Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

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

2019 editing in progress below. Pricing and info may be incorrect.

young artist program in violin

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:

Violinists 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.

Program includes:
  • Daily public Master Class (half-hour per student) with Brian Lewis (TX)
  • Piano accompanist (if required) for daily Master Class and solo performance
  • Daily Repertoire class
  • 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 Violinists
  • 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

Cost: $645 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 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 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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One of the most versatile and charismatic violinists today, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music," reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Hartford, Syracuse, Odense (Denmark), Lima (Peru), Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), and American Symphony orchestras, among many others. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.

As a dynamic and engaging teacher, Mr. Lewis is committed to growing the legacies of the great pedagogues Dorothy DeLay and Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki for future generations. Mr. Lewis currently holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, serves as Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, and is Artistic Director and faculty member of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS. Recognized for his vast outreach success including working with and performing for more than 165,000 children in the Houston area, Mr. Lewis taught community engagement courses at the Yale University School of Music during 2010-12 as the Class of '57 Visiting Professor of Music.

Mr. Lewis has recorded numerous CDs, including the world premiere recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of a commissioned work, Elements, by American composer Michael Thomas McLean. Mr. Lewis has served as a distinguished juror for many competitions, most recently for the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition.
Awards for his musical contributions include the Instrumentalist Award by the 2014 Austin Critics' Table, two Teaching Excellence Awards at the University of Texas, ING Professor of Excellence Award, Medal of St. Barthélemy, Texas Exes Teaching Award, Fredell Lack Award, 1998 Young Audiences Artist of the Year, Peter Mennin Prize,William Schuman Prize, SONY ES Fellows Award, Audio Magazine Award, Waldo Mayo Talent Award, and two Elizabeth B. Koch Fellowships. More information about Mr. Lewis can be found at www.brianlewisviolin.com.