The American Suzuki Institute is a family-oriented Suzuki student summer music program held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. It also boasts a highly regarded Short-term Teacher Development program with a wide array of courses for a variety of instruments. Founded in 1971, ASI boasts the longest-running history of any summer institute outside of Japan. The Institute is the model of excellence for other institutes around the world. It truly is an “Original.”
ASI offers a nurturing and magical music immersion experience for all participants, complete with the highest quality instruction, fun extra-curricular activities, and a nurturing, welcoming community of friends, mentors, and colleagues guaranteed to leave you inspired and refreshed. In addition to instruction, the ASI faculty shares its expertise through an extensive lecture series, exploring topics of interest to parents and teachers alike. The Institute also offers a robust recital series, including students, faculty, and renowned guest artists.
But ASI has another side as well. The campus is nestled between the shores of the Wisconsin River and the world-class SentryWorld Golf Course. Every member of the family can find something that interests them, from the green circle hiking and biking trail, to the sculpture park and the Farmers’ Market. For more information on things to do in Stevens Point, go to the Stevens Point Visitors and Convention Bureau.
The “ASI Tree of Life” is a creation that was commissioned to celebrate 50 years of growth of the American Suzuki Institute. In 1971, Margery Aber, inspired by Shinichi Suzuki, planted the seed for the Institute. In this online version, the names off all of the faculty who have taught at ASI in these first 50 years are listed below the interactive tree. The leaves represent present-day families, alumni and friends whose lives have been touched by ASI and who support the ongoing process of Celebrating the Past – Shaping the Future.
Brian Lewis teaches violin at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Julliard. He grew up as a Suzuki student in Ottawa, Kansas, where he studied with his mother, Alice Joy Lewis and Eleanor Allen, and studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. He received his Degree in Violin Performance with Dorothy DeLay at Julliard. Mr. Lewis has been a featured violin soloist around the world. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, Asia, Latin America, South America and Europe.