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 Options (You may choose one option):

Cost: $540 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).

How to apply:

By May 1st, apply online or download the Young Artist Program application form and mail the completed form along with your deposit to Tracy Jewell, Administrative Coordinator, Speedvale Postal Outlet, P. O. Box 26058, Guelph ON: N1E 6W1, CANADA. If you register online you will still need to mail your deposit to this address or ask to be sent an online Square invoice to pay by credit card (3% service charge will apply).

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Ellen Berry by May 1, 2017 (no exceptions). See the link below for Video Audition instructions.

NOTE: Audition recordings will not be processed until we have received the registration fee. Some classes will begin on Sunday August 13, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.

APPLY NOW | YAP Video Audition Instructions

Jerzy Kaplanek

A native of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music.

Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt GrammattéNational competition and the Conseil Québécois' Prix Opus. He has studied with David Zafer, George Neikrug, Joyce Robbins, Metro Kozak and with members of the Orford, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Orion string quartets. Joining the Penderecki String Quartet in 1999, Dr. Bell is Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Described by The Toronto Star as a violinist who "agitates in the most intelligent and persuasive manner," Bell has performed recently with the Penderecki Quartet at Wieczory Arsenale Festival in Poland, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Is Arti Festival in Lithuania, MBZ Zagreb, State Museum of Music in St. Petersburg, REDCAT/Disney Centre in Los Angeles, Roxy/NOD in Prague, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Jane Mallet Theatre in Toronto, Paris University 8, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Indiana University in Bloomington, Casalmaggiore and Rive-Gauche Festivals in Italy, Tovar Festival Venezuela, the Hong Kong Academy, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the Chan Centre in Vancouver.

With the Penderecki String Quartet, Bell has recorded over 25 discs including the premiere Canadian recording of the Béla Bartók string quartet cycle and Marjan Mozetich's 'Lament in the Trampled Garden' (winner of the 2010 JUNO Award for composition).
From 2000-2007, Bell was the artistic director of NUMUS Concerts where he created several multi-media events at the Perimeter Institute and with Dancetheatre David Earle. He has performed a wide range of music, performing baroque with Consortium Aurora Borealis and Les Violons du Roy, Cuban jazz with Hilario Duran, as well as collaborating with pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, NYC's DJ Spooky, and pop stars Jay-Z and Diana Ross. In addition, Bell has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the New Zealand National Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Dr. Bell plays an A.S. Bernadel violin (1854).

Monday August 14, 2017

Seminar in Body Mapping

Tanya Bénard

with Amber Ghent (ON)

Overcoming Discomfort at the Instrument

Not sure how to help your student or child who is uncomfortable at the instrument? Do you suffer from limitation or poor coordination at the instrument?

This seminar is designed for music educators, parents, and senior students who wish to have a better understanding of healthy movement at the instrument. This introduction to body mapping will make use of anatomical models, images, palpating structures in the body, and movement explorations to uncover ways of accessing our body maps and retrain healthy movement.

Mapping is a specific technique used by licensed Andover Educators to help musicians recognize the source of harmful movement, and to replace it with movement that is free and based on the truth of our anatomical structure. This technique is informed by the latest neuroscience about how the brain produces movement, and has helped hundreds of musicians play with more ease and heal themselves of injury and pain.

For more information about Body Mapping Lessons, please visit

Seminar Fee: $25 CDN

A limited number of Private Lessons will be available, first-come, first-served. Please register in advance in order to reserve a lesson between your other scheduled classes. Private 30-minute lesson fee: $56.50 CDN.

YAP students may enroll in the special Seminar on Body Mapping, held on the evening of Monday August 14.

Accompanying parents and guardians who wish to enroll must fill out a separate Body Mapping application form.

NOTE ABOUT PRICES: We try our best to be accurate, but typos sometimes happen. If there is confusion over pricing, our administrator has the final word. USD pricing will vary with the exchange rate. You can confirm the USD pricing at the time of your payment. You can expect USD prices to be about 78 to 80 percent of CDN prices.