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Just posted!
The new ISA Online Journal for Spring 2019.

Use the link below to access all the articles, news and pictures from Suzuki regions around the world. Many thanks to all our contributors for this latest edition.

Highlights from the 2019 Suzuki Association Annual Meeting

The SAA Board of Directors held its Annual Meeting on Saturday May 25th, 2019 at the Deer Creek Lodge. Inattendance were an enthusiastic audience of SAA members, including members of country associations, chapter affiliates representatives, conference team, institute directors, teacher trainers, and trainer candidates. Members of the Board presented our association’s current state of affairs and a moving membership pitch by Winifred Crock.

At each year’s Annual Meeting, we announce the members who have earned the Certificate of Achievement, Level 1. This year’s list included nine new recipients!

Miguel Angel Aguirre Medrano, MX, Piano
Katie Bast, MI, Violin
Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins, (TX), Spain, Violin
Erin Nancy Cano, IL, Violin
Alicia L. Casey, NH, Violin
Susan M. McDonald, MO, Violin
Gretchen Grube Rebar, IL, Violin
D. Beth Scott, NY, Violin
Laura Anderson Schleiger, CO, Violin

If you haven’t checked out the SAA Certificate Program, look online. Make it a goal to get your Certificate next May!

Certificate Recipients—Leadership Retreat 2019

The Board welcomed new Board member, Trina Carey Hodgson from California. and appreciatively looks forward to her partnership. Incoming Board Chair Dr. Beth Cantrell introduced the new Chair-Elect, Rolando Freitag.

Directors acknowledged departing members Joan Krzywicki and Frank Viola. Their dedication and vision for our association deeply impacted the Board’s work, as well as the future of Suzuki education in the Americas. We look forward to their continuing contribution to our association.

To wrap up the meeting Board members provided a musical goodbye to Chair Joan Krzywicki whose Board service has spanned seven years.

Board Photo—Leadership Retreat 2019

(l to r: Trina Carey Hodgson, Winifred Crock, Joan Krzywicki, Esther Fellows, Beth Cantrell, Rolando Freitag, Ellen Kogut, Mary Halverson Waldo, (not present: Michael Bogomolny, Frank Viola, Oscar Soler)

Joan Tribute—2019 Leadership Retreat

*”For Joan, only the greatest would do … Schubert and Shakespeare !”
A tribute to Joan Krzywicki, adapted and sung by Winifred Crock.*

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Thanks to Margaret Watts Romney!

Margaret Romney Session at Leadership Retreat 2019

Margaret Watts Romney finished her official duties with the SAA in May at the Leadership Retreat. Many of you have worked with Margaret over the past 3 years at Conferences and Retreats, where she has offered ideas for preparing our individual elevator speeches and creating successful presentations, helped you sharpen your leadership skills, and led and facilitated Chapter Affiliate sessions. On staff she has worked in several program areas: Parents as Partners Online, Chapter Affiliates, the ShortScore newsletter, as well as creating a podcast series. Thanks, Margaret, and congratulations on starting your own business as a professional speaker, coach, and consultant.

Did You Know …

  • SAA Members trained in Unit 1 can use the teaching resource TwinkleTube. Through this site, teachers graciously share short videos of Pre-Twinkle lessons to help you through the challenges of starting young Suzuki students.
  • Active and Associate Members are able to read the current issue of the American Suzuki Journal on our website?
    View issue here.



In Harmony in Historic Boston

Historic Boston String Group

Suzuki School of Newton’s In Harmony Tour Group perform at Quincy Market in the heart of historic Boston along the infamous Freedom Trail. This group of 15 students play numerous concerts throughout the region, and biennially travel a longer distance. This year’s group will be performing on Norwegian Cruises and will be stopping in Bermuda for an exchange with Suzuki Students there.

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…

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“Learning Suzuki Style”
Save the dates!
May 21-25, 2020
Hilton Minneapolis & Minneapolis Convention Ctr
Minneapolis, MN

Attention Teachers & Students!
Conference Student Deadlines & Teacher Proposal deadlines as follows:
October 15—International Ensembles applications
October 25—Applications for student Masterclasses, Ensembles, Orchestras
October 30—Conference session proposals due
November 15—Chamber Music masterclass applications due

Spa Email

Upcoming SPA: Sep 14–15, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Gail Lange
Suzuki Talent Education Program of Newfoundland
Saint John’s, NL

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Upcoming SPA: Sep 28–29, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Christie Felsing
Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music
Madison Heights, MI

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Upcoming SPA: Sep 28–29, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Nancy Lokken
Mount Royal Suzuki Parent Association
Calgary, AB

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Upcoming SPA: Nov 2–3, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Sharon Miller
Academy of Strings
Johnson City, TN

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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, travel & more!

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

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Watch new collegial connections develop.

  • Raise the levels of excellence achieved 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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