Board & Staff

SAA Board of Directors

Joan Krzywicki

Joan Krzywicki, Chair-Elect

Wyndmoor, PA
Phone: 215-836-1120
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Frank Viola

Frank Viola, Secretary

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Wendy Azrak

Wendy Azrak

Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734-213-5917
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Holly Blackwelder Carpenter

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter

College Place, WA
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Beth Cantrell

Beth Cantrell

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Wan Tsai Chen

Wan Tsai Chen

Calgary, AB
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Rolando Freitag

Rolando Freitag

Chicago, IL
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Carey Beth Hockett

Carey Beth Hockett

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Pam Brasch

Pam Brasch, CO, CEO, ex officio

Board Policies

SAA Board Governance Policies

News about the SAA Board

The SAA Nominating Committee continually seeks candidates for SAA Board membership. The Board Nominating Committee encourages experienced teachers, parents and professionals who have legal, financial, marketing or administrative experience to seek nominations for the Board. These candidates should represent the SAA membership with vision and dedication to the Suzuki Philosophy.

If you would like to nominate a person (you may wish to nominate yourself) for the SAA Board, here are the criteria used for choosing candidates.

An individual who will:

  1. Steward the mission of the SAA
  2. Attend three 2-3-day meetings per year
  3. Be a productive and prepared board member
  4. Forgo simultaneous membership on any other national music organization’s board
    5 Serve on Board Committees as needed including volunteer work for the SAA
  5. Make an annual financial contribution to the SAA and to cultivate other funds for the SAA
  6. Have strong listening skills and work within a consensus model for decision making

Please call the SAA Office for further information or send in the following materials:

  1. A letter of nomination from an active member
  2. Resume of the nominee
  3. Brief statement from the nominee highlighting reasons for interest in serving on the board
  4. Letter of reference

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Honorary Board

Jeanne Baxtresser
Former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic, Vira I. Heinz Professor of Flute, Carnegie-Mellon University

Martin Beaver
Formerly Tokyo String Quartet, Colburn School of Music

Cavani String Quartet
The Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH

Robert A. Duke, PhD
Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Leaning , University of Texas Butler School of Music

Carol Dweck, PhD
Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Timothy Eddy
Cellist, The Juilliard School and Mannes College, New York, NY

Brian Ganz
Pianist, St. Mary’s College of Baltimore, MD and Peabody Conservatory

William Preucil, Jr.
Concertmaster, The Cleveland Orchestra Cleveland, OH

Shoji Tabuchi
Violinist & Entertainer Branson, MO

Laurel J Trainor Ph.D.
Director, McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Benjamin Verdery
Guitarist & Composer, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Emeritus Honorary Board

Robert F. Bennett
Former United States Senator, UT

Dr. James Garbarino
Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Dr. Richard Miller
President, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA

Jung-Ho Pak
Music Director, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Roger H. Sublett
Leadership Scholar, President, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH