In light of the current COVID-19 situation, and following the example and recommendations of countless educational institutions across the state, the ISA is implementing the following policies beginning March 16 until April 12, at which time we will reevaluate based on the continually changing nature of the current health situation.
Our priority is first and foremost the health of our students, families and faculty. It is our hope that by implementing the following policies which we know will create great inconveniences for a short time that we can more quickly return to our normal operations with a healthy faculty, healthy students, and a healthy larger community. We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and incredible flexibility as we all try to figure out how to best navigate these uncharted waters.
“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.” - Dr. Suzuki (from Nurtured by Love)
ISA moves to online instruction through April 12
With best wishes for a quick return to normal operations,
President, Indianapolis Suzuki Academy Board of Directors
Indianapolis Suzuki Academy
In light of Governor Holcomb's announcements related to COVID-19, the The Indianapolis Suzuki Academy will suspend all lessons, classes and events effective immediately, Friday, March 13.
The building at 3959 Central Avenue will remain closed and faculty will not be teaching at their private residence. At this point, the Board and Staff are working out details and will provide additional details no later than Sunday, March 15.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director, Sarah Beck at sarah@IndySuzukiAcademy.org
ISA Staff and Board of Directors
The ISA Annual Concert, scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at Indiana Landmarks, has been cancelled due to health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
This includes cancellation of both the Saturday dress rehearsal, and all portions of the Sunday concert - Piano, Harp, Suzuki Steps, Violin, Cello and PreTwinkle.
As of right now, private lessons will still occur as scheduled with your individual teacher, but please check the ISA Website for updates, as the situation progresses in our community.
We have not been made aware of anyone in our ISA community who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, nor is under medical investigation for COVID-19, but we want to be abundantly cautious to protect the health of our entire community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director, Sarah Beck at Sarah@IndySuzukiAcademy.org
ISA Staff and Board of Directors
ISA Students performed at the IndyBaroqueMusic “London Trios” concert on January 19. This concert featured ISA's Chamber Quartet, Chamber Trio, and Violin Students for a Twinkle Finale.
Happy New Year from the ISA! With the turning over of our calendars it is always a good moment to take stock of where we are and where we are going. It is going to be an exciting year at the ISA with growing numbers of students and exciting opportunities for student performances and outreach this year. I am especially looking forward to our Annual Concert in March when we all gather together as an ISA family and celebrate all of the musical achievements of our children. What a gift that they are being given: to pursue the noble art of music while developing character and beautiful hearts. As we are all “in the trenches” of practicing with our children who more often than not drag their heels and roll their eyes at us, remember that vision that the patient, persistent investment you are making will bear fruit richly in their character for the rest of their lives.
As the new President of the Board of Directors, it is my great honor to serve the academy, our faculty, our families, and our students. I must publicly give a huge heartfelt thanks to Lisa Heid, whose term as President just ended in January. Her tireless work over the last three years has made an impact on the academy that cannot possibly be overstated. Her investment in a significant season for us has been like an iceberg: what most people will see is only the tiniest tip of the incredible contribution that she has made. Thank you, Lisa, for everything you have done and have given to the ISA. We truly wouldn’t be where we are today without you!
Gone are the days when I can feed my sons a steady "listening diet" of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Suzuki recordings. I guess they now have a mind of their own, and want to listen to something called "Top 40" and "YouTube"???
I literally could listen to Bach all day long, and never tire of it. 'Mama no fun' is sometimes my nickname. I'll stick with Bach and the like for myself, but I want my sons' musical experience to be relevant to them, with real world inspiration, and a connection to their current culture.
It was our pleasure to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Jordan Hamilton at the Michigan Cello Festival in November. Mr. Hamilton helps relate his traditional instrument, the cello, to a modern audience. His mash up of Blackbird with Bach was breath-taking as he merged songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music.
There are many great artists out there like Mr. Hamilton. I encourage you to seek them out and help your Suzuki student be inspired by all the creative voices out there.
Imagine fast forwarding thirty years, and having a dinner with your grown children and their retired music teacher. I had the special opportunity to experience that very moment with one of our ISA families, the Powells, and Eleanor Bricetti, the founder of what was then the Children's String Academy.
Jenny and Sarah took lessons for the better part of a decade with Ms. Bricetti, and had a unique and meaningful connection as students and teachers. They have kept in touch all these years later, and reveled in sharing about their memories of big group concerts, playing in Halloween costumes, and remembering about all the different students in the program.
The most touching moment came at the end of the dinner, when Jenny and Sarah's mother, gave Ms. Bricetti a big hug after dinner, and they said how nice it was to reconnect. She looked her in the eye and said "Well, you practically helped me raise my children all those years."
Hearing those words nearly brought tears to my eyes. How fortunate are we to have these relationships between our families and our teachers in the Suzuki method? And thirty years from now, we won't recall if our child forgot a bow circle in their piece, or played the right chord, but we will remember how special it was to be part of this meaningful and nurturing community where we can help each other raise our children together.
Thursday October 3 was a proud moment for Indy Suzuki, as students performed for local government and leaders at the City Budget Hearing at the Phoenix Theatre.
As a new grant recipient from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, ISA was invited to perform at the Budget Hearing to help demonstrate the impact of Arts Funding on our city and youth.
The Parks and Recreation Committee voted unanimously to support the City’s 2020 arts allocation, including the 10% increase proposed by Mayor Hogsett for a total of $1.1M from the City’s budget. The next step is the full council vote on October 14.
Our Indy Suzuki community was proud to have been a part of this larger initiative with other Arts leaders to secure the first increase in City arts funding since 2009 in a landscape of significant budget challenges and competing priorities.
Thank you for being part of our community, and special thank you to the families, faculty, volunteers and board members who represent ISA and support the Arts in Indy.
We are pleased to share that ISA was awarded two grants recently. The Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis awarded ISA $2,000 for our annual concert series, and the Associated Chamber Music Players awarded ISA $1,200 for our Chamber Music Program.
It is an exciting step for ISA in diversifying our income but there is more to do. Contact board member, Erik Rohde at Board@IndySuzukiAcademy.org, if you would like to help in future efforts at grant writing.
The ISA Chamber Quartet, coached by Dr. Lori Honer, had the opportunity to open the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert in Holliday Park on June 6 with the IndyParks Summer Concert Series.
ISA Violin and Cello students had the opportunity to perform with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra during their June 6 Concert.