Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 12–17 | Teacher Development Aug. 11–19, 2018 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Young Artist Program in Piano

This class is open to senior piano 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:

Pianists who have completed the Mozart, Sonata, K. 330 (Suzuki Bk. 6) or who are working at the Grade 9 piano level or above (RCM or Conservatory Canada). Admission to the YAP program is based on invitation following a successful video audition.

Program includes:
  • Daily public Master Class (half-hour per student) with Marnie Van Weelden
  • Daily Chamber Music class
  • Daily Advanced Percussion class
  • Solo and ensemble performances at the end of the week

Daily Option: (You may choose one option)
  • Bass for Pianists (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Flute for Pianists (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Music Through the Ages

Cost: $545 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 Piano 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, 2018

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Ellen Berry by May 1, 2018 (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 12, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.

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Marnie Van Weelden enjoys a versatile career as a pianist and devoted teacher. After completing her doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, she joined the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University where she has been teaching studio piano and weekly master classes since 2007. More recently she was thrilled to be asked to help design and teach the piano pedagogy course. She is active as an adjudicator/clinician due to her contagious enthusiasm and ability to engage and inspire young musicians. Among her several current projects is the continued development of a signature workshop on piano technique entitled Music in Motion, which combines her fascination with the Alexander Technique and her commitment to promote a manner of playing that is free from unnecessary tension and performance-related injuries. She believes that this will allow students to experience a new sense of freedom and expression in their playing. She looks forward to returning to SOSI this year and working with students in the Young Artist Program.
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