There is a giant hole in the Suzuki universe created by the passing of Daphne Hughes in July 2023.
Daphne co-founded the Suzuki String School of Guelph. With a committee of the SSSG, Daphne inspired the creation of the Guelph Suzuki Institute (GSI) in 1983, now known as the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and was the director for many years.
She was always looking for strong potential candidates to become Suzuki teachers. She became a mentor to hundreds of musicians who followed in her footsteps. Daphne also kept developing her own teaching, going to summer Suzuki institutes in the USA in the late 70s and to Japan in 1984 to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Over the years, many of her students won awards and became professional musicians and teachers. However, her priority was always to support students in developing their character and sensitivity. In 1998, Daphne was given the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and was instrumental in the development of two of their training courses. Daphne was on the Board of Directors of the SAA from 2002 to 2004. She was a frequent contributor to the American Suzuki Journal and also edited its Violin Column.
The Daphne Hughes Memorial Fund will offer financial help to the new generation of Suzuki teachers who take Teacher Development through SOSI.
For further information, please contact Tracy Jewell
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