A Grand and Glorious Celebration of 50 Years of
Suzuki Violin in Greenville, North Carolina

November 5, 2016, 7PM, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC

"Our Suzuki program in Greenville was one of the very first in the United States and outside of Japan! Each of you and your parents and teachers have contributed highly to the great success that has happened here! We are very grateful for each of you and for all those who had a part of encouraging you!"

Joanne Bath
Joanne M. Bath

"We will also celebrate the formation of the GREENVILLE SUZUKI ASSOCIATION, which was the first group of Suzuki teachers in North Carolina to officially organize. This group has contributed highly to encouraging the wonderfully close, supportive relationships between the Suzuki teachers in this area, as well as enabling many families to study who otherwise could not have afforded to do so." -- Joanne Bath, Hardy Distinguished Professor of Suzuki Pedagogy, School of Music East Carolina University.

"What a wonderful legacy to embrace as our own! It's impossible to estimate how many parents, students and teachers are part of our special eastern North Carolina Suzuki community, therefore let's just hope every one of you can journey to Greenville on November 5 so that we can be together in what may be our only chance to once again enjoy the powerful bond of shared music." -- Jon Ward Shaw, teacher and Director of the Greenville Suzuki Association.

  •  Read the I Love to Practice article by Joanne Bath [here].

  •  Amy Schwartz Moretti, who concertizes internationally as a member of the Ehnes Quartet, will play a solo! [CD].

  •  Caroline Shaw, [link] who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music as the youngest person ever at 30 and only the third woman to win this prestigious prize, is composing a special piece for the Celebration to be played together by violinists from Twinkle through professionals!

  •  Caroline Shaw composition (PDF 553 KB)

  •  Âppelbo gänglät.pdf (PDF 364 KB)

  •  Celebration Invitation.pdf (PDF 45 KB)

  •  Letter from Joanne Bath.pdf (PDF 72 KB)

  •  Celebration Information.pdf (PDF 42 KB)


Welcome to the Greenville, NC, Suzuki Association!

The Greenville Suzuki Association and the Dr. Ira Hardy Suzuki Pedagogy Program are pleased to announce another year full of exciting events and activities for our Suzuki Community! The GSA is an area-wide organization that assists in promoting unity and opportunities for Suzuki students, teachers, and parents in Eastern North Carolina.

The membership fee is $20.00 per person. Suzuki Saturdays are included in this fee. Checks should be written to the Greenville Suzuki Association and given to your studio teacher by October 1, 2016.

Suzuki Saturdays - Two classes at Third Street Community Center, 600 W. 3rd St. Advance registration is required. At 10:00 AM, enjoy energetic and exciting group classes for ALL ages and levels. At 11:00 AM, after group class, all participants may perform in the solo/group recital.

  •  October 22, 2016 and February 4, 2017

  •  Schedule: 10:00 AM Class, 11:00 AM Concert, 12:00 PM Chamber Music (bk 4 & up)

 Download/view/print the information flyer here (PDF 141 KB) and the registration form here (PDF 141 KB).


Other Events

  •  Saturday September 17th - NC Suzuki Association State-Wide Play-In at Meredith College

  •  December 2016 - Greenville Suzuki Annual Christmas Concert (TBA).

  •  March 10, 11 - Spring Suzuki Workshop

  •  May 2017 - 51st Annual Suzuki Festival at East Carolina University (date and time TBA)


About the Greenville Suzuki Association

The Greenville Suzuki Association is the umbrella group in Eastern North Carolina for our Suzuki community among families, teachers and supporters of the arts. It exists for students and parents in Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina, and neighboring areas who teach and learn music through the Suzuki methodology. It provides an important environment for the cooperative and nurturing interaction of those students with their parents and teachers.

•  View Joanne Bath featured on You Tube, ECU Arts Thread, Episode 13

At the heart of this association is Joanne Bath, the Hardy Distinguished Professor of Suzuki Pedagogy at East Carolina University. With few exceptions, all the teachers who belong to this organization have trained with Professor Bath by taking her classes at East Carolina University, through the summer North Carolina Suzuki Institute, or through other Suzuki Teacher Training opportunities. Facebook

This association offers support activities for students of all Suzuki teachers in the area. The Suzuki Saturday Program is an important supplementary activity that provides group classes and other activities for students. As part of the Suzuki Saturday Program, Professor Bath presents talks for parents that explore many issues arising from the close involvement of parents with their children while learning music. Seasonal and year-end programs give students a supportive atmosphere and environment to perfect their performance skills.

The Suzuki method, also called Talent Education, mother-tongue method, or Suzuki movement, is an educational philosophy that strives to create "high ability" and beautiful character in its students through a nurturing environment.

Suzuki methodology is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors that Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition: immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute ideas.



Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York City-based violinist, singer, and composer. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her a cappella piece Partita for 8 Voices. She began her violin studies with her mother and continued with Joanne M. Bath. She tours and performs as a violinist and as a member of the vocal group "Roomful of Teeth."

[Caroline Shaw Wikipedia]     [Caroline Shaw Website]

Amy Schwartz Moretti, a former student of Joanne Bath, has released a new CD. Read all about it [here].

Two former students of Joanne Bath performed in a string quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, during the remembrance of 9/11 on Monday. Click this [link] to view and hear Caroline Shaw and Keats Dieffenbach on the NPR website.