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September 2009

In this issue:

  • ASJ Issue 37.4
  • Creating Learning Community Award Nominations
  • Winter Opportunities
  • Studio Support
  • Job Listings


  • Master Class Clinicians
  • Student Auditions: Most Due October 15
  • Session Proposals: Due October 15
  • Research Symposium: Call for Papers

ASJ Issue 37.4

The Summer 2009 American Suzuki Journal is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! Features include:

2010 Conference


  • Up, Up, and Away: Refugees Hit the Ground Running, Recorders in Hand
  • Taking Time to Recharge: Some Reflections on Dr. Suzuki’s Words, “Art Expresses Man”
  • A Mother Tongue Approach to Reading
  • And many, many more!

Creating Learning Community Awards

The Creating Learning Community awards are designed to celebrate significant contributions by individuals or groups within our community. Deadline for Nominations for 2010: December 31, 2009. Nominations may be submitted to the SAA Office.

More on submitting a CLC Award Nomination

Winter Opportunities

Summer is drawing to a close and institute season is past. It’s a good time to consider some other SAA opportunities:

If you have questions, please get in touch with the SAA Office! Staff will be happy to answer your questions.

Studio Support

Studio Memberships are a great way for families to support the SAA and receive the American Suzuki Journal. Active teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate memberships from families in their studio for only $30 US/CAN per family. For information about the Program, see the membership options page or phone the SAA Office: 1-888-3SUZUKI

Job Listings

Don’t forget: Suzuki job listings for teachers and administrators are posted on the SAA website and updated frequently.

View Suzuki job listings

May 27-31, 2010 marks the SAA’s 14th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, MN, at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. Be sure to save the dates for this special event! The theme for 2010 is TEAMWORK.

Visit the Conference website for more information on the plans so far.

Master Class Clinicians

The 14th biennial SAA Conference will “feature our own” distinguished SAA members, friends, and former Suzuki students who are now young artist-teacher professionals as our special clinicians for the instrument master classes. True to the theme of the Conference, the format of these master classes will include both team teaching and solo instruction. The young artist clinicians will also be involved in side-by-side chamber music coachings and perform a selection on the Young Artist Recital. Read further about the impressive list being showcased for 2010!

Bass: Paul Sharpe, Nicole Castleberry
Cello: Gilda Barston, Amy Barston
Flute: Bart Feller, Sara Traficante
Guitar: William Kossler, Adam Kossler
Harp: Elinor Niemisto, Angela Dastrup Willis
Piano: Doris Koppelman, Hikari Nakamura
Recorder: Patrick O’Malley
Viola: William Preucil Sr., Matthew Dane
Violin: Thomas Wermuth, Allegra Wermuth, Scott Conklin

SYOA Conductors: Marilyn Kesler, Winifred Crock
Special Guests: Bad Boyz of Bass Quartet

See Clinician bios

Student Audition Application

Student auditions are now being accepted for all Conference events, including masterclasses with the distinguished clinicians announced above. Check the student participation requirements for all the students events, eligibility requirements, and audition pieces.

All student audition materials must be postmarked by the following due dates—NO EXCEPTIONS:

  • September 30, 2009: International Ensembles Concert
  • October 15, 2009: Chamber Music Preformed Groups, Chamber Music Non-Preformed Groups, Masterclasses, Flute Performing Ensemble, Recorder Consort, SYOA
  • December 15, 2009: Piano Concerto

Apply for a Student Conference Event

Submit Your Conference Session Proposal

Session proposals are now being accepted for Top Ten Tracks and instrument-specific pedagogy. You have just a few weeks left: proposals are due October 15. Selected presenters will be notified by January 15, 2010.

Submit a Conference Session Proposal

You will need to log in to submit a proposal. If you haven’t yet set up a website account, you can create one from the “create an account” link on the login page.

Call for Research Papers or Projects

International Research Symposium on Talent Education

Tenth International Research Symposium on Talent Education

Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Duke:
“How Children Learn…And How They Don’t”

Co-sponsored by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Suzuki Institute

Minneapolis Hotel Conference Center
Minneapolis, MN
May 27 & 28, 2010

Unpublished research papers and Graduate Student research projects, at any stage of development, on topics relevant to Talent Education are invited to be submitted to the 10th International Research Symposium or the IRSTE Graduate Student Seminar with Dr. Robert Duke. Appropriate topic areas could include early childhood development, any related areas of music education, instrumental education, historical research regarding the Suzuki method, teacher-student interaction, and parental involvement in music education.

Papers or project ideas must be no more than 25 pages in length. The author’s name, institutional affiliation, if applicable, email and mailing address should appear on the title page. Please view our website for more details.

A copy of the paper and abstract must be submitted electronically by March 19, 2010. Selection of papers will be determined by a panel of qualified readers. Authors will be notified by April 2, 2010. Email all submissions to Pat D’Ercole at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

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