Conference

18th Biennial SAA Conference

“A Collaborating Community”
Sharing ideas and working together come naturally to musicians, especially those in the Suzuki community! The 2018 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be an opportunity to gather and share ideas with a focus on the ways in which teachers, parents, and students can work together in support of each other. The theme “A Collaborating Community” invites us to explore the many different forms collaboration can take, both within and outside the SAA community. Among teaching colleagues, collaborative projects can encourage a culture of peer-to-peer mentorship, in formal and informal settings. Parent involvement can spark enthusiasm along the path of a child’s growth. Musical collaboration in a student’s development is a crucial component in building life skills, along with its motivational power.

Some more questions to consider: In what ways do lessons and group classes support the development of cooperative musicians? How can teachers support one another in their work? How are strong bonds formed within studios among parents and students? As we look beyond our SAA community, how can teachers, parents, and students share and spark interest in Suzuki education through collaborative activities outside the Suzuki community? In the coming year, notice how collaborations support your Suzuki work, and come to the conference ready to hear new ideas for strengthening those connections!

Student Opportunities

We invite SAA teachers to prepare students to audition for a variety of opportunities available to students at the 2018 Biennial SAA Conference in Minneapolis to energize, motivate, support, and fuel our conference theme, “A Collaborating Community.” 

This year our students will have the chance to work with numerous guest clinicians, including the Montrose Trio, sponsored by Robertson Violin.   

New this year are the Cello Choir and Viola Choir. Piano ensembles will feature duo piano performances of movements from the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. To highlight the importance of the upper Suzuki violin repertoire, a Suzuki Violin Book 7/8 demonstration group class is being planned with participants drawn from SYASE and other events.

The full list of student events includes the following:

  • Instrumental and vocal masterclasses taught by guest clinicians in each instrument area
  • Chamber Group Masterclasses
  • Instrumental Ensembles that are formed especially for the conference: Cello, Bass and Viola Choirs, Flute Performing Ensemble, Piano Duos, Guitar Ensemble, Recorder Consort, and Violin Performing Ensemble
  • Piano concerto solo with faculty orchestra accompaniment
  • Carnival of the Animals piano duo performance
  • Two Suzuki Young Artist Orchestras (SYOA 1 & 2)
  • Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble (SYASE)
  • International Ensembles Concert featuring selected performing ensembles from throughout our region

Students prepare an audition exemplifying mastery and ease of their piece. Students have a rare opportunity to rehearse, socialize, and perform with students from many different places. Teachers observe, learn and inspire each other, and parents support and celebrate their children’s hard work and progress—a true collaboration of our Suzuki community! 

Find detailed information about Student Events and Audition Requirements.