Student Festivals

Student Festivals

The SAWS Strings Festival will be

Saturday, October 5th 2019 from 8:30 – 4:30 at CWU in Ellensburg 

Strings Festival:

The festival theme for the strings festival this year will be Creative Ability Development” – featuring the method of developing creativity and musicality created by Alice Kay Kanack.  Students will receive a class from Kanack and cellist Andrew Barnhart in Creative Ability Development as well as a Suzuki repertoire class and a technique class. This is a unique and very exciting opportunity for students to get an introduction to the art of making creative choices in their playing. Please click here for more information on Kanack’s “Creative Ability Development” method.

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 (and they can attend the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class).

Ages 0-4: We are offering a 60-minute  Suzuki Early Childhood Education (click here for info about SECE) class for infants, toddlers and an accompanying parent or caregiver. It is an interactive multi-age group class full of variety: singing, finger-play, rhythm, dancing, bonding, taking turns, and exploring instruments. This class prepares children for future instrumental study by developing basic musical skills, learning skills, and social skills. Participants will benefit most by listening to the class music found here beforehand. Please note that a parent should also stay with your older Suzuki student during his/her classes. The class will be held at the 9am or 10

Piano Festival: There will be no piano student festival this year. Piano teachers are invited to attend the all-instrument teacher workshop Friday, October 4th with Alice Kay Kanack for a full day training in her Creative Ability Development method. 

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

Costs & Payment Deadlines

Registration is $75 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 13.

Register Online:

Student Registration


Saturday Schedule for Strings:

8:30-8:50 Registration at McIntyre Hall (music building) at CWU. All students will pick up their schedules at check-in.

9:00 -10:00 1st Class

10:10 – 11:10 2nd Class

11:10 -12:05 Lunch    

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

1:15 – 2:05 Graduation Concert: Student Union Theater Room 210

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 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 the Best Western and Comfort Inn for Friday and Saturday using the group name “Suzuki Festival 2019.” 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. This hotel has a pool making it a fun, pool party for the kids the night before the festival.

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 4) and Sat (Oct 5) 2019
Deadline:    Rooms must be reserved by September 15
Group Name: “Suzuki Festival 2019″