The SAWS Strings Festival will be
Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:30 – 4:30 at CWU in Ellensburg
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 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.
Students in Book 4 and above will be assigned orchestra parts. They can find their assignments here:
Strings Final Concert/ Group Class Repertoire:
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 $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: email@example.com (please put ‘parent volunteer inquiry’ in the title)
The final registration deadline is Friday, September 13.
Register Online:Student Registration
Saturday Schedule for Strings:
8:00-8:40 Registration at McIntyre Hall (music building) at CWU. All students will pick up their schedules at check-in.
8:50 -9:50 1st Class
10:05 – 11:05 2nd Class
11:o5 -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
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″