Students at the Aber Suzuki Center followed different themes, such as wear a costume, as they took part in the recent Practice-a-thon to raise money for the Aber Suzuki Center in Stevens Point. The students will be celebrated with Aber Suzuki Center Day on June 6. Photo courtesy UWSP.

STEVENS POINT – Students at the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will celebrate Aber Suzuki Center Day June 6, as proclaimed by Mayor Mike Wiza.

The event marks a major achievement by students enrolled at the center, who recently participated in a 10-day Practice-a-thon fundraiser by logging more than 58,000 minutes of instrument practice. The students raised more than $8,000.

Aber Suzuki Center Day will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Noel Fine Arts Center’s Michelsen Hall with a presentation of the proclamation by Wiza. At 11 a.m., Suzuki students will play and sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” over a Zoom link.

All musicians in Stevens Point, including members of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, UW-Stevens Point music faculty and students, professional and amateur musicians who sing or play an instrument are invited to step outside or open their windows and join in playing “Twinkle” at 11 a.m., then play or sing any music piece to show musical solidarity to the community during COVID-19.

While the center is at the university, it does not receive state funding. The Practice-a-Thon is a primary fundraiser for the program. This year’s 50th anniversary of the American Suzuki Institute has been canceled because of COVID-19, causing an increased need for funding. To donate, visit American Suzuki Foundation. All proceeds will go to the Aber Suzuki Center.