Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area

SAGWA String Festival


Foxes Music Company

Falls Church, Virginia 

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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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Dear SAGWA Teachers and Families,

We are excited to announce that the 2015 String Festival is set for May 17 & 18, 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.  

Brian Lewis will be joining us to work with the violinists and we will be announcing our cello clinician soon. Brian's bio is below and his accomplishments and popularity as soloist, educator and clinician 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 will be open soon!

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

SUK 4 Pieces-vln, mvt. 2.pdf


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 Concert 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)



Brian Lewis, Violin

One of the most versatile and charismatic violinists today, Brian Lewis is anexceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heardand embraced around the world. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stagetoday, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves themusic,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concertodebuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performanceswith the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Hartford,Syracuse, Odense (Denmark), Lima (Peru), Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), SinfoniaToronto (Canada), and American Symphony orchestras, among many others.Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the FrenchWest Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, ElSalvador, 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 ArtisticDirector of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, and is ArtisticDirector 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 communityengagement courses at the Yale University School of Music during 2010-12 as the Classof '57 Visiting Professor of Music.Mr. Lewis has recorded numerous CDs, including the world premiere recording with theLondon Symphony Orchestra of a commissioned work, Elements, by American composerMichael Thomas McLean. Mr. Lewis has served as a distinguished juror for manycompetitions, most recently for the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition.Awards for his musical contributions include the Instrumentalist Award by the 2014Austin Critics’ Table, two Teaching Excellence Awards at the University of Texas, INGProfessor 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 informationabout Mr. Lewis can be found at

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