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  • Friday, January 16, 2015 10:13 AM | SAGWA (Administrator)

    45th Annual Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington String Festival Concert

    2:00 pm, Sunday, May 17, 2015
    The Music Center at Strathmore 
    5301 Tuckerman Lane

    North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

    Featured Clinicians:  Brian Lewis, Violin and Amy Sue Barston, Cello

    Reserved seats:  $15

    Please click (HERE) for student registration for the Saturday workshop and Sunday concert. 

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:02 PM | SAGWA (Administrator)

    SAGWA is hosting its second annual All-Instrument Graduation Recitals for Suzuki students on Sunday, March 23rd at the Woman's Club of Arlington! Each student performer plays one piece to commemorate their completion of one or more Suzuki books. 

  • Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:30 AM | SAGWA (Administrator)
    The SAGWA Newsletter is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November.  All submissions for the newsletter are due by the 15th of the month prior to publication (January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15).
  • Saturday, August 17, 2013 7:00 AM | SAGWA (Administrator)
    New SAGWA members registering for a standard one-year membership after September 1 will receive full membership for up to 16 months through to December 31 of the following year. 

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  • Monday, July 30, 2012 12:00 PM | SAGWA (Administrator)

    Over sixty flutists attending the annual SAGWA Flute Institute July 2-6, 2012 in Alexandria, VA had the rare opportunity to study with master teacher and founder of the Suzuki Flute School, Mr. Toshio Takahashi, during one of his two stops on his recent visit from Japan. Students received detailed instruction in a master class setting from Mr. Takahashi on tone production, musical phrasing and group performance.  Mr. Takahashi also led daily group rehearsals and conducted the Institute’s final concert on Friday, July 6th. Teacher trainees met several times with Mr. Takahashi to review key pedagogy points for the Suzuki Flute method including group exercises in dynamic contrasts, and tone production.

    Mr. Takahashi presented his famous Opera Class, which featured a brief discussion on the origin of Tone Production by Interpretation by Marcel Moyse, followed by a recording of Maria Callas singing an aria from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saëns. Flutists then heard a live performance of the aria by mezzo soprano Heather Craw accompanied by pianist Trevor Manor. Following that beautiful performance, Mr. Takahashi led flutists through his levels of learning for developing musical expression culminating in a group play through of the aria and a memorable evening.

    Master teacher and highly accomplished flutist, Takaeki Miyamae, accompanied by pianist Trevor Manor, presented a recital Tuesday, July 3rd, featuring a diverse program of standard flute repertoire that included the Fantasie by Gabriel Faure, Sonata in G by Georg Philipp Telemann, Canzone by Samuel Barber, Piece by Jacques Ibert, Andante et Scherzo by Louis Ganne, Suite by Charles-Marie Widor, and the charming composition by Louis Moyse, All About Tea. Mr. Miyamae also conducted student masterclasses during the week for Institute participants.

    Visiting faculty teacher trainers Rebecca Paluzzi, Laura Larson, and Deborah Kemper taught teacher training for books two, four, and seven respectively and also had a full schedule of student masterclasses. Resident faculty Charlotte Brown Day, Joyce Bennett, Rebecca Turchi Collaros, Jeanne Crowley,  Anne Smith and Betsy Trimber taught Tone and Technique classes, flute choir, and Music Mind Games. Pianist Rosalind Kerns accompanied students on daily recitals and for the final group concert.

    Other Institute activities included Orff and singing and crafts. Steve Day designed and produced purple t-shirts with special embroidered graphics for each Institute participant making the final “T-shirt day” of the Institute very colorful. Special thanks to The Old Presbyterian Meeting House for use of their facilities and Clermont Elementary School for use of the Orff instruments.

    SAGWA extends its appreciation to Flute Institute board members Joyce Bennett, Charlotte Brown Day, Marge Smith, Anne Smith, Rebecca Turchi Collaros and Betsy Trimber for bringing Mr. Takahashi to Alexandria, VA and for a fabulous week of flute learning and fun. It was the perfect way to beat the intense summer heat and celebrate the July 4th holiday week!

  • Monday, July 30, 2012 12:00 PM | SAGWA (Administrator)
    This year's GWSI was even more valuable, fun, educational and inspiring than last year's institute, with a high level of musicianship, artistry, pedagogy, charisma and simple love of children. The faculty was selected from all over the USA and several new teachers were welcomed to the faculty. It was gratifying that families and teachers who came for professional development were very aware of this. 

    Teacher Development offerings were well attended, offering Violin, books 1, 2, and 3, Cello book 3,  and a very popular, after hours Teacher Enrichment Course attended by teachers and faculty alike.

