2024 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference

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Expanding and Connecting Communities

March 20-23, 2024 | Louisville Kentucky

Co-located with the American String Teacher Association (ASTA)!

See registration, hotel, & travel information below!

2024 SAA Conference Registration Information

Conference dates: March 20 –23, 2024

*March 20th is the Pre-Conference day. Please see below for schedule details!

Taking place in the recently renovated Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) (221 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202)


Conference Registration Rates

Reg Rates

SAA Members & SAA College Members can register here! You will need an active membership to visit the Member Registration page. Please note that transcripts will be required for those who register as current college students!

Non-SAA members can register here!

Need help with registration? Check out this helpful video on how to register for the SAA Biennial Conference!

Conference Schedule

Click the link below to download the schedule! Our goal in creating this year’s conference schedule was to create many opportunities for cross-collaboration, as we know it’s been far too long since we last gathered! This year’s schedule offers a combination of instrument-specific sessions and space for you to connect with members across instrumental groups. We also have meet & greet sessions—informal opportunities for you to connect & reconnect with members of our SAA Community. The best part is—we’re not done yet! Sessions will continue to be added, adjusted & perfected over time! Have a question or suggestion? Please write to us at [javascript protected email address]!

UPDATED SAA Conference Schedule




This schedule is subject to change!

Pre-Conference Registration & Information

Mar 20, 2024


2024 ASTA & SAA Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Registration

Clinicians & Opportunities for Suzuki Students

MC Clinicians Named 1

We are thrilled to announce our stellar lineup of masterclass clinicians, who are renowned teachers and performers. Meet our clinicians below, and read on to learn more!

Learn More!

Suzuki Youth Ensembles

Co-Locating with American String Teachers Association!

Each organization will host its own conference in the same venue, with opportunities for members to overlap. We are pleased to be sharing space with another music-centered organization. Details about registration, travel, volunteer positions, and will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the conference, please write to us at [javascript protected email address]

Schedule at a Glance

Check back November 17th for a full schedule!

Wednesday, March 20

  • 10:30 AM—8:00 PM: Registration

  • 12:00—5:00 PM: Pre-Conference Sessions

**Note: Teacher Trainers meeting will take place on Saturday, not on Wednesday! We hope our Teacher Trainers can join in on our Pre-Conference Sessions!

  • 5:30—6:30 PM: Newcomer’s Welcome

Thursday, March 21

  • 7:00 AM—7:45 PM: Registration

  • 8:00—9:30 AM: Opening Ceremony featuring Vijay Gupta and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Nardolillo

  • 10:00 AM—6:45 PM: Educational Sessions, Masterclasses, Music Industry Sessions, Music Showcases, & Networking

  • 12:00—1:30 PM: Exhibit Hall Grand Opening 

  • 12:00—7:30 PM: Exhibits Open

  • 7:30—9:00 PM: Evening Concert featuring Mike Block’s Biribá Union

  • 9:00—10:00 PM: Jam Session

Friday, March 22

  • 7:00 AM—7:45 PM: Registration

  • 8:00—9:30 AM: Opening Ceremony featuring Sphinx Virtuosi

  • 9:30 AM—6:30 PM: Exhibits Open

  • 10:00 AM—5:45 PM: Educational Sessions, Masterclasses, Music Industry Sessions, Music Showcases, & Networking

  • 5:45—6:30 PM: Exhibit Hall Mix & Mingle

  • 6:30—7:30 PM: SAA & ASTA Celebration

  • 7:30—9:00 PM: Evening Concert featuring Sphinx Virtuosi

  • 9:00-10:00 PM: Jam Session with Christian Howes

Saturday, March 23

  • 7:00 AM—3:15 PM: Registration

  • 8:00—9:30 AM: Opening Ceremony featuring Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Indiana University—Jacobs School of Music String Academy Virtuosi

  • 9:30 AM—1:00 PM: Exhibits Open

  • 10:00 AM—2:45 PM: Educational Sessions, Masterclasses, Music Industry Sessions, Music Showcases, & Networking
    *Note—Our Teacher Trainers gathering will take place on Saturday!

  • 3:00—4:30 PM: Closing Ceremony featuring NOF Grand Champions and SAA Youth Ensembles

Hotel & Travel

Hyatt Regency Louisville


320 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Central Reservations: (877) 803-7534 and use the Group Code: G-AMS4

Omni Hotel & Resorts Louisville


400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Central Reservations: 1(800) THE-OMNI (843-6664)

Conference hotels have rooms available but not at our conference rate


We are close to selling out the conference room blocks. However, here are a few additional options.

