Student Events

SAA conferences provide numerous events designed for selected Suzuki students from across the Americas.  Conference student events offer unique observation experiences for participating teachers and great coaching and performing experiences for students.  Students may apply to participate in instrument-specific masterclasses coached by distinguished guest clinicians and/or they may apply to participate in coached ensembles.  Student participation in any of the events is level-specific and audition-based.



REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Study with an SAA Active Teacher Member.
  • Be high school age or younger, unless age limits are specified for the activity.
  • Have a flexible schedule for May 24-27, 2018, as final event schedules may not be determined until February 2018.

Application

  • Where appropriate, accompaniment is required for all instruments for all auditions, except piano, guitar, harp, recorder and chamber music groups.  Piano concerto requires second piano accompaniment.  Memorization is required, except for chamber ensembles.
  • Applicants should record their auditions with the best lighting and sound quality available.  Attention should also be paid to attire.
  • Where requested, applicant’s teacher must provide a recommendation letter including information on reading and chamber music experience and any other information required.
  • Separate application forms and fees must be submitted for each application, as required.
  • All materials must be submitted online (to SAA website).

    • October 15:  International Ensembles
    • October 25:  Masterclasses, Viola, Bass Choir, Cello Choir, Recorder Consort, Violin Performing Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, SYOA, SYASE, and Chamber Music Ensembles
    • December 15:  Piano Concerto
  • Keep a copy of the application and video for your records. 

  • Submit all materials and application fees online.

Fees

Application Fees:

  • $45 per student to apply for SYOA; SYASE; Masterclasses; Piano Concerto; Violin, Guitar, Piano (Carnival of the Animals) or Flute Performing Ensemble; Bass, Cello, Flute or Viola Choir; and Recorder Consort
  • $75 for Chamber Music Groups (one fee per group)
  • $85 for International Ensembles Concert group applicants (one fee per group)

Participation Fees:
(in addition to application fees if selected)

  • $130 for SYOA 1, SYOA 2, SYASE, Flute Performing Ensemble
  • $75 for Violin or Guitar Ensemble; Recorder Consort; Cello, Bass, Flute or Viola Choir; and Piano Ensemble  (Carnival of the Animals)

Selection Process

In addition to a high musical standard, the application review committees will consider a balance of ages, levels, instrumentation and geographic areas when prioritizing their results.  Application materials will be reviewed carefully, and information will be held in confidence by committee members.  Masterclass applicants for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, guitar, and recorder will also be considered for instrument-specific ensembles.

If Selected

  • Students must pay for own transportation, room, board, and any required fees.
  • Students must be available for participation any time during the course of the conference weekend and during the days indicated for rehearsals and performances.
  • In most cases, students will be selected to participate in no more than two activities due to scheduling constraints. SYOA participants are generally unavailable for participation in most other events.
  • Student must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian while at the conference (signed release required).
  • While students and their parents may be invited to attend specific sessions and performances, parents interested in attending other parts of the conference must pay the conference participant registration fee for the day or days attending.
  • Student and parent or guardian must release to the SAA the rights to photograph and/or record sessions in which the student participates.
  • It is the policy of the SAA that no personal video recording take place in any sessions, rehearsals, concerts or masterclasses.  Please note the SAA employs a professional video company for recording selected events at the conference.  Those recordings are generally made available to conference participants at a low cost.

Individual Student Application

Group Application

SPECIFIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Instrumental, Voice, and Chamber Group Masterclasses

Applicants accepted for a masterclass must perform the piece submitted on their application video, no exceptions.

Chamber Group Masterclass

Chamber Groups may include any recognized Suzuki instrument and must be three- to seven-member ensembles, with one person on a part.

Submit one movement from the standard chamber music repertoire, appropriate to the level of the group (beginning, intermediate or advanced).  Less advanced groups should submit at least five minutes of appropriately selected early- and middle-level ensemble repertoire.  Applicants accepted for a Chamber Groups selected must perform the piece submitted on their application video for the masterclass, with no exceptions.

Bass Masterclass

All levels welcome to apply.  Submit current polished piece. 

Cello Masterclass

Submit either:

  • One piece in Suzuki Cello Book 8 or above.
  • One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire.

Flute Masterclass

Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 6 (or its equivalent) or above.

Guitar Masterclass

Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 3 or above.

Harp Masterclass

Submit one of the following

  • Beginning Level:  Submit one piece from Books 1-4.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Level:  Submit one piece from Book 4 or above.

Piano Masterclass

Students will be chosen from each of the following categories:

Beyond the Suzuki repertoire:  Submit one piece/movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire. 

