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April 2010

In this issue:


  • Online Auction!
  • Conference Reminders
  • Your Photos
  • Schedule Highlights
  • Hotel Rooms


  • Follow SAA on Twitter
  • Shenandoah Valley Elementary students perform with St. Louis Symphony
  • Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for a Positive Experience
  • In Memoriam: Nehama Patkin
  • ASJ Volume 38.2
  • Thanks to our donors!
  • More Institute Emails
  • Did You Know?

Online Auction!

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Support the conference by bidding on items in our first online auction!

The auction will begin online on May 3rd and conclude at the conference, with final bids placed in person.

Auction items include:

  • Blue Lake Institute Teacher Scholarship
  • SPA course offering
  • Violin or viola outfit
  • Pottery by Alice Bernal
  • Many more!

We’ll email you when the auction begins, or you can check the website on May 3rd.

If you would like to donate an item for the auction, please get in touch by April 28!

Conference Reminders


Bring your violin, viola, flute, recorder, guitar, or cello, if possible. There will be sessions with instruments and other playing opportunities, such as the informal chamber reading parties on Saturday afternoon.

Claremont Trio Tickets

You can purchase Claremont Trio Benefit Concert tickets with your conference registration. If you’ve already registered and didn’t get tickets, you can purchase them at check in, Thursday, May 27.

Minnesota Orchestra Tickets

Don’t forget to purchase your Minnesota Orchestra concert tickets and hear the SAA preformed chamber groups in the pre-concert concerts.

Are you younger than the SAA? (b. 1972)

If so, stay tuned for a special invitation. Update your age so we know to invite you!

Chamber Scores

Bring your scores of selected chamber music that will be featured in master classes.

  • Beethoven, Piano Trio No. 3, Opus 1 in C minor, 1st movement

  • Beethoven, Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Opus 70 No. 1, 1st movement: Allegro vivace e con brio

  • Beethoven, String Quartet, Opus 18, No. 4, 1st movement: Allegra ma non tanto

  • Biber, Sonata a 10 pro tabula for strings and recorder

  • Bizet (arr. S. Taylor/P. Gagnon), Carmen Trio Entr’acte from Act III

  • Boccherini, Quintet in D major, Fandango

  • Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1, Opus 8, 1st movement: Allegro con brio

  • Grandjany (arr. M. Boren), Aria in Classic Style

  • Handel/Halvorsen, Passacaglia

  • Mendelssohn, Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 1, 1st movement

  • Mozart, String Quartet No. 14 in G major K387, 4th movement

  • Schumann, Piano Quintet, 2nd movement

  • Sturm, Trio Homage to Hector Villa-Lobos
    This piece was written specifically for the 2010 SAA Conference.

Your Photos

Be included in the virtual photo album at the conference! Plus, get to know your colleagues before coming to Minneapolis.

Upload your picture for the Who’s Coming list, and we’ll put it in the digital photo album for viewing at check-in.

If you are unable to upload your photo online, you can mail it to the SAA office, and we’ll return it to you when you check in at the conference.

Conference Schedule Highlights

Check-In for Conference

Informal Networking & Bad Boyz Performance

Thursday, 6 pm

You won’t want to miss the Social Hour Thursday evening featuring the Bad Boyz Concert, an eclectic mix of classical, pop and more!

Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, 8:15 am


Saturday afternoon

Improvisation and Alternative
Working with Parents
Suzuki Philosophy: Excellence and Teamwork
Business of Teaching
Healthy Lifestyles


The Bad Boyz of Bass

Bad Boyz of Bass

Thursday, 8:30 pm

The Claremont Trio

Claremont Trio

Friday, 8:15 pm
(tickets required)

Discussion with the Claremont Trio

Saturday morning

Young Artist Clinicians Recital

Saturday, 6 pm

Flute Choir & SYOA

Sunday, 4:30pm

Piano Concert & International Ensembles

Sunday, 7:45 pm


Robert Duke

How Children Learn…and How They Don’t

Robert Duke
Friday, 9:30 am

Carrie Reuning-Hummel

Teamwork: Embracing Paradox

Carrie Reuning-Hummel
Friday, 7:15 pm

Daniel Coyle

The Talent Code: How to Dramatically Improve Virtually Any Skill

Daniel Coyle
Sunday, 1:30 pm

Complete Conference Schedule. It’s not final yet, but there are lots of details!

Conference Hotel Rooms

Hilton logo

The Hilton Minneapolis is our official hotel for the conference. By staying overnight at the Hilton, you are supporting the SAA and help the organization save money!

People Room Price
1 or 2 Single, 1 King-size bed $103/night
2 Double, 2 Double-size beds $103/night
3 or 4 Double, 2 Double-size beds $123/night

Children 18 and under may stay with parent/chaperone at no additional charge.

To book a room at the Hilton at the special SAA Conference rates, see the hotel and travel page.

Follow SAA on Twitter

Follow SAA on Twitter

SAA now has a Twitter account! Follow SAA on Twitter for breaking Suzuki news. You can also keep up with Suzuki news on the SAA Facebook page.

Shenandoah Valley Elementary performs with St. Louis Symphony

Shenandoah Valley Elementary School, taught by Loren Abramson, performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra last weekend. Loren Abramson was recognized as SLSO’s 2010 Educator of the Year.

Read more at St. Louis Today: Shenandoah Valley performs with St. Louis Symphony

Shenandoah Valley students perform with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Loren Abramson and SLSO music director David Robertson

Image by Loren Abramson

Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for a Positive Experience

Summer Institutesby Marie Kusters

Are you thinking about attending a summer Suzuki institute? What a good idea! Here are a few pointers to help make your institute experience a positive one.

  • What is the purpose of a Suzuki institute?
  • What will you learn at your Suzuki institute private lesson?
  • What else will fill my child’s day at the institute?
  • How do we make the most of it?
  • How do we prepare for the Institute?
  • What should we bring to the Institute?

Find out: Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for a Positive Experience

In Memoriam: Nehama Patkin

Nehama Patkin, teacherOur good friend and colleague, Nehama Patkin, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. She was 70 years old. Nehama had been in the ICU at Epworth Hospital for 19 days being treated for a massive infection which caused multiple organ failure. Her good friend, Kenneth Madl, wrote the following in his message about Nehama’s passing:

“We are all better people for having known her. She was kind, selfless, and infinitely more patient than I was. She loved life, was passionate about music, and lived to pass on her knowledge and experience to her students. We, and the world, have suffered a tremendous loss, and she will be missed terribly.”

Please share your tributes to Nehama.

See also:
Comments on Facebook
Nehama Patkin’s Obituary at The Age
Nehama Patkin’s website

ASJ Volume 38.2

ASJ volume 38.2

American Suzuki Journal volume 38.2 has been mailed to current SAA members.

Features include:

Thanks to our donors!

Celebrating Excellence 2009

The SAA Board would like to extend heartfelt thanks to those members and friends who donated to this year’s Annual Fund Campaign, “Following in Their Footsteps.” Many thanks also to those young artist performers who donated their recordings to Celebrating Excellence 2009, the CD collection that was offered to donors at the $75 level and above. If you missed this opportunity, there are still a few CDs remaining; your gift will still be most gratefully received.

More Institute Emails

Summer InstitutesIthaca (NY) Suzuki Institute
July 11-23

Oregon Suzuki Institute
June 26—July 2

North Carolina Suzuki Institute
July 4-9

Virginia Suzuki Institute
June 18-26

Hawaii Suzuki Institute
July 23-30

Southern California Suzuki Institute
July 18-22

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
August 14-22

Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute
July 9-18

Colorado Suzuki Institute at Beaver Creek
June 14-26

Holy Names Piano Teacher Training Institute
July 12-30

Chicago Suzuki Institute
July 4-11

Ogontz Suzuki Institute
July 4-9, 10-15, Aug 22-27

Northern California Suzuki Institute
July 5-9

All Institute emails

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Did You Know?

We frequently hear from members who are looking for addresses, phone numbers and emails of other Suzuki friends and colleagues. The SAA Staff is always happy to hear from you, to help you with questions and receive your suggestions.

But, did you know that with your member log in you can get membership information anytime on the SAA website? If your membership isn’t current, you can pay your dues online too!

150 new members joined the SAA in March. Welcome!

670 conference attendees have registered. Join them!

Events: May

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Violin 2

Terrebonne, OR

Los Angeles, CA

Philadelphia, PA

Austin, TX

Kalamazoo, MI

Pittsburgh, PA

Lubbock, TX
ECC, Violin 1 & 2

Sacramento, CA

Minneapolis, MN
SAA Conference
Research Symposium
ECC, Early Childhood Intro

Shorewood, MN
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Events: June

There are so many Suzuki events in June that there just isn’t space to list them all here. Below is a list of cities—if you see one near you, check out the complete list of June Events online.


Anchorage, AK
Fairbanks, AK
Beaver Creek, CO
Roswell, GA
Nampa, ID
Ottawa, KS
Louisville, KY
Portland, ME
Ann Arbor, MI
Twin Lake, MI
Purchase, NY
Westerville, OH
Newberg, OR
Johnson City, TN
Memphis, TN
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Draper, UT
Annandale, VA
Emory, VA
Falls Church, VA


Calgary, AB
St. John’s, NL
London, ON


Bogotá, Colombia
Vantaa, Finland

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