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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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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 Members

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 Committee Chair

Ale Leupold - Website Liaison and Event Insurance

Chris Sanchez - Greater Washington Suzuki Institute Representative

Sarah D'Angelo

Christian Simmelink


Upcoming Events

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 AM • Michiko Yurko’s house, Kensington MD
Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:00 AM • Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart - 9101 Rockville Pike - Bethesda, MD 20814
Friday, March 10, 2017 6:00 PM • TBA
Friday, March 17, 2017 10:00 AM • Dr. Karen Bartman's house, Chevy Chase DC
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM • Nora Cameraman’s House, Reston VA
Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 PM • The Inter-Faith Chapel, Silver Spring MD

Check Payments

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

SAGWA Membership
c/o Stephanie Flack
3427 Austin Court
Alexandria VA 22310

Robert "Bobby" Raymond Scholarship

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

Young Pianists Play in Chamber Recital

by Jean Carlson - "They look so poised, well into the music," comments one parent during the latest studio recital with piano teacher, Naomi Kusano. Suzuki students are indeed poised at their recitals, it is an integral part of the learning process. But this is a special event for the young pianists. The students, aged 5 to 17 (and two adults), are playing in a chamber recital with two, and in some cases four, string players.

For the latest on SAGWA events, articles, event photos, and teacher meetings visit and our Facebook page.

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.


All-Instrument Graduation Recitals 2016

SAGWA's 2015 All-Instrument Fall Recitals were held October 18 at The Falls Church Episcopal. Participating teachers included: Julianna Chitwood, Chloe Choi, Monika Dorosheff, Danielle Dotson, Nora Hamerman, John Kaboff, Naomi Kusano, Barbara Stahl, and Roger Taylor.

Spring Recital

SAGWA 2014 Graduation Recitals

SAGWA Inaugural Graduation

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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.

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