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SAGWA All-Instrument Graduation Recitals 2017

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Times: 2:00, 3:15, 4:30 and 5:45 PM

Place: The Inter-Faith Chapel, 3680 South Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906

Fee: $30 per student

Registration Open: Sunday, January 8 – Sunday, February 26, 2017

Students will perform a solo piece to commemorate their completion of one or more Suzuki books and receive a beautiful graduation medal.

This is a great opportunity for students to see other young musicians performing at a variety of levels.

Parents, please contact your teacher if you wish to participate.

  • Registration form (PDF and Word)
  • Information Letter (PDF)
  • Flyer (PDF)

For more information contact event coordinators:

Naomi Kusano at and Chloe Choi at

Teacher and Family Members who registered or renewed their SAGWA membership any time from September 1 until December 31 will be “grandfathered in” to the next year. 

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 PM • The Inter-Faith Chapel, Silver Spring MD
Friday, May 05, 2017 10:00 AM • Nora Hamerman’s House, Reston VA

About the Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method works on the principle that all children can learn music through the same process they learn their mother tongue language. With this approach, children can develop their abilities during the early absorbing and sensitive years far beyond what most people previously imagined. [read more]  

Board of Directors

Marissa Murphy - President and Director of Development

Elizabeth Cunha - Membership and Social Media

Eric Davenport - Treasurer

Stephanie Flack - Scholarship and Advancement

Laura Frazelle - Events Coordinator

Naomi Kusano - Piano Division/Committee Chair and Website Liaison

Ale Leupold - Event Insurance

Chris Sanchez - Greater Washington Suzuki Institute Representative

Karen Bartman

Sarah D'Angelo

Christian Simmelink 

Robert "Bobby" Raymond Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Robert "Bobby" Raymond Scholarship Fund Merit Award.  Read more

Potter Violin Discounts

Potter Violin offers the following discounts for SAGWA members:

  • 10% off all sheet music
  • 10% off all teaching accessories
  • 10% off all student instruments and bows
  • 10% off all instrument cases and bow cases
  • 10% off all repair work (labor only, does not include rehairs or parts)
  • You are entitled to free shipping on all webstore purchases above $100 or strings-only purchases of $40.00 or more.

Check Payments

If you would prefer to pay your membership registration or renewal by check, please send payment to:

SAGWA Membership
c/o Elizabeth Cunha
10108 Portland Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20901-2225

2017 SAGWA Membership* rates:  
Lifetime Family or Teacher Membership-$500
Lifetime Organization Membership-$1000

*A portion of each membership is allotted to our scholarship program.

Seeking candidates for Board of Directors

SAGWA is currently seeking candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Serving on the SAGWA Board is a great way to contribute to the association and help make a difference in the local Suzuki community. 

SAGWA members from all instrument groups, parents, and teachers are eligible to run for the board. The board will have positions up for reelection this September at the annual meeting and are seeking parent representation in addition to teachers from all instrument groups. Interested persons are encouraged to contact for information.

Volunteer Opportunities

SAGWA is in need of volunteers interested in fundraising, grant writing, event assistance, marketing, and newsletter writing and editing. Volunteering just a few hours a month in any of these areas could contribute to SAGWA's mission by raising funds for scholarships, helping to cut operating expenses, or providing membership benefits. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities should contact for more information.

Stay Connected



National Gallery of Art Tour


On Friday, December 16, Nora Hamerman, SAGWA Piano Forum Member, took 14 teachers and their friends on a guided tour of musical instruments at the National Gallery of Art in DC. She led us through the galleries sharing paintings that have musicians and musical instruments in them, from a band of six musician angels in 1390, to an 1881 American painting that beautifully depicts that uniquely American instrument: the banjo. We saw vielles, lutes, the viola da brachia, the early violins and bows in all sizes, valveless trumpets, pipe organs, rebecs, and bits of musical scores. The group met in the festive rotunda decorated with beautiful poinsettias and orchids and traveled in and out of the various gallery rooms stopping to hear Nora’s expert commentary on the various paintings. After the 90 minute tour, we ended the tour in the NGA cafeteria for lunch and final fellowship.

Nora is a Suzuki piano teacher in VA, but has also been a professor of art history specializing in Renaissance Art. She continues to lecture in art history at the Osher Lifelong Learning program of Johns Hopkins University in Rockville, MD.




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