    Daily activities included 5 orchestras, 7 quartets, Play-Ins, very popular Royal Scottish Fiddling classes every hour as well as 50 masterclasses and 16 repertory classes. During the week there were 10 recitals/concerts and 6 lectures.  For everyone Potter’s Violins and Fox’es Music Stores offered participants the convenience of goods and services right in the building in the midst of all of our activities.

    A Few Comments from Students & Parent Participants

    • “My teacher was great. I hope I will get him again next year.”
    • “I especially liked the session for teens on ‘Music in Your Life’.”
    • “Wow!, What a great experience!”
    •  “We are inspired.”
    • “Orchestra was fun.”
    • “This week has set us up for great practices.  I hope this can last all year.” 
    • “The faculty is world class, more than we’d even hoped for. We will return next year and bring our friends with us."

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Please plan to attend GWSI 2013 , George Mason High School, Falls Church, VA.

    All students and families: Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2013

    • Every Child Can, June 22, 2013
    • Book 1 Violin and Cello Teacher Development Courses: June 23-30, 2013
    • Other Teacher Development Courses: June 24-28, 2013
    Topics for afternoon parent/teacher lectures will be implemented in 2013 GWSI.

    We will keep much of the faculty we enjoyed so much this year and we are looking forward to expanding the cello program next year.

    We would like to encourage pre-formed quartets to apply for chamber music coaching. We certainly have the faculty capability to handle quartets on every level.

    Teacher Development courses will be offered for Book 1 Violin and Book 1 Cello teachers. “Every Child can” course will be offered for parents and teachers. We are considering which book unit courses should be offered for teachers as well as another after hours Enrichment Course for teachers.

    Please email Ronda Cole with your suggestions for teacher courses for GWSI 2013 at
  • Sunday, July 01, 2012 12:00 PM | SAGWA (Administrator)


    SAGWA members receive the following discounts for on-line orders:

    • 10% off all sheet music
    • 10% off all teaching tools
    • 10% off all non-outfit instruments and bows
    • 10% off all non-outfit instrument or bow cases

    SAGWA members can log in to access the special discount code.

    If you are not yet a member, join today

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2012 5:00 PM | SAGWA (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    It was such a pleasure to see those of you who were able to come to the meeting last night, and I appreciate hearing from many old and new friends who were unable to attend. 

    We will be sending information and proposed programs from the meeting, and the agenda and topics discussed are below.  We are so pleased to welcome Marissa Murphy as the new String Committee chair--thank you, Marissa!

    We have confirmed the 43rd annual String Festival dates with Bullis School and University of Maryland for April 13 and 14, 2013, so please mark your calendars now!

    Thanks again!

    All best,



    Home of Stephanie Flack, 6 pm, Sunday, June 3, 2012

    I. Welcome and Introductions

    II. Festival and SAGWA Events--Past, Present and Future (Elisabeth Taylor, SAGWA String Festival Director)

    A. Presentation from Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference Attendee (Stephanie Flack, SAGWA Chair and SAGWA String Festival Assistant Director)--Ideas from other Chapter Affiliates and Suzuki Associations Worldwide

    • Graduation concerts


    • Technique Workshop
    • Music Festival
    • Master Class Only
    • Non-Instrumental Workshop
    • Improvisation Workshop
    • Parent Workshop
    • Showcase Concert
    • 1/2 Festival-Type, 1/2 Showcase and/or Professional--Benefit concept

    III. Outreach and Other Ideas for Creating Community Wide Inclusive Events

    A. Performance/Touring Groups

    i. Buffalo Suzuki Strings
    ii. Rocky Mountain Strings

    B. Suzuki in the Schools--partnership/outreach?
    C. Scholarship Offerings

    IV. Discussion/Ideas

    V. Follow Up/Implementation

  • Friday, May 04, 2012 9:00 AM | SAGWA (Administrator)
    Piano students of Naomi Kusano will present a chamber concert recital on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM. Students, ages 4 to adult, perform with a professional string quartet (Julianna Chitwood and Kate Whitesides, violins, Sarah Scanlon, viola, and Marie Cole, cello). The literature is standard piano repertoire with accompaniments that have been commissioned over the years. Naomi would be most honored for members and their students and families to attend.
    The concert will be at the Steinway Piano Gallery at Tysons Corner (near Lord & Taylor’s), 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA 22102. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Naomi at
  • Friday, May 04, 2012 7:00 AM | SAGWA (Administrator)

    New Concert Ticket Specials for SAGWA Members

    • Washington Performing Arts Society: $10 Student Tickets
    • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performance with special "Student Passport" reception before the concert
    • Loudoun Symphony Mothers' Day Concert
    • Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

    SAGWA Members: log in to view these Specials.  

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