Memorial

Lets Celebrate Doris Koppelmans Life

May 1, 2012 by Caroline Fraser

Doris died peacefully on September 11, 2011, accompanied by her sons, while I was on my way to Guanajuato, México, for their VI Festival Suzuki. Etna Diemecke and I dedicated the Festival to the celebration of Doris’ life. Her life inspired us to work with yet more dedication, more energy and more persistence towards the fulfillment of Dr Suzuki’s dream: a world without violence and conflicts, a world of love, peace and compassion. Read more ▶

In Memoriam Hannah Stieg

January 18, 2012

Hannah Stieg, daughter of Linda and Roger Stieg, has passed away at the age of 23 after a 5 1/2 year battle with cancer. Hannah grew up as a Suzuki child, attending many institutes with her parents. Suzuki piano became… Read more ▶

In Memoriam June Itami

January 18, 2012

We are sad to inform SAA members and friends of the passing of June Itami of Nampa, Idaho, on January 14, 2012. She was one of the pioneers of the Suzuki violin method in North America. June’s first of many… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Yasuko Joichi

January 3, 2012

We are saddened to learn that Yasuko Joichi passed away on December 28, 2011. A memorial service is planned as follows: Saturday, January 07, 2012 3:00 p.m.—03:45 p.m. St. James the Less Episcopal Church 550 Sunset Ridge Road Northfield, Il 60093 Mrs. Joichi was a beloved… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Louise Behrend 19162011

December 1, 2011 by Sheila Keats, Alexander Yudkovsky

It is with great sadness we share with you the news that The School for Strings’ founder, Louise Behrend, has passed away. Miss Behrend was one of the pioneer musicians who introduced the educational philosophy and teaching concepts of the violinist Shinichi Suzuki to the United States. Read more ▶

In Memoriam Kristi Knecht

December 1, 2011 by Jean Dexter

Kristi Ann Rassmussen Knecht, 61, of Gladstone, Missouri, passed away September 12, 2011. Kristi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the second of seven children. At age five, her family moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where Kristi graduated from high… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Doris Koppelman

December 1, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doris Koppelman, Piano Teacher and Trainer from San Diego. Doris was beloved by thousands of students, parents and teachers. Read more ▶

In Memoriam Louise Behrend

August 5, 2011

With sadness we are sharing the news that Louise Behrend passed away August 3, 2011. In the fall a memorial concert will be planned by the 40-year-old music school Miss Behrend founded, The School for Strings in New York. We will… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Dr Masaaki Honda

July 15, 2011

Dr. Masaaki Honda, long a respected supporter and leader in the Suzuki movement, passed away on June 8, 2011. A memorial service and concert are scheduled on Monday, July 18, 2011. Memorial Service: 16:00—17:00 Memorial Concert: 18:00—19:00 Fujisawa Catholic Church 1-1-17 Ishigami Kugenuma Fujisawa-shi Kanagawa-ken Japan Tel:… Read more ▶

Remembering Frank Longay

May 25, 2011 by Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron, Seth Himmelhoch, William Kossler, Andrew LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joseph Pecoraro, MaryLou Roberts

It is with difficulty and great sadness that the SAA Guitar Committee has attempted to put into words our sense of loss over the recent passing of Frank Longay. Read more ▶

In Memorial Merna M Thomas 1925  2010

March 25, 2011

Merna M. Thomas, a long-time Suzuki Teacher Trainer and pioneer of Suzuki piano education in northern California, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010. She was 85. Read more ▶

Frank Longay 19482011

March 25, 2011

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Longay on Wednesday, January 19. Frank was a founding member and chairman of both the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association and the Guitar Committee for the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor John Kendall

March 25, 2011

John D. Kendall August 30, 1917 – January 6, 2011 John Kendall, 93, a violin pedagogue widely known for his role in introducing the Suzuki method of music education in the United States, died at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on… Read more ▶

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor John Kendall

January 7, 2011

Mr. John Kendall passed away on January 6, 2011 at the age of 93. John’s life’s work as an educator has influenced thousands of students and teachers. The SAA will forever be grateful to him for his contribution to music… Read more ▶

A Tribute to Nellie Novak

December 17, 2010 by Gilda Barston

December 19, 1924 – September 6, 2010 Presented at the Memorial Service by Gilda Barston My first encounter with Nellie Robin Novak was in 1973. I had met her husband, Kal, at an informal chamber music gathering, and we discussed the emergence… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Nehama Patkin

March 26, 2010

Our good friend and colleague, Nehama Patkin, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. She was 70 years old. Nehama had been in the ICU at Epworth Hospital for 19 days being treated for a massive infection… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Robert Klein Reinsager

March 8, 2010

Robert Klein Reinsager, age 59, passed away unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest on January 25, 2010, at his home in Muscatine, Iowa. A private memorial service was held on February 7 at the Muscatine Presbyterian Church. Robert was an organist,… Read more ▶

Tribute to Evelyn Hermann Suzuki Institute of Dallas Founder

March 5, 2010 by Malori Fuchs

In October of 2009, the founder of the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, Dr. Evelyn Hermann, passed away. A short while before she died, she sent a tape of herself speaking about how SID was begun. I listened to it and… Read more ▶

SAA Loses Two LongTime Members This Month

June 16, 2009 by Sally Gross

Carole L. Bigler of Big Flats, NY, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at home in Big Flats surrounded by her family. Carole was born in Kingston, PA on October 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Hans and Irene (Papp)… Read more ▶

In Memoriam Barbara Schneiderman

October 8, 2008

Barbara Schneiderman, pianist, and nationally acclaimed author, lecturer and teacher who brought music into the lives of hundreds of grateful young students and their families died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at her home in Del Mar, California. She was 73.… Read more ▶

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