Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki InstituteSouthwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
Waterloo, ON, Canada

SOSI is an annual six-day learning experience for junior to advanced students of all ages, including adult Suzuki students. Student programs in violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano include daily semi-private lessons, repertoire classes, reading ensemble classes/orchestra, enrichment classes, exciting optional classes, play-ins, recitals and concerts. Our Mini-Institute provides a taste of the Institute to our younger first-time registrants who would like a half-day schedule. SOSI’s Young Artist Programs for violin, cello, and piano offer instruction in a setting that moves towards traditional music college/university instruction while maintaining roots in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy. For parents, SOSI provides an opportunity to share ideas and learn new skills in working with their children. Suzuki teachers can develop and enhance their teaching skills during courses with outstanding instructors in violin, viola, cello, bass and piano!
See our website for full details.


August 2024

For Students

For Teachers Instructor



Student Fees

In person or online. Some optionals, cello choir not available online; All fees $CDN

  • Registration: Early Bird $50 (by May 31)
  • Late Bird $100 (June 1 or later)
  • Mini (first or second year at SOSI-students 7 and under) $375
  • Junior (Books 1-3) $550
  • Intermediate (Books 4-6) $580 (Cello $595, includes Cello Choir)
  • Senior (Books 7+) $625 (Cello $640, includes Cello Choir)
  • Young Artist Program (in person only, post book 8, by audition) $690 (includes Cello Choir)

Optional classes $150-250 (depending on course)

Teacher Fees

In person and/or online; All fees $CDN

  • Registration: Early Bird $50 (by May 31)

Late-$100 (after June 1)

  • ECC $275
  • Unit 1 $800
  • Unit 2+ $550
  • Advanced cello repertoire enrichment course $355
  • Observers (student classes) $30. Teachers with students enrolled at SOSI observe student classes gratis.

*Please do not book any travel for in-person courses until the course has been confirmed (mid-July). In case of cancellation, tuition fees will be refunded; travel costs can not be.


Daphne Hughes Memorial Bursaries

For Students, Amount: varies, Application due: July 1
Daphne Hughes was a well-loved and respected Suzuki pioneer in Canada. She, along with Gail Lange and Sally Gross, started the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (then the Guelph Suzuki Institute) in 1983. Daphne passed away in July of 2023, and in her memory, her family, colleagues and friends, have created a bursary for both students and teachers who would not otherwise be able to attend SOSI. The amount of each bursary will vary depending on need and available funds. Application deadline is July 1. See more information at the SOSI website:

SAA Teacher Training scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: varies, Application due: February 5
SAA Teacher Development scholarships provide tuition assistance for pedagogy study at approved Summer Institutes, Latin American Festivals, workshops, or through other SAA-approved Teacher Development programs. Decisions are based primarily on merit, with consideration also given to expressed need. Awards are limited to the study of Suzuki book units and the SAA Practicum and paid directly to the Institute, university or sponsoring agency after SAA receives verification of the applicant’s acceptance into the course/program. Applications must be submitted/postmarked by February 5, 2024, midnight MST. See the SAA website for complete details:

Suzuki Association of Ontario Training scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: varies, Application due: May 31
Suzuki Association of Ontario Teacher Training ScholarshipsEdit For Teachers, Amount: $400/200/150, Application due: May 31 The SAO offers Teacher Training Scholarships for teacher development with the following prerequisites: *Applicant must be a member of the SAO and SAA. *To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form (download from

Taryn Chaykowski Memorial Bursaries

For Students, Amount: varies, Application due: July 1
Taryn Chaykowski was a young Suzuki teacher from Brantford, Ontario, who sadly passed away in March of 2023. She was a strong supporter of everything SOSI, having come many summers as a child, a teacher trainee, and as a teacher with her own students attending. Donations in her memory support both students and teachers to attend SOSI, with the amount of the bursary varying dependent on need, and available funds. Applications are due by July 1. For more information, please check the SOSI website at

Housing & Meals

Housing at SOSI can be in one of the many residences at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Please see our website for more information on pricing, types of residences available, instructions for how to register for housing, and what meal options are available.


Recreational opportunities at SOSI include use of the university’s athletic facilities (at an extra cost), daily craft items that students can make, plus many parks, attractions, and things to do in Waterloo and region. See

Other Info

Bursaries for students and teachers are available. Discounts on teacher development courses are available to teachers who have students enrolled at SOSI. See our website for details and application deadlines.

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.