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2014 Conference: May 22-26, Minneapolis

Conference Logo 2014

SAA’s 16th Conference aims to be a high point of inspiration for all!

Led by a team of more than forty enthusiastic teacher members, this mega-event will be brought to life by the participation of all who come together to learn and share ideas and inspiration.

The conference will indeed be “Powered by Community,” and you are a part of the Suzuki Community!

Save the dates—SAA biennial conferences are not to be missed!

May 22-26, 2014
Hilton Minneapolis & Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Read more about the conference

Student Participation Opportunities

  • Master Classes in all instruments
  • Instrumental Choirs
  • Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas
  • International Ensembles Concert
  • Piano Concerto

Plus two exciting new events:

  • Suzuki Young Artists’ String Ensemble! for young string players, ages 12-15.

  • Suzuki Americas 2014! Featuring the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble and additional special events for all Suzuki students from all parts of the SAA region—North, Central, and South America!

Check the audition details and start practicing!


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Suzuki Americas 2014 & Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

The first gathering of Suzuki students from throughout the Americas will take place next May in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the conclusion of the SAA Conference.

The SAA wishes to invite all Suzuki students to be a part of this cross-cultural musical event!

The challenge is ours to help students traveling from Latin America, so that the opportunity can be shared by many of them as well.

Join us in this project: Watch the video and find out how to help


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Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat Summary

Flute teachers in the woodsThe SAA’s tenth Leadership Retreat brought together over 170 participants—a record turnout for this biennial event!

This year’s annual meeting was held at Deer Creek Lodge on Friday, May 24 as part of the Leadership Retreat.

Agenda items included:

  • Certificate of Achievement recognition for five members: Sarah Bylander Monzka, viola and violin, Chicago; Meret Bitticks, flute, Evanston, IL; Janis Wittrig, Violin, Wheaton, IL, faculty, Western Springs School of Talent Education; Patricia Eversole, Piano studio teacher, Florissant, MO; and Abbey Hansen, Cello, Evanston, IL, Music Institute of Chicago faculty.

  • Summary of SAA accomplishments in the past year.

  • Board elections: Frank Viola, pianist, accompanist for the Hartt School and IT Consultant, West Hartford, CT; and Rolando Freitag, violinist and violist, Western Springs, IL, and Western Springs School of Talent Education faculty member.

Read the Leadership Retreat & Annual Meeting Report

News from Here and There

Highlights from the SAA website news and SAA Facebook page—follow us!

American Suzuki Journal 41.3

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Upcoming Events

Summer InstitutesSummer Institutes run through the end of August. There are so many great summer programs for students and teachers that there isn’t space to list them all here! Please look online for all upcoming Summer Institutes.

SAA Calendar
Jul 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Aug 1: ASJ 42.1 Submission Deadline

Suzuki School of Houston

Houston, TX Jun 20 – 24
Every Child Can!
Violin 1, 4

Studio of Tanya L. Carey

Glen Ellyn, IL Jun 22 – 26
Cello 2-5

Thames Valley Suzuki School

London, ON Jun 25 – Jul 1
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stages 1-5

Gulf Coast Music School

Fort Myers, FL Jul 6
Every Child Can!

Studio of Rita Hauck in Ohio

Bucyrus, OH Jul 13 – 20
Every Child Can!
Piano 1

Studio of Mary Hofer

Stevens Point, WI Jul 13 – 24
Voice 2, 3

Love Nurtured Music Program

Richardson, TX Jul 20
Suzuki Violin Fiddle and Beginners Workshop

Studio of MaryLou Roberts

Ann Arbor, MI Jul 22 – 26
Guitar 4

Studio of Peggy Swingle

Bainbridge Island, WA Jul 22 – 26
Overview of Piano Books 4-6

See all upcoming events


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