Board & Staff

SAA Board of Directors

Beth Cantrell

Beth Cantrell, Chair

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Rolando Freitag

Rolando Freitag, Chair-Elect

Orlando, FL
Phone: 407-205-9550
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Esther Fellows

Esther Fellows, Secretary

Mounds, OK
Phone: 918-366-4770
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Holly Blackwelder Carpenter

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter

College Place, WA
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Michael Bogomolny

Michael Bogomolny

Washington, DC
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Mary Halverson Waldo

Mary Halverson Waldo

Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-929-2660
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Ellen Kogut

Ellen Kogut

Montréal, QC
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Winifred Crock

Winifred Crock

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Oscar Soler

Oscar Soler

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Pam Brasch

Pam Brasch, CO, CEO, ex officio

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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
  6. Make an annual financial contribution to the SAA and to cultivate other funds for the SAA
  7. 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

Martin Beaver
Formerly Tokyo String Quartet, Montrose Trio, Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles, CA

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, Austin, TX

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

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

Paul Kantor
Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX

Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin
Leadership and design consultant and author, Former Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer, KY

Shoji Tabuchi
Violinist & Entertainer Branson, MO

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

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

Emeritus Honorary Board

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