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. 2015 marks the 41st Anniversary of the founding of our summer programs. Absolutely Ottawa! Alumni are invited to a reunion and several special events.


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Student Fees

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

February 15 $650
March 15 $700
April 1 (final deadline) $750

Institute Program Fee:
February 15 $450
March 15 $500
April 1 (final deadline) $550

The French Connection II Program Fee:
February 15 $450
March 15 $500
April 1 (final deadline) $550
No refunds after April 1.

Teacher Fees

  • ECC $150

Enrichment: What Every Musician Should Know About the Body $100

Institute/The French Connection II $180

  • Registration Fee $150

Violin/Guitar Book 1
February 15 $600
March 15 $650
April 15 $700
May 15 $750
Registration open until June 4, 2015.
After May 15, late fee of $20

No refunds after May 1, 2015.

Housing & Meals

Individuals $650
Family of 3 $1550/4 $1800, additional family $250 each*

Institute & “The French Connection II”:
Individuals $375
Family of 3 $885/4 $1020, additional family $135 each*

*Children 18 months and younger-no charge

Teacher Training:
Individuals 1 night $80

Violin/Guitar Book 1
Individuals $500

Individuals 1 night $80, 2 nights $140

Observer: SOUND ENCOUNTERS Individuals $650
Institute/The French Connection Individuals $375


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 (week 1), Tu-Sat (week 2). Special Parent Seminar offered. SOUND ENCOUNTERS Master Classes available for Violin, Viola, and Cello. Audition CDs due April 1. 41st 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.