We, the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, are teachers, parents, students, and friends dedicated to supporting each other and spreading the life-enhancing joy of Suzuki music-making.
We love the confidence, poise, and self-discipline Suzuki training establishes in our children. Too, we love the deep connections we build with our children and each other in meeting the challenges and sharing the fun of the Suzuki adventure.
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Michelle Zelinski, President
Gretchen Rebar, Vice President
Patrick Langer, Treasurer
Anna Rasmussen, Secretary
Sensei Leadership Award
We honor Suzuki Association of Wisconsin members who have greatly contributed to our community. At the 2018 Biennial Suzuki Conference, we honored Janelle Severson. She was recognized as the Sensei Leadership Award honoree on Sunday, May 27th in Minneapolis, MN. We are most grateful for her work in planning the 2018 Student Retreat, and for her efforts in helping the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin become a SAA Chapter Affiliate. Congratulations, Janelle!
2008--Everett and Santha Goodwin
The 2018 Sensei Leadership Award Honoree
Janelle Severson grew up in Stevens Point, WI as a Suzuki kid who started Talent Education in 1980 where she studied with Kyoko Fuller. Janelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Mark Bjork. She received a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Suzuki Pedagogy in 2002, also receiving long-term training from Patricia D’Ercole at UW-Stevens Point. From 2002-2014, she was the director of Severson Suzuki Strings in Eau Claire, WI and she was a free-lance violinist performing with several orchestras and serving as an orchestra board member. In 2014, Janelle and her family moved to Waunakee, Wisconsin where she has continued her Suzuki program. Janelle has been invited to teach at workshops and be a guest clinician throughout the United States and has been on the faculty at the American Suzuki Institute since 2002. Janelle served as the Vice President/President-Elect for the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin. She most recently moved to Pleasanton, California with her husband, two children, and two pups. She looks forward to meeting many new colleagues and friends in the San Francisco Bay Area.