Here’s a selected list of musical activities for students of all levels. Have a conversation with your teacher about what’s right for your level, interests and needs. This is a growing and curated list of summer opportunities. A complete listing of summer Suzuki institutes is available at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) site.
(NOTE: Many of these summer programs for 2020 have been canceled or have moved to online activities only as organizers respond to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Families are encouraged to review their options carefully and check all of the details before committing to a particular program.)
Held annually on the campus of the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, SOSI is offers a Suzuki institute with group classes, master classes, recitals, and numerous electives. Many YAPCA students have attended over the years.
For advancing students, the Young Artists Program (YAP) at SOSI is an intensive experience under the tutelage of esteemed faculty: Jerzy Kaplanek (violin), Katie Schlaikjer (Cello), Anya Alexeyev (piano). Students who are eligible to participate in YAP:
- Violin - Students must have completed Suzuki Book 8 or are working at the Grade 9 RCM level or higher.
- Cello - If you are a cellist having completed Suzuki Book 7 or are working at the Grade 8 RCM level or beyond.
- Piano - Students who have completed the Mozart Sonata K.330 in Suzuki Book 6 or are working at the Grade 9 level or beyond
Admission to the YAP program for violin, cello, or piano requires a video audition. The deadline for application and audition videos is May 1, 2020.
The National Music Camp in Orillia, Ontario provides several programs for string players. In both a junior and senior division, students can participate in an orchestral program or a Suzuki strings program.
The junior division (Grade 3-8) camp runs from August 15 - August 22, 2020 and the senior division (Grades 8-12) runs from August 23 - August 30, 2020.
Located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA, the American Suzuki Institute is a large multi-faceted summer institute, the first of its kind outside of Japan, where the concept originated with Shinichi Suzuki. In addition to the typical Suzuki institute format, ASI offers additional programs in chamber music. Students may choose to participate in a two-week, or a one-week chamber music program.
The Aber Suzuki Centre hosts two weeks of programming - July 19-25, 2020 and July 26-August 1, 2020. Violinists and cellists may attend either week. Violists attend the second week. Students in the one-week chamber program attend the second week. See the web site for details and registration.
Interlochen Summer Arts Camp is a well-regarded program located in northwest Michigan, USA. String students may participate in one of several programs based on age and interest level.
For students in Grade 3-6, for example, students may participate in the Advanced Strings Summer Program or the general Music Program. Students in Grade 6-9 can choose to participate in the Advanced Strings Program or the Strings Summer Program.
See the Interlochen site for details concerning the dates and application and audition requirements. The early deadline for students applying to programs that require an audition is January 15, 2020 but students may continue to apply thereafter and are considered on a rolling-admission basis.
The Montecito International Music Festival will be held at La Sierra University in Southern California. The instrumental program will be held from July 12 - July 31, 2020 encompassing, individual lessons, chamber music coaching, studio and master classes and recitals. Students age 13 and older are invited to apply. The scholarship deadline is March 5, 2020 and the general application deadline is March 15, 2020. Applications must be accompanied by a teacher recommendation and audition recordings of two contrasting pieces. Pre-college students will have the opportunity to play in an orchestra. Masterclasses for violinist, should the student qualify this year will be given by Cho Liang Lin, and Andres Cardenes.
Students age 10 to college and post-college are invited to attend. Students studying with Addison Teng at the festival have an opportunity to take 3-4 lessons a week, 2 technique classes and 1-2 studio classes per week, and chamber music. Students and parents are invited to email Professor Teng at [email protected].