Check out Nearby Hotels

Please note that Hotels will be shared with our wonderful colleagues at ASTA! The links above will say ASTA, but can be used by either members of the SAA, or members of ASTA. The rate and room type can sell out prior to the deadline. Book your room early to secure the lowest rate. Louisville will be busy when we visit in March! Our preferred hotels are the most convenient option, so it is crucial to secure your hotel room now!

PLEASE NOTE that SAA or ASTA do NOT use a third-party housing service. ASTA has partnered with the hotels below to provide hotel rooms for the conference and room reservations should be made directly through the hotel’s website or by phone, and SAA members have the benefit of reserving hotel rooms through this partnership. ASTA does not use a third-party housing service. If you are contacted by any company offering hotel reservations for the ASTA National or SAA Biennial Conference, please note they are NOT affiliated with ASTA or SAA nor acting on behalf of ASTA or SAA. ASTA and SAA cannot guarantee the authenticity of any reservations made with third-party companies and we advise you to contact the listed hotels directly for hotel reservations and information. ASTA and SAA cannot be held liable for any charges or reservations made with any third-party companies. Please be aware, if you are approached by other companies advertising discount hotel and travel, ASTA and the SAA advise you to only make room reservations via the online link or phone number provided.

All hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, applicable service fees, and/or hotel-specific fees in effect at the time of the conference. Make your reservations early. There are limited amount of rooms available at the special conference rate and a limited number of doubles, triples, and quads. Be sure to check the cancellation policy for each hotel.


Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)
600 Terminal Drive
Louisville, KY 40209
(502) 368-6524

Getting to and from the airport
It is about 10 miles/15 minutes from SDF to KICC and the downtown area.

Conference Location:
Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC)
221 S. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 595-4281

Maps & Parking

Learn more about our daily keynote speakers below! Please note that in addition to these sessions, there will be sessions for ALL instrument groups!

Photo Credit: Kat Bawden

Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta is a violinist, speaker and citizen-artist dedicated to creating spaces of wholeness through music. Vijay’s work embodies his belief that the work of artists and citizens is one: to make a sadhana—a daily practice—of the world we envision. @guptaviolin.


Sphinx Virtuosi

The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic and inspiring professional self-conducted chamber orchestra and serves as the flagship performing entity of the Sphinx Organization—the leading social justice non-profit transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts


Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people to develop a desire for excellence.

Exhibit & Sponsor

The SAA & ASTA are collocating for this conference! We are thrilled to connect Exhibitors with members of both Associations through a shared Exhibition Hall. Download all information here.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to Angelica Cortez ([javascript protected email address]).  

All booth prices are quoted at 10×10 feet.

Early Bird Registration—closes December 22, 2023
College Fair: $500.00
Inline: $1,000.00
Corner: $1,200.00

Regular Registration—closes January 31, 2024
College Fair: $600.00
Inline: $1,200.00
Corner: $1,440.00

Last Minute Registration—closes March 1, 2024
College Fair: $750.00
Inline: $1,500.00
Corner: $1,800.00

Conference Program Ad Rates
Full Page Color Interior Ad: $1,500.00
2/3 Page Vertical Color Ad: $1,225.00
1/2 Page Vertical Color Ad: $950.00

Additional Options
Music Industry Showcase (limit 2 per company/organization): $750.00
Bag Insert: $525.00
Targeted Email for Conference Attendees: $1,500 for one of 8 slots (4 prior to, 4 after conference dates)

Load in/Load out
Load in: Wednesday, March 20, 12:00—6:00 PM; Thursday, March 21, 7:00—11:00 AM
Load out: Saturday, March 23, 1:00—5:00 PM

For more information: Ellie Dunn—[javascript protected email address]

Exhibitor Registration
Note – through our partnership, all costs will be handled by ASTA in consultation with the SAA! Simply select SAA Premier Business Member at the link above!

View the Exhibition Hall Map

View all exhibitor rules and regulations and event safety & policies

Meet the SAA Conference Committee

Trina Christensen
Conference Chair

Rolando Frietag
Student Activities Chair

April Losey

Nancy Modell

Charles Krigbaum 

Robert Richardson

Leslie Mizrahi

Thank you to our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Alfred Music


Yamaha Corporation of America

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William Harris Lee & Company

Gold Sponsors



Southwest Strings


Connolly Music Company/Thomastik-Infeld


Huntington T. Block

Silver Sponsors


Larsen Strings

Bronze Sponsors



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