By Susan Beth Barak - Newmarket, Ontario
We live in an intriguingly evermore interdependent, interdisciplinary world. Violists typically sit central to the harmonies around them and may be more aware of this than others – perhaps that’s why so many of the greatest composers favoured our beloved instrument.
Although I relinquished my position as Viola Representative for the Suzuki Association of Ontario this year in order to gain voting rights as the 905 North Area Representative, my viola activities have continued to expand in the past year.
In 2018 I became Chair of the Non-Discrimination Committee of the American Viola Society (AVS) and have been particularly involved in leading a review ensuring inclusive and non-discriminatory language in AVS publications.
Also related to language, I was privileged to share a presentation at the European Suzuki Viola Gathering in El Escorial, Spain, in February 2019, tying together insights gleaned from my theoretical research into language acquisition as they apply to teaching instrumental music. I am presently synthesizing my academic papers into an article to submit to the American Suzuki Journal. Stay tuned!
I highly recommend going to the next ESVG in 2021 – the camaraderie at the Gathering is spectacular and immensely joyful! Kudos to Peter King, Joanne Martin, and Juan Drown for an outstanding job putting together a truly memorable, enriching, and heartwarming event.