuition


Byrne & Fitzgerald Halls - 2417 N. Tyler Little Rock, AR 72207

Faculty Contact Information

Katherine Williamson Director /Violin Instructor

Timothy MacDuff Violin Instructor

Joanna Klett / Cello instructor

New Sturgis Teaching Artist Contact Coming Soon!!



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