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Suzuki Method World Convention in Japan
March 27-31, 2013

16th World COnvention logo

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention will take place March 27-31, 2013, in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Talent Education Research Institute (the Suzuki Method organization in Japan). The theme this year is ďThe World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music.Ē

The last Suzuki Method World Convention took place in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The last World Convention to be held in Japan was in 1999, the year after Dr. Suzukiís death.

World Conventions feature events for teachers and students alike, with lectures, concerts, lessons, and master classes. The 2013 Convention hopes to bring together Suzuki students from throughout the world to play and study together.

For more information, see the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention website.

Summary of the October 2010 ISA Board Meeting

The ISA Board of Directors held its annual meeting in Seoul, Korea October 8-10, 2010. The session was very productive. The formal minutes of the meeting will be posted after they are accepted at the 2011 meeting. Following is a summary of the 2010 meeting:

The meeting opened with a welcome from ISA Board Chair Hwang, Kyung-Ik (ASA). It was followed by a greeting from ISA President, Koji Toyoda. Following the greetings, the board paid tribute to Nehama Patkin, ISA At-Large Director, who passed away last spring.

Julia Breen was elected as an At-Large Director to fulfill Nehama Patkinís term which expires June 30, 2012. Paul Landefeld, current CEO of the ISA, was elected to the Board as an At-Large director, term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

Hideya Taida (TERI) was elected ISA Board Chair for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Pamela Brasch (SAA and current Board Treasurer) was elected Vice-Chair for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Paul Landefeld was elected Secretary for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

Gilda Barston was employed as ISA CEO from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were copyright issues with Suzuki publications, future world conferences and teacher trainer conferences, teacher training systems in the 5 regions, responsibilities of regional associations, regional association reports and instrument committee reports.

At each ISA Board meeting, the ISA vision is discussed and updated. This year, the ISA Board approved the following vision:

Dr. Suzukiís name and method is known and respected throughout the world.
ISA is the umbrella for the Suzuki world.
Children are well educated.
Parents and teachers have the tools to educate children.
The finest possible Suzuki materials are available.
Suzuki ideas are shared internationally.
Suzuki teacher training is available throughout the world.

The next ISA Board Meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan in October, 2011.

Gilda Barston
ISA Board Secretary

Dr. Masaaki Honda

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
Tel: +81-466-27-2787

Gilda Barston

New ISA CEO, Gilda Barston

Gilda Barston is the new Chief Executive Officer of the International Suzuki Association as of July 1, 2011. Many thanks to Paul Landefeld, the previous ISA CEO, for all his hard work!


In the wake of the earthquake tsunami, conditions continue to change in Japan from day to day. Earlier this week, the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto (TERI) (the Suzuki Association in Japan) was able to determine that all Suzuki teachers were safe and that most Suzuki families were safe, as well. (Communications lines were down, making it impossible to reach a few families in the northeast area.) We are relieved that members of the Suzuki family are doing OK amid so much destruction.

We are aware that Suzuki students throughout the world desire to express their concern and support for the victims of the earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear crisis. We encourage teachers and students to act in a way that they think is appropriate. Some studios and programs are planning practice-a-thons, play-ins, or other events; others are considering ways to pay tribute to Japan in their spring concerts. We suggest that teachers and families check with their regional or country associations for information about any plans being made.

If your decision is to make donations, we encourage you to send funds through a reliable relief organization. You might want to consult the following link to the American Institute of Philanthropy to learn about relief agencies helping with this tragedy in Japan.

If you wish to donate directly to the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, please see the following webpage for information:

We anticipate needs to continue throughout the summer and into the fall. In the coming months, the SAA plans to work with the International Suzuki Association in considering a region-wide or international musical tribute to Japan, the birthplace of the Suzuki method. We will keep you apprised of those plans as they develop.

—Paul Landefeld, CEO

Nehama Patkin

Nehama Patkin Memorial Concert

A memorial concert for Australian pianist and teacher, Nehama Patkin, will be held in Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria Australia on March 6, 2011. Nehama passed away on March 26, 2010 of a bone infection in her hip. She was 70 years old.

Nehama Patkin was a devoted Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer, traveling frequently to institutes, conferences and workshops throughout the world. She served on the ISA Board of Directors as a member-at-large from 2007 until her death in 2010.

With her passing, the Suzuki community has lost a dynamic and talented leader. She will be greatly missed.

Information about the concert is available at

Frank Longay

Frank Longay

1948 - 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 Suzuki Association of the Americas. Frank took a leadership role in developing a graded repertoire for the guitar through Suzuki methodology and, as a registered Teacher Trainer, he worked tirelessly to pass along his knowledge and experience to guitar instructors in the U.S. and around the world.

Frank's efforts distinguished him as an internationally recognized music educator. He performed and conducted teacher development courses and children's workshops on numerous occasions in Australia, several countries in South America and Europe and across the United States. His students have won prestigious awards including the Bay Area Unicef Concerts and the Junior Bach Festivals. He was featured in articles in Suzuki World, the American Suzuki Journal, Soundboard (the journal for the Guitar Foundation of America) and in an interview for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

For his dedication to the development of Suzuki Guitar School and the creation of the Longay Conservatory of Guitar, Frank was honored as a 2006 recipient of the distinguished Creating Learning Community award presented by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

John Kendall

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 January 6. Mr. Kendall's health had been in decline after he suffered a mild stroke in November 2010.

The International Suzuki Association mourns the loss of Professor John W. Kendall. Mr. Kendall was one of the founders of the Suzuki movement, bringing the Suzuki philosophy and method to the attention of musicians and educators throughout the world. His infectious personality and enthusiasm inspired thousands of students, teachers and parents.

The Board of Directors of the ISA extends their deepest sympathy to John's family. We will always be grateful for his involvement and dedication to the Suzuki movement. His presence in the Suzuki community will be greatly missed.

Gilda Barston, Secretary
International Suzuki Association Board of Directors

Read John Kendall's obituary and share your tribute with the Suzuki community

Previous Board Meetings

International Piano Committee

Books 1-3 of the New International Piano edition were published in May 2008, with new recordings by Seizo Azuma. The ISA's International Piano Committee met in Denver, Colorado in November 2008 to continue its work on books 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the piano repertoire. Further meetings are planned for July 2009 and October 2009.

Previous meetings took place in Columbus, Ohio in September 2007 and England in October 2006 and in Turin in April 2006 during the Suzuki World Convention.

International Violin Committee

The International Violin Committee met in Reykjavik, Iceland on 3-4 October 2008, continuing its work on preparing new editions of books 4-8 of the violin repertoire.

Regional News

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