In addition to individual and group lessons, SOSI includes these classes as part of the Mini Institute, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, or Young Artist programs, depending on the level.
with Margaret Maria Tobolowska (ON)
Cellos "sing" together again in SOSI's unique Cello Choir. The music is fantastic, and the "choir" will perform late in the week. Suzuki cellists Bk. 4 and beyond will receive music to prepare in advance. (Note: Cello Choir is included in the Intermediate, Senior and YAP Cello Programs.)
for students in Bks. 1 & 2, based on teacher recommendation
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with Dragan Djerkic (QC), Margaret Parkin (UK) and Tricia Balmer (ON)
Dragan, Margaret and Tricia will lead our orchestras in a varied selection of music on Friday's Final Orchestral Concert. These conductors have extensive experience working with student orchestras. Prepare to be amazed!
Parents—it's time for a little refuelling. SOSI offers a FREE parent lecture on Monday afternoon at 4:15 pm—down to earth and inspirational. It's a great way to get new ideas or to reaffirm your commitment to the journey. We provide entertainment for your children in another room so you can enjoy the discussion.
with Don McDougall (ON) and Arun Pal (ON)
Using drums, xylophones, and many other exciting percussion instruments provided by WLU, pianists will improve their rhythmic reading and improvisational skills. Lots of fun! (Note: This class is part of the Intermediate and Senior piano program.)
Play-ins for Piano Students
The Sonatina Jamboree for pianists is an informal event during which the students play a polished, memorized movement from a Book 3 Sonatina (or the Beethoven Sonata in Book 4) in the Suzuki repertoire, accompanied by a faculty string quartet.
On Wednesday, in Two Pianos, Four Hands at SOSI, piano students try out their ensemble skills playing a Suzuki piece accompanied by a faculty member in a two-piano arrangement.
For string students, this is an excellent pre-orchestra experience for beginning and intermediate readers. Violin, viola and cello students improve their reading skills, work on playing in harmony (more than one voice at a time), and learn about orchestral conventions and etiquette.
Piano students who can read music will study both the PRIMO and SECONDO parts of a piano duet.
Every student at SOSI has the opportunity to perform in a solo recital. If you're a string student, a professional piano accompanist and one free rehearsal is supplied (if required).
All string students can perform the pieces that are part of the Suzuki literature together as a group, accompanied by the faculty orchestra—an unrehearsed but thrilling experience!