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2014 Conference: May 22-26, Minneapolis

AIR RACE 2014: Putting the FUN in fundraising!

Through April 27th, two virtual planes are competing in an event to raise remaining funds for the Latin American Ensemble. Team “EAST” includes all friends who live east of Minneapolis and team “WEST” represents our friends west of Minneapolis. The official dividing line is the Minneapolis longitude: 93º 15′ 49″ W.

This is an incredible opportunity to build a bridge within our vast association that will pay off well into the future. It allows our Latin American students to experience firsthand the richness of our vision-driven work and take home with them high levels of engagement and enthusiasm. Our North American students will have the unique experience of interacting with their peers from Latin America. Spoken language barriers will disappear and music will become the unifying language.

While only one team plane will make it to Minneapolis first, in the end we ALL win by making Suzuki Americas 2014 a reality!


Hotel Registration Deadline May 1st

Hilton Double Guest Room

Hilton Double Guest Room

Special discounted rates at the newly renovated Hilton Minneapolis Hotel are scheduled to end on May 1st! Discounted rates are listed below and can be applied to any room reservations between May 20-27:

  • 1 King Bed, $103/night
  • 2 Double Beds, $103/night
  • Triple or Quad, $123/night
  • 1 King Bed Junior Suite, $153/night

*Children 18 & under may stay with parent/adult chaperone at no additional charge.

In addition to the reduced rates, we are pleased to offer free WiFi in all Hilton rooms booked through the link below:

Or call the Hilton at 1-888-933-5363 to make hotel reservations. Reference the Suzuki conference (code SBC) to get special SAA rates.


Reaching Out

by Ellen Kogut

Ellen Kogut

Every two years, hundreds of Suzuki teachers descend upon the Hilton Minneapolis for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. The Conference offers presentations, workshops, masterclasses, and performances, as well as the incredible opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over the Americas.

With so many people and so much going on, it’s sometimes easy to feel a bit lost in the crowd. I remember feeling this way at my first Conference! But I also have great memories of other Suzuki teachers reaching out to welcome me.

I remember getting to one morning presentation a few minutes early. As I was sitting down and taking out my notebook, a teacher with short, sandy brown hair sat down next to me. She introduced herself as Tammy Linn. She asked me where I was from and about my students back home. I told her about my background, and learned that she was based in Texas and had attended a number of Conferences in past years. I was struck by Tammy’s openness, her warmth, and her genuine interest in connecting. What a difference her gesture made to me as a young teacher! It still stands out to me as one of my nicest Conference memories.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone at this year’s Conference had a similar experience? Read More for some ideas for how you can reach others at the upcoming conference!


Suzuki Americas 2014

Orange Blossom Special

Excitement is building as the time for Suzuki Americas 2014 draws near! Suzuki students from Latin America and across the United States and Canada will join together at the SAA Conference in Minneapolis and in studios across North America this May for this historic event. Students will experience “24 Hours of Suzuki Fun” starting Sunday, May 25, and culminating in a gala concert at noon on Monday, May 26, and you are invited to join in for this exciting event!

Online pre-registration for Suzuki Americas will close May 8th, so hurry to sign up before it’s too late! Once registered, you can download your music and practice chart from the website to start your preparation for this inspiring event. In addition to the music downloads, participants are asked to purchase a copy of Ervin Rouse’s Orange Blossom Special (arrangement by Eugene Jelesnik) from your music store of choice (available online at or Be sure to purchase the Universal Edition (see cover photo on right).

We look forward to seeing you there!

View the conference section of the SAA website to view conference events, clinician bios, and other updated information.


Auction Action

The 2014 Online Auction will be launched on May 5 and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Don’t miss the opportunity to get screamin’ deals on a variety of items including merchandise and services. Don’t forget to let your studio families in on the action, as the auction will be open to all. Look for instrument outfits, jewelry, entertainment, training opportunities, and much, much more!

Do you have an item or service (valued at $100 or more) that you would like to contribute to the auction? Click below to submit before April 31.


2014 Minijournal Cover Contest Winners

Evelyn Guest, 1st Place 2014 Minijournal Contest

Evelyn Guest, 1st Place
2014 Minijournal Contest

A big thank you to everybody who participated in the 2014 Minijournal Cover Design Contest! We received so many wonderful drawings. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest:

1st Place
Evelyn Guest, Barrie, ON
age 7, teacher Nena LaMarre

2nd Place
Anna Dinsmore, Kalamazoo, MI
age 9, teacher Eddie Davis

3rd Place
Sean Brown, Elizabethtown, PA
age 13, teacher Connie Stambaugh

Honorable Mention
Morgan Dauphinee, Barrie, ON
age 12, teacher Nena LaMarre

Click here to view photos of the 2014 winning artwork. You will get a free copy of the Minijournal if you attend an Institute this summer. Copies will be on sale online for 50 cents in September.

2015 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

Guidelines: Original cover design by a Suzuki student between the ages of 4 and 14. Suzuki or music-related subject matter preferred. Please do not send computer-generated artwork. One entry per child.

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Send to: SAA Cover Contest, PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308


2014 Summer Institutes

SAA Institute Logo Center

Spring is here, which means Summer Institute season is upon us!

Each summer, nearly 70 institutes offer amazing programs across the country. Suzuki Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for Suzuki students to come together and learn from inspirational guest faculty, interact with other Suzuki students, and perform together through a week-long invigorating program. Teachers, likewise, can completed SAA teacher training during the institute with our highly knowledgeable and experienced teacher trainers.

As we look forward to another incredible summer full of Suzuki institutes, here’s a roundup of some favorite articles about institutes from over the years that newbies and veterans alike may find useful:


Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
May 1: ASJ 42.4 Submission Deadline

Projeto Cordas & Cia

Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil Apr 18 – 21

RI Philharmonic Music School

East Providence, RI Apr 27
Every Child Can!

Centro Suzuki Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, C, Argentina May 1 – 4
Violin 7

Studio of Kathleen Schoen

Edmonton, AB May 3
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Valhalla Institute

Silverton, BC May 3
Every Child Can!

Centre County Chapter of the Central PA Suzuki Assn.

Snow Shoe, PA May 9 – 16
Violin 1

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Philadelphia, PA May 10
Every Child Can!

University of Texas String Project

Austin, TX May 10 – 18
Every Child Can!
Harp 1
Violin 1

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX May 10 – 18
Harp 1
Violin 1

Suzuki String School of Guelph

Guelph, ON May 15 – 31
Violin 2

Selkirk Elementary School

Whitehorse, YT May 16
Every Child Can!

San Martín de los Andes

San Martín de los Andes, Q, Argentina May 17 – 20

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL May 17 – Jun 26
Every Child Can!
Cello 1
Cello 2

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Boulder, CO May 22 – 26
SAA 16th Conference: Powered By Community: Bass, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola, Violin, Voice

SAA 16th Conference

Minneapolis, MN May 22 – 26
Revisiting Book One: Harp

The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music

Saint Paul, MN May 26 – 30
Recorder 7

Fairbanks Suzuki Institute

Fairbanks, AK May 27 – Jun 3
Flute 1
Violin 1
Students: Cello, Flute, Viola, Violin


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