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SAGWA String Festival



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Thank you” to those who have donated money to the scholarship fund so other children may attend Suzuki events and lessons, and to all of you who have donated your time to help at the workshop!

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Saturday Workshop schedule final 2015.pdf

Dear SAGWA Teachers and Families,

We are excited to announce that the 2015 String Festival is set for May 16 & 17, 2015 and that we will be at the Bullis School for our Saturday workshop and returning to the FABULOUS Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland for the Sunday concert.  

We are thrilled that Brian Lewis will be joining us to work with the violinists and Amy Sue Barston will be joining us as our cello clinician. Brian and Amy's bios are below and their accomplishments and popularity as soloists, educators and clinicians will motivate you to clear your calendar for the String Festival!

Below is the repertoire list and pdf of the advanced violin piece to print. 

Registration is now open!

Student Registration:  Please click here for student registration and fees for the Saturday workshop. *

Purchase Concert Tickets:  here.  All concert attendees must have a ticket for Sunday's concert.  Student performers do not need a concert ticket. $15 each. All seats are reserved.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hopefully some new faces, too, in May! If you would like to volunteer some time to help prepare for the event please contact Beth or Stephanie at the email addresses below! 

Best Regards,

Beth Taylor & Stephanie Flack, Co-Directors, SAGWA String Festival

*All Festival participants are required to be a member of SAGWA which is activated via a once-yearly fee of $35 per family. Teacher memberships are $50 per year.  These fees (partially tax deductible -- a portion of each membership goes to our scholarship fund) enable your family to participate in Festival as well as SAGWA events throughout the year. SAGWA is a 501C3 non-profit organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of local Suzuki teachers and parents. Our association is the oldest Suzuki organization in the United States (we are celebrating our 45th Annual String Festival this year!)—we provide scholarship assistance for lessons and events to families in need, and additionally provide non-profit administrative support to our sponsored Institutes and events including but not limited to fulfilling IRS and accounting requirements, insurance coverage and non-profit status.Thank you for your support!

SUK 4 Pieces-vln, mvt. 2.pdf

Scholarship Information    Scholarship Application


Does my child attend alone or with a parent? Every child must have a parent or guardian in attendance at the workshop on Saturday and the rehearsals (if applicable) and concert on Sunday.

What is my time commitment on Saturday and Sunday?  A complete schedule will be released in late April--generally, the youngest and beginning students have classes in the morning beginning around 8 am (pre-twinkle/book 1), books 2/3 in the early afternoon, and books 4 and above in the late afternoon to end no later than 6:15 pm.  Sunday concert rehearsals will begin as early as 10 am for more advanced students and students not called for the Sunday rehearsal should be at the concert hall by 1 pm for the 2 pm concert. The concert is scheduled to run approximately 90 minutes to two hours in length.

What is my student's selected piece?  Parents should sign their student up for their most advanced polished and concert ready piece.  All pieces on the repertoire list below their top piece should be as beautifully prepared as the top piece.

Any additional questions should be directed to -- Beth or Stephanie will get back to you as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing you in May!


2015 Festival Repertoire

Lightly Row
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
May Song
Perpetual Motion
Minuet 3
Bach Musette
Theme from Witches' Dance
Bach Minuet with minor section (Book 3)
Seitz Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvmt.
Bach Double (books 4 and 5)
Country Dance
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, 1st mvmt.
Eccles Sonata, 1st and 2nd mvmts.
Suk Appasionato (link to music is above)

French Folk Song
Song of the Wind
May Song
Minuet 2
Hunter's Chorus
Lully Gavotte
Gavotte in C minor
Bk. 4 - Marcello Sonata in E minor, Op. 1, Allegro (2nd mvmt.)
Bk. 5 - Squire Danse Rustique
Bk. 6 - The Swan
Bk. 7 - Eccles Sonata, 2nd mvmt.

PLUS Bach Double 


Brian Lewis, Violin

One of the most versatile and charismatic violinists today, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Hartford, Syracuse, Odense (Denmark), Lima (Peru), Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), and American Symphony orchestras, among many others. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil. As a dynamic and engaging teacher, Mr. Lewis is committed to growing the legacies ofthe great pedagogues Dorothy DeLay and Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki for future generations. Mr. Lewis currently holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in StringPerformance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, serves as Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, and is Artistic Director and faculty member of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS. Recognized for his vast outreach success including working with and performing formore than 165,000 children in the Houston area, Mr. Lewis taught community engagement courses at the Yale University School of Music during 2010-12 as the Class of '57 Visiting Professor of Music. Mr. Lewis has recorded numerous CDs, including the world premiere recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of a commissioned work, Elements, by American composer Michael Thomas McLean. Mr. Lewis has served as a distinguished juror for many competitions, most recently for the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition. Awards for his musical contributions include the Instrumentalist Award by the 2014 Austin Critics’ Table, two Teaching Excellence Awards at the University of Texas, ING Professor of Excellence Award, Medal of St. Barthélemy, Texas Exes Teaching Award,Fredell Lack Award, 1998 Young Audiences Artist of the Year, Peter MenninPrize,William Schuman Prize, SONY ES Fellows Award, Audio Magazine Award, Waldo Mayo Talent Award, and two Elizabeth B. Koch Fellowships. More information about Mr. Lewis can be found at

Amy Sue Barston, Cello

Praised as "passionate and elegant" by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Banff Centre (Canada), The International Musicians Seminar (England), The Power House (Australia), and Chicago's Symphony Center.

At age seventeen, she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live television, was the Grand Prize winner in the Society of American Musicians' Competition, and won First Place and the Audience Prize in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

Beginning at age three, Amy studied with Nell Novak at the Music Institute of Chicago, Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree. She also worked with Yo Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Tim Eddy, David Geringas, and Pinchas Zukerman.

Amy has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Westchester Symphony, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, among many others. She made her first solo appearance with orchestra in Guelph, Canada when she was twelve.

Amy is artistic director of the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival in New York, and the cellist of The Corigliano Quartet, which has been hailed by Strad Magazine as having "abundant commitment and mastery," and whose recent Naxos CD was named one of the top two recordings of the year by both the New Yorker and Gramophone Magazine. Her piano trio, Trio Vela, performs regularly at Bargemusic in New York City. Amy has performed sonatas and chamber music with many of the world's leading musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Jon Kimura Parker, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse, and Ani Kavafian.

Amy is also a devoted teacher: in her home, at the New York School for Strings, as a guest teacher at Juilliard, and at numerous summer music festivals. Several of her students commute for lessons from hundreds of miles away, some from as far away as Alaska and Japan. Amy's upcoming schedule includes solo and chamber music performances in England, Sydney, New Zealand, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Wisconsin, Rochester, Denver, Chicago, and Germany. Amy also has a brand new CD out and available, which she had the honor to record with Grammy Award winning contemporary classical music producer, Judith Sherman.


French Folk Song

Song of the Wind

May Song

Minuet 2

Hunter's Chorus

Lully Gavotte

Gavotte in C minor

Bk. 4--Marcello Sonata in E minor, Op. 1, Allegro (2nd mvmt.)

Bk. 5—Squire Danse Rustique

Advanced: Bartok Roumanian Dances - 1st mvt.

PLUS Bach Double for Advanced Cellists

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