Student Events

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- “It was wonderful to be around such dedicated teachers. Everyone was so open and helpful in answering questions.”

- “Especially uplifting atmosphere.”

SAA conferences provide numerous events designed for selected Suzuki students from across the Americas. Students may apply to participate in instrument-specific masterclasses coached by distinguished guest clinicians and master teachers and/or they may apply to participate in coached ensembles which usually culminate in a celebratory performance.

SAA conference student events offer valuable and often unique observation experiences for participating Suzuki teachers. Teachers are able to observe, learn, be inspired, and inspire one another. In the Suzuki style, parents attend with their student to support and celebrate their hard work and progress. These special student events bring together the components of the Suzuki triangle and exemplify the spirit of the Suzuki community!

This year’s opportunities include these events:

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Student participation in any of the events is level-specific and audition-based. Student auditions should exemplify mastery and ease of performance of the repertoire selected or required. Applicants are expected to follow all specific instructions on the following pages.

We invite and encourage SAA teachers to prepare students to audition for one or more of the opportunities planned for the 2020 Conference. Your students can be included in the conference-wide celebration of outstanding results achieved through “Learning Suzuki-Style!”



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 21-24, 2020, as final event schedules may not be determined until February 2020.

Application

  • Students must perform the audition piece if selected for a masterclass.
  • 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).

Deadlines

  • October 15: International Ensembles
  • October 25: Masterclasses, Bass Choir, Cello Choir, Baroque Chamber Ensemble (Recorder, etc.), Violin Performing Ensemble, Viola Ensemble, Piano Concerto Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, SYOA, and SYASE
  • November 30: Chamber Ensembles (pre-formed groups)

  • Keep a copy of the application and video for your records.

  • Submit all materials and application fees online.

Fees

Application Fees:

  • $50 per student to apply for SYOA; SYASE; all Masterclasses; Violin, Guitar, Piano Ensemble or Flute Performing Ensemble; Bass or Cello Choir; Viola Recorder Consort
  • $80 for Chamber Music Groups (one fee per group)
  • $90 for International Ensembles Concert group applicants (one fee per group)

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

  • $135 for SYOA 1, SYOA 2, SYASE, Flute Performing Ensemble, Violin Performing Ensemble;
  • $110 Piano Ensemble
  • $80 for Guitar Ensemble, Viola Ensemble, Recorder Consort, Voice Ensemble, Cello Choir, and Bass Choir

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, flute, guitar, and recorder will also be considered for instrument-specific ensembles. Some SYOA participants may be considered for lesson classes.

If Selected

  • Students must pay for own transportation, room, board, and any required fees by deadlines to be provided.
  • 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. (Note: Piano students may not participate in both Piano Masterclass and Piano Ensemble.) 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).
  • Students will be invited to participate in a special choir class, Dalcroze class, or similar enrichment activity, if their schedule of rehearsals and events allows.
  • Most instrument areas will invite students to participate in a special choir class, Dalcroze class, or similar enrichment activity, if their schedule of rehearsals and events allows.
  • 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. Chamber Groups selected for the masterclass 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

Upper level students:  Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 6 or beyond or equivalent level piece from outside the Suzuki repertoire.

Lower level students: Submit one piece from Suzuki Book 3 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

To apply, submit one of the following:

  • Suzuki Book 1: your entire repertoire from Twinkle Variations & Theme to current piece
    (1st phrase only of each variation or medley will be accepted)
  • Suzuki Book 2: three pieces
  • Suzuki Books 3 and 4: two pieces
  • Suzuki Books 5 through 7: one piece or movement
  • One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire. (Students must have completed at least Book 6.)

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.

Voice Masterclass

As for other instruments, student must study with an Active SAA Teacher Member and be high school age or younger. Voice masterclass availability may be limited depending on enrollment numbers. Students applying for a Voice masterclass do so in addition to the Voice Performing Ensemble and do not need to submit a separate application form. All Masterclass students are expected to also participate in the ‘Voice Performing Ensemble including all rehearsals and any scheduled Performances.

