STAHR's mission is to help foster a community of support for the teachers and families who study the Suzuki Method in the southeastern region of Virginia. Through the efforts of local teachers and with the support of parents, events are planned throughout the year to give students opportunities to perform together, develop relationships and share their music with the community.
What began as a twinkle in the private studio of Norfolk-based Suzuki violin teacher Anne Bugg, grew into an organization that offers a variety of events. Students can be seen on main stages, in lobbies of major performance halls, playing for area arts festivals, charitable organizations, and nursing homes. The Suzuki Annual Workshop has run continually since the late 1980's. With 501(c)(3) non-profit status acquired in 2003, the organization expanded its projects as well as expanding the annual workshop which now includes cello, fiddle, and chamber music.
International tours are open to all STAHR members and their families. Violinists at the book 4 level and Violists or Cellists at Book 3 level are eligible. Family and friends are invited to travel with groups. Stay tuned to hear when the next trip will be announced.
June 2004- Venice, Rome and Florence, ITALY
August 2008- Edinburgh, SCOTLAND and London, ENGLAND in collaboration with the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia
June 2012- Venice, Rome and Florence, ITALY
June 2014- Cusco, Arequipa and Lima, PERU
In 2004, 2008 and 2012 STAHR has taken students at the book 4 level and above on tour to Europe with their parents. They have toured Italy ('04,'12) and Scotland/England.
Stay tuned to hear more about future international tours. Tour ensembles are open to all STAHR members who qualify and tour groups generally meet once a month during the year of the tour in preparation.