Virginia Suzuki Institute

Virginia Suzuki InstituteVirginia Suzuki Institute
Emory, VA

Come join us for our 46th Anniversary of Music in the Mountains!

The Virginia Suzuki Institute is a small institute nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus is beautiful and everything is within walking distance. We have a talent show, evening concerts, games on the lawn, and great activities for the whole family.

Having the Kontras String Quartet in residence for the chamber music program makes this a very appropriate institute for families with students at different ages and levels of playing. There is something for everyone.

Our unique program for Adults allows all ages and stages to enjoy a great week of music making.

New!!! We are bring Suzuki Mandolin to the USA. Amelia Saracco is coming from Italy to do the first Suzuki Mandolin Enrichment Course for teachers. Students will also be able to sign up for a mandolin elective.


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Student Fees

  • Non-Refundable Registration for all sections $100 (includes t-shirt)
  • Suzuki Institute—Pre-Twinkle—Book 2 $345
  • Suzuki Institute—Book 3 up $395
  • Adult Suzuki/Chamber Music Institute $545
  • Kontras Quartet Chamber Music Workshop $595
  • Fiddle Weekend & Suzuki Institute $545
  • Fiddle Weekend $275
  • Prelude Chamber Music & Suzuki Institute $545

Fiddle Weekend, Prelude Chamber Music,& Suzuki Institute $595

  • Enrichment electives $75

( Fiddle, Mandolin, Chorus, Arts and Crafts )

  • Early Discount if paid in full by April 15 $35 discount

Teacher Fees

  • Every Child Can $125
  • Harp Unit 1 $595
  • Piano Unit 1 $595
  • Violin Unit 1 $595
  • Unit 1 & ECC $675
  • Guitar Unit 2 or 3 $330
  • Violin Unit 3 $330
  • Mandolin Enrichment $330

$100 Teacher Development Tuition discount for teachers with 5 students enrolled.


Betty Newell Memorial Scholarