Jerilee Taverniti Kechley, Suzuki flute teacher, died on Monday, August 23, 2005 in Williamstown, MA at the age of 56 from breast cancer. Her influence was wide spread and includes all the friends she made in her travels, the teachers she encouraged and trained in Suzuki method and philosophy—and of course, all her college students, and the little Suzuki flute students, which she often started as preschoolers in her private studio, and their parents. To learn more about her life, visit .

Jonathan “Ethan” Tracy Atkinson, Suzuki guitar teacher, died on Saturday, October 8, 2005 in Houston, TX at the age of 46 from pancreatic cancer. He studied with master teachers, William Kossler and Frank Longay, and was asked for his input into the first Suzuki Method Classical Guitar Book. Ethan played the repertoire beautifully and was a shining example for his students. To learn more about Ethan’s life and his memorial service, please click below.