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SAA Conference Updates

February 23, 2024

Volunteer at the Conference! Interested in volunteering at the SAA’s Conference?! We’d love to have you! We need extra support in the areas listed below: Room hosts Logistics Student events Become a Conference Volunteer! Register for a Pre-Conference Session Get the MOST out of your experience!… Read more ▶

SAA Conference Policies

December 4, 2023

SAA Event Policies Please note that the SAA is hosting this in conjunction with the American String Teachers Association. ASTA’s policies can be found at this link and are applicable to all participants. Overview The SAA is committed to providing a safe,… Read more ▶

Gratitude  SAA Holiday Hours

November 21, 2023

Dear Suzuki Colleagues: While we know this is a US-based holiday, we want to express our gratitude to all of our members! Wishing you a time of warmth, gratitude, and cherished moments with loved ones. May this season be filled… Read more ▶

Student Activities at the SAA Conference now available

November 10, 2023

Prepare for an unforgettable student experience at the conference! Learn more about guest clinicians, student ensembles, and opportunities for existing ensembles below! We are offering student instrumentalists both solo and group opportunities through masterclasses, group ensembles, and music showcases for pre-existing ensembles. Learn more… Read more ▶

SAA Conference Student Activities

November 6, 2023

Prepare for an unforgettable student experience at the 2024 SAA Conference! We are offering student instrumentalists both solo and group opportunities: Masterclassses, Youth Ensembles, and for pre-existing groups, Music Showcases. We are thrilled to announce our stellar lineup of masterclass… Read more ▶

2024 SAA Conference

November 6, 2023

Be sure to visit our Conference Page for updates about the conference! SAA Conference Page Ready to register? Here’s our step-by-step guide, & the link! SAA Member Registration Steps for Registering 1. Click the appropriate link above, and select “Register” 2. Sign in or… Read more ▶

SAA Member Registration Links

September 15, 2023

2024 SAA Conference Registration Information Conference dates: March 20 – 23, 2024 Taking place in the recently renovated Kentucky International Convention Center (KIIC) (221 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202) Conference Registration Rates SAA Members Registration Link SAA Member Registration SAA College Members Registration Link Please… Read more ▶

Welcome to our new SAA Team Members

September 11, 2023

Please join us in welcoming three new members of the SAA Team! As you’ll read below, each of them brings a great depth and wide variety of experiences, a commitment to fostering connections in our communities, and a passion for… Read more ▶

SAA Board Election Update

May 15, 2023

Dear SAA Colleagues, We have good news! We’re extending the deadline once more for anyone interested in being a part of the Board of Directors! Read about the Board members we seek at this link, and apply at this link!… Read more ▶

2024 SAA Conference

April 7, 2023

Check out this awesome write-up about the upcoming SAA Conference on Violinist.com! View Article Now! Read more ▶

SAA Member Survey

March 9, 2023

Take the SAA’s Member Survey by 3/31! Read more ▶

Notes from the April 28 SAA Community Gathering English Espaol Portugus Franais

May 21, 2022

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SAA Community Guidelines English Espaol Portugus Franais

May 21, 2022

English: The Suzuki Association of the Americas is committed to creating inclusive, diverse, and generative spaces for its members. We are a community made up of members from several countries, many walks of life, and a wide set of perspectives and… Read more ▶

Notes from the March 24 SAA Community Gathering

April 13, 2022

In Depth Answer: “Who exactly is on the SAA Communications Team?” This is like asking which instrument creates a symphony. Sometimes all the instruments play together, sometimes one section is highlighted, sometimes one instrument solos while the rest play a… Read more ▶

Join Us March 24  Notes from the March 10 SAA Community Gathering

March 18, 2022

On March 10, 2022 the SAA held its first Community Gathering event. Over 60 people registered and attended. It was the first time many community members had seen each other’s faces and been in the same virtual space in months,… Read more ▶

Remembering Lorraine Fink SAA Suzuki Pioneer

January 31, 2022

The ISA notes with sadness the passing of Lorraine Fink, renowned SAA Suzuki pedagogue and one of the first Suzuki violin teachers in the United Sates. Her lifetime’s dedication to the Suzuki Method began with her initial training under Dr.… Read more ▶

New SAA Communications Team

January 21, 2022

With the start of the new SAA Executive Director Angelica Cortez on January 31, we’re excited to also announce the new SAA Communications Team! Certainty and fairness are the leading values of the team which consists of the Executive Director, the… Read more ▶

SAA Board News January 12 2022

January 12, 2022

The SAA Board is united in its support for Executive Director Angelica Cortez, and is excited for what the future holds. The Board continues to operate in compliance with all SAA policies and bylaws, and to serve the SAA… Read more ▶

SAA Board News December 23 2021

December 23, 2021

Beginnings often dovetail with endings– such as the young adult whose college years begin after high school graduation. The SAA Board acknowledges the importance of honoring endings, and respects the fact that our newly contracted Executive Director… Read more ▶

SAA Board News December 13 2021

December 13, 2021

The Board recognizes that this is a tremendously exciting as well as an emotional and challenging transition for the SAA community. The Search Committee, co-chaired by Michelle Diggs and Mary Halverson Waldo, followed a rigorous, months-long process and, in accordance… Read more ▶

SAA Board News October 20 2021

October 20, 2021

On October 7, 2021, we received MaryLou Roberts’ letter of resignation from the SAA Board. The Board thanks MaryLou for her dedicated and continuing service to the SAA. Read more ▶

