Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute

Japan-Seattle Suzuki InstituteJapan-Seattle Suzuki Institute
Seattle, WA

Join us for music-making and learning on the beautiful campus of Seattle Pacific University. Entering our 30th season, JSSI continues our tradition of hosting teachers and students from Japan, Seattle, and beyond. Our institute serves commuters in the Seattle area and hosts out-of-town participants in the dorms. We offer classes to all levels of students, from Suzuki Early Childhood Education to advanced masterclasses in our Young Artists program, as well as teacher workshops.

Enrichment options include improv (new!) and chamber music for books 5 and up!

Nakajima Sensei (cello) will be joining us from Japan and bringing Suzuki students from Japan. Our Young Artist masterclass teachers in 2020 are Amy Sue Barston (cello) and TBD (violin).

New this year: the student institute is running Tuesday—Saturday.


August 2020

For Students

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Need-based scholarships from JSSI

For Students, Amount: TBD, Application due: May 15
The Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute offers need-based scholarships to a limited number of students. Scholarship applications are due May 15th and will be available as part of registration. https://japanseattle.org/scholarships/ Please follow the link and scroll down for instructions on writing a letter of recommendation, if your student is applying for a scholarship to JSSI.

Student Scholarships through SAWS

For Students, Amount: $400, Application due: March 1
Scholarships are available for the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute through the Suzuki Association of Washington State (SAWS). Details are available here: https://suzukiwashington.org/scholarships/?doing_wp_cron=1506558819.2634799480438232421875

Teacher Scholarships through SAWS

For Teachers, Amount: $400, Application due: March 1
Suzuki Association of Washington offers $400 scholarships for teachers who are current members of SAWS and want to continue their Suzuki Teacher Training education by taking short or long-term Suzuki teacher training. Please only apply if you are a SAWS member. More information is available here: https://suzukiwashington.org/scholarships/?doing_wp_cron=1506558819.2634799480438232421875


Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle WA 98119

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  • Amy Sue Barston Cello - Young Artists
  • Blake Brasch Cello
  • Reagan Brasch Violin
  • Gaye Detzer Violin
  • Charlotte Dike Piano
  • Yasuko Eastman Violin
  • Daniel Gee Cordova Violin
  • Helen Higa Violin
  • David Holmes Cello
  • Kate Jones Bass
  • Leo Kitajima Geefay Violin
  • Cathryn Lee Violin
  • Allen Lieb Violin
  • Akira Nakajima Cello
  • Alice Ann O’Neill Cello
  • Sandra Payton Violin
  • Barbara Riley Violin
  • Satoko Robert Violin
  • Caroline Salisbury Violin & Viola
  • Danette Schuh Suzuki Early Childhood Education
  • Lindsay Serdar Piano
  • Lucy Shaw Violin
  • Stacy Smith Violin
  • Edmund Sprunger Violin
  • Barbara Wampner Cello
  • Adam Whiting Piano

More Info & Contacts


Erin Rushforth, Director

Phone: (425) 298-3014
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