SVI 2018 will take place August 5-10
The Advanced Chamber Music program will begin two days earlier, on August 3rd.

The Suzuki Valhalla Institute is a warm, friendly, well-organized institute that has been running since 2005. It provides an inspiring musical program in a beautiful, natural setting well-suited for a family vacation. The SVI provides instruction in violin, viola and cello from a faculty of highly trained and skilled Suzuki teachers with experience teaching at all levels, from Twinklers to advanced students. The SVI has been approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

The main program provides 4 hours of daily instruction, including small master-classes (no more than 4 students per hour), group classes, a music enrichment class, and one of our orchestras or pre-reading groups as appropriate. The school and grounds are a hive of social and musical activity throughout the day, and you will find the days to be truly immersive.

The Advanced Chamber Music Program is available for advanced students. It begins two days prior to the main program, on the Friday evening before the August holiday Monday. ACM students enjoy a weekend of chamber ensemble and string quartet work which continues as part of the regular program during the main SVI week. Acceptance is contingent upon teacher recommendation and upon the instrumentation balance and level of other applicants. Students should be highly motivated, have previous chamber music experience and have the maturity necessary for some self-direction. Decisions on acceptance into the program will be made by the beginning of April. Students not accepted into the ACM will be assured spots in the main SVI program.

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It is assumed that all students will have mastered, memorized and maintained all the Suzuki repertoire up to their current level. (For advanced students we expect full retention of repertoire to the end of Book 4; you will be notified by June of any repertoire from the upper books which is likely to be emphasized.) Classes are scheduled between 8:30 and 4:30, Monday to Friday (inclusive) with breaks for meals, snacks, relaxing, socializing and practicing. Parental attendance at classes is expected. Solo recitals, concerts, play-ins, social events and other optional events are also scheduled. The program begins on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 with a “play-in” and finishes with a final concert on Friday evening.

Mini-Institute option is available to younger siblings of fully registered students. It includes 2 hours per day of master class and small-group instruction. Students must already be Suzuki students with home teachers. It is expected that they will be playing on-instrument with fingers and bow, and will be able to find playing position independently.

The quiet villages of Silverton and New Denver are known for their artistic vibrancy, inspiring beauty, recreational opportunities and welcoming hospitality. They are located on the shores of clean, glacier-fed Slocan Lake in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Nestled between the Valhalla and Kokanee Mountain ranges, the Slocan Valley is approximately 1 hour north of Nelson and Castlegar, 2 hours south of Revelstoke, and mid-way between Vancouver and Calgary (about 8 hours from each). Weather in early August is usually sunny and warm, with an average daytime temperature of about 25C (77 degrees F).

Commercial accommodations in the area are limited, so we encourage you to book early. See the Housing page for links and information. Many families decide to camp or rent private homes; listings for private home rentals are also on the Housing page.

Lucerne School hosts our regular classes, group lessons and ensembles. The school remains comfortably cool even during the summer afternoons and is adjacent to shaded playgrounds. The school is two blocks from the main downtown street and five blocks from the lakefront. The Silverton Memorial Hall, 5 kilometers south of New Denver, is the site of the opening Play-In, evening performances and the Final Concerts.

Tuition fees for 2017
($30 non-refundable registration fee is also payable)

  • Mini-Institute: $200
  • SVI (Books 1-3): $370
  • SVI (Books 4+): $395
  • Advanced Chamber Music weekend plus SVI: $525

2018 Faculty

  • Dorothy Beyer (accompanist)
  • Rick Dorfer (violin)
  • Erin Dorfer (violin)
  • Sandra Fletcher (accompanist)
  • Amber Ghent (cello)
  • Eric Hominick
  • Cyrena Huang (cello, chamber music)
  • Cherie Larson (violin, viola)
  • Caitlin Laslop (cello)
  • Mark Luchkow (violin, viola, chamber music)
  • James Malmberg (orchestra)
  • Laura Nerenberg (violin, viola)
  • Jeffrey Plotnick (chamber music)
  • Theresa Plotnick (violin, viola, chamber music)
  • Robert Richardson Jr. (violin, viola)
  • Darren Salyn (percussion)
Bursary info. A limited bursary fund is available to assist with tuition for needy families.

SVI Tech Talk. Notes from the technology discussions held in past summers.