Did you know that there are "Suzuki Summer Institutes" all over the world every year? Summer institutes provide Suzuki families a chance to immerse themselves in a Suzuki program for about 5 full days. Typically every day of an institute includes a range of activities, including group classes, masterclasses, private instruction, creative movement, chamber music, orchestra, or other enrichment courses. Many families enjoy traveling to summer institutes in other cities or states and vacationing in the area after the program has ended.
Ed Kreitman: Ithaca's Suzuki Institute is what I consider to be the gold standard of Suzuki Institutes. They have the best teachers in the country and the facilities and surrounds are great. Ithaca's program is really strong for all stringed instruments across the board. There is an advanced violin and cello program as well as the Violin Preludio Program, which is taught by Tom Wermuth, his daugher Allegra Wermuth, and Melissa Zindel.
Irene: We loved SOSI! Went 3 or 4 summers. Excellent teachers all around (masterclass, group, enrichment). Accompanists were fabulous too. And the girls still talk about the barn dance, the operetta, and pool party... Highly recommend.
Sarah: The Chicago Institute is excellent. Our daughter had four racially diverse and wonderful teachers. She loved every class.
Deborah: We have gone to Blue Lake in MI for a number of years. LOVE IT! .
Sami: The Colorado Suzuki Institute has much to offer. It's an idyllic and rejuvenating setting. The parent discussions have helped me become a better Suzuki parent. We have made friends that my kids still communicate with as pen pals. There were several small things that are lasting memories such as artists painting in the village, the Austrian guy who walks around the village playing his alphorn and accordion, the Beavercreek children's theater perform outdoors in the village every day, the daily trivia contest put on by CSI complete with great prizes, and hiking.