Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

ONLINE | Student Institute Aug. 8–13 | Teacher Development Aug. 7–15, 2021

NEW! Young Artist Program in Viola

This class is open to senior violin 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:

Violists who have completed Suzuki Bk. 8 or who are working at a Grade 9 RCM level or higher. Admission to the YAP program is based on invitation following a successful video audition.

Online daily program includes:
  • Daily public Master Class (half-hour per student) with Christine Vlajk (ON)
  • Daily Practice Seminar
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Solo performance at the end of the week

Daily Optional Classes: (you may choose one option)
  • Fiddling for Cellists
  • Fiddling for Violinists or Violists
  • Theory for Strings
  • Improvisation
  • Yoga with Zachary
  • Online Choir 1- Folk Music of Africa
  • Online Choir 2- Broadway Baby
  • Creating printed music on computers

Cost: $645 CDN. Optional class extra (approx. $373 USD; exchange rates will vary so check on the day of your transaction)

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 String 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 enrolment in the YAP).

Application deadline is May 1, 2021
The deadline to apply for the Young Artist Program has passed. You may want to apply for the Senior program.

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Elayne Ras by May 1, 2021 (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 8, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.
Note: Some students will have their first class on Sunday.

Advanced Analysis: Learn more about your repertoire in this advanced analysis class with Royal Conservatory of Music theory specialist Catherine Molina (ON). Each class will be tailored to the repertoire and interests of the students

Body Mapping: Students, adults and teachers may also register for the 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: $50

Music Technology: Making and Recording Music, Students, adults, and teachers may also register for this evening Music Technology Seminar which offers an overview of hardware and software for creating sheet music and recording audio on computers and iPads. Adults who are not taking a SOSI program must complete this separate Seminar application form. Seminar Cost: $50

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Violist Christine Vlajk has performed extensively in North and South America, Europe, much of China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Some of the concert halls where she has performed with the Penderecki String Quartet have included Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, REDCAT Hall in Los Angeles, and the Hong Kong Academy to name a few.

She has held the positions of violist of the Penderecki String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier University since 1997. She has received Prizes at the Banff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, Carmel and Evian Chamber Music Competitions. She was granted the Friedlander Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory and Scholarships to attend the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, The Julliard and Cleveland Quartet Seminars, all helping to pave the road for a life as a chamber musician.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Vlajk has Bachelor degrees in Viola Performance (B.M.) and Music Education (B.M.E.) from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Masters degree in Viola Performance (M.M.) from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her teachers have included Oswald Lehnert, Jerry Horner, Denes Koromzay and members of the Cleveland, Julliard, LaSalle, Takacs, and Fine Arts Quartets.

She has been guest soloist with the West Virginia Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Peterborough Symphony and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She has performed recitals in Canada, the United States and Germany.
She has premiered two viola concertos by Peter Grella-Mozejko and Karol Gostyniski. As an orchestral player she has held the position of principal violist of the West Virginia Symphony and was a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Dedicated to the education of young people, she has performed an extensive series of children’s concerts across the United States and Canada. She has given master classes at Lynn Conservatory, Indiana University’s String Academy, Florida State University, University of Toronto, SUNY Fredonia, the Glenn Gould Professional School and many places in Mexico, China and New Zealand.

As a member of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Montclaire Quartet, Vlajk has recorded nearly 30 recordings for the Koch, Leonarda, Eclectra, Marquis Classics and EMI labels. When she is not performing with her quartet or teaching her wonderful students, she enjoys nature, yoga, cooking and the finer things in life.
NOTE: All information, classes, faculty, etc. are subject to change depending on enrolment.

SOSI takes no responsibility for technical or connectivity issues that may arise during classes.