2019 SAO Conference

Welcome to the 2019 Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference! 

Guelph, Ontario, Nov 2 (Student Day) & Nov 3 (Teacher Day)

We are thrilled to welcome you to Guelph for this year’s conference. As usual, the conference will give you and your students plenty of opportunities to connect with other Suzuki teacher and families and get inspired for many months to come. Our committee is working hard on planning this very special event and hosting you in our beautiful city.

The conference is spread over two days: Nov 2 (Student Day) and Nov 3 (Teacher Day). We are thrilled to announce that Teri Einfeldt will be our Keynote Speaker on both days! Teri is the Chair of the Suzuki Department at The Hartt School Community Division of The University of Hartford, where she maintains a studio of students from ages 4 to 18. In her role as adjunct professor at The Hartt School, she instructs Master of Music candidates in Suzuki pedagogy. She is also the chair of the SAA’s Teacher Development Advisory Committee. Teri is an enthusiastic and inspiring speaker who has given careful thought over the years to the commitment of all Suzuki teachers to life-long learning for the benefit of all children. We can’t wait to hear more about her vision.

— Paule Barsalou, Ellen Berry, Andrea Cook, Carmen Evans, Anna Hughes, Gail Lange
SAO Conference 2019 Coordinating Committee

For more details about each day and to book your place, please go to Student Day 2019 or Teacher Day 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Can my child participate if they have just started their Suzuki journey?
    Yes! Fall 2019 beginner students may participate in the Mini-Workshop, make sure to select this option in the “level” question.
  • Can I take part if I have orchestra rehearsals at the Guelph Youth Music Centre?
    Yes! Students in the Guelph Youth Music Centre Junior and Intermediate Orchestra are encouraged sign-up for the student workshop. We will schedule your workshop activities around your orchestra rehearsals.
  • Can I sign up if I’m an adult learner?
    Yes! Adults interested in participating are very welcome to sign-up. You will receive an adult group class, a note-taking class to help you make the most of your music lessons and participation in the student play-in.

For any other questions, contact:
Student day (strings): Anna Hughes anna19@rogers.com
Student day (piano): Ellen Berry nightingalepianostudio@sympatico.ca
Teacher day: Paule Barsalou paule@artset.net

For all other conference enquiries, please contact SAOconference2019@gmail.com. We are looking forward to seeing you in great numbers in November!

Keynote Speaker: Teri Einfeldt 

Teri Einfeld
Teri Einfeld, Keynote Speaker

Teri Einfeldt is chair of the Suzuki department and adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. An SAA registered teacher trainer, Teri is a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, she has taught for four years at Music Adventure, a chamber music camp in Italy, at Tenuta di Spannocchia, in the heart of Tuscany.

She has participated and presented at several SAA conferences as well as lecturing at CT–ASTA conventions. In addition, she has taught at the Pan-Pacific Suzuki Conference in Sydney, Australia, the 14th Suzuki World Conference in Turin, Italy and the 16th Suzuki World Conference in Matsumoto. Japan. She appeared as a guest lecturer at the Juilliard School for the Starling DeLay Symposium in June 2011. She is the former assistant concertmistress of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently with the Hartford Symphony. Teri is a past board chair of the SAA and continues to be an active member in her roles of chair of the Teacher Development Team and of the Suzuki Principles in Action committee. She maintains a studio of 26 Suzuki students, ages 4–18, at the Hartt School Community Division.

Teri will give the following talks:

Student Day
“Keeping Practice Fun but Productive”
“The Changing Role of the Parent”

Teacher Day
Opening address: “Holding a Vision of Yourself as an Accomplished Learner”
Closing address: “Remaining Positive Down the Path to Excellence.”

Important Dates

August 9: registration opens
September 20: end of Early Bird offer
October 25 (on or around): full schedules available

Conference Locations

The Student Day (Saturday November 2) will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School (54 Westmount Road, Guelph, ON, N1H 5H7 – map). Click here for details and to register. 

The Teacher Day & AGM (Sunday November 3) will take place at Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) (75 Cardigan St. Guelph, ON, N1H 3Z – map). Click here for details and to register

Travel and accommodation

Getting to Guelph from Toronto Pearson Airport
There are two shuttle services between Toronto Pearson Airport and Guelph:

From Toronto, you can also use public transportation

You can find a range of local accommodation on the Visit Guelph Wellington website.