Summer institutes and camps

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.)

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute and Young Artists 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.

Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy

The Domaine Forget academy is held yearly in Saint-Irénée in the Charlevoix region of Québec overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The strings program hosts advanced students who are admitted by an application due February 15, 2020. The strings academy if a four-week program, welcoming students age 16 and over. Students are required to submit an application and two audition videos of contrasting works. Please check the Domaine Forget site for details.

National Music Camp

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.

American Suzuki Institute

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

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.

HeifetzPEG and Heifetz Institute

The HeifetzPEG (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted) is a summer program for talented violinists, violists, and cellists. Two sessions are offered in the summer of 2020: June 21 - July 10 and July 12 - July 31. The program is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. A video audition comprising three pieces is required, including contrasting concert works or concerto movements along with a movement from a Bach suite, sonata or partita. The HeifetzPEG program is intended for children from 9-13 years of age. More on the application and audition process here. The audition deadline is March 15, 2020.

Strings Summer Intensive at NYU

Hosted at the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU in New York City, NY, this intensive strings program for high school students is an intense experience with world-class faculty. Students must be 15 or older. Two audition videos are required, representing two contrasting works. The program runs from June 29 – July 17, 2020 and the priority deadline is March 15, 2020 with a final deadline of April, 1, 2020.

Montecito International Music Festival

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].

Pacific Music Institute

The Pacific Music Institute, organized by the Hawaii Youth Symphony hosts an annual institute. The solo and string quartet program will be held from June 25 - July 3, 2020. This program requires an application through Acceptd along with a single solo audition recording of choice. Note that the orchestral section runs from July 5-12, 2020. The early application deadline is March 5, 2020 and the final deadline is May 15, 2020. If you have further questions about the Pacific Music Institute, please email Professor Addison Teng at [email protected].

Guarneri Hall Virtual Summer Music Academy

Guarneri Hall NFP is proud to announce our first annual Guarneri Hall Summer Music Academy July 12-31, for advanced violinists and violists, ages 13 and up. Violinist and pedagogue Addison Teng will serve as director of an intensive program with limited enrolment designed to insure a maximum number of one-on-one contact hours with faculty members. Renowned violinists James Ehnes, Paul Huang, and Miriam Fried will each give master classes during the 3 week program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 inaugural program will be offered online. Find out more: