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Green Mountain Suzuki Institute

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Director, Pamela Reit

The Green Mountain Suzuki Institute is an educational program of the Rochester Chamber Music Society. Now in its 15th year, the Institute offers instruction in piano, flute, violin, viola and cello, as well as a wide range of elective classes. Students range from age 4 to age 16. We have over one hundred students enrolled and a faculty of 28. This year we are offering Book 4 training for violin teachers with Mark Mutter. This year we have 33 students from Vermont, 36 from the New England states and 35 from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Colorado, Nebraska, Louisiana, Texas and Florida!

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 noble human beings through the study of music.

Our 2018 program begins on Sunday, July 8th, with registration at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm Orientation, followed by group lessons for all instruments and the 4:00 pm RCMS concert, featuring GMSI teacher and RCMS Artistic Director Cynthia Huard, piano, and father and daughter string teachers Julia Salerno, violin, and Ben Gish, cello. Monday through Thursday, all classes meet. Each student has a mini-private lesson and a group class each day. In addition, students take three electives; options include chamber ensemble, fiddling, composition, jazz piano, viola for violinists, orchestra, chorus, art, sports & drums, music adventure and yoga. On Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm, the electives classes demonstrate their week’s work. On Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, 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 beginning at 1:15 pm with piano duets and chamber music, followed by 2:30 pm Suzuki group performances.

GMSI families and staff are extremely enthusiastic about our program. There are always a large number of returning students. 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 and the warm reception families receive from the town of Rochester.

Pam Reit, Director, Kristina MacKulin, Administrative Director and the entire Staff of the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute look forward to our 2018 season in Rochester. We are extremely grateful to the citizens of Rochester for welcoming us each year.



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