Louisville Suzuki Summer String Institute

56th Annual Louisville Suzuki Summer String Institute!
June 14 - 19, 2020

April 2, 2020 Update:
Dear Students, Families, and Teachers - The School of Music has cancelled all on-campus events through June 30, 2020. This includes our Suzuki Institute. As I follow up with refunds for students who have already registered, notify faculty, Belle of Louisville reservations, flights and travel information, and all that goes along with the Institute, it slowly sinks in: I will truly miss seeing each and every one of you!

Whether this is your first Louisville Institute or you are a former Suzuki student who is now bring your children, I can't help but be overjoyed when I see students making music, learning new skills, and making memories that last a lifetime. I'm inspired by our truly incredibly faculty just in conversation and I learn so much when I observe them teach and interact with students and families. I will miss this Institute, our 56th, so much. The amount of energy that goes in to planning an Institute and making sure it runs smoothly is immense and I like to think I pull it off to look mostly-effortless, and now I cannot imagine not doing it!

The health and safety of students and families, whether Louisville-based or guests, is of primary concern. It is certainly best to limit the amount of travel we all make and limit our interaction with others as much as possible. For U of L's official updates you may visit:

Please save the date: June 13-18, 2021 for next year's Institute where students can continue Making Music - Making Friends

Thank you,
Michael Hill
Institute Director

ONLINE REGISTRATION is now available - Online Payment available through a link in the invoice following registration.
BROCHURE If you register online, make sure you print and return the signed liability document on the last page. (original only, scans or photocopies cannot be accepted) 

2020 is an exciting year for the Institute. We are thrilled to welcome Tracy Silverman as our guest performer for the opening concert on Sunday, June 14. He will also be presenting a special technique class on Monday, June 15 evening for all students. More information on this special class will be sent out to all students.

Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries.  The world’s foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by the Juilliard School.

Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of what he calls “21st century violin playing.” His work has inspired several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma At Big Sur,” premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003 and recorded with the BBC Symphony on Nonesuch Records with Adams conducting.  Legendary “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley’s electric violin concerto, “The Palmian Chord Ryddle,” was premiered by Silverman with the Nashville Symphony in Carnegie Hall in 2012 and recorded by Naxos Records, and Kenji Bunch’s “Embrace” concerto was co-commissioned by 9 orchestras and premiered by Silverman in 2014.  Silverman’s 2014 recording for Delos/Naxos Records, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos,” features the Calder Quartet collaborating on Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto of the same title, and he is currently performing premieres of the full orchestra version of Nico Muhly’s “Seeing Is Believing,” commissioned by a consortium of five orchestras.      

The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein hailed Silverman’s “blazing virtuosity” and the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini admired his “fleet agility and tangy expressivity”.  “Inspiring.  Silverman is in a class of his own,” wrote Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times.

Louisville's Suzuki Summer String Institute is one of the oldest ongoing institutes in the nation. Join us for the 56th year as we continue a long tradition of quality instruction to students of all ages and levels. Our Institute features special events, concerts, and activities along with inspiring classes young musicians will remember and benefit from throughout the year!

Each year we welcome back our accomplished faculty and a few new faces as well. For our Advanced Violin classes, we welcome Gabe Bolkosky, founder and director of PheonixPhest. Our Advanced Program and Chamber faculty also include Dr. Timothy Durbin, violin, Joanna Binford, viola, and Rodney Farrar, cello.

We welcome back our fantastic faculty members who inspire and encourage young musicians across the nation through their home studios and teaching at Institute, workshops, and other events. We are excited to offer two additional Enrichment classes: Viola for Violinists led by Joanna Binford and Beginning Ukulele (instruments available to purchase or bring your own!) led by Timothy Blunk. Choreography for Suzuki Repertoire will be taught by Christa Chambers of Music City Strings.

We also welcome back Crystal Plohman. Her expertise in many styles of fiddling and the Suzuki Method makes her an inspiration to thousands of young players. As a performer, clinician, pedagogue, and composer, she has dedicated the past twenty-five years to sharing her knowledge across the fiddling spectrum. She is currently Senior Artist Teacher of Suzuki Violin and Fiddling at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Our 2020 Summer Institute will be the highlight of many families' summer events. We hope to see you there!
Michael Hill, Institute Director

For more info. please call 502 852 1859


2020 Suzuki Summer String Institute FACULTY list

2020 Suzuki Summer String Institute Brochure; Faculty, Class, & Event Information; Tuition Information; and Printable Registration and LIABILITY WAIVER (PDF)

2020 Suzuki Summer String Institute Scholarship Forms (PDF)

2019 Suzuki Summer String Institute CELLO Review List (PDF)

2020 Suzuki Summer String Institute VIOLA Review List (PDF)

2020Suzuki Summer String Institute VIOLIN Review List (PDF)

2019 Suzuki Summer String Institute Photos

2017Suzuki Summer String Institute Photos

Student preparation is a critical component of a successful Institute. This includes all review material. Please consider this as you select the appropriate class registration, with your teacher's guidance, for your young musician. All registrations must be returned by May 1, 2020, to permit adequate time for participants to review and polish the Institute repertoire. Enrollment is limited so register early.

There will be an early bird registration of $80 until April 1st. After April, the registration fee is $90 until May 1st.
Any registration postmarked after May 1st will be assessed a $100 registration fee. **3/19/20 update: registration fee will always be $80.

Classes are located in the School of Music building on the University of Louisville Belknap campus. Housing is available nearby in the
university's residence hall or at hotels, such as along Crittenden Drive. All buildings are air-conditioned and accessible. Several restaurants are within walking distance of the School of Music.

For more information contact: Michael Hill, Institute Director 502-852-1859 • Email