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Green Mountain Suzuki Institute

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Directors, Pamela Reit






The Green Mountain Suzuki Institute is an educational program of the Rochester Chamber Music Society. Now in its 13th year, the Institute offers instruction in piano, flute, violin, viola and cello, as well as a wide range of elective classes, with a staff of 28. About two-thirds of our students are from New England; the rest are from all over the United States, and in recent years we have welcomed students from Norway, Spain, and Colombia. 

Programming at the Institute adheres closely to the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist, educator, philosopher and humanist, who devoted his life to the development of the method of music education that he called “Talent Education.” Suzuki based his approach on the belief that “musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.” Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not to develop professional musicians, but rather to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music.

Our 2016 program begins on Sunday, July 10, with orientation, group lessons for all instruments, and an RCMS concert, featuring GMSI teacher and RCMS Artistic Director Cynthia Huard, piano, and string teachers Julia Salerno, violin, and Ben Gish, cello. Monday through Thursday, all classes meet. Each student has a master class with one or two other students, a group lesson, and chorus each day. In addition, students take two electives; options include chamber ensemble, fiddling, composition, jazz piano, improvisation, two levels of orchestra, chorus, art, circus games, and yoga. On Thursday afternoon, the electives classes demonstrate their week’s work. On Thursday evening, Pete Sutherland’s GMSI student fiddlers are the band for a community contra dance held at Pierce Hall. Friday morning, instrument classes meet for the last time. Friday afternoon is our closing concert with piano duets, chamber music recitals, and Suzuki group play downs.

GMSI families and staff are extremely enthusiastic about our program. There are always a large number of returning students—last year three-fourths of our students had attended GMSI previously. Written evaluations from students and their parents and staff point to the high quality of teaching, the breadth of class offerings, the well-organized daily schedule, communications both before and during the institute, and the warm reception families receive from the town of Rochester.

Pam Reit, Director and the Staff of the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute look forward to our 2016 season in Rochester. 



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