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Don’t miss out—register now for early bird rates! (Ends March 21)

Registration Now Open

Sessions begin on Thursday, May 21, at 4:00 PM. Conference concludes at noon on Monday, May 25.

Special features include masterclasses with featured guest clinicians: Almita Vamos (Violin), Paul Ellison (Bass), Astrid Schween (Cello), Rebecca Albers (Viola), Lorna McGhee and Bart Feller (Flute), Paul Wirth (Piano), Benjamin Verdery (Guitar), Elizabeth White Clark (Harp), Yumi Kendall (Chamber Music) and Paul Leenhouts (Recorder).

This year’s conference will also include Organ, Trumpet, Voice, and—of course—Suzuki Early Childhood Education.

Featured workshop clinicians include Yumi Kendall (Positive Psychology), Jeremy Dittus (Dalcroze), Beatriz Ilari (IRSTE & Early Childhood)


Opening night mini-recital with Yumi Kendall and Rebecca Albers and Keynote with Judy Bossuat-Gallic (“Your Wildest Dreams”)

Other featured presentations during the weekend (Just to mention a few!)

  • “A User-Guide to Your Brain” – Molly Gebrian
  • “Compassionate Qualities of Suzuki Teachers” – Karin Hendricks
  • “A Vision for the Suzuki Method in the Americas” – Edward Kreitman
  • William Starr: The Living Legacy of a Suzuki Pioneer – panel


  • Conference Exhibits – Bring your shopping list!
  • Welcome Reception – Time for food and relaxation with friends!


  • Harp & Flute Recital with Elizabeth White Clark and Nancy Wood
  • Flute Recital with Lorna McGhee, Flute, and Katie Leung, Collaborative Pianist
  • “Maestro the Pot-Bellied Pig” with Elizabeth White Clark, Harp, and reading by Gerald Elias – presented in English and Spanish
  • Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas I & II—Kirsten Marshall(I) and Emmett Drake(II), Conductors
  • Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble—Marilyn Kesler, Conductor
  • Cello Choir—Rick Mooney, Conductor
  • Advanced Violin Performing Ensemble—Tom Wermuth/Conductor
  • Viola Ensemble – Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, Conductor
  • Flute Performing Ensemble & Flute Choir – Rebecca Paluzzi, Elizabeth Shuhan
  • A special concert featuring our newer/smaller instrument areas: Voice, Trumpet, Organ, Bass, and Recorder


For your choice of rooms at the Hilton Minneapolis, please use this link.
Book now!


Parents as Partners Logo 2020 Transparent

What is Parents as Partners online? A video series that you can sign up for now, and have access to all year that includes short videos about motivation, practice and helpful ideas for parents. Register now to hear great ideas from teachers and parents in our community that will help teachers and parents work together to help our students be successful. Find out more.


Special Opportunity: Your school, studio, program, or Library needs its own set of SAA Journals!

ASJ Fan Spread

We are offering back issues of the ASJ @ 12 issues (your selection or ours) for $20, complete with a standing file box per dozen journals. Most issues available from 1991 through 2017. (Single issues may be ordered @$3 each (US) Note: Outside of the U.S., call for additional mailing fee. Click here for ASJ issues and indexes. Once you know what issues you would like, you can call the SAA office to order.

Holiday cheer to Glacier Hills Ret. Community

Holiday cheer to Glacier Hills Ret. Community

The violin and viola students of Wendy Zohar brought spirited holiday music to a packed wheelchair crowd at an Ann Arbor retirement community on Dec. 10, 2019. The retirees responded with singing and clapping and throaty “Bravos.” Their next scheduled activity was dinner, but they wouldn’t go until we played the last note of our last piece, the Twinkles.

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 today!


Spa Email

SPA courses are scheduled only for the months from September through early April. Don’t miss these opportunities!

Upcoming SPA: Feb 8–9, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Beth Titterington
Arts Plus
Charlotte, NC

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Mar 7–8, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Nancy Jackson
Baldwin Wallace
Berea, OH

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Apr 3–4, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action
Suzuki Association of Washington State
Bainbridge Island, WA

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Sep 5-6, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action
The Music School at Sound Crossing
Windsor, CT

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The SAA needs YOU to host a 2-day SPA course at your school or other program facility!

You provide the location, help spread the word, and brew the coffee. The SAA does almost all of the planning——registrations, contracts, clinician travel & more!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Develop new collegial connections.

  • Raise levels of excellence in your own teaching.

Suzuki Principles in Action © (SPA) may be offered from September through early April. SPA welcomes all Suzuki instrumental, vocal, and Early Childhood teachers who meet the minimum requirements. PLAN NOW! Click here for more about the course, or call the SAA Office for further details.

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