New England Suzuki Institute

New England Suzuki InstituteNew England Suzuki Institute
Waterville, ME

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, 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. All current CDC protocols will be in place and some activities may need to change. 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 2022

For Students



Student Fees

  • Registration $125 (applied to fees)
  • Pre-Twinkle $275
  • Budding Artist $525
  • Young Artist $640
  • Rising Artist $755

Additional Enrichment opportunities—$100/class
Enrichments this year include Orff, Music History Tours, StringsPop, "Songs, Steps and Stories", Music Mind Games, Sightsinging, Fold Dances of the World, and Fiddle
Second Instrument Master Classes—open to students book 4+ on their primary instrument.
Parent Master Class—$300/week (30-minute daily master class)
See our Fees page for a more detailed breakdown:


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

  • On-Campus Dormitories for students ages 5+ and parent/guardian $385 per person.
  • Off-Campus "Alfond Main Street Commons" for students ages 5+ and parent/guardian $460 per person.

Kids 4 and under stay for free.

Meal plan starts Sunday June 26 dinner and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week, finishing with Saturday July 2 breakfast.

There are NO MEALS included in the off-campus fee. Alfond Main Street Commons suites include a full kitchen. A lunch plan can be purchased upon arrival and meals can be bought a-la-carte at the cafeteria.


Colby College, located in Waterville overlooking the Kennebec River Valley, is easily navigated on foot. Scenic paths connect campus buildings, and a brisk five-minute walk will take you anywhere you need to be. While on campus, guests may take advantage of the fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, squash courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an all-weather eight-lane track. Lots of grassy areas are available for outdoor activities. There are miles of walking and cross-country running trails that wind through the wooded areas of the campus and the Perkins Arboretum.

Other Info

Colby, located in central Maine, is easily reached by car, plane, or bus.

Driving Directions
Take Interstate 95 to Exit 127 Waterville/Oakland. Turn toward Waterville (east) on Kennedy Memorial Drive (Rt. 137) and follow the blue signs to Colby. After nine-tenths of a mile on Kennedy Memorial Drive, you will turn left onto First Rangeway, opposite Northern Light Inland Hospital. Proceed 1.1 miles on First Rangeway, to the second stop sign, and turn left onto Mayflower Hill Drive. In a half mile, you will arrive on campus. Sinage to registration will be easily seen.

Air Connections
Portland Jetport, a 75-minute drive south, and Bangor International Airport, about an hour north, offer commercial air service from most major airlines.
Augusta State Airport, 25 minutes south, offers commuter air service.
Logan Airport in Boston is the nearest major metropolitan airport. Concord Coach Lines offers direct bus service to Colby as well as additional buses to Augusta, 19 miles away.
Car rentals are available at the Portland, Bangor, and Augusta airports.

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.