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.

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2018 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 17, 2017

Steve Bjella, violin and Molly Roseman, piano

Steve Bjella has performed throughout the United States, appearing both as soloist and in a variety of chamber ensembles. He holds degrees in performance and music education from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Leopold LaFosse and the Stradivari Quartet. He has also studied with the Vermeer, Fine Arts and New Hungarian Quartets.

Before moving to Stevens Point he lived in Chicago and was on the faculty of Valparaiso University and Saint Xavier College, a member of the Governor's State University String Quartet, and a member of the contemporary music ensembles, Chicago Camerata and Loop Group. Mr. Bjella had an active free-lance career as well, performing on numerous commercial recordings and was concertmaster of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Light Opera Orchestra.

An active performer and teacher, he has written two books on violin technique, Beginning Repertoire for the Advanced Violinist and Scales and Arpeggios, Block Fingering Exercises for the Advanced Violinist, and given master-classes at colleges and high-schools across the country. He also enjoys making music with his colleagues in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and is concertmaster of the orchestra.

Molly Roseman, whose playing has been described as "authoritative and artistic", is a versatile performer taking on active roles as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist.  Her performances have taken her across the state, regional, and national levels.  She is an active member of the UWSP Copernicus Piano Trio and performs extensively as a member of the Roseman Flute/Piano Duo with flutist and husband, Jacob Roseman.  She has been a soloist with various regional orchestras including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed numerous times on Wisconsin Public Radio.  Her interests include French piano music where she has studied in France with the distinguished Debussy/Ravel scholar and pianist, Paul Roberts.  She is Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lawrence Leviton, cello Molly Roseman, piano

Lawrence Leviton is Artist/Teacher of Cello at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also served as Suzuki Specialist at the Aber Suzuki Center for 17 years. He received his Doctorate in cello performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and his Master's degree in performance from Northwestern University. He also holds a degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Originally from Chicago, Dr. Leviton has been active as a clinician and performer throughout the country. He has been a frequent performer on Wisconsin Public Radio. He has appeared with the orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival, the Joffrey Ballet, and served as co-principal cello in the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He was nominated for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honorary society, at both the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University.


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What's New For Everyone

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What's New For Students



These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am in the Noel Fine Arts Center unless specified.  Class sizes will vary between 15 and 25, depending on the class.  Enrollment will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will update enrollment openings on the website. All classes cost $60.  The Music Theory for Teens class has an additional $10 fee for a workbook.

Dalcroze (all instruments, age 7-12, mid- Book 1+) There is no prior experience needed to participate in this class.  The teacher will be Barbara Beechey, a trained Dalcroze Specialist who teaches viola at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Dr. Beechey has degrees in Viola Performance from Miami University, Peabody Conservatory of Music and from the University of Madison. 

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 Mrs. Mary Thomas.  Mrs. Thomas grew up in Japan and moved to Stevens Point, where she has lived for 40 years and has served as a church organist and has a piano studio.  Mary has taught Origami classes at the College Days for Kids at UW-SP for the past 20 years. 

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.

Rock Music for Suzuki Students  (all string students, all ages, in Suzuki Book 3 and above) The class will be taught by Avi Friedlander, Suzuki cello ASI Faculty from Alabama and Chicago.  In this introductory class, Avi Friedlander will explore the joys of both Rock and Classical styles in his "Rock" interpretations of traditional Suzuki Material and Classic Rock Music. Mr. Friedlander, who has played  in numerous bands over the years, will share some of his tricks in writing his own rock arrangements.

Music Theory for Teens (age 13+, all instruments) will be taught 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! Parents are also invited to enroll if space allows.  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.  Additional $10 fee for a theory workbook required for the class.

Improvisation for String Students (Suzuki Book 2 and above) will be taught by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner, cello teacher at the Aber Suzuki Center and is on the ASI faculty.  Students can play any stringed instrument and must be in Suzuki book 2 and beyond.  No reading or prior improvisation experience is necessary.  The class will explore ear training, music theory, and melodic and rhythmic variations to create music.

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.  Students who enroll in the class will receive a certificate at the end of the week.

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 in improvisation is necessary.  The class will be given at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

Improvisation for Cellists (Cello, Book 3+) will be taught during the first week by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner and by Peter Thomas, cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, during the second week. This class will be held at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

Relaxation Exercises for Musicians (all instruments, age 11 through adult).  If you would like to find ways to relax and focus, this class is for you. The class includes a meditation component, followed by relaxation and focusing exercises and stretches.  Students will also learn some relaxation techniques while playing or singing. In addition to helping students unwind at the end of a busy day, the class's primary focus is on injury prevention. The class will be taught by Dr. Merietta Oviatt, violist on the Aber Suzuki Center faculty and a member of the ASI faculty.  The class will be held at 5:00-5:45 to enable students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.


What's New For Teachers  

  • Harp Unit 5 taught By Delaine Leonard Fedson
  • Viola Revisiting Book 1 (New SAA course) facilitated by Sarah Montzka
  • Cello Overview Books 1-3 (New SAA course) facilitated by Jean Dexter
  • "Developing Tone Color throughout the Repetoire" – violin by Alice Joy Lewis
  • Take 2 unit courses and save $$$

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