Symposium on the Suzuki Method: FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the Symposium on the Suzuki Method from May 31-June 3, 2017! 


Q. I see that the Symposium is full. Can I still register? Is there a wait list?

After we reach capacity, you can join the waiting list through Skidmore College’s registration form. We will offer any open spots due to cancellations to registrants on the wait list. Please visit Skidmore’s registration form to join the wait list:….  

Q. I registered but need to withdraw. Can I get a refund?

If you cancel your reservation before May 15, 2017 you will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be processed after May 15, 2017. To withdraw your registration, please contact Wendy Kercull at wkercull(at) for assistance.

Housing & Travel

Q. Where should I stay if I do not have housing on campus?

On campus housing for the Symposium is now full. SITI has reserved a block of rooms at the Saratoga Hilton for Symposium participants. You can also reserve a room by calling the Saratoga Hilton at 1-888-866-3596 and using the group code “ALYI.”

Free parking is available on campus at Skidmore for those driving. You will need to register your car when you check in on May 31. 

Q. I booked a room in the hotel block at The Saratoga Hilton. How do I get to campus?

The Saratoga Hilton is about 1 mile from campus. There is a bus that runs right up Broadway and drops you off and Skidmore. Or, you can walk from the hotel to campus if you prefer. Click here for directions from Google Maps.  There are also taxi services in Saratoga if you prefer; they are not available to hail on the street, but you can call for a car. Saratoga Taxi is a reliable service, reachable at (518) 584-2700. 

Q. What is the easiest way to get to Saratoga Springs?

Skidmore College is located at 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. As you plan your travel, please note:

Driving from New York City to Skidmore takes about 3.5 hours.

The Saratoga Springs Amtrak station is just a few minutes’ cab ride from campus. Trains run from NYC to Saratoga Springs about twice a day (taking about 3 hours).

The Albany Amtrak station is about 45 minutes away from campus. Trains run from Albany to Saratoga Springs a few times a day. A cab from the Albany airport or the Albany train station to Skidmore takes about 45 minutes and will cost about $75, not including tip.

The Megabus station in Saratoga Springs drops off passengers at the racetrack just outside of downtown. There is usually just 1 trip from NYC to Saratoga Springs each day. From the Megabus drop-off point at the racetrack, you can take a cab or wait for the local bus running from the racetrack to Skidmore. 

Q. Can you help me get in touch with a potential roommate or ride-share?

Participants who would like to share a hotel room in order to bring costs down can contact each other through the Facebook event page. If you are not a Facebook user, but you would like help connecting with another Symposium participant to share a room, please e-mail Megan at for assistance. 


Q. What is the schedule of the Symposium?

The full schedule will be posted at in early May. However, you should plan to arrive on campus between 2-4 PM on Wednesday, May 31. That afternoon, there will be a film screening of SCOT’s work, followed by an opening reception. On Thursday, June 1, the Symposium will include an opening presentation, two Suzuki Method master classes, and observation of a SCOT rehearsal. On Friday, June 2, we will hold two morning panel discussions and a Suzuki Method master class, and all participants will attend the performance of SCOT’s The Trojan Women. On Saturday, June 3, Mr. Suzuki will address the participants, and we will close the conference. Participants should plan to depart campus after 2 PM on Saturday. 

Q. Should I register as a Beginner/Intermediate workshop participant, or as an Experienced participant?

If you feel confident in working on the Basic 6 on day one (Stomping & Shakuhachi, Slow Ten, Basics, Statues, Walks, and basic six), then you should identify yourself as an experienced participant. If you feel like you would need a to review these forms before you could do all 6 exercises, then Intermediate would be a good fit. If you have never trained before or have participated in an introductory workshop, then it would make sense to identify as a Beginner. 


Q. Can I buy extra tickets to the performances of the Trojan Women?

Yes, you can do so through the Skidmore College Stewart’s Series box office.