an Ode to Joy

In celebration of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven

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Please join us!

The Suzuki Music Schools Ode to Joy is a project for students and faculty to collaborate in a large ensemble experience during the fall semester while being a part of the celebration of Beethoven's life. Students may record a performance of a part of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” arranged by Dr. Andrew Smith which will then be compiled with other student and faculty recordings in a virtual orchestra to share with family, friends and our online community during the month of Beethoven's birth.

We're hoping for 100% participation so please let us know right away if you have any questions or need any assistance.


Dr. Andrew

Dr. Sven

Ms. Celine

Contact: Ms. Leslie,

What is a virtual orchestra?

Items required:

1. Teacher's recommendation

2. Downloaded music, based on teacher's recommendation

3. Play-along audio track for both practice and performance

4. A well-lit room

5. iPhone or iPad for recording

6. A parent to assist

7. Headphones or earbuds

8. Recital dress

Making the video:

Practicing the music: Download and learn your appropriate part(s) and section(s) according to your teacher’s recommendation. Each student may only submit one part for the event. Each part will also have a play-along audio track to use for practice. Practice with the track to not only become accustomed to it, but to be sure you will be able to record in the same tempo.


Setting up: Choose a well-lit room during the day as videos look best when there is a lot of natural light. Set up your recording device directly in front of you and at a distance that allows us to see your hands, face, and instrument (not the top of your head or under your chin). 


Recording: Ask a parent to use a tablet, laptop, desktop, or mobile phone to record your performance. Set the video settings to these numbers, 1080 at 30fps, and keep the recording device stabilized. You should record it several times and then choose the very best performance to submit. 

It is imperative that you play along with the recording using headphones or earbuds to hear the play-along track as you record. This is the only way to assure that we will all be in the same tempo.


What to wear: recital dress Videos with students not in recital dress will not be used in the final product and there will not be time to request or submit an additional recording.

Submission: Label each video file separately with the instrument, part, section, your first name and last name. 

Example: violin3B_MinnieMouse. Submit through our Ode to Joy dropbox:

Submission Deadline: 11/22 (This is a strict deadline. We suggest you submit well in advance, if possible, in case there are any issues we might be able to rectify.)    

**Before proceeding to the video recording process, you must submit a participant registration, and ask your teacher to recommend a part for you to practice and record. Upon registration, you will receive a link to the Participant Page which has the links to the audio and pdf files.