Sturgis Music Academy

Registration for Fall Semester '19 has closed. Please look for our Spring '20 Registration later this fall! Please pay tuition for Fall '19 by SEPTEMBER 13TH


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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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)-


Violin C-Williamson


Violin E-Williamson

Cello C-Klett

Cello B-Klett

Violin D-Jones


Important Announcement

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact the director for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline:
    • Fall: August 16, 2019
    • Spring: January 3, 2020
  • Tuition in full: (Contact the director for payment options)
    • Fall: September 13, 2019
    • Spring: January 31, 2020
  • Tuition by two installments: 
    • Fall: September 13, 2019, and October 18, 2019
    • 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)

Fall 2019 Concerts

Sunday, September 29th, ASO Lobby Concert

       2:20 PM, Robinson Center

Saturday, October 26th, Annual Halloween Concert

       3:00 PM, Cranford Co. 512 Main Street

Saturday, December 21st, Student Recital

       4:30 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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Sturgis Music Academy Summer Gala Concert, July 1, 2017


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