Absolutely Ottawa!

Absolutely Ottawa!
Ottawa, KS

Every year during the month of June the sounds of hundreds of young string players fill the charming Victorian town of Ottawa, Kansas, located 45 minutes southwest of Kansas City on I-35. Players at all levels of abilities are welcomed into one or more of four programs on the lovely campus of Ottawa University. 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of our summer programs. Absolutely Ottawa! Alumni are invited to a reunion and several special events.


June 2014

For Students

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Student Fees

  • Registration Fee—All Programs (non-refundable) $150


Institute Program Fee: TBA

Special Advanced Institute Student Program—”The French Connection” Fee: TBA

Teacher Fees

  • ECC $150
  • Registration Fee $150

Violin Unit 1: TBA
Cello Unit 1: TBA

Other Units: TBA
Teacher Enrichment: TBA

Housing & Meals


Institute & Special Advanced Institute Student Program—”The French Connection”: TBA

Teacher Training:
Violin Unit 1: TBA
Cello Unit 1: TBA
Other Units: TBA
Teacher Enrichment: TBA


Supervised recreational activities are planned for children age 4 and up. Groups are assigned according to age. Each group will have the same recreation leader for the week. Activities will vary each day. Recreation is offered each day during parent lectures. SOUND ENCOUNTERS has special events and recreational activities built into the schedule.

Other Info

Participants who fly should come into Kansas City International Airport. Graduation Program is available. CDs are due May 1. Solo recitals take place daily. Students audition in advance. CDs due May 1 . Pre-Twinkle Program offered. Suzuki Early Childhood Education Baby/Toddler classes offered daily, M-F. Special Parent Seminar offered. SOUND ENCOUNTERS Master Classes available for Violin, Viola, and Cello. Audition CDs due TBA. 40th Anniversary Celebration, including Alumni Reunion.

The SAA does not run the workshops and summer institutes; it approves separate businesses to run them. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly with inquiries. To get your event listed here, please see the Event Listing Guide.