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2018 Annual Meeting Announcement

The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, November 11th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Potter Violin Company, 7711 Eastern Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

It is urgent that as many SAGWA members* attend this meeting as possible. The agenda will include discussion of the reorganization and revitalization of SAGWA, and the election of board members to the Board of Directors. Proposed upcoming events, financial reports, tax/non-profit information, and approval of new by-laws will also be discussed. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

*Only SAGWA members are eligible to vote in SAGWA elections. Please visit to renew or begin your membership. $10 of each family membership and $15 of each teacher membership is used to support our need-based scholarship program.


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

Naomi Kusano - Acting Board Chair, Piano Division/Committee Chair, Website Liaison

Laura Frazelle - Secretary

Christopher Sanchez - Treasurer

Stephanie Flack - Acting Membership Chair and Scholarship Committee

Lerna May FrandsenScholarship Director 

Rebecca Carey and Anne Smith - GWSFI Co-Directors 

Ronda Cole - GWSI Director

Board Advisors: Carol Bothwell, Ronda Cole, Danielle Dotson, Stephanie Flack & Elisabeth Taylor

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 donate to SAGWA, or pay your membership registration or renewal by check, please send payment to:

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

2018 SAGWA Membership* rates:  
Lifetime Family or Teacher Membership-$500
Lifetime Organization Membership-$1000

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


Upcoming events

Friday, October 19, 2018 10:00 AM • studio of Michiko Yurko - Kensington MD
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:00 AM • studio of Naomi Kusano, Chevy Chase MD
Friday, January 11, 2019 10:00 AM • home of Nora Hamerman, Reston, VA
Friday, March 22, 2019 10:00 AM • Levine NW DC campus, Room 115
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:00 AM • studio of g Ordun, Vienna, VA
Saturday, June 22, 2019 •
Saturday, June 29, 2019 • Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Piano Forums  
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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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