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 Symposium

  • Optional seminars for teachers to learn and share information and ideas
  • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 18, 19 and 21.
  • Teaching Violin Group Classes presented by Terry Durbin
    • Monday:  Group lesson design: structure, frequency, length, levels/ages included 
    • Tuesday: Generating group ideas and developing a curriculum for the semester.  What are the teaching points and how to adapt them to group class 
    • Thursday: Neuroscience, engaging the child, games, fun, and class management techniques
  • Violins required  
  • Free, no registration required

Guest Artists

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rosie Gilbert, harp, and Oscar Soler, violin, met in 2004 while both were pursuing undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The two have been performing together ever since. Shortly before their wedding in 2010 Rosie's older brother labelled the two ROS/CAR. The name stuck.  The duo has performed in states across the country including Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Oscar had his solo debut at the age of seven with the Jovenes Arcos de Caracas.  Since then he has performed regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with groups in both Venezuela and the United States.  

Originally from Washington, DC, Rosie is an active professional harpist, with over two decades of experience in solo, ensemble, and freelance performance.  She has performed as a member of numerous ensembles including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony, Marshfield-Wood County Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Wyoming Symphony, Jefferson Symphony, and Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Rosie and Oscar moved to Wisconsin in August 2011 to work with the Aber Suzuki Center at UW-Stevens Point.  In addition to performing together and teaching, they enjoy reading together, watching movies, and salsa dancing. The ROS/CAR Duo is happy to be living and performing in Central Wisconsin.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Peter Thomas, cellist
Peter Thomas has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since his appointment by music director, Edo de Waart in 2008. Mr. Thomas started cello at age five and graduated with performance degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the MSO, Mr. Thomas performed in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony on two separate occasions performing Richard Strauss’s ‘Don Quixote’ and Elgar's Cello Concerto as the 2008 Concerto Competition winner. An active chamber musician and collaborative artist, Mr. Thomas is the cellist of the Arcas Quartet and indie-rock band I’m Not A Pilot. Peter resides on the East Side of Milwaukee and enjoys the life of being a multi-genre performer and music educator.

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What's New For Everyone

Receive $60 tuition reduction for each new ASI family that you refer!

ROS/CAR  Duo: Rosalie Gilbert, harp,  Oscar Soler, violin,  July 18
Peter Thomas, cello, Linda  Perry, piano,  July 25 

What's New For Students

Special chamber music seminars
Week 1 - Tips for a Successful Collaboration with your Pianist – Linda Perry
Week 2 - 7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing Efficiency  -  Steve Bjella and Lawrence Leviton

Improvisation Lessons - July 18-21 taught by Randal Harrison Hoecherl
16 violin students in Books 2 & 3 and 16 violin students in Books 4+ to be in either a one-time master class or a group class that will serve as a demonstration on improvisation for teachers.  Students will be selected on a first come-first serve basis. 

Bass for Beginners – July 24-30

  • For students and siblings who have always wanted to try the string bass
  • Class is limited by the number and size of basses to first six students that fit age requirements
  • 5 -50 minute classes
  • Taught by Virginia Dixon
  • $70
  • Email the Suzuki Office your  1) name of student, 2) your age, and request to be added to the bass class.  You will be notified if you are accepted.

Master classes for Adults
July 17-23 master classes for adults in violin, piano and harp

What's New For Teachers  

Wednesday Free Time  

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For Parents and Children not Attending Classes

Central Wisconsin is a popular vacation destination with lots of great attractions! But you don’t need to leave campus to engage in interesting activities. Check this page for more information!