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 with Edmund Sprunger 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. Special this year is ECC and Revisiting Book 1 offered by teacher trainer Edmund Sprunger. 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 2020

For Students

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Student Fees

Online registration goes live late January. Generally we fill up by March 1st.

  • Pre-Twinkle, (2 classes) $255
  • Budding Artist (4 classes) $505
  • Young Artist (5 classes) $620
  • Rising Artist (5 classes) $710
  • Secondary Instrument Master Class $110
  • Enrichment Electives open to students and siblings $90
  • Parent Chamber Ensemble $110
  • Parent Master Class $300

Teacher Fees

Every Child Can with Edmund Sprunger—$125
Revisiting Book 1 with Edmund Sprunger—$415


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 or in-town suite-style apartments for 6 nights, Sunday night through Saturday morning.

On campus room and board—$385 per person
In-town room and board—$460 per person
No charge for 4 and under

Total includes linens and 17 buffet style meals (all you can eat).

Commuters may purchase meals a la carte at the cafeteria.


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 does not run the workshops and summer institutes; it approves separate businesses to run them. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly with inquiries. To get your event listed here, please see the Event Listing Guide.