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August 7 to 15, 2021: Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (SOSI)

Have you ever thought of coming to the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute but just felt too overwhelmed by all the things you needed to arrange to make it happen? Well, this year’s online SOSI 2021 will come directly to you, no matter where you live! No need to worry about travel or accommodation costs. Just wake up, have a hearty breakfast, brew a fresh pot of coffee and join us in the comfort of your own home.

The directors of SOSI have created an innovative online program for all levels of piano and string students from Suzuki Book One all the way up to our Young Artist Program. For one set fee, each student will participate in a core program of classes. Students of all instruments will get a daily master class and the chance to participate in a solo recital.

The remainder of the core string program consists of a pre-reading class for the junior level, repertoire/technique classes for the junior, intermediate and senior levels, and a practice seminar for the intermediate, senior and YAP students.  And YAP string students get an extra course at no extra charge this year — Advanced Analysis with theory expert Catherine Molina.

Of special note are the new courses that make up part of the core piano program. Pianist/performer Clayton Scott has a mesmerizingly enchanting way of making music history come alive and will be delighting intermediate and senior piano students with a Piano Through the Ages course. She will also be teaching a Practice Seminar for the YAP piano program focusing on the unique challenges of pianists. Junior piano students will participate in either a group repertoire class or a pre-reading class. Finally, Catherine Molina will be rounding out the core piano program at all levels with a fun-filled approach to theory. YAP piano students will get the benefit of her theory expertise in the Advanced Analysis course.

Students may also choose from a selection of diverse options if they want a fuller SOSI experience. Get those sedentary pandemic muscles stretching with our Yoga with Zachary option or get those vocal chords warbling in our Broadway Baby or Folk Music of Africa choirs. Just composed your latest symphony? Well, then sign up for tech guru Ken Gee’s course Music Technology: Making and Recording Music. This special evening seminar presents an overview of hardware and software used to create sheet music and audio recordings on computers and iPads. Or learn to understand your body and how to use it naturally and without pain by signing up for Amber Ghent’s illuminating seminar Body Mapping. But there is so much more! You’ll just have to go to our website to check it all out. (See below.)

In addition we are offering a variety of Teacher Training Development courses in piano, violin, cello and bass, as well as, the Every Child Can course. Teachers are welcome to observe lessons and group classes at no extra cost if they have students enrolled, and for each student enrolled they will get a reduction in their teacher training tuition.

The institute will take place from August 7 to August 15, 2021. A typical day will start at 8:30 a.m. and will finish around 4:00 p.m. depending on the program a student has signed up for.  During the evenings, the inspiration continues with a faculty concert, a parent talk and more throughout the week.

The timing of our institute is ideal. Enjoy the outdoors all of July and part of August. Then in mid-August let SOSI come to you and we will help teachers, parents and students get energized and inspired for the coming year of lessons in September.

Don’t delay and sign up today! For more information check out our website at

We look forward to “seeing” you at SOSI 2021!
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Directors
Elayne Ras, violin & viola director

David Evenchick, cello director

Silvija Abols, piano director