New England Suzuki Institute

New England Suzuki InstituteNew England Suzuki Institute
Waterville, ME

Cancelled for 2020. Returning in 2021.

The New England Suzuki Institute inhabits the picturesque campus of Colby College for a week of music making and learning.  NESI is committed to offering a comprehensive and quality curriculum for all ages in an atmosphere of individual attention.  We offer Pre-Twinkle, Budding Artist, Young Artist and Rising Artist programs for violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar.   All students perform in a solo recital.  Evening activities include an institute-wide campfire, a talk for parents while students watch a movie next door, the wildly popular faculty recital, a contra dance with our very own fiddle band, and chamber music, orchestra and group recitals to round out the week.  Special teen-specific activities are available each evening.  Recreation for all is available at the college athletic center which includes a pool and a rock wall.  Please refer to our website for more details:

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Check our website after January 15th for updated registration and faculty information.


June 2021

For Students



Student Fees

  • Registration $125 (applied to fees)
  • Pre-Twinkle $255
  • Budding Artist (violin, viola cello—book 1-2; piano, guitar—books 1-3) $505
  • Young Artist (violin, viola, cello—books 3-5; piano, guitar—book 4-5) $620
  • Rising Artist (violin, viola, cello—books 6+; piano, guitar—books 5-6+) $710

Additional Enrichment opportunities and Sibling Electives—$90/class
Parent Ensemble—$110
See our Fees page for a more detailed breakdown of levels plus secondary instrument masterclass fees:


Scholarship application available on website

For Students, Amount: tbd, Application due: March 1
Please go to, click on the 'students' tab on the top right, and scroll to the link entitled "scholarships." The application form and instructions can be found there.

Housing & Meals

Fees are per person for six nights, Sunday through Friday and all meals served buffet style, all you can eat, beginning Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast. This fee includes linens. An adult who is either the student’s parent or a parent-designated guardian must accompany each student in the dorm. That adult needs to reserve a room in addition to reserving a room for their child.

Ages 4 and under—No Charge

  • Ages 5—Adult—On Campus Room and Board $385
  • Ages 5—Adult—Off Campus Room at Alfond Main Street Commons $460


The Colby College athletic center offers a pool and fitness room. There is a beautiful art museum for quiet enjoyment. The campus also has numerous green spaces that are perfect for spontaneous games of tag, soccer, or frisbee! There are great paths for riding bikes and scooters as well as a large network of trails for walking or running in the campus arboretum. The college also offers a free shuttle to downtown Waterville, home to many outstanding restaurants and unique shops.

Other Info

Colby, located in central Maine, is easily reached by car, plane, or bus. There are air connections from the Portland International Jetport (75 minutes sound) or Bangor international Airport (60 minutes north). There are also bus connections from New York, Boston, Portland, and Bangor.

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.