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June 2012
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192 new members joined the SAA in May. Welcome!

Conference Pictures!

Della Lucinda Gardner and Linda Perry in the Kaleidoscope Concert

Della Lucinda Gardner and Linda Perry in the Kaleidoscope Concert.

The Quint-Essentials and Brian Lewis in the chamber group master class at the 2012 conference

The Quint-Essentials and Brian Lewis in the chamber group master class. Photo by Susan Baer.

Image by Susan Baer

Buffalo Suzuki Strings Friendship Touring Ensemble performs in the International Ensembles Concert

Buffalo Suzuki Strings Friendship Touring Ensemble performs in the International Ensembles Concert.

The Flute Performing Ensemble gives an impromptu performance on the balcony

The Flute Performing Ensemble gives an impromptu concert on the balcony.

Gavin George takes the stage for the piano concerto at the 2012 conference

Gavin George takes the stage for the piano concerto.

Cello sections in the SYOA 2 concert at the 2012 conference

Cello section in the SYOA 2 concert.

Time for Three perform at the 2012 SAA Conference

Time for Three concert. Photo by Nightingale Chen.

Image by Nightingale Chen

Lots of pictures from the SAA Conference in Minneapolis are available online. Look for yourself and your friends! Many thanks to everyone who submitted their conference photos.

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A big thank you to our sponsors for helping make the conference a success!

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Group Class Techniques Workshops

Couldn’t get in to Carey Beth Hockett’s Group Class Techniques workshop at the Conference?

Here are some more opportunities:

Chicago Suzuki Institute, IL

June 30 – July 4 2012
Cello Group Class Techniques Part 1

July 4 – 8 2012
Cello Group Class Techniques Part 2

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, ON

Aug 13 – 17 2012
Group Class Techniques for Cellists
Group Class Techniques for Violin & Viola (Joanne Melvin)


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Suzuki Method World Convention

16th Suzuki Method World Convention

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention will take place March 27-31, 2013, in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Talent Education Research Institute (the Suzuki Method organization in Japan). The theme this year is “The World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music.”

The last Suzuki Method World Convention took place in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The last World Convention to be held in Japan was in 1999, the year after Dr. Suzuki’s death.

World Conventions feature events for teachers and students alike, with lectures, concerts, lessons, and master classes. The 2013 Convention hopes to bring together Suzuki students from throughout the world to play and study together.

For more information, see the
16th Suzuki Method World Convention website.

Airline Discount Survey

Airline discounts are being explored by the World Convention committee. If you are considering traveling to Matsumoto for the World Convention events in March, 2013, please
answer this short travel survey.

Hotel Reservations

Information about hotel accommodations in Matsumoto city will be available on the convention website by September 1st. Nippon Travel Agency can assist you in making travel plans: 1-800-452-1682 or


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40th Anniversary ASJ Articles Due July 1

American Suzuki Journal 39.4

American Suzuki Journal 39.4

Image by Andrea Yun

In celebration of its fortieth anniversary, the SAA would like to collect untold stories about the Suzuki experience and the growth and impact of the Suzuki method in the Americas that fill gaps in our story and contribute to a richer and fuller understanding of our history.

We invite members to submit for publication a story that enlightens, inspires, or informs readers and at the same time, helps in some way to document Suzuki history in your part of the Suzuki community. Articles due July 1.

Please contact us with a brief abstract and a few words about yourself if you would like to share your story! Email or write to us at the SAA office. First-time authors are encouraged to submit!

Read some example articles for inspiration


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A Star for My Father

by Susan Baer

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June is a month that I look forward to with special anticipation every year. June is the harbinger of all the delightful treats of summer. It promises a break from structured routine, the adventure of a vacation, and happiness ignited by flowers bursting open to spill their glorious colors. June is the traditional wedding month, a celebration of abiding love.

It’s also the month in which we honor our fathers. And this celebration is not limited to just our own fathers. This occasion embraces our grandfathers, our uncles, our husbands—any male figure who has provided a warm lap, a comforting shoulder, a firm hand, a word of sage advice, or a path to follow. That’s a lot to celebrate!

Continue reading A Star for My Father

Upcoming Events

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SAA Calendar
July 1: ASJ 40.4 Submission Deadline
July 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
July 31: SAA Fiscal Year 2012 Ends

Suzuki School of Houston

Houston, TX, June 18 – 22
Violin 2

Festival Suzuki de Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, June 18 – 28
Filosofía, Estrategias, Excelencia Desde el Comienzo Profesora
Cello 2 & 4
Piano 1 & 4
Violin 2 & 4

East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute

Johnson City, TN, June 22 – 30
Every Child Can!
Flute 1, 2 & 6
Teaching Tone and Expression throughout the Suzuki Flute Repertoire with Toshio Takahashi
Students: Flute, Piano

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Atlanta Suzuki Institute

Roswell, GA, June 22 – 30
Every Child Can!
Cello 4
Guitar 1
Violin 1, 2, 3 & 4
Student sessions: Cello, Guitar, Viola, Violin

Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Falls Church, VA, June 23 – July 1
Every Child Can!
Cello 3
Violin 1, 2 & 3
Violin Technique and Tone Production to take intermediate students to advanced levels
Students: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Columbus Suzuki Piano Workshops

Columbus, OH, June 23 – July 1
Every Child Can!
Piano 1 & 5

Idaho Suzuki Institute

Caldwell, ID, June 23 – July 1
Every Child Can!
Cello 1
Piano 2
Violin 1, 3 & 6
Students: Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

Centro Suzuki Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 23 – 26
Violin 5

Oregon Suzuki Institute

Newberg, OR, June 23 – 29
Cello 2
Piano 6
Viola 3
Student Programs: Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

Westchester Suzuki Institute

Purchase, NY, June 24 – 28
Student Institute: Cello, Viola, Violin

Greater Washington Suzuki Piano Institute

Annandale, VA, June 25 – 28
Piano 5
Students: Piano

Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute

St. John’s, NL, June 24 – 29
Student Institute: Cello, Violin

New England Suzuki Institute

Standish, ME, June 24 – 30
Student Institute: Cello, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin

Thames Valley Suzuki School

London, ON, June 26 – July 2
ECE Stage 1 2, 3, 4 & 5

DFW—WOW Suzuki Institute

Fort Worth, TX, June 29 – July 8
Every Child Can!
Viola 5
Violin 1, 4 & 9
Student Programs: Cello, Viola, Violin, Piano

Chicago Suzuki Institute

Deerfield, IL, June 30 – July 8
Every Child Can!
Cello 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, Practicum, Group Class Techniques
Piano 1, 2 & 3
Violin 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & Practicum
Student Programs: Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

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SAGWA Flute Institute

Alexandria, VA, July 1 – 6
Flute 2, 4 & 7
Student Flute Institute

Ithaca College Suzuki Institute

Ithaca, NY, July 8 – 20
Every Child Can!
Cello 1, 2 & 3
Violin 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Suzuki Programs: Cello, Viola, Violin

CICA Summer Suzuki Institute

Eureka Springs, AR, July 2 – 6
Student Institute: Bass, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin

Fundación Gisela

Caguas, PR, July 4 – 8
Violin 4

North Carolina Suzuki Institute

Greenville, NC, July 5 – 13
Every Child Can!
Violin 1 & 3
Student Programs: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Austin Suzuki Guitar Institute

Austin, TX, July 5 – 13
Guitar 2, 3 & Practicum
Student Guitar Institute

Great Lakes Suzuki Flute & Recorder Institute

Hamilton, ON, July 6 – 14
Every Child Can!
Flute 1, 2, 8 & Practicum
Baroque Style for the Suzuki Flute Teacher
Student Flute Institute

Westminster Conservatory of Rider University

Princeton, NJ, July 6
Every Child Can!

Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute

Edmonton, AB, July 7 – 13
Every Child Can!
Cello 2, 6 & 7
Recorder Practicum
Violin 1, 2, 3 & 6
Student Programs: Bass, Cello, Recorder, Viola, Violin

Green Mountain Suzuki Institute

Rochester, VT, July 7 – 13
Student Suzuki Institute: Cello, Flute, Piano, Viola, Violin

Ogontz Suzuki Institute

Lisbon, NH, July 8 – 22
Student Programs: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Greater New Orleans Suzuki Music Camp

New Orleans, LA, July 8 – 14
Violin 2
Student Suzuki Institute: Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin

Southern California Suzuki Institute

Claremont, CA, July 9 – 19
Every Child Can!
Piano 1
Violin 1 & 4
Student Programs: Cello, Piano, ECE, Viola, Violin

HNU Suzuki Teacher Training Institute

Oakland, CA, July 9 – 26
Every Child Can!
Piano 1, 2, 4, 6 & Supplementary Courses

Utah Suzuki Harp Institute

Salt Lake City, UT, July 9 – 13
Harp 2
Student Harp Institute

Northern California Suzuki Institute

Santa Rosa, CA, July 9 – 13
Violin 6
Student Institute: Cello, Violin

Walla Walla Suzuki Institute

College Place, WA, July 11 – 20
Every Child Can!
Cello 2
Violin 1
Student Institute: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Brandon Suzuki Summer Institute

Brandon, MB, July 12 – 20
Every Child Can!
Violin 1
Student Programs: Cello, Guitar, Viola, Violin

Montana Suzuki String Institute

Missoula, MT, July 14 – 21
Every Child Can!
Violin 1 & 2
Student Institute: Violin

Alexandria Suzuki Guitar Institute

Alexandria, VA, July 14 – 22
Every Child Can!
Guitar 1
Students: Guitar

Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute

Westminster, CO, July 14 – 22
Every Child Can!
Cello 1
Harp 3
Violin 4
Students: Cello, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin

South Carolina Suzuki Institute @ Furman

Greenville, SC, July 15 – 21
Cello 2
Violin 3 & 4
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

Langley Community Music School Suzuki Workshop

Langley, BC, July 16 – 20
Piano 3
Violin 2
Student Institute: Piano, ECE, Violin

Studio of MaryLou Roberts

Ann Arbor, MI, July 16 – Aug 4
Guitar 1 & 5

Studio of Tanya L. Carey

Glen Ellyn, IL, July 19 – 29
Every Child Can!
Cello 1, 5 & 6

Hawaii Suzuki Institute

Honolulu, HI, July 19 – 27
Cello 4
Violin 4
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

Institut Suzuki Montréal

Montréal, QC, July 21 – 29
Every Child Can!
Cello 1
Flute 5
Piano 6
Violin 2 & 4
Student Programs: Cello, Flute, Piano, Viola, Violin

MacPhail Center for Music

Minneapolis, MN, July 22 – 27
Every Child Can!
Guitar Practicum
Piano 5
Students: Flute, Guitar, Piano

Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute

Hershey, PA, July 22 – 27
Cello 2
Violin 3
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

St. Louis Suzuki Piano Institute

Manchester, MO, July 23 – 27
Piano 5

Studio of Mary Hofer

Stevens Point, WI, July 23 – 27
Voice 2


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