Student Festivals

Student Festivals

The SAWS Strings Festival and Piano Festival will be

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:30 – 4:30 at CWU in Ellensburg 

Strings Festival:

The festival theme for the strings festival this year will be The Joy of Playing Together.” Book 1-3 students will get a group class (repertoire) a technique class (focused on ensemble playing skills) and a ‘creative ensemble’ class focused on fiddling or improvisation. Strings students in book 4 and above will get to play in a chamber orchestra for the two morning hours and get a repertoire class in the afternoon, with an optional technique class during the parent talk hour.

Please note that there will not be masterclasses this year due to scheduling challenges and in an effort to support the ensemble-focused theme. This is not a permanent change but something we need to try this year.

Strings students need to be past Lightly Row to attend the festival, however, younger siblings who can play Twinkle are welcome to join the group for the final concert.

Students in Book 4 and above will be assigned orchestra parts. They can find their assignments here:

SAWS Festival Orchestra 

Strings Final Concert/ Group Class Repertoire:

Violin Repertoire:

Book 3: Gavotte in G Minor
Book 2: Witches’ Dance, Hunters’ Chorus
Book 1: Etude Allegro (in D Major) Song of the Wind (in D Major), Lightly Row, Twinkles
Viola Repertoire:
Book 3: Gavotte in G minor
Book 2: Two Grenadiers, Hunters Chorus
Book 1: Allegro, May Song, Song of the Wind, Twinkle
Cello Repertoire:
Book 3: Gavotte in G minor
Book 2: Marche in G, Hunters Chorus
Book 1: Rigadoon, Allegro, Song of the Wind, Twinkle
Bass Repertoire: 
Book 3: Gavotte in G minor
Book 2: Marche in G,
Book 1: Allegro (in D Major), Song of the Wind (in D Major), Twinkle


Piano Festival:

The student day will have 3 scheduled classes: a masterclass and 2 enrichment classes.  There will also be a parent talk and our graduation concert, all at the McIntyre Music Building on the CWU campus.

This is a very exciting opportunity. The festival can be a great boost to your children’s playing and motivation. We hope you’ll join us.

Guitar festival: There will be no guitar festival this year. Please check back with us next year. 

Costs & Payment Deadlines

Registration is $70 for all students. This year we are working to simplify registration by reducing the registration fee and removing discounts. One full and four half tuition wavers are available to families who can commit to a couple important volunteer jobs we need done at the festival. Please email the director for more information: (please put ‘parent volunteer inquiry’ in the title)

The final registration deadline is Friday, September 14.

Register Online:

Student Registration


Saturday Schedule for Pianists

8:00-8:40    Student check in at MacIntyre Music Building, CWU

8:40-8:50    Opening introductions

9:00-10:00   1st class

10:10-11:10    2nd class

11:10-12:10    Lunch on your own

12:15-1:00    Parent Talk, with activities organized for students outside the music building.

1:15-2:15     3rd class

2:30-4:00    Graduation Recital


Saturday Schedule for Strings and Guitars:

8:00-8:40 Registration at Hertz Hall at CWU. All students will pick up their schedules at check-in.

8:40- 8:50  Morning Orientation in Hertz Hall – no performances this year, just schedule overview

9:00 -10:00 1st Class

10:10 – 11:10 2nd Class

11:10 -12:10 Lunch    

12:15 -1:00 Parent Talk / Refresh Room / SAWS Annual Meeting 

1:15 – 2:05 Graduation Concert

2:15 – 3:15 3rd Class

3:25 Final Concert tuning/ organizing by performance group

3:30-4:30 Final Concert


There will be a parent-organized group lunch for students and parents in the Hertz Lobby, pre-registration required (more information soon). Also lunch can be purchased at the food court in the Student Union Building or at  restaurants around town or you can bring a bag lunch with you. (a tuition waver is available for a parent willing to organize the group lunch).

Directions to Hertz Hall at Central Washington University

Take the first Ellensburg exit to the corner of Main and University Way.  Travel east on University Way to Chestnut St.  Turn left (north) to park in Lots G15 and H15 on your right. Parking is free on Saturdays. Please observe the reserved parking spots .

Hertz Hall is located to the west of Black Hall, (across Chestnut St.) a short walk from the parking lots.

Directions to the McIntyre Music Building at Central Washington University

Take the first Ellensburg exit to the corner of Main and University Way.  Travel east on University Way (5 stop-lights) to Alder and University Way.  Turn left on Alder, (north) and proceed approximately 6 blocks.  Entrance to the McIntyre Music Building is just before the first stop sign.

Hotel & Lodging

There are many hotels in Ellensburg. Please be sure to reserve early.

We have a group booking rate at Best Western, Days Inn and Comfort Inn for Friday and Saturday using the group name “Suzuki Festival 2018.” Book as soon as possible, since there are limited rooms, and there are other events going on in Ellensburg the same weekend. Be sure to call by phone to get the group rate. 

Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
211 W. Umptanum Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 925-4244

Price:         $115 plus tax for single kings or double queens
Dates:        Fri (Oct 12) and Sat (Oct 13) 2018
Deadline:    Rooms must be reserved by September 15
Group Name: “Suzuki Festival 2018″

Comfort Inn                                                                                                                                                              1722 S Canyon Rd, Ellensburg WA                                                                                                                                        (509) 925-7037

Price:           $106 plus tax for 2 queens  $102 plus tax for 1 king
Dates:        Fri (Oct 12) and Sat (Oct 13) 2018
Deadline:    Rooms must be reserved by September 28
Group Name: “Suzuki Festival 2018″