What's New?

ASI has the longest and richest history of any Summer Institute in the US. Families return year after year for the excellent faculty, the marvelous parent lectures, and the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.  While the traditions and core of the program run deep, we also have several new and exciting things at ASI this year.

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Electives are fun ways to spend an hour a day. Each student is invited to sign up for one elective for the week. The classes will meet Monday-Thursday. Click on the What's New for Students  tab below to read about the 2019 Electives.

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2019 by clicking on an item in the list below.

  • 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 22, 2019


Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky - Violinist

 Gabriel Bolkosky has performed and taught across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works, collaborating with different artists from many genres of music making.  Over the last decade, Gabe has founded and directed the music festival, PhoenixPhest with the intent of creating an environment open to all levels and ages of musicians, creating a more holistic musical experience without sacrificing quality.
 
 Gabe’s performances have focused in the areas of contemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music.   He has collaborated with many composers, among them Fredric Rzewski, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, Bright Sheng, William Albright, Andrew Kirshner, Lars Holmer, Carter Pann, Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Derek Bermel, and Bernard Rands. 

 



Mikaela Schnieder - Vocalist

 Soprano Mikaela Schneider is an alumna of the Aber Suzuki Center, where she studied voice with Mary Hofer from age nine to eighteen. She recently graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  Before IU, Mikaela sang the role of Emmie in Albert Herring with Florentine Opera and sang as soprano soloist in Holiday Pops concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and National Symphony at the John F. Kennedy Center under the late Marvin Hamlisch.  In 2007, Mikaela was the child soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Milwaukee Symphony under Andreas Delfs.  Recently, Mikaela made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall singing Adele in Die Fledermaus with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and appeared as soprano soloist with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony.
www.mikaelaschneider.com.
 
    
 
 
 
 

 

Melissa Zindel - Collaborative Pianist

Melissa Zindel is a collaborative pianist, music coach and teacher. She holds a bachelor of music degree in keyboard performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she studied with Linda Perry. She completed her master of music degree in accompanying and chamber music at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with Timothy Hester, where she held full assistantships. Ms. Zindel has also worked as a vocal coach and accompanist at Elmhurst College, Georgia College and State University, University of Central Arkansas, Wildwood Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks. She has performed internationally with the Chicago Consort and Allegro!!! music ensembles, and as a recitalist with many artists.  

She is the staff collaborative pianist at the Western Springs School of Talent Education, Naperville Suzuki School and the Oak Park String Academy, and maintains her own Suzuki piano studio in Western Springs, IL.  


 


Monday, July 29, 2019

 Elliott Cheney - Cellist

 Cellist Elliott Cheney holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Phyllis Young. He also did studies with André Navarra at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. Cheney has been the Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and The Savannah Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Costa Rica, Southwestern University, Armstrong College, and the University of Tennessee. He joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2001, and has taught String Methods, Introduction to Music, Cello, and coached chamber music.
Elliott is active as a solo cellist, and has recently performed all six solo suites by J.S. Bach, concertos by Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto.
 


Carey Cheney - Cellist

 Carey Cheney, a native of Canada has been teaching and performing for 30 years. She is a Registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has done teacher training in all levels of the Suzuki literature, as well as many enrichment courses throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. 
 
She holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of Utah and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, she studied cello and pedagogy with Phyllis Young and taught cello, orchestra and chamber music in the UT String Project. She has taught at many institutes and workshops across the US and Canada.  

 

Melissa Zindel - Collaborative Pianist

Melissa Zindel is a collaborative pianist, music coach and teacher. She holds a bachelor of music degree in keyboard performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she studied with Linda Perry. She completed her master of music degree in accompanying and chamber music at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with Timothy Hester, where she held full assistantships. Ms. Zindel has also worked as a vocal coach and accompanist at Elmhurst College, Georgia College and State University, University of Central Arkansas, Wildwood Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks. She has performed internationally with the Chicago Consort and Allegro!!! music ensembles, and as a recitalist with many artists.  

She is the staff collaborative pianist at the Western Springs School of Talent Education, Naperville Suzuki School and the Oak Park String Academy, and maintains her own Suzuki piano studio in Western Springs, IL.  

 

 What's New For Everyone

 

Receive $50 tuition reduction for each new ASI family that you refer!

 What's New For Students

2019 ELECTIVES 

These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am in the Noel Fine Arts Center.  Class sizes will vary between 15 and 25, depending on the class.  Enrollment will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.  All classes cost $60. 

NEW!  Boogie with Bach (all instruments, ages 4-8, mid-Book 1+).  Experience the joyful and historical perspective of dances from Bach's time, the Baroque Period.  Pamela Luedtke and members from the Point Dance Ensemble will demonstrate the dance patterns along with imaginative scenarios and attire that people wore at that time.  No prior dance experience is necessary.  The teacher will be Pamela Luedtke, who teaches on the Dance Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  

NEW!  Theory Games (all instruments, mid Book 1+).  Have fun exploring the fundamentals of music—pitch, rhythm, dynamics, notation and musical forms. This class will be taught by Ethel Fang, a member of the ASI piano faculty.

NEW!  Movie Themes for String Orchestra (for students who are enrolled in any string orchestra class at ASI or in an orchestra at home) will be offered both weeks by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner, a member of the cello faculty at both ASC and ASI. 

Origami (all instruments and parents, age 7-adult) is an ancient Japanese art form where students will learn how to create shapes by folding paper. The class will be taught by Mary Thomas, who grew up in Japan.  She has served as a church organist and has a piano studio in her home. 

Fiddling for Violinists and Violists (violin and viola students who can play in G Major, ages 7-15).  The level goes from Etude in Suzuki Book 1 through Suzuki Book 4.   More advanced players will be given more challenging parts to play with the lesser advanced students.  The teacher will be Lisa Deakins, who worked professionally for country singer Pam Tillis and Grand Ole Opry legend Whisperin' Bill Anderson.  Mrs. Deakins is from South Carolina and is also on the ASI faculty.

Music Theory for Teens (age 13+, all instruments) will be taught week 2 ONLY by Ann Marie Novak, Interim Director of Suzuki Programs at UWSP, and piano faculty of the Aber Suzuki Center and ASI.  If you play any instrument or sing and you want to improve your reading skills or enhance your understanding of the music you are studying, then Music Theory for Teens is for YOU! Teachers and parents are also invited to enroll if space permits.  There is no minimum book level required; students need to have at least two years of vocal or instrumental study and be able to read music. The class will be given at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

Taekwondo (all instruments, age 6-10) is a classic martial art. No prior experience is necessary.  The class will be taught by Master Steve Decker who has a 5th Degree Kukkiwon Black Belt and has taught Taekwondo in Stevens Point for 20 years.  He is also the President of the Wisconsin Taekwondo Association and is the Staff Coach for the US National Team.  Certificates will be given to all enrollees.

Improvisation for Violinists and Violists (Violin and Viola Books 5+) will be taught by Randall Harrison, a violinist and Jazz artist from Madison who is on the ASI faculty.  The class will use Suzuki repertoire and games to help students "think outside the box."  Students will explore music theory, composition, sound effects and harmonic and melodic structures to invent their own pieces.  No prior experience is needed.  The class will be given at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

 What's New For Teachers

  • Harp Practicum taught by Delaine Fedson 
  • Piano Book 3 taught by Annette Lee
  • Voice Unit 1 taught by Mary Hofer
  • Flute Unit 1 taught by Meret Bitticks
  • Overview Cello Unit 1- 3 taught by Carey Cheney
  • Supplementary Cello Literature for Books 1-3  facilitated by Carey Cheney
  • Suzuki in the Schools - Level 1 taught by Winifred Crock
  • Teaching Strategies for Violin facilitated by Pat D'Ercole (enrichment)
  • Bass Book 5 taught by Virginia Dixon
  • Supplementary Literature for Violin Books 4-6  taught by Alice Joy Lewis
  • Overview of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin facilitated by Brian Lewis (enrichment)
  • Take 2 unit courses and save $40
  • Take an enrichment course the same week as a Unit or Supplemental course and save $25 on the enrichment course

 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!

 Wednesday Free Time

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