Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki InstituteSouthwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
Waterloo, ON
www.mysosi.ca

Cancelled for 2020. Returning in 2021.

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 semi-private lessons, group activities (repertoire classes, reading ensemble classes, or orchestra), enrichment classes, exciting optional classes, play-ins, 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 2021

For Students

 

Pricing

Scholarships

Kiera Schneider Memorial Scholarship

For Students, Amount: tba, Application due: May 1
In the fall of 2000, Kiera Schneider passed away following a car accident. Kiera was a violin student in the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Kiera’s sister Sophie continues to play cello. Her parents Dan and Rhona are committed Suzuki parents who not only see the value of a musical education but live it on a daily basis. Kiera was a vivacious nine year old with a zest for life. Her passion for reading led her to adventures in other worlds. She already had an article published! In fact she shared many of her own fantasies through her own writings. Kiera was very intelligent. She had a quest for knowledge that was never ending. She enjoyed life to the fullest, people loved being around her, and she loved being around people. Kiera began to play Suzuki violin a year before passing away, and the violin quickly became an important part of her life. She eagerly participated in group classes with her peers, and with her sister, attended the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute in Waterloo after her first year of study. The Suzuki String School of Guelph established the Kiera Schneider Memorial Scholarship. By the family’s wishes, this perpetuating scholarship will enable first or second year Suzuki String School of Guelph students to attend the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. For information on applying for this scholarship, contact Tracy Jewell at [javascript protected email address] The deadline for applications is May 1.

SAA Teacher Development 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. Scholarships will be awarded for training between May 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Scholarships will not be awarded to the same applicant for more than 3 consecutive years, or for more than 3 times over a 5-year period. Applications must be submitted/postmarked by February 5, 2017, midnight MST. See the SAA website for complete details: https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/training/scholarship

Sally Gross Cello Scholarship

For Students, Amount: $225, Application due: May 1
Sally Gross is one of SOSI's founding directors and served as its Cello Director for 31 years, retiring at the end of the 2014 season. To honour the great contribution Sally has made to the cello program at SOSI over her tenure, her colleagues have donated funds to assist a dedicated Book 1 cello student who would like to attend SOSI in 2019 but requires financial assistance. Please send: 1) Regular Student Application form with registration fee. 2) A short letter of recommendation by the student’s individual Suzuki teacher (the letter should describe the family’s financial limitations, and dedication to Suzuki lessons). 3) A copy of income verification (T4 summary sheet). If the bursary is awarded, it will be applied toward the tuition fee. The names of those receiving bursaries will be strictly confidential. Applying students who do not receive a bursary may withdraw their application without penalty. For further information please contact Tracy Jewell at [javascript protected email address]

SOSI Student Bursaries

For Students, Amount: $225, Application due: May 1
A limited number of $225 bursaries are available for reduced SOSI tuition fees. They are intended to assist dedicated students who would like to attend SOSI but who require financial assistance. Please send: 1. Regular Student Application form with registration fee. 2. A short letter of recommendation by the student’s individual Suzuki teacher (the letter should describe the family’s financial limitations, and dedication to Suzuki lessons). 3. A copy of income verification (T4 summary sheet). If the bursary is awarded, it will be applied toward the tuition fee. The names of those receiving bursaries will be strictly confidential. Applying students who do not receive a bursary may withdraw their application without penalty. Contact Tracy Jewell at [javascript protected email address]

Suzuki Association of Ontario Teacher/Trainer Scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: $200, Application due: May 31
SAO Teacher Training Scholarships The SAO board will award scholarships for teacher development. *Applicant must be a member of the SAO and SAA. *To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form (download from http://suzukiontario.org/scholarships-bursaries/) *If the member is awarded a scholarship, then a $200 cheque will be issued to the applicant payable to the actual course treasury. There are two draws a years, with the deadlines of October 31 and May 31. This scholarship is only valid from one year after the deadline for applying. In the event the applicant does not register, the cheque would be void and cancelled. Upon completion of the course, the applicant is requested to write a few words of appreciation (maximum 300) to be published in the next newsletter. Please email scholarship applications to: Fanny Martin, Executive Assistant Suzuki Association of Ontario [javascript protected email address]

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in university dormitories.
See our website for detailed information.

Recreation

Recreation includes our annual Barn Dance, free concerts, crafts, stage set design, sports and shopping. The WLU gym, exercise room and tennis courts are available for a nominal charge. Swimming is available on campus and at the Waterloo Recreation Centre, a 10 minute walk from campus. The adjacent Waterloo Park also has a water park, with a nearby petting zoo and beautiful park. There are organized soccer games for campers on the campus.

Other Info

SOSI’s daycare is a safe, well-equipped, and conveniently located area for children from infant to pre-school to have a break from their siblings’ (or their own) busy class schedule. The staff will give individual attention and enable children to play, socialize, enjoy stories and creative activities, or even have a nap. A complimentary fruit snack will be provided daily. The service may be used by all SOSI participants as needed, whether on a casual drop-in basis or as full-time child care. A nominal fee also gives unlimited access to the daycare as a play area for children accompanied by their parent or guardian. Daycare will be provided if there is sufficient demand. Please indicate your childcare needs and be sure to pre-register by May 31st.

The WLU campus is completely wheelchair accessible.

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.

Observers (student classes only): $30 for the entire week. Teachers who have students enrolled at SOSI may observe all student classes free of charge.

Kitchener-Waterloo is close to the Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener 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.