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John Kendall Faculty Papers

John Kendall Playing the Violin

(August 30, 1917 - January 6, 2011)

John D. Kendall, was instrumental in bringing the Suzuki Music Method to the United States. In 1959, Mr. Kendall travelled to Japan where he met and worked with Shinichi Suzuki . Professor Kendall developed and directed the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for more than thirty years, until his retirement in 1987. This year (2015) marks the 50th anniversary of that Suzuki program!

We remember John Kendall's many years of dedicated teaching, concertizing and sharing his inspiring Suzuki music method expertise here at SIUE and throughout the world. For articles and memorials about John Kendall's life and career, please see the following links:

SIUE Observer Obituary (January 8, 2011)

John Kendall: Founded American Suzuki Movement
St. Louis Beacon (January 10, 2011)

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor, John Kendall
Suzuki Association of the Americas (January 11, 2011)

For additional information about John Kendall, please consult:

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E-mail comments and inquiries about the John Kendall Collection to Therese Dickman, Fine Arts Librarian, at or call 618-650-2695.

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