'Once Upon My Cheek'

'Flight of the Bumblebee'

End of Year Dances

Opus Ithaca Cello Studio Schedule


Dr. Sera Smolen-cello instructor


We will have 30 lessons, 25 Classes, 

Practice marathon, Winter and Spring solo recitals, Tutti concert at Loaves and Fishes, Winter Workshop, Composers project, Night of the Living Cello, Dances from Around the World, Two make up days, in-class recitals……

 and the  Opus Ithaca Tour Group will perform at the Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on November 5-7!!



Practice Challenge for September: Effortless Mastery

September 12-15- Lessons and Classes

September 19-22-Lessons only

September 26-29- Lessons and Classes


Practice Challenge for October:  Practice Games and Strategies

October 3-6-Lessons and Classes

October 10-13-Lessons and Classes

October 17-20-Lessons and Classes

October 24-27-Lessons and Classes


Practice Challenge for November: Goals and Performance Power!

October 31- November 3- Lessons and Classes

November 5-6 -Suzuki  Association of Ontario Conference, Ottowa-

Opus Ithaca Tour Group performs

November 7-10-Lessons and Classes: Performance Power

November 14-17-Lessons only

Thanksgiving Break

Give a home concert for friends, neighbors or family


November 28- December 1- Lessons and Classes

December Solo Recital 10th at 630 or December 11th at 2

December 5-8 Lessons and Classes

December 12-15-Lessons only

December 13-Loaves and Fishes Tutti Group Class Concert

December 16 Make up Day


Holiday Break


Composer’s Project- Phase 1-The Arch Form-Play with Contrasts

January 2-5-Lessons only

January 9-12- Lessons and Classes

January 16-19-Lessons and Classes

January 20th- Project Concert at “Hidden Home” 530pm

Composer’s Project-The Arch Form-Phase 2-Decide what you like

January 23-26-Lessons and Classes


January 30-February 2- Lessons and Classes

February 6-9 Lessons and Classes

February 13-16- Lessons and Classes

Winter Workshop February 17-18

February 20-23- Winter Break

Composers Project Phase 3- write your rough draft

February 27-March 2 Lessons only



March 6-9 Lessons only

Composer’s Project Phase 4-Final Draft Complete

March 13-16 Lessons and Classes

March 20-23- Lessons and Classes

March 27-30-Lessons only

Composer’s Concert March 31


April 3-6 Lessons and Classes

Dr. Smolen on European concert tour April 7- April 30

April17-22 Spring Break

April 24-27- no lessons/no classes


May 1-4 Lessons and Classes

May 8-11- Lessons only

May 15-18- Lessons and Classes

May 22-25- Lessons and Classes


May 29-June 1-Lessons and Classes

Spring Solo Recital dates 

June 5-8-Lessons and Classes

June 9-Dances from Around the World