Later Suzuki repertoire:  Submit one piece/movement from Books 5, 6, or 7, selected from the following list:

  • J. S. Bach, Invention in C Major
  • Haydn, Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI/35
  • Daquin, The Cuckoo
  • Mendelssohn, Venetian Gondola Song, Op. 30, No. 6
  • J. S. Bach, Invention in F Major
  • Grieg, Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4
  • Chopin, Nocturne in c-sharp minor, Op. posth.
  • Mozart, Sonata K.330 or K.331
  • Granados, Spanish Dance No. 5
  • Villa-Lobos, O Polichinello
  • J. S. Bach, Prelude & Fugue in D Major, WTC I
  • Debussy, La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56

Intermediate Suzuki Repertoire:  Submit one piece/movement from Books 3 or 4, selected from the following list:

  • Clementi, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1, 1st movement
  • Kuhlau, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55
  • Schumann, The Wild Rider
  • Gurlitt, Little Waltz
  • Clementi, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3, Spiritoso
  • Bartok, Teasing Song 
  • Beethoven, Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
  • Tcherepnin, Bagatelle, Op. 5, No. 9     
  • J. S. Bach, Minuets I and II, from Partita in B-flat Major, BWV 825
  • J. S. Bach, Gigue, from Partita in B-flat Major, BWV 825

Early Suzuki Repertoire:  Submit Twinkle Theme and Variations plus one piece/movement, selected from the following list of Book 1- 2 repertoire:

  • Chwatal, Little Playmates
  • Dutton, Christmas-Day Secrets
  • Suzuki, Allegro
  • Anonymous, Minuet in G Major, from J. S. Bach’s Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
  • Bartok, Hungarian Folk Song
  • Beethoven, Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5
  • Bartok, Children at Play

Piano students studying at Book 5 and beyond, for additional opportunities, please see the Piano Ensemble event, the Chamber Group Masterclass option, and the Concerto event.

Recorder Masterclass

Open to all levels, including SAA-registered recorder teachers, as space allows. Submit most advanced polished piece on each recorder size available. Suzuki repertoire is required for soprano and alto recorders.

Viola Masterclass

Submit either:

  • One piece in Suzuki Viola Book 7 or above.
  • One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire.

Violin Masterclass

Submit either:

  • One piece or movement from Mozart Concerto level or beyond.
  • One piece from the SAA’s Suggested Supplementary Repertoire for Violin Books 7-8.

Note: Violin students selected for the Violin Master Class may also be considered for participation in a Violin Book 7/8 Demonstration Group Class. No separate audition or fee is required.

Voice Masterclass

Audition pieces to be determined.



ENSEMBLES & ORCHESTRAS

NOTE REGARDING AUDITIONS AND FEES:

Students auditioning for an instrument-specific masterclass, do not need to submit a separate audition or fee to apply to participate in the ensemble for their instrument. Students auditioning only for an instrument-specific ensemble must submit audition, fee and application form. If accepted, the student will be required to remit the participation fee for the event.

Bass Choir

All levels welcome to apply. Submit current polished piece. Students auditioning for the Bass Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece or pay a separate application fee by must otherwise complete the application process.

Cello Choir

Submit either:

  • One piece in Suzuki Cello Book 8 or above
  • One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire

Flute Performing Ensemble

Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 3 (or its equivalent) and above. Students auditioning for the Flute Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece or pay a separate application fee by must otherwise complete the application process.

Flute Choir

Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 1 Fireflies and above. Music reading skills not necessary.

Guitar Ensemble

Submit audition piece: Waltz from Sonata No. 9 by Paganini
Students auditioning for the Guitar Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece.

Piano Ensemble

A special event for Piano students this year will feature an ensemble production of Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Each student selected will be assigned a part from the suite to play with a string ensemble or a second piano accompaniment.

  • Students applying for masterclasses at the Book 5 level and beyond who wish to participate in the Carnival will please indicate interest in the space provided on the application form. An additional audition piece and application fee will not be required.
  • Students at the Book 5 & beyond level who are not applying for the masterclass may still apply to participate in the Carnival production through the same process: by submitting a polished piece as their audition.
  • Applicants who want to be considered for a part in Carnival of the Animals should include a teacher recommendation to help give the committee a sense of the student’s ensemble experience.
  • Eight or more students will be selected based on their auditions and teacher recommendation and assigned a part to learn in advance. Coaching and rehearsal sessions will be required. Students selected to perform in the Carnival event will need to be available from Thursday evening through Sunday for rehearsals and performances. An additional participation fee will be required.

