Suzuki Association of Ontario

Suzuki Association of Ontario
Guelph, ON, Canada

The Suzuki Association of Ontario (SAO) is a non-profit provincial organization of Suzuki violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder, and early childhood education teachers. The Association has its mandate to support and promote Suzuki talent education programs across Ontario. Its goal is to build a Suzuki community throughout the province by facilitating communication among teachers, parents and students. The SAO is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)”

VISION: The Suzuki Association of Ontario seeks to improve the quality of life in Ontario through Suzuki education, creating a learning community that nurtures the human spirit.

MISSION: The mission of the Suzuki Association of Ontario is to promote and support the Suzuki Method TM of learning by nurturing excellence in education.


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Sheila Hall Van Gijn Scholarship

For Students, Amount: $200, Application due: May 1
Scholarships are open to STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING AN INSTITUTE FOR THE FIRST TIME. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage students to attend summer Institutes at any centre recognized by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and to perpetuate the memory of an outstanding teacher and friend - Sheila Hall Van Gijn. Scholarships will be issued after the Institute has ended, upon receipt by the Toronto Suzuki Association of proof of attendance and a short essay to be written by the applicant (or by the parent/guardian in the case of the very young) on their Institute experience. All applications submitted will be reviewed by The Scholarship Committee whose decision is final. Both the proof of attendance and essay must be submitted within two weeks of the completion of the Institute. For more information visit:

Teacher Training Scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: $200, Application due: May 31
The Suzuki Association of Ontario offers three $200 scholarships to its members to assist them in taking further teacher training courses twice annually. If there are more than three applicants, a draw will determine who receives the scholarships. All applications, in the form of a letter to: SAO Scholarships, 75 Cardigan St, Guelph ON, N1H 3Z7 or email at [javascript protected email address], must be received on or before May 31st or October 31st. The draw will take place at the Full Board meeting in June and November. Upon completion of the training, the winner(s) will be required to submit to the SAO Treasurer a copy of their receipt(s) of payment for training; also each recipient is requested to submit an article for the next SAO Newsletter - contact the SAO Executive Assistant for further details at [javascript protected email address]. Scholarships must be completed and paid within 12 months of June 1st and November 1st depending on the application. For further information visit:


75 Cardigan St.
Guelph ON N1H 3Z7

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Rebecca Sancton Ashworth, Administrator

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Debbie Hammond, Chair

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Genevieve Schirm-Joyce, Treasurer

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Lauren Taylor, Secretary

Phone: 519-767-8691
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The SAA sets guidelines for Suzuki institutes, festivals and teacher workshops and sanctions separate organizations to manage such events. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly. Please see the Event Listing Guide regarding the posting of events.