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ISSI Trumpets Play Amazing Grace

The Intermountain Suzuki String Institute was set to begin this week and with it, the first brass training in the US. Kyra Sovronsky, a Suzuki Trumpet teacher in Utah, who was instrumental in helping get this training organized, created this beautiful video featuring her and her students playing “Amazing Grace.”

We are all missing our summer institutes and can’t wait till we can gather together again in community!
[Note: Suzuki Trumpet Teacher Training was scheduled for Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and Calgary Suzuki Institute. We hope the courses will take place in 2021!]

American Suzuki Journal v48#3

American Suzuki Journal 48.3

Watch for the Spring ASJ in your mailbox soon! 

This issue is full of uplifting and informative articles, including

  • “The Cat’s in the Cradle” by Joseph Kaminsky ­– a touching reflection on taking the time to connect with your students
  • Reflections on quarantine from the Suzuki Triangle with articles by Laura Albers and Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins
  • Tips from a mental health therapist on building resiliency in children while navigating stressful times
  • Anniversary celebrations! Congratulations to Buffalo Suzuki Strings for 50 years, and the International Suzuki Festival by the Asociación Suzuki del Perú for 35 years!
  • Messages of Hope from Suzuki Summer Institutes: We’ll be back!

SAA Conference 2020 Logo

With sadness and disappointment, the SAA has officially cancelled the 19th Biennial Suzuki Conference, originally planned for May and rescheduled for September. Student and teacher events alike held promise of being a truly outstanding and memorable Suzuki event.

If you have the opportunity, please acknowledge the work of the Conference Planning Team and the commitments and unrealized opportunities of students, student ensembles, sponsors, exhibitors, and guest clinicians, as well.

Watch for SAA online options in the coming months. We can all hope that many live Suzuki events will return in 2021 and beyond!

If you are enrolled for teacher or student events, you may request a refund of your participation fees by clicking here.

Suzuki Online Seminars—Logo White Highlight

Suzuki Online Seminars (SOS)

The Suzuki Online Seminars (SOS) have been amazing! A few openings still remain for the months of July and August. Over 100 Trainers are participating and over 650 registrations so far.
With no institute training being offered this summer, the Seminars provide opportunities for teachers to refresh and renew their skills!
SOS sessions are interactive, small (6 participants maximum), and 5 hours total, offered over two days’ time. They are intended to enhance unit training, not to replace it. Pre-requisites are ECC or Filosofía and Unit One.

Note: Watch for listings of online Teacher Training in the upcoming months.


Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Annual Meeting

SAA’s structure and bylaws call for an Annual Membership Meeting, which is usually held at a May Conference or Retreat. With the fiscal year ending soon—on July 31, 2020, we are scheduling our 2020 meeting for July 12, 2020, online via ZOOM, at 7 PM Eastern. (This replaces the meeting previously announced for May 23, 2020, in Minneapolis.)

We’ll send Active members an invitation prior to the meeting. Save the date to meet virtually with your Board of Directors!

News Release from Alfred Music

NEW Suzuki Violin Recordings to Be Released in July 2020!

June 23, 2020

The new Suzuki violin recordings (Volumes 1-3) by internationally renowned violinist, Hilary Hahn, in collaboration with Natalie Zhu, will be released in July of 2020! The new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International… Read more ▶

Committee News

Suzuki in the Schools
The Suzuki in the Schools (SIS) committee plans to host an online forum sharing information about SIS projects and plans in July. This initial forum will be in presentation format. Future interactive sessions for teachers are being planned as well. We are hoping to create an online community for Suzuki in School teachers. Check the SAA website for more information soon.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education
SAA CEO Pam Brasch has formed a US/CAN SECE Committee whose first task is to decide upon appropriate, needed revisions to  the original SECE repertoire (songs and rhymes). This committee will seek out consultants of diverse backgrounds,  in order to recognize, honor, and address all  aspects of diversity within our region. Sharon Jones and Lynn McCall will act as co-chairs; their work is officially underway. 

ISA Violin Committee
Edits for the new International Edition of Volumes 9 and 10 are in final proof by the ISA Violin Committee. The Committee expects publication of both volumes by Alfred before the end of 2020.

Communications Updates:

The SAA website now has a convenient button on the homepage for SAA members: “Contact the Board.” Your messages are welcome!

If you are not receiving messages from the SAA, remember that you can always update your email and web settings under your SAA Account. You also may wish to add the domain to your email providers whitelist and add the email address to your contacts. If your mailbox is full or your email provider has overly aggressive SPAM settings, messages might not be delivered because of your email provider. All messages sent by the SAA are DKIM verified and signed and sent through Amazon AWS.


Porch Concert

Porch Concert

Sisters playing for a neighborhood dinner in Cedar City, Utah. The younger sister plays with a prosthetic lower arm and has now advanced to Book 5. Both girls work hard and have developed strong playing skills.

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!

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