Recorder Consort

Submit most advanced polished piece on each recorder size available, with at least one piece at the Suzuki Book 3 level and beyond (i.e., one piece on soprano; or one piece on soprano and one on alto; or one each on soprano, alto, and tenor; or one each on soprano, alto, tenor, and bass).

Viola Ensemble

Submit either:
One piece in Suzuki Viola Book 5 or above
One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire

Violin Performing Ensemble

Students must be studying at the level of Book 9 or 10 or beyond.
Submit one piece or movement from Mozart Concerto level or beyond



ORCHESTRAS

Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA)

Students must be available from the evening of May 24 through late afternoon on May 27, 2018.

SYOA 1

Students born on or after June 1, 2007, and studying at the following minimum levels:

  • Violin: Book 5 and above
  • Viola and Cello: Book 4 and above
  • Bass: Book 2 and above (Students may be one year older.)

Audition pieces for SYOA 1:

  • Violin: Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, 3rd movement
  • Viola: Bach Bourree
  • Cello: Humoresque
  • Bass: Bach Minuet 1 or beyond (must have studied at least eighteen months)

SYOA 2

Students born on or after Jan. 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2007, and studying at the following minimum levels:

  • Violin: Book 7 and above
  • Viola and Cello: Book 5 and above
  • Bass: Book 3 and above (Students may be one year older.)

Audition pieces for SYOA 2:

  • Violin: Fiocco Allegro
  • Viola: Telemann Concerto in GM, 2nd movement
  • Cello: Breval Sonata, 2nd movement
  • Bass: Saint Saens “The Elephant”

Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble (SYASE)

Activities tentatively scheduled from the evening of May 24 through the evening of May 27. Students born on or after January 1, 2002, and on or before December 31, 2005, and studying at the following minimum levels:

  • Violin: Book 8 and above
  • Viola: Book 6 and above
  • Cello: Book 7 and above
  • Bass: Book 5 and above (Note: Bass students may be one year older.)

Audition pieces for SYASE:

  • Violin: Bach a minor Concerto, 1st movement
  • Viola: Marais La Folia
  • Cello: Squire Tarantella
  • Bass: Marcello Sonata in G Major, movements 1 and 2

Students who are selected to play in the SYASE will also be considered for the Demonstration Violin Book 7/8 Group Class.



OTHER SPECIAL STUDENT EVENTS

PIANO CONCERTO

Select one movement unless otherwise specified) from the following list:

  • J. S. Bach, Keyboard Concerto in g minor BWV 1058, 1st and 2nd movements, or 2nd and 3rd movements
  • Haydn, Concerto in D Major Hob XVIII, No. 11, 1st or 3rd movement
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 23 in A, KV 488*
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 11 in F, KV 413*
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 12 in A, K.414*
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 14 in Eb, K449*
  • Beethoven, Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, Op. 19, 1st or 3rd movement

INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLES CONCERT

  • The exact day and time of the concert is to be determined.
  • Groups who wish to apply may be composed of any instrumentation (primarily Suzuki – recognized instruments areas). Groups must include eight or more members.
  • Ensembles must be affiliated with program or teacher with a current SAA membership.
  • Performers are expected to meet the age requirements noted in Requirements for All Applicants.
  • Performing groups from the 2016 SAA Conference International Ensemble Concert are ineligible.
  • All expenses must be borne by the group.
  • Criteria for selection include but are not limited to: the overall quality of the performance, geographical representation, and presentation of a balanced and varied program.

Audition and Application Requirements:

  • Video material must be representative of the repertoire to be performed at the Conference and generally must include the students who will participate in the event.
  • Recorded performances of well-polished repertoire must be ten to twenty minutes.

If Selected:

  • Selection process should be completed no later than November 15, 2017. Selected groups will be required to respond by November 30, 2017 whether or not they will accept the invitation to perform.
  • If selected, the performance at the conference must not exceed eighteen minutes in length including stage set-up and any costume or stage changes, etc.
  • Groups to perform will be required to submit the following by January 30, 2018: final program with exact timings of each piece, group photo, complete list of students to perform, any special staging or accompaniment needs or other special needs. Final program may include repertoire from the audition video.
  • Performance groups will be provided a space for rehearsals (up to one hour) in a private space and thirty minutes in the performance venue on stage.
  • Special equipment or other performance requirements must be approved by the SAA, arranged by the group, and additional costs paid by the group.
  • Each group is required to provide an adequate number of adult chaperones and must accept full responsibility for their group throughout the duration of their stay at the conference.
  • A limited number of conference events may be open to the student groups. Additional fees may apply. Any additional (non-conference) activities must be planned and chaperoned by the group.