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Each Monday for 10 weeks, at least five short videos will be aired with accompanying audio only format, and transcripts, as well. Once posted, all talks will be available online through October 15, 2019.

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Teachers, Students, Families, add a little Saint Saëns to your evening fun and enjoyment!

At the SAA’s 18th Conference in Minneapolis, examples of crowning Suzuki achievements were seen in the performances of our student ensembles. Last May’s lineup included Cello Choir, Flute Choir and Performing Ensemble, Viola Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Advanced Violin Performing Ensemble, Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) I & 2, Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble (SYASE), and Piano Ensemble. See select videos from Conference here.

We are so fortunate to have video productions of many of those events, both for your enjoyment now and for our SAA archives. Recently added to the Conference performance videos on our website is our Piano Ensemble’s production of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, performed with two pianos and string orchestra conducted by Emmett Drake and narrated by Winifred Crock. Coordinated and coached by Malgosia Lis, the performance was a very special highlight of the weekend. We hope you enjoy watching it!

It is never too early to start planning for the next conference. Student applications will be due in October, 2019, for the 19th Conference, May 21-25, 2020. Watch for guidelines and other details this spring!

Mary Craig Powell—Color

In Memoriam: Mary Craig Powell

It is with great sadness that we inform SAA friends of the passing of Mary Craig Powell of Columbus, OH.

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Hospital Lobby Performance

Hospital Lobby Performance

“Students (and friends) of Ashlie Skidmore performed in the lobby of Texas Health HEB Hospital in Bedford, Texas.”

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. Did you invite the neighborhood to a book recital? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture or…

Institutes 2019

Institute Email Photo 2018—20

60 SAA-approved institutes for summer 2019 have their information ready for viewing on the SAA website. All are eager to share their plans for students, teachers and families.

Looking to Recognize a Special Someone?

Name a “Star” for someone!

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Grateful for a teacher? Remembering a loved one who appreciated children and music? Give a lasting and meaningful gift by naming a “star” in someone’s honor on the Giving Galaxy of Stars.

In December, stars were named for Barbara Wampner, Gail Davis Barnes, and Kirsten Marshall. Thank you!
Watch this touching video and join the many others in “thanking our lucky stars” as we strive to light up the SAA Galaxy of Stars with appreciation.


Upcoming Calendar

  • Feb 1 1st Convention Registration Deadline Register for Cancun
  • Feb 4 Scholarship Application Deadline
  • Feb 28 Leadership Retreat Early Bird Deadline
  • Mar 30 Leadership Retreat Registration Ends
  • May 1 1st Convention of the Americas
  • May 23 Leadership Retreat

SAA Scholarship Application Deadline is Coming Up

All teacher scholarship applications for 2019 are due February 4. SAA is committed to the establishment and growth of teacher scholarship funds to assist with teacher training throughout the Americas. For information about applications, you will need to act quickly to meet the upcoming deadline. Information and requirements for scholarships can be found here.

(Note: Deadlines for scholarships to Latin American Festivals and training courses occur at different points during the year. Click here for Latin American information and applications.)

Leadership Retreat 2019—Email Promo

Creating the Future Together!: Paving Pathways for Success

Our 13th biennial Leadership Retreat will again be held at Deer Creek Conference Center in Central Ohio, May 23-26, 2019. A relatively small event, the retreat is a friendly, engaging and inspiring gathering of committed Suzuki people. This year’s event will be composed of committee and group work, discussions, some general presentations, and many breakout working sessions. With “Paving Pathways for Success” our theme for this May, we will look at clarifying and strengthening guidelines in some areas of Suzuki education and creating Best Practices guidelines in other aspects of our Suzuki community. Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Conference Team (both 2020 and 2022), Chapter Boards and other organizational leaders, and others interested in ensuring that we have clear steps in place to ensure a successful future for Suzuki in the Americas.

Find Out More About the Retreat
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Early Bird Registration Ends Feb 28!

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February 9-10

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February 2, 4, 10, 24 and beyond!

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