SAA Board News September 2 2021

September 2, 2021

The Board is pleased to announce Laura Yasuda as Interim Acting Director. Ms. Yasuda will serve in this role until approximately November 2021, when the Board anticipates the SAA’s next long-term Executive Director will be seated. Ms. Yasuda has been a… Read more ▶

SAA Board News August 26 2021

August 26, 2021

The search process for the SAA’s next Executive Director (ED) is well underway. The Board looks forward to announcing an interim leader on September 1, 2021. There is a short, planned overlap of approximately five working days… Read more ▶

SAA Board News August 20 2021

August 20, 2021

The Board would like to thank SAA membership for tuning in to the live premiere of the 2021 Annual General Meeting. Translations in Spanish, Portuguese, and French will be available before the end of August. Plans are underway to recognize the… Read more ▶

How to Translate any SAA Webpage

July 19, 2021

The SAA website does have the ability to translate any page into the regions languages. Just use the Google Translate language switcher on the bottom of any SAA webpage, and set it to the language you want. Alternatly you can… Read more ▶

SAA Board News July 22 2021 English Portuguese Spanish

July 22, 2021

To the Membership: Reminder to Vote All Active SAA members are invited to cast their votes in the current election for open positions in the SAA Board of Directors. The election period will close July 30, 2021, with three positions filled on… Read more ▶

Call for Nominations for SAA Board of Directors

June 16, 2021

Call for Nominations! The election of new members for the SAA Board is coming soon! If you are interested in candidacy, we encourage you to consider the guidelines for Board service, the nomination materials, timelines,  and application: https://suzukiassociation.org/news/call-for-nominations-for-june-2021/ We look… Read more ▶

From the SAA Board of Directors May 25 2021

May 25, 2021

The Suzuki Association of the Americas Board is pausing in this moment to reflect on the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 and the subsequent global social justice movements that emerged from that tragedy. The SAA acknowledges and reaffirms that Black Lives Matter. Our heart goes out to all those who have been victims of hatred and bigotry which deserves no place in our global community. The SAA Board and organization continues to listen, learn, and work towards building a more just society in which everyone is safe, where diverse voices are heard, treated with dignity, and celebrated. We affirm our resolve to contribute to more equitable structures and programs that support teachers and children on their journey to becoming all that they can be. Read more ▶

SAA Board News May 13 2021

May 13, 2021

The Board takes seriously its commitment to transparency and communication with SAA membership. In an effort to act on this commitment, the Board announces that: Board meeting minutes are now available in pdf format online and will be uploaded on a… Read more ▶

SAA Board News March 19 2021

March 19, 2021

Support Statement Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) condemns the continuing acts of violence against the Black and Asian communities. We denounce racism, hatred, and violence in any form and raise our voices as community leaders in support of our Black,… Read more ▶

SAA Conference 2020 Cancelled

June 19, 2020

With sadness and disappointment, the SAA is officially cancelling the 19th Biennial Suzuki Conference which had been rescheduled for September. Student and teacher events alike held promise of being a truly outstanding and memorable Suzuki event. If you have the opportunity,… Read more ▶

19th SAA Conference Update

April 22, 2020

In case you didn’t receive the news, we have moved the May Conference to September 3-7, 2020, at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center! We hope you will still be able to join us. If you made a hotel guest… Read more ▶

About Suzuki Voice in the SAA

February 18, 2020

Suzuki Voice has been specially designed to teach vocal technique in a progressive manner for all ages: prenatal, pre-school, elementary, teenage, and adult. It begins with the understanding that the voice is an instrument and is committed to addressing… Read more ▶

Do Even More with the SAA Website

December 14, 2012

We’ve recently added more services to the SAA website: online audition and scholarship applications, member directory improvements, and more. Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight Gabriel Villasurda

July 14, 2011 by Gabriel Villasurda

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! This month’s SAA Volunteer Spotlight features Gabriel Villasurda, a moderator of the… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight Susan Gagnon

June 14, 2011 by Susan Gagnon

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! To nominate a volunteer to be featured in the SAA Volunteer… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight Jennifer Visick

May 20, 2011 by Jennifer Visick

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! To nominate a volunteer to be featured in the SAA Volunteer… Read more ▶

Follow SAA on Twitter

April 14, 2010

SAA now has a Twitter account! Follow SAA on Twitter for breaking Suzuki news. You can also keep up with Suzuki news on the SAA Facebook page. Read more ▶

SAA Virtual Leadership Retreat Ideas Wanted

December 12, 2008

An Online, Interactive Potpourri of Ideas and Opportunities The whole month of April, 2009 Conversations, postings, moderated chats, panel discussions, audio and video presentations, live web-based discussion, special challenges, and presentation by the SAA Board—all of these can be ours in April,… Read more ▶

MusicLink Foundation Partners with SAA

December 31, 2007

The MusicLink Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides long-term instruction and opportunities to promising children in financial need. Nominated students who meet MusicLink’s criteria are linked with professional music teachers who provide partial to full scholarship lessons for the… Read more ▶

Contributions to the SAA Journal

August 1, 2007

The SAA Journal invites members, families and friends to submit manuscripts for consideration. We welcome a wide range of topics—from news items to pedagogical ideas to human interest stories—whatever may be of interest to parents, teachers and Suzuki friends. Please… Read more ▶

SAA Partnerships

September 3, 2006

Many of the teachers who attended the May Conference took home firsthand information about the discounts available to members through SmartMusic and Sibelius. Both companies provide innovative computer aides that will be of interest to teachers and students. If you… Read more ▶

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