Teachers of students that wish to participate in a Voice masterclass should contact Voice Co-Coordinator Amelia Seyssel (email:[javascript protected email address]) with the following: student age, student current performance level, student repertoire to be performed at the Master Class. Teachers should contact Voice Coordinator Amelia Seyssel (email:[javascript protected email address]) for repertoire pre-approval.

No audition required, however acceptable repertoire related to this Conference Theme (’Learning in the Suzuki Style’) is expected to be from the classical genre (preferably from the Suzuki Voice volumes and/or repertoire lists) and must be pre-approved by the Conference Voice Coordinators. Students should have performed their piece prior to the Conference with an accompanist. All repertoire should be solidly memorized with an aim towards performance readiness.



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, except the Piano Ensemble is a separate application and fee. 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

Students auditioning for the Cello Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece or pay a separate application fee by must otherwise complete the application process to apply for participation.

Flute Performing Ensemble

Submit one memorized, polished 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 to apply for the Flute Performing Ensemble, but must otherwise complete the application process.

Guitar Ensemble

Andantino by Carulli or Paganini Waltz (both book 3)

Students auditioning for the Guitar Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece.

Piano Ensemble

Performance of Bach Concerto for Three Pianos in D Minor, BWV 1063

To apply:

  • Submit two pieces or movements

    • From Suzuki Piano Book 7: one Baroque work OR Sonata K 331, 1st mov. (no repeats)
    • A selection of student’s choice
  • Selected students will be assigned a part to learn in advance

Note: While students may apply for both Piano Masterclass and Piano Ensemble, student may not be accepted to participate in both events.

Recorder Consort

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 Ensemble

Submit either:

  • One piece in Suzuki Viola Book 5 or above
  • One piece or movement from beyond the Suzuki repertoire

Students auditioning for the Viola Masterclass do not need to submit a separate audition piece or pay a separate application fee by must otherwise complete the application process to apply for participation.

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

Voice Performing Ensemble

Open to all levels. As for other ensembles student must study with an Active SAA Teacher Member and be high school age or younger.

Students will participate in several group activities over the course of 2½ days, culminating in a formal or informal performance (TBD), and including a performance with a joint Multi-Instrument Ensemble (Voice-Recorder-Bass-other TBD).

No audition required. However, performance readiness and memorization are required for all conference repertoire pertinent to the level of the individual student enrolled; student performance readiness is the responsibility of each student’s Suzuki Voice teacher. A participation fee will be required of all students enrolled in this Ensemble. (Audition application fee does not apply.)

A list of select Suzuki repertoire songs to be performed during the Conference will be posted by September 2019, along with any additional repertoire outside of the Suzuki volumes.

Beginning Level students (Volumes 1 through 3):  primarily Suzuki repertoire, and other conference repertoire as individual ability dictates.

Intermediate & Advanced Level students (Units 4 and above):  all songs included on the list of select Suzuki repertoire from Volumes 1-3 and any/all additional repertoire outside of the Suzuki volumes as individual ability dictates.



ORCHESTRAS

Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA)

Students must be available from the evening of May 21 through late afternoon on May 24, 2020.

SYOA 1

Students born on or after June 1, 2009, 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 who are 1-2 years older will also be considered.)

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, 2008, and on or before December 31, 2009, 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 who are 1-2 years older will also be considered.)

Audition pieces for SYOA 2:

  • Violin: Fiocco Allegro
  • Viola: Telemann Concerto in GM, 2nd movement
  • Cello: Breval Sonata, 2nd movement
  • Bass: Minuet 2 (Book 3)

Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble (SYASE)

Activities tentatively scheduled from the afternoon of May 21 (beginning at 12:00 PM) through the evening of May 24. Students born on or after January 1, 2004, and on or before December 31, 2007, 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: Nina and a second contrasting piece from Suzuki Book 5 or higher, of the applicant’s choosing.
  • Cello: Squire Tarantella
  • Bass: Marcello Sonata in G Major, movements 1 and 2


OTHER SPECIAL STUDENT EVENTS

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 2018 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 1, 2019. Selected groups will be required to respond by November 15, 2019 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, 2020: 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.