What's New at ASI?

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 2021 Electives.

Creative U! is a new class in 2021. Devised and taught by composer Ching-chu Hu and Bluegrass composer/arranger Derek Deakins, Creative U! is replacing the C class of years past. Click below to read more.

Special 2021 Piano Project - The Adventures of Penelope the Piano-Playing Penguin!

50th Anniversary Jubilee Orchestra and Celebration - Be a part of Celebrating the Past and Shaping the Future

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2021 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

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Guest Artists



Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

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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 24

We've got a day of fun planned for everyone!

  • Giant Virtual Jubilee Orchestra Concert - more information on the Jubilee Page in May
  • Fireside Chats - Meet and talk with faculty and alumni from all 5 decades
  • Social event for students, alumni, faculty, past faculty - something for everyone! 
  • ...AND...a VERY Special Guest Artist!!!

 What's New For Students

Creative U! 

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Everyone has creative energy - unlock that creativity in our new C Class format, Creative U! If you are a student in Book 4 and above, you will be a part of Creative U! In this class, you will create your own music through the exploration of the Suzuki repertoire, Music Theory, and your own creative energies. With you, your instrument, and/or your technological know-how, you will create a work of music during the week. Taught by Ching-chu Hu and Derek Deakins.

Suzuki Voice for Students

We have offered Voice teacher training at ASI for the last several years. This year, for the first time, we are offering an Institute experience for voice students. Students will have a masterclass and a B class. The B class is titled, "Songs and Rhythms of Brazil," and will be taught by Ludmila de Carvalho. Voice students also are encouraged to take advantage of one of the many electives offered this year.

The Adventures of Penelope the Piano-Playing Penguin

In our Jubilee Year, our Piano Festival Concert will celebrate the adventures of a penguin who makes her way from Antarctica to New York City to make her recital debut. More information below:

What:  As part of the 2021 ASI piano festival concert, we will take your submissions of polished pieces and drawings of penguins and weave them into a delightful presentation for narrator and musicians. Those of you who participated last year will remember the adventures of Tupman the Turtle.

To Participate:  
  • Register to be a part of ASI, 
  • Complete the ASI Piano Festival Form
  • Submit a recording of your polished piece (instructions for recording here) to this link. 
  • You may also submit  a drawing of a penguin, or of yourself as a penguin (an avatar of sorts – If you have curly hair, draw a penguin with curly hair, if you wear glasses, draw a penguin with glasses to the same link. Remember: the drawing part is OPTIONAL)
  • Submission deadline: June 29, 2021


These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am unless otherwise noted.  Class sizes will vary between 10 and 22, depending on the class.  Enrollment will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.  All classes cost $75. 

NEW! - Kid's Yoga: 
Musical Time Travel Join us for children’s yoga stories and music, featuring famous composers from throughout music history. No prior experience required, please have a yoga mat to use for class. (Ages 5-12). Taught by Alyssa Hardie Beckmann.

NEW! - Yoga for Teens (5:00-5:50 pm): Yoga classes will include stretching, breathing and strengthening exercises to focus the mind and body, with particular emphasis on preventing injuries in our musical performance practice. No prior experience required, please have a yoga mat to use for class (Ages 13-18). Taught by Alyssa Hardie Beckmann.

NEW! - Kitchen Percussion: Join Chris Clemente for Kitchen Percussion. Make your own musical instruments from things found around your home to approach dynamics, pitch, and tempo using fun games and exercises. Learn basic musical concepts through songs and movement and relate rhythm to wordplay, syllables, and pictures. Get ready to dance and have fun! (all students, through age 11). Items needed for Kitchen Percussion: 

  • Used clean containers such as soda cans, plastic water/sport drink bottles, pringles, coffee containers, cookie cans, etc.  
  • Uncooked rice, beans, etc (uncooked). 
  • Tape. 
  • Scissors
  • Sheet of paper. 
  • Funnels if available. 

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 class will be taught by 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! - Fiddling for Violas and Cellos:  You don't have to play the violin to fiddle! Viola and cello students will join fiddler Derek Deakins as they learn fiddle tunes with bluesy licks and have a lot of fun! The class will also include components of bluegrass history, characteristics of fiddle music, and much more! Suzuki students are natural fiddlers, and there is something for everyone in this class, from beginning fiddlers to seasoned players. Fiddling is open to violists and cellists currently working on Etude or above at the time of registration.

NEW! - Meet the Composers!: Composers of past and present have combined a simple set of notes and rhythms in new and interesting ways to create millions of unique compositions. In Meet the Composers, we will learn about some of these composers and their works, as well as the musical tools with which they create.  Using our bodies, voices, and instruments will explore these same musical tools so that we can join the ranks of composers and create our own new music!  (All instruments, Books 1-3). Taught by Mary Moran and Rachel Fabulich.

Taekwondo is an exciting sport and the fastest-growing martial art in the world.  Master Steve Decker will be leading an awesome opportunity to learn some basic Taekwondo skills and show you the martial art he has practiced and lived for over 20 years. For all instruments and (Ages 6-10). No prior experience is necessary. Certificates will be given to all enrollees.

NEW! Music Gameshow Extravaganza! - Ready to test your music knowledge by participating in game shows? Join Mary HoferKirby Kay, Ann Marie Novak and Laura Shaw for games such as JeopardyKahoots, and So You Want to Be a Millionaire? Depending on class size, groups may be divided up into teams for cooperative play and age/level distribution. Basic understanding of notation and musical terms required. (All instruments, ages 7 and above).

 What's New For Teachers

  • Voice Unit 2 and 4 taught by Mary Hofer
  • SECE Revisions Course taught by Lynn McCall and Sharon Jones
  • Cello Unit 2 and Teaching Strategies taught by Tanya Carey
  • Violin Practicum taught by Ann Montzka Smelser
  • Violin Teaching Strategies taught by Allen Lieb
  • Bass Book 6 taught by Virginia Dixon
  • Piano Unit 4 taught by Gail Gebhart
  • "The Music of Fritz Kreisler: Developing Artistry in the Aspiring Musician" 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

Parent Coffee Hours are scheduled at 8:00 am, Tuesday-Friday during both weeks of the Institute. A faculty member will guide the discussion, but parents are encouraged to contribute questions at any time. If your child has an 8:00 am masterclass, we encourage you to attend one of the many lectures offered during the 11:00 am hour or the 5:00 pm hour.

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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We're Not Just Fiddling Around at ASI!

Join Grand Old Opry Bluegrass musicians Lisa and Derek Deakins for some extraordinary fiddling classes. These are just two of our amazing electives this summer!