What's New?

  Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2015 by clicking on an item in the list below.

Free Cross-Instrumental Symposia

  • Optional seminars for teachers and parents to learn and share information and ideas        
  • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 20, 21 and 23 
  • Developing a Chamber Music Ensemble 
    • Monday: Assessing student readiness and compatibility.
    • Tuesday: Choosing and grading music to advance ensemble skills. 
    • Thursday: Developing rehearsal independence.     

Guest Artists

Monday, July 20, 2015 

Randal Harrison Hoecherl is founder and director of the East Side Talent Education Association of Madison (ESTEAM). Randal grew up studying with Margery Aber, founder of the American Suzuki Institute, where he had master classes with Dr. Suzuki and studied with America’s pioneer Suzuki educators. As an adult he has worked with iconic bassist and NEA Jazz Master  Richard Davis, jazz violinist Matt Glaser, and SAA teacher trainers Pat D'Ercole and Michele Higa George. Randal has taught classical violin, improvisation, jazz, and world fiddle styles at institutes and workshops throughout the United States. He is a past president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, an EMMY nominated composer, and recipient of the Madison Area Music Awards for Blues, Classical and Jazz Artist of the Year.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Terry Durbin, Scott Conklin, Steve Bjella and Oscar Soler will perform special musical treats for 2, 3, and 4 violins at the faculty recital. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Roy Meyer began violin lessons at age four with Kyoko Fuller, at the American Suzuki Talent Education Center (ASTEC) in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Roy went on to make his solo debut in front of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, playing Henryk Wieniawski’s second violin concerto in 2005. In 2012, Roy completed a B.M. in violin performance with the supreme guidance of Professor David Perry at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  More recently, Roy graduated from USF with his M.M.  Currently, Roy is pursuing a certificate in advanced string studies from NYU under the tutelage of Greg Fulkerson.  In addition to his private studies, Roy enjoys performing chamber music, past ensembles have included USF's Presidents trio, 2013, and UW-Madison's Perlman Trio, 2012.  Roy has performed in master classes conducted by Wu Han, Malcom Bilson, and Wendy Sharp.
 
With an especially passionate nature for orchestral repertoire, Roy has enjoyed being a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, 2013-present, Orlando Philharmonic, 2013-present, Madison Symphony Orchestra, 2008-2012, Dubuque Symphony, 2009-2011, and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, 2003-2007. Roy also participated in USF and UW-Madison Symphonies holding positions of concertmaster, principle second, and principle violist. Additionally, Roy was concertmaster of the Round Top festival orchestra in 2013 and attended the festival in 2009 and 2011.

Roy is looking forward to a 2nd season of chamber music in Houston, MN.

Wednesday Free Time

Check back later for special activities arranged just for you!

For Students and Families

Two Alternative Music Style Workshops for Violin Students!

  • Saturday, July 25, 9:00 to 10:15 am
    • Improvisation: Violin Books 2-3
    • Class limit: 15
    • Minimum enrollment: 6
    • Presented by Randal Harrison
    • $20

    In this class we’ll “think outside the box” inspiring studies of creativity, composition and musical expression. Students will explore melody, harmony, rhythm, and sound effects to create their own performances, or in a word - improvise! If there is time, Randal’s even been known to sneak in a fiddle tune.
                
  • Saturday, July 25, 10:45-12:00 pm
    • Improvisation: Violin Books 4+
    • Class limit: 15
    • Minimum enrollment: 6
    • Presented by Randal Harrison
    • $20
A hands-on journey through various world music traditions to create points of access to the world of improvisation. Could be a Blues, Tango, Celtic, or Klezmer tune. In any case, students will play with scales, chords, sound effects, and free improvisation to create solos and group performances.

Chamber Music Program

This year’s B class will alternate between tone and technique classes and orchestra sectional rehearsals. On Friday of each week, all instrumental Chamber Music B classes will combine for a workshop on:
  • Friday, July 24, Muscle Care for Musicians
  • Friday, July 31, How YOU Can Play a Successful Audition

The Chamber Music Student Orchestras will perform in concert Thursday evening of the second week. Suggested attire is a white top and black bottom. (No mini skirts, please.) Chamber Music Students must bring music stands (label all parts). 

Voice classes for Suzuki Voice Students

Only at ASI! Students who are currently studying with a Suzuki voice teacher will now be able to enroll for classes at ASI. Students will receive a master class, musicianship class and a repertoire class. See the voice repertoire list under General Information/Repertoire Lists and Duet Lists.

Guitar, harp, and voice duet class for students in Book 3+

Now intermediate and advanced harp, guitar, and voice students can join in the fun of music making with friends. Learn one or more duets from the repertoire list posted on our website.  When you get to institute you will be paired with a fellow musician who has learned the same pieces. You will practice and receive coaching from an ASI faculty member and present at least one of your pieces in concert.

More scholarships than ever before!

ASI has added several new scholarship opportunities for students. Check out the financial assistance section of our website for more details and application materials.

For Teachers  

  • Viola Practicum
    • Presented by Julia Hardie
    • $470
    • July 19-25, 2015
    • The Practicum may be taken any time after Book 1.
  • Overview of Viola Books 1-3
    • Topics
      • Differences between viola and violin technique.
      • Recruitment of viola students.
      • Advantages of starting viola at a young age.
      • Mixed level group classes.
      • Options for combining viola groups with cellos or violins.
    • Presented by Julia Hardie
    • $420
    • July 26-August 1, 2015
    • Participants must have Books 1, 2 and 3 registered in violin or viola.
  • Piano Book 4 and 5
    • First time at ASI!
    • Presented by Joan Krzywicki
    • $420
    • Book 4, July 19-25, 2015
    • Book 5, July 26-August 1, 2015 (Intermediate or Comprehensive Audition required)
  • The Development of Left Hand Techniques from Twinkles to Eccles
    • Left hand set up and balance.
    • Left hand tonal considerations.
    • Key progression through the repertoire.
    • Principles of shifting.
    • Principles of vibrato.
    • Tuning double-stops and chords.
    • Presented by Alice Joy Lewis
    • $420
    • July 26-August 1, 2015
  • Alternative Music Style Workshops for Violin Teachers
    • Improvisation for Suzuki Teachers and Their Classrooms
      • Create introductions to Suzuki melodies
      • Jam on new grooves for Suzuki tunes
      • Match modes and other scales to book levels
      • Improvise using melody, rhythm, and chords
      • Explore world music genres

      We improvise conversations with each other everyday. We can do this because we have a common language, English. We have another language in common. It’s imbedded in the Suzuki literature. In this course, we will use our Suzuki vocabulary to begin musical conversations with each other in the same way that we talk to each other everyday, or in a word, improvise. This course is a hands-on exploration of proven approaches and techniques for development of creativity in our own playing and in the classroom.

    • Presented by Randal Harrison
    • Class limit: 15
    • Minimum enrollment: 6
    • $30
    • Saturday, July 25, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Kitchen Table Violin Repairs Level II – Basic Stringed Instrument Repairs and Maintenance
    • An in-depth demonstration of actual repair processes and techniques.
    • Learn how to install strings and tailguts, basic maintenance, and potential repair needs.
    • Enroll early - the class will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.
    • Presented by Dalton Potter, Potter Violin Company
    • $185
    • Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Kitchen Table Repairs Level III
    • This is a completely hands-on, intensive string repair and adjustment workshop. “First watch, then do” is the basic method for imparting the most commonly performed repairs and maintenance procedures. The workshop will cover fitting new bridges, sound posts and pegs, gluing seams and changing tailpieces, tuners, strings and chinrests.
    • Participants or sponsoring schools are expected to purchase the requisite tools for their own permanent use.
    • Kitchen table violin repairs can be a messy process, so students are asked to wear closed footwear and “stainable” clothing or smocks.
    • Enroll early-the class will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.
    • Tools (totaling approximately $650) and materials will be available for purchase at the time of the course.
    • Presented by Dalton Potter, Potter Violin Co.
    • $420
    • July 27-31: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm, and Wednesday and Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm
    • Prerequisites: Basic Stringed Instrument Repairs and Maintenance Workshop