Whitsun Pinkster workshop in English

    To the parents of Suzuki students

    Dear Parents,

    This year the 23rd annual Dutch Whitsun workshop will take place June 8, 9, 10.We would love to have Irish and Swedish and International students come and participate! If you would like to join us, please fill in the attached form and pay accordingly.

Our sponsor Philips decided upon reaching the pensioners state, not to sponsor the workshop any more, but the committee decided to continue nevertheless. It is of course for you as a first (?) time guest quite new.  What do you do at this workshop?  Well, we are intensively busy for three days with the violin and different, very special Suzuki teachers You play your own music pieces but in many different ways daily in a group lesson, a technique class,andindividual lessons. Do you know the Music Mind Gamesalready? Find out how much fun music theory can be, and learn a new world of music notation. You wonder what gypsy piece you might learn this year? And it goes without saying that you have to relax as well.  Between all the intensive playing, we have great dance sessionsin the gym hall:  Gerrit is coming again this year ☺ 

When the three days are almost over, most kids want to continue for another few days, because they realize how much they improve in such a setting…. And also for the parents it feels like a unique VIP happening. There are people to answer your burning  questions about practicing or whatever. Parents are welcome to participate.

The kids like their teachers with sweets and stickers. They really work hard, without realizing it, for everyone is ”in the same boa”t.

And how about all the wonderful home-made food, prepared by the parents.  Pancakes, hot-dogs,  finger food and pizza’s, also soups, salads, quiches, great desserts and other great coffee and teatime goodies, all-in-all: delicious. And the traditional Irish Salmon and cookies contributions…. Mmmm!

Every year we have a super time together. Be prepared for a party! As well as for intensive work on the violin…


The workshop takes place on Saturday June 8 (8.30-18.00), Sunday June 9 (8.30-18.00) and Monday   June 10   (8.30-18.00) 2019, in the HSV school, Van Nijenrodestraat 16, 2597 RM The Hague.


    The program is again given by experienced and friendly teachers from the USA, England, Sweden, Ireland, France and The Netherlands.  We offer a mix of group lessons, Folk music, Technique, Music Theory: Music Mind Games, individual lessons and dance.  This will all take place in a lovely atmosphere at the HSV School in The Hague. On the first day of the workshop, the participants will receive a schedule plus brochure, which will explain where everybody is to go at what times etc.

    Playing Levels

    It is a Suzuki  custom that every child in this international workshop knows all the pieces by heart and that the pieces can   be played in the tempo of the CD.  Please make sure that your child revises on a daily basis all old repertoire….

    We assume that the students are familiar with the following pieces.

    Group I:   Twinkle  up to and including Menuet 1, and can read notes;

    Group II:  Twinkle up to and including Humoresque by Dvorak;

    Group III:   Everything up to and including Seitz 1 

    Group IV/V:  La Folia  

    Group VI:      Eccles Sonate – Former students, non-Suzuki-repertoire : level Book VIII and IX: chamber     music, Gypsy and Irish  (top level)  


    We try to keep the costs as low as possible in different ways (a cheap rental for the building, the teachers staying at the Riouwstraat and lots of parents contributing to the preparations).  Also, we rely on sponsorship from companies and subsidiaries (your company?).  Thus, we keep the costs to a minimum.  If you bring your Irish  or Swedish (dance) costumes and dance for us we will lower your costs with 10 euro’s, because we would appreciate that enormously!

Our sponsor Philips has retired ☹:  no more sponsoring. So we would appreciate, for those who could, to pay the regular not sponsored price: 50 euros more than indicated. 

We have a lottery with no NO’s. Every child with a lottery ticket gets to choose something. Please bring ‘closet daughters’: new presents your house does not need anymore…. Also the kids get to grabbel in the grabbelskirt, for which small wrapped presents will be very welcome…

ROOMS: several families would like to have you be their paying guest (10 euro per person per night). Please contact us!

Please note: Our planning is to register  at  the latest on April 7th   
Participant costs for group I:                                                300 euro;  
Participant costs for group II:                                               310 euro; 
Participant costs for group III and higher                          340 euro 
If you pay before April 7 you may subtract 20. If you pay after April 15 please add €20  
Late registration in May: please add 25 euro’s. 
Individual lessons cannot be guaranteed after April 1  

Please pay via Account  IBAN: NL62TRIO0198436866to S. Voorhoeve-Poot  The Hague    

    Lunch, Coffee, Sweets

Lunch is eaten all together at around 12.45.  We, as the Hague Suzuki tradition permits, normally serve a pot-luck lunch for everybody.  We always like to have more than enough for our hungry teachers from abroad  who are used to more than a sandwich at midday.  Some of our teachers are vegetarian also.  Please think about the daily Irish contributions and drinks?

For the coffee and tea breaks, we would also love some homemade goodies and in keeping with the workshop tradition: exclusive candy!  The children work very hard and deserve to be spoilt a bit. Maybe some healthy sweets: apricots, coconut, raisins…? Maybe you can bring some fruit/nuts/chocolates for children (or buy in the local Albert Heyn grocery?)


Already different parents have offered their help.   Please fill in the form attached as to how you would like to help us?


Please fill in the attached form to confirm your registration and send the form to:

Juffie Stieneke Poot, Riouwstraat 23,   2585 GP Den Haag,   Netherlands 

For more information, also about level of playing, please contact me at svp.workshop@gmail.comor call me: +31 70 – 350 31 05 after 21.00 o’clock our time, and preferable in the mornings.

 Yours sincerely,

 Juffie  Stieneke

======Registration Form June 8. 9 & 10th 2019===============


Form to be sent to Riouwstraat 23,  NL 2585 GP The Hague or email to svp.workshop@gmail.com 

Name student:                                                                Date of birth Name accompanying parent: 
Address:                                                               Town: 
Telephone:                                                          E-mail: Studies violin with                                             Tel number
Bank number of the person who shall pay: 
This payment is made in favour of: 

The participant costs from 
O participant from group I        (300 Euro) 
O participant from group II       (310 Euro) 
O participant from group III      (340 Euro) 
I have paid it  to Triodos Bank account IBAN:NL62TRIO0198436866 of S. Voorhoeve-Poot  
Last studied piece:                                                        by composer: 
The student is eager/prefers NOT to perform a short solo/DANCE  at the solo recital  At the solo recital the student will  play:                                   by composer:   

Signature parent/guardian