Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 11–16 | Teacher Development Aug. 10–18, 2019 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

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)
  • 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)
  • Music Through the Ages
  • Percussion for String Students
  • String/Piano Chamber Ensemble
  • Improvisation
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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, 2019

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Elayne Ras by May 1, 2019 (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 11, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.

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Katie Schlaikjer received her Doctoral and Master's degrees from Stony Brook University and Bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory with teachers Timothy Eddy and Laurence Lesser. She joined the Penderecki String Quartet and the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013.

Ms. Schlaikjer has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel and is a former member of the Colorado String Quartet (2009-2013). Performance venues with the Colorado Quartet included Symphony Space (NY) and The Kennedy Center along with cycles of the complete Beethoven and Bartok Quartets.

As a former member of the Avalon Quartet, she received top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild (NY), the 1999 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Ms. Schlaikjer’s recent solo engagements have included a premiere of J Mark Scearce's cello concerto "Aracana" and Haydn's D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China.

She 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 taught cello at the University of Connecticut from 2010-2013 while maintaining a private teaching studio in Stony Brook, NY for 7 years. She also taught cello at the Hartt Music School, Bard Conservatory's Preparatory music program, coached chamber music at New England Conservatory's Extension Division, Stony Brook University's pre-college program,and at the Colorado Quartet's intensive summer quartet institute, Soundfest.

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