String Arrangements By Peggy

Personal Profile

Get To Know Peggy

Peggy Wheelwright has been blessed with a unique musical talent and has been playing the violin since she was 4 years old. She began teaching her own students when she was 17 and performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony when she was 18. Peggy has been a core performer with the Ballet West Orchestra for over 25 years. She has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the New American Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, Nevada Chamber Orchestra & Mormon Symphony. Peggy is currently the Concert Master of The New American Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

Peggy has performed back up for several soloists including Tony Award-winning performer Brian Stokes Mitchell; television actress and Tony-nominated Broadway performer Megan Hilty; Emmy, Grammy, Tony & Academy Award-winning singer and actress Rita Moreno. She has also performed with Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Natalie Cole; Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Sarah Brightman; Grammy Award-winning tenor Placido Domingo, Emmy & Grammy Award- winner John Denver. Other performances include Robert Plant & Jimmy Page from Led Zepplin; The Moody Blues; Manheim Steamroller as well as Grammy-nominated singer/performer Marie Osmond and Emmy-Award winning & Grammy-nominated composer/performer Kurt Bestor. She has also done extensive motion picture recording work.

Personal Profile

Get To Know Peggy

Peggy Wheelwright has been blessed with a unique musical talent and has been playing the violin since she was 4 years old. She began teaching her own students when she was 17 and performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony when she was 18. Peggy has been a core performer with the Ballet West Orchestra for over 25 years. She has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the New American Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, Nevada Chamber Orchestra & Mormon Symphony. Peggy is currently the Concert Master of The New American Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

Peggy has performed back up for several soloists including Tony Award-winning performer Brian Stokes Mitchell; television actress and Tony-nominated Broadway performer Megan Hilty; Emmy, Grammy, Tony & Academy Award-winning singer and actress Rita Moreno. She has also performed with Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Natalie Cole; Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Sarah Brightman; Grammy Award-winning tenor Placido Domingo, Emmy & Grammy Award- winner John Denver. Other performances include Robert Plant & Jimmy Page from Led Zepplin; The Moody Blues; Manheim Steamroller as well as Grammy-nominated singer/performer Marie Osmond and Emmy-Award winning & Grammy-nominated composer/performer Kurt Bestor. She has also done extensive motion picture recording work.

About String Arrangements By Peggy

Peggy’s arrangements are designed to allow the student to learn their classical repertoire while supplementing their practice with her arrangements. Peggy’s 4-part arrangements generally coincide with Suzuki Level 1-2, Level 3-4, Level 5-6 and Level 7+. The Level 7+ arrangements are challenging for an advanced student or adult.

As part of her studio, Peggy teaches a performing group which consists of youth with ages ranging from age 4 to 18. She found it difficult to find good, string arrangements that would cater to the beginner and also the advanced student and began making her own arrangements.

Peggy not only uses her arrangements to supplement their classical education but to give her students the experience to perform in front of large audiences. Her students perform at rest homes, schools and community events. The music they play is lauded by audiences young and old alike. While playing the arrangements, the students learn valuable skills such as learning to listen to one another as they play in four part harmony. This training helps them learn the skills they need to play in quartets and orchestras in the future. The beginning and intermediate students see how much fun the advanced students are having while playing the difficult parts and strive harder to progress so that they can have a chance to play the advanced music in the future.

Testimonials

Peggy’s music is exciting for all levels. She has taken the time to thoughtfully arrange the 4 parts by different Suzuki book levels which makes it thrilling for all my students to play. My students love to play these Christmas tunes together and they sound great! Really fun! Peggy is an incredible musician and has thrown in some stylistic rhythms and harmonies that will really entice the listener and captivate my students. Thanks Peggy!

Kristiana Henderson

Suzuki Teacher, Ballet West Associate Principal 2nd Violin

I am a Suzuki violin/viola teacher and core violinist with The Ballet West Orchestra. Several years ago I heard Peggy’s violin group Pizzicato Strings performing amazing Christmas arrangements. I am so excited that they are now available for purchase! They are innovative and fun yet remarkably layered from Suzuki level 1 through 7. Simply put, Peggy’s arrangements work! They are a beautiful addition to our repertoire and my students love playing them.

Ruth Godfrey

Suzuki Teacher, Ballet West Orchestra

I love the arrangements of Peggy Wheelwright! They are fresh new sounds to beautiful pieces. The kids love to play them together! It’s exciting to have some fun new Christmas arrangements that are beautiful and very affordable!

Kathy Smoot

Suzuki Teacher, New American Philharmonic

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