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July 2010

In this issue:

  • Voting for ECC Grant: New Plan with Extra Reward!
  • Annual Fund CDs Ending July 31
  • Next Journal
  • 2010 Minijournal Cover Winners

Voting for ECC Grant: New Plan with Extra Reward!

Greetings Everyone,

We are in the running to win a Pepsi Refresh grant of $50,000 to be used for 1,000 partial Every Child Can scholarships.

If you haven’t already, first you must register with Pepsi Refresh (instructions below) and then vote for SAA every day in the month of July. It takes less than 5 minutes to register and less than a minute to vote each day.

Please forward this email to your studio to help get the votes we need.

We need to step it up, so here’s an additional incentive to vote from James Hutchins:

I’m confident these emails are going out to more than enough people that we should ultimately be able to win this grant.

I’d like to find out how many votes we’re getting daily. That way I can get an idea of how many we need to move up to the top 10 and win the grant.

To do this, I need everyone to send me an email EVERY time they vote for 4 specific days—July 22 through July 25—and whatever group (association, studio, school, etc.) has the most votes/emails during those 4 days gets ME for FREE! For 6 hours to teach the ECC course where I will waive my fee. If you get me there and put me up, I’ll teach ECC or whatever is most helpful for 6 hours and waive my fee! This is for anyone 13 and older—not just SAA members!

SO PLEASE vote every day AND when you vote on July 22-25 send me one email per vote at my NEW, DEDICATED address ( ) letting me know you voted by simply putting your group name in the subject line. (I’ll check subject lines instead of opening them.)

Instructions to Vote

  1. Go to

  2. Click the “Vote for this idea” button.

  3. If you aren’t already signed up with Pepsi Refresh, choose the “No, I’m new here!” option on the sign in form. You will be asked to sign up for a voting account.

  4. Fill out the registration form. You’ll be signed in after you register.

  5. Click the “Vote for this idea” button again. It’ll say “Thanks” if your voted was registered.

  6. For July 22-25, EMAIL me at with your group name as the subject line.

  7. Come back and vote for us every day! You can use Resnooze to send you an email reminder every morning. And don’t forget to ask all your studio parents and friends to vote too and email me.

SPECIAL NOTE: For my Suzuki friends outside the U.S., who unfortunately aren’t allowed to vote for the Pepsi Grant, your group is still welcome to compete for my free time. If you want to email me everyday to show that you would have voted and if your group sends me the most emails every day between July 22-25, and you can get me too, I’ll teach the ECC course or something else for you for 6 hours!

Thank you for your support! We can get there!

-James Hutchins

Annual Fund CDs Ending July 31

July 31 is the final day to get your copy of Celebrating Excellence 2009.

Celebrating Excellence 2009 is a special gift available to this year’s Annual Fund donors at the $75 level or beyond. It features musicians who began their careers as Suzuki students. We are grateful to these talented performers for sharing their artistry with Suzuki supporters and friends and for their statements of support for Suzuki Method!

You may submit your donation online or by check or credit card with the pledge form. Many thanks in advance for your generosity!

ASJ Volume 38.3

American Suzuki Journal volume 38.3

The next American Suzuki Journal is on its way to you, featuring our newest Chapter Affiliate, Suzuki Association of Ontario.

2010 Conference

The September Journal will have detailed reports and pictures from our May Conference in Minneapolis.

2010 Minijournal Cover Winners

2010 Minijournal cover contest winner

2010 Minijournal cover contest winner

Image by Sophia Abusama

1st Place Winner

Sophia Abusamra, age 8
Rochester Hills, MI
Sophia studies violin with Mark Mutter and piano with Gail Gebhart.

2010 Minijournal cover contest 2nd place finalist

2nd Place

Mary From, age 8
Bellingham, WA
Mary’s violin teacher is Sandra Payton.

2010 Minijournal cover contest 3rd place finalist

2010 Minijournal cover contest 3rd place finalist

Image by Justin Ghofrany

3rd Place

Justin Ghofrany, age 8
Sertling, VA
Justin studies violin with Mariam Gregorian and Davis Strom.

2010 Minijournal cover contest honorable mention

2010 Minijournal cover contest honorable mention

Image by Collette Jones

Honorable Mention

Collette Jones, age 12
Tooele, UT
Collette has been playing violin for almost 9 years. Her teacher is Melodie Gardner.

A big thank you to everybody who participated in the 2010 Minijournal Cover Design Contest!

You can get a free copy of the 2010 Minijournal if you attend an Institute this summer. Copies will be on sale online for 50 cents in September.

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