Sheila Santa, Professional Violinist

Columbus and Lima, Ohio

Thank you. It is a lovely arrangement!

Cathy Stevens, Director

Panama City Youth Orchestra, Florida

LOVE your product! It's going to be a huge help in programming for our mixed level group. 

Marcella Trentacosti, Youth Concert Orchestra Conductor

Fort Wayne, Indiana

"The arrangements by Steven Kruse are wonderful! I love how the arrangements include all levels! My beginners really enjoyed being part of the string orchestra!"

Alicia Tremmel, Director of Orchestras

Mansfield Public Schools, Mansfield, Ohio

"Absolutely LOVE IT! It will be so perfect. I will have all my students 3-12 play it. I am so excited to get started on it. It will be perfect and I think I will make it the finale for the concert. Thank you so much!"

Mark Mutter, Executive Director, Suzuki Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan

"Thank you so much for all of this music.

The arrangement looks awesome I can’t wait to start it next week."


Toledo Symphony School of Music

Toledo, Ohio

"Thank you Dr. Kruse for your wonderful arrangements!"

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Take a trip around the world with your students, experiencing the music and styles of eight countries and regions: The United States, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, China, Austria, Russia and France. The popular Christmas carol We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year is set in the style of music representing each of these locations. Your students will enjoy seeing how a familiar melody can be changed into something quite different but still maintain its original identity.


This arrangement is for multi-level string orchestra. It contains Twinkle parts for violin, viola and cello which consist mostly of open strings and can be learned by rote. The Violin Book 1 part is intended for students who have completed most of Suzuki Violin School, Book 1. The Advanced Violin part makes extensive use of third position while the Violin I part contains only a few passages extending to third position. Other parts remain in first position. The piece contains key changes, tempo changes, and chromatic passages along with spiccato passages. The work is approximately 8 minutes long.


Included are full orchestral score, 4 parts each of the twinkle violin, viola and cello parts, 4 parts each of Advanced Violin, Violin I, Violin II, Violin Book 1, Viola and Cello. Three parts each of Violin III (Viola treble clef, if needed) and Double Bass. Also included is one piano part, intended for rehearsal purposes and optional in performance.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas from Around the World for Multi-Level String Orch