19th Biennial SAA Conference

“Learning Suzuki-Style”

Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MNMay 21-25, 2020

As a Suzuki Community, we embrace Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and method – using music and the discipline of learning an instrument to develop and nurture the character of a child.  Our SAA Conference Theme “Learning Suzuki-Style,” will provide an opportunity to remind us of our strong foundation, while exploring ways to bring this philosophy into an ever-changing 21st Century. In May, we will gather to share ideas to embrace these challenges, while maintaining our standard of excellence in nurturing children with noble hearts through music.

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Plans in Brief

Sessions begin on Thursday, May 21, at 4:00 PM. Conference concludes at noon on Monday, May 25.

Special features include masterclasses with featured guest clinicians: Almita Vamos (Violin), Paul Ellison (Bass), Astrid Schween (Cello), Rebecca Albers (Viola), Lorna McGhee and Bart Feller (Flute), Paul Wirth (Piano), Benjamin Verdery (Guitar), Elizabeth White Clark (Harp), Yumi Kendall (Chamber Music) and Paul Leenhouts (Recorder).

This year’s conference will also include Organ, Trumpet, Voice, and—of course—Suzuki Early Childhood Education.

Featured workshop clinicians include Yumi Kendall (Positive Psychology), Jeremy Dittus (Dalcroze), Beatriz Ilari (IRSTE & Early Childhood)


Opening night mini-recital with Yumi Kendall and Rebecca Albers and Keynote with Judy Bossuat-Gallic (“Your Wildest Dreams”)

Other featured presentations during the weekend (Just to mention a few!)

  • “A User-Guide to Your Brain” – Molly Gebrian
  • “Compassionate Qualities of Suzuki Teachers” – Karin Hendricks
  • “A Vision for the Suzuki Method in the Americas” – Edward Kreitman
  • William Starr: The Living Legacy of a Suzuki Pioneer – panel


  • Conference Exhibits – Bring your shopping list!
  • Welcome Reception – Time for food and relaxation with friends!


  • Harp & Flute Recital with Elizabeth White Clark and Nancy Wood
  • Flute Recital with Lorna McGhee, Flute, and Katie Leung, Collaborative Pianist
  • Cello Recital with Astrid Schween
  • Guitar Recital with Benjamin Verdery
  • “Maestro the Pot-Bellied Pig” with Elizabeth White Clark, Harp, and reading by Gerald Elias – presented in English and Spanish
  • Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas I & II—Kirsten Marshall(I) and Emmett Drake(II), Conductors
  • Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble—Marilyn Kesler, Conductor
  • Cello Choir—Rick Mooney, Conductor
  • Advanced Violin Performing Ensemble—Tom Wermuth/Conductor
  • Viola Ensemble – Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, Conductor
  • Flute Performing Ensemble & Flute Choir – Rebecca Paluzzi, Elizabeth Shuhan
  • A special concert featuring our newer/smaller instrument areas: Voice, Trumpet, Organ, Bass, and Recorder


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