Suzuki String Institute

The University of Louisville Presents it's 52nd Annual Suzuki Summer String Institute, June 12-17, 2016

Our Suzuki Summer Institute is one of the oldest ongoing institutes in the nation. Come and join in the celebration as we continue to change and evolve in our 52nd year!! Special events, concerts and activities.You don¹t want to miss this special institute year. This summer¹s Institute promises to continue a long tradition of quality instruction to students of all ages and levels.

We have a special faculty line-up. For our advanced camp we welcome back Peter McHugh, violin, Dr. Timothy Durbin, violin, Joanna Binford, viola and Alexander Croxton, cello. Plus we have two new and special additions to our faculty this year.

First we have Dana Meyer. Founder of the Music City Strings in 2005 in Franklin, Tennessee. Her studio is based on the Suzuki method of teaching. Music City Strings is one of the top string-performance ensembles in the country.

Then we also have Crystal Plohman. She is no stranger to the wide world of fiddling styles or to the Suzuki Method. As a performer, clinician, pedagogue, composer and inspiration to thousands of young players, 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.

Our 2016 Summer Institute is shaping up into a Fun Summer Event. We hope to see you there!


Highlights include:

  • NEW! Advanced Program with chamber music (open to Traditional and Suzuki students without audition) taught by Steve Bjella, violin; Dr. Timothy Durbin, violin; Carmen Irons, cello; and Joanna Binford, viola
  • NEW! Suzuki Guitar taught by William Kossler
  • NEW! Blaise Poth and Jennifer Shackleton will offer “Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class” for babies and toddlers
  • NEW! Art Classes taught by Kimberly Linkhart
  • NEW! Introduction to Guitar led by William Kossler. Open to adults who might learn an Eagles or Beatles tune
  • Dr. Timothy Durbin will teach all Technique Classes Books 1+
  • Wayne Krigger returns with his famous “Movement Class”
  • Dr. Steve Hendricks will lead our Workshop Choir, ages 8+
  • Fiddling, Percussion, Dulcimer 101 and Young Composers Enrichment Classes
  • Sunday will kick off with our Pizza Party, Opening Play-In and Ice Cream Social
  • Faculty Celebration Concert
  • Advanced Students will play the National Anthem at the Louisville Bats baseball game
  • The Suzuki Institute will have its own personal cruise on the Belle of Louisville, with dinner, music and dancing

    Student preparation is a critical component of a successful Institute. All registrations must be returned by May 1, 2015, 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 $65 until April 1st. After this the registration fee goes to $75 until May 1st.
    Any registration postmarked after May 1st will be assessed a $100 registration fee. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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

    For further information or to receive a brochure by mail, contact: Blaise Poth, Institute Director 502-852-0537 • Email

    Volunteer Opportunities

    2015 Institute Brochure

    2015 Suzuki String Institute Registration

    2015 Faculty Information

    2015 Corporate Sponsors

    Cello Review List 2015

    Violin Review List Workshop 2015

    Viola Review List 2015

    Violin Review List and Advanced Special Pieces

    Scholarship Forms 2015