Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute & Teacher Development postponed until 2021

Young Artist Program in Cello

This class is open to senior cello students, and provides instruction in a setting that moves towards traditional music college/university instruction while maintaining roots in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy. It is expected that these senior players, who provide a role model to other participating students, will join enthusiastically in other Institute events.

Students Eligible:

Cellists who have completed Suzuki Bk. 7 or who are working at a Grade 8 RCM level or higher.

Program includes:
  • Daily public Master Class (half-hour per student) with Katie Schlaikjer (ON)
  • Piano accompanist (if required) for daily Master Class and solo performance
  • Daily Repertoire class
  • Daily Cello Choir
  • Daily Advanced Orchestra
  • Solo performance at the end of the week

Daily Options: (You may choose one option)
  • NEW! Singing (all instruments, all ages/levels, including parents not in a registered course)
  • Bass for String Students (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Fiddling for Cellists
  • Flute for String Students (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Improvisation
  • Percussion for String Students
  • String/Piano Chamber Ensemble
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In the String/Piano Chamber Ensemble Class, string players will study and polish a string & piano selection (with a piano partner and string partners) under the experienced guidance of one of our faculty members.

Note: Some students will have their first class on Sunday.

Practice Rooms: Practice rooms will be reserved on Sunday for those students who wish to rehearse before their first String/Piano Chamber Ensemble class.

Body Mapping:
Students may also register for the Monday evening Body Mapping Seminar and Body Mapping private lessons, accompanied by a parent. Space is limited so it is first come, first served. Accompanying parents and guardians who wish to enrol must complete this separate Seminar application form. Seminar Cost: $40

Music Technology: Students may also register for the Monday evening Music Technology Seminar, accompanied by a parent. This is at the same time as the Body Mapping Seminar so choose only one. Accompanying parents and guardians who wish to enrol must complete this separate Seminar application form. Seminar Cost: $40

Cost: $660 CDN. Optional class extra

Please note that mature students may better handle the audition process and the public master class instruction in the Young Artist Program. While there are no age limits, high school age students may adapt to this somewhat more intense experience more easily than younger children. The regular Senior Cello program is another very rewarding option available for advanced students who are not sure about the YAP or who are not accepted into the program (there is strictly limited enrollment in the YAP).

Application deadline is May 1, 2020

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Elayne Ras by May 1, 2020 (no exceptions). See the Video Audition instructions.

NOTE: Audition recordings will not be processed until we have received the registration fee. Some classes will begin on Sunday August 9, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.

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Cellist Katie Schlaikjer is a recognized quartet player, performer and teacher, she became a member of the Colorado Quartet in 2009 and joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 2010. As a former member of the Avalon Quartet, she received top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Katie has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Caramoor festivals, collaborated with Claude Frank, Roger Tapping and Peter Wiley and recorded for Albany Records.

Ms Schlaikjer’s appearances with the Colorado Quartet have included Symphony Spaces’ 2010 and 2011 Wall to Wall marathon concerts, performances in San Francisco, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware, and the British Virgin Islands and two performances of the complete Bartok quartets. In 2011, she premiered J Mark Scearce’s cello concerto “Aracana” with the University of Connecticut’s Symphony Orchestra and traveled to China to play the Haydn D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra. Katie has taught chamber music and cello at the New England Conservatory’s Extension Division, Bard Conservatory’s Preparatory Program, the Quartet Program (NY), Apple Hill (NH), and Soundfest (MA) music festivals and given master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Delaware.

Katie received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Laurence Lesser and Andres Diaz. Her cello was made by Paolo Castello in Genoa in 1775.
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