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.

Daily Announcements during ASI. Stay in touch with the office during the week!

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 2020 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 20, 2020

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Lorre Trytten, Violinist and Composer

Lorre Lynn Trytten was born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. When Margery Aber founded the Suzuki program there, Lorre was one of its first students. She graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She then studied violin, baroque violin and composition at the Amsterdam and Utrecht Conservatories in the Netherlands.  Lorre gave up her job as first violinist in the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra in order to tour the world with various bands, including the Dutch folk-pop band Flairck and an eclectic jazz band, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. She has written compositions for symphony and string orchestra, jazz, pop and bluegrass band, accordion ensemble, choir, bell choir, string quartet and many other chamber ensembles. She has produced various CD’s and played on many more, among them several #1 hits in the Dutch hit parade. She has given countless recitals in Holland and other countries with various partners.

Lorre served several years on the board of the Dutch Composer’s Association before moving to Florida in 2009. Her ties with Wisconsin remain strong: in 2007 she wrote and performed “Sugarbush,” a multi-media violin concerto, in collaboration with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and has recently purchased a condo in Lake Delton. 


David Becker - Piano

David Becker, violist and pianist, received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School.  Mr. Becker was principal violist with the Victoria and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras in Canada and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.  Over the course of his career he performed with many other orchestras including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony.  He has taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the Brevard Music Center. Mr. Becker retired from the Aber Suzuki Center at UW-Stevens Point in 2014 where he taught violin and viola and was a collaborative pianist for twenty years.

Picture1.pngJack Hurrish - Bassist

Jack Hurrish is a Stevens Point native and has been playing guitar and bass professionally for over 50 years. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s of Music, Jazz Emphasis. Jack enjoys playing all styles of music but is drawn, particularly, to jazz and jazz improvisation. This style implies freedom, but to achieve it requires rigorous study and practice. It’s a paradox – freedom is grounded in hard work.

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Establishing themselves as one of the most vibrant and engaging quartets of their generation, the Griffon String Quartet is the resident string quartet of Midsummer’s Music in Door County, Wisconsin. Formed in the fall of 2018, the Quartet was launched as collaboration between Midsummer’s Music, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere, and has been recognized for their “superb playing, palpable chemistry, spirit, and emotional connection. Their youthful vigor is absolutely infectious!” Their inaugural concert took place at the Miller Art Museum in October 2018, and Door County Today has hailed them as “four of the finest young professional musicians in the country.”


The Griffon Quartet is a groundbreaking project to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout...   Read more

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Jenni Yang will join the Griffon String Quartet for the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Jenni is a Stevens Point native who has performed collaboratively on ASI concerts for many years with some of her favorite string players including Michelle Zelinski, Lawrence Leviton, Peter Thomas, Oscar Soler, David Becker and Steve Bjella. Principal clarinetist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Yang believes one of the greatest joys in life is making music with friends, most of all with her favorite collaborative pianist, Tom Yang (Aber Suzuki Center piano teacher and also her husband).  A former music teacher, Jenni became a registered nurse and now works on an inpatient Mental Health Unit. Jenni and Tom live in Stevens Point with their two daughters. 


 What's New For Everyone

Jubilee Day - Saturday, July 25

Come a day early - stay a day late. We've got a day of fun planned for everyone!

  • Giant Jubilee Orchestra Rehearsal and Concert
  • Luncheon (fee charged for everyone except faculty)
  • Fireside Chats - Meet and talk with faculty and alumni from all 5 decades
  • Separate form is required to purchase lunch and/or to play in the orchestra. Click here to register.


 What's New For Students


Members of the Griffon String Quartet will conduct an open rehearsal and offer coachings for participants in the 2-week Chamber Music Program.


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! - Theater Improv (all instruments, age 10+) will be offered week 2 ONLY. Enjoy a different kind of Improvisation...no instruments! Taught by Joseph Nowinski, who received his BFA in acting from UW-Stevens Point. He is a member of the Central Wisconsin Area Community Theatre and has worked professionally in improv in Chicago, IL.

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! Brain Gym (all instruments, ages 6-10). Taught by Pamela Leudtke and offered Week 2 only.

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.

New! Composition for Teens (age 12+, all instruments) will be taught week 2 ONLY by Ching-chu Hu. Try your talents at creating your own music. Never composed before? No experience necessary! A whiz at making your own music? Great - join us! This elective will give you the time and space to explore sounds and create your own composition.The class is scheduled at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll. Ching-chu is a composer based out of Granville, Ohio, where he is Chair of the Department of Music at Denison University.

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

  • Voice Unit 3 and 4 taught by Mary Hofer
  • SECE Stages 1 and 4
  • Cello Unit 3 taught by Tanya Carey
  • Violin Practicum taught by Pat D'Ercole
  • Bass Book 6 taught by Virginia Dixon
  • Developing Tone Through the Eyes of Dr. Suzuki: an Overview of Tone Development, Books 1-3" taught by Pat D'Ercole
  • "What Do We Teach Beyond Book 8?" 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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