Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Greater Washington Suzuki InstituteGreater Washington Suzuki Institute
Washington, DC

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The 2019 Greater Washington Suzuki Institute offers full and partial programs for beginning and advanced students of violin, cello, viola and bass including a Vivace Chamber Music Program for advanced cellists and violists.  These programs consist of a combination of Master Class Lessons, Repertory Classes, Quartet/Chamber Music Classes, Scottish Fiddling, five levels of Orchestra, Music Theory Games, a Teen Seminar and daily recitals. Parents attending with their children have the opportunity to participate in daily lectures and selected Teacher Development Program courses.

For teachers, the Institute offers the Foundation Course (Every Child Can!), Violin Courses Books 1, 2 and 4 and Cello Book 1 as well as an Enrichment Course.  Both the Foundation and Enrichment Courses are also open to parents.

The Institute will be held this year June 22—June 30 at the National Cathedral School, 3609 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20016.


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Student Fees

Register by April 15. Early registration, sibling & SAGWA member discounts available.

  • Pre-Twinkle/Twinkle Child (including Music Theory Games) $395-$545
  • Child/Sibling Book 1-3 $405-$555
  • Child/Sibling Book 4&Up $440-$590
  • Viola/Bass Students (Lesson/Orchestra) $275-$415
  • Viola/Bass (Orchestra Only) $50-$100
  • Vivace Chamber Music Full Program $500-$640
  • Vivace Chamber Music Partial Program $235-$375
  • Music Theory Games Elective (Book 1/2 students) $50
  • Chamber Music/Quartet Elective $285
  • Scottish Fiddling Elective $155
  • Every Child Can! (for Parents) $190
  • Enrichment Course (for Parents) $380

Teacher Fees

Register by April 15. Early registration & SAGWA member discounts available.

  • Every Child Can! with Ronda Cole $190
  • Violin Unit 1 with Ronda Cole $745-$895
  • Violin Unit 2 with David Strom $470-$620
  • Violin Unit 4 with Charles Krigbaum $470-$620
  • Cello Unit 1 with Alice Vierra $745-$895
  • Enrichment Course with Edmund Sprunger $380
  • Enrichment Course (if taken as 2nd course) $245
  • Teacher Observers of Student Lessons $100-$150


GWSI Scholarships for Teachers and Students

For Teachers, Amount: Variable, Application due: April 1
GWSI makes a limited number of partial scholarships available to promising teachers and students who are attending GWSI for the first time and demonstrate significant financial need. Applications are due by April 1, 2019. Apply through the GWSI website (

SAGWA Institute Scholarships

For Students, Amount: Variable, Application due: April 1
SAGWA members can apply for an Institute Scholarship which provides tuition-based assistance for the GWSI Teacher Development and Student Programs. Applications are due by April 15, 2019. Apply through the SAGWA website (

Housing & Meals

2019 VENUE

The Greater Washington Suzuki Institute will be held at the National Cathedral School, 3609 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20016


The Institute will be reserving a block of rooms at a nearby Washington DC hotel. Please check for updates on room rates and discounts.


Washington DC is a great city for sightseeing: The US Capitol, The White House, monuments, The Library of Congress. Great museums with free admission: Air & Space, National Art Gallery, Natural History, American History, American Indian, African, Asian, Hirshhorn (Sculpture), George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and garden, National Arboretum with Bonsai pavilions, etc. Not to mention a world of outstanding culinary diversity all accessible by DC’s metro rail.

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