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The Music Library of Margery Aber to be Auctioned

by Pat D’Ercole

Music— Margery Aber

The music library of Margery V. Aber will be auctioned through the Silent Auction Pro app July 22 to 31, 2021. The library contains hundreds of titles and various instrumentations from violin and piano solos to chamber music for all string combinations, and many string quartets. There is music for the young reader as well as the seasoned professional. Many selections have her autograph and/or her fingering.

The music is organized into packets by instrumentation. Auction participants will be able to peruse the packets by instrumentation. The title, composer, publisher and editor is listed for each piece, as well if it contains any notations from Miss Aber.

“We’re hoping that many of her former students and colleagues would like her copy of a piece that they learned or performed with her. We also think it will be a great way for young teachers to build their library with minimal cost. Others may find a selection that’s out of print,” said Pat D’Ercole who is preparing the sale. “We picked this week as it overlaps the American Suzuki Institute 50th Jubilee celebration. Marge was the founder of this, the first institute outside of Japan, so it only seemed appropriate to pair the two together.”

All are welcome to bid at the auction and to attend the virtual ASI Jubilee celebration. Watch for more information on Facebook and spread the word! All proceeds will go to the American Suzuki Foundation.


Board Appointment

Sayedah Ahmed

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Sayedeh Ahmed, effective August 1, 2021.

Ms. Ahmed, California, brings specialized skills and expertise that will be essential to the Board, particularly in business and management. She also has extensive experience in innovation, leadership development, partner networks, technology, and entrepreneurship. Sayedah writes, “Volunteering is a family legacy; I started volunteering with UNICEF at age nine when my mum founded the first UNICEF chapter in the United Arab Emirates….I hope that in joining the SAA Board, I can find some small way of helping as well.


Annual Meeting Rescheduled

The SAA Annual Meeting, scheduled for this Sunday, July 25, has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021 8 PM EDT. We apologize for the change in plans but look forward to the mid-August date when most institutes have wrapped up their events and our election is over. We will have the opportunity to introduce new Board members and have the meeting presentations available in multiple languages and various platforms.

American Suzuki Journal

The August Issue of the American Suzuki Journal is coming to your mailbox soon! In your copy, you’ll find:

  • A teen column about growing a Suzuki spirit
  • Strategies to accelerate your students’ playing
  • Techniques for practicing with multiple children from a teacher who’s been there
  • An argument for note taking as a method to nurture independent learning
  • A teacher’s reflection on a year of anti-racist activism
  • Musings on love and the meaning of life following loss
  • Interviews with a member of the SAA Board of Directors, a Chapter Affiliate president, and a Suzuki Trumpet trailblazer
    And so much more! Support your colleagues and friends by reading their work.

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Acadiana Suzuki Strings—2021

Acadiana Suzuki Strings Institute 2021

After two seasons without gathering together, the Acadiana Suzuki Strings Institute recently wrapped up the first in-person Suzuki Institute of 2021 on the spacious and beautiful campus of the Episcopal School of Acadiana, What a great experience it was for all involved!

Students came from 8 states across the country (AL, CA, LA, MO, MS, TN, TX, UT) and teachers added an additional 3 states (OK, MD, ID). This indicates a strong desire to gather after so many months — years for some — apart. ASSI typically sees students from about half this number of states, and this year, the institute required a longer than normal waiting list.

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Of course, organizers Lauren Baker and Molly Goforth put in place precautions to make sure everyone stayed safe. Their decision to move forward with ASSI included several considerations:

  • Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA) completed an entire year of in-person school with no outbreaks.
  • ESA has no hallways — the campus is made up of separate classroom buildings which open outdoors so students walked outside to get to different classes.
  • CASPR units were installed in every space at the beginning of the school year which eliminates 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria on surfaces and in the air.
  • Every classroom was carefully measured and seating was assigned to ensure 3-feet of spacing between each family and the teachers.
  • All CDC and state mandates were followed and exceeded — masks required of everyone, no drinking or snacking in classrooms, keeping 3-feet of distance.

In addition to Suzuki master classes and group sessions, ASSI offers a choice of Fiddling or Art as extracurriculars, plus World Drumming as a required class. During certain parts of the day, the drummers could be heard far outside the gym, which provided a strong, steady rhythm for our shady strolls under the oak trees to different classrooms. That rhythm was the joyful heartbeat we felt together again, enjoying our Suzuki family!

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Book One Graduation

Book one graduation

Submitted by: Tralena Walker
My student Avery completed book one today! This was the first time we’d been physically together since the pandemic started! I am so proud she kept charging on and learning book one online! How courageous these young students were! Cheers!

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. Did you invite the neighborhood to a book recital? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture today!

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