Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Greater Washington Suzuki InstituteGreater Washington Suzuki Institute
Alexandria, VA

Celebrating its 47th year, the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute is looking forward to offering student programs in person in Alexandria, Virginia. This year we will offer classes for Violin, Cello, and Viola. Programs will include masterclasses, repertoire classes, orchestra, musicianship and music games, fiddling and chamber music programs. Special guest artist appearances, advanced artist level programs, faculty performances and student highlight performances plus talks for Suzuki parents will round out our weeklong celebration fostering collaborative music making, friendships with music students around the world, and a nurturing learning environment.

Teacher programs will be available in person and online. Our teacher trainees will study with our stellar teacher trainers to earn SAA approved training and will have the opportunity to observe our guest clinicians teaching students as part of the training.


June 2024

For Teachers Instructor

July 2024

For Students

For Teachers Instructor



Student Fees

Registration: $25
Pre-twinkle (violin/cello): $395

  • Prelude Program (violin bk 1-3, cello/viola bk 1-2, bass bk 1) $495
  • Vivace Program (violin bk 4-5, cello/viola bk 3-4, bass bk 2) $595
  • Artist Program (violin bk 6+, cello/viola bk 5+, bass bk 3+) $595
  • Fiddling $100
  • Chamber Music $275

Enrichments included in course fees/assigned based on age/level:
Music Theory Games, Orchestra, Play-Ins with Terry Durbin, Repertory Workshop with Katie Lansdale and Musicianship Classes

Teacher Fees

Every Child Can: $150— David Strom

  • Unit 1 $800— Ronda Cole, violin
  • Unit 2 $525—David Strom, violin and Alice Vierra, cello
  • Unit 3 $525— Ann Montzka Smelser, violin and Shu-Yi Scott, cello
  • Enrichment Course $275

Dr. Timothy Durbin—The Musical Bow Arm: Cultivating Nuance, touch, dynamics, phrasing, technique, flexibility and complexity from Twinkle through Tchaikovsky.

  • Enrichment Course $275

Charles Krigbaum- Supplemental Repertoire Violin Books 6-8

  • Enrichment Course $275

Shu-Yi Scott—Inclusive Group Class Teaching


GWSI Scholarships for Teachers and Students

For Teachers, Amount: Variable, Application due: April 1
GWSI makes a limited number of partial scholarships available to teachers and students who are attending GWSI for the first time and demonstrate significant financial need. Applications are due by April 1, 2022. 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, 2022. Apply through the SAGWA website (


There are plenty of fun and free things to do in Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. is a wonderful resource for visitors to the area and the NOVA Alexandria campus is just off Interstate 395 which leads right into downtown DC by car.

The SAA sets guidelines for Suzuki institutes, festivals and teacher workshops and sanctions separate organizations to manage such events. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly. Please see the Event Listing Guide regarding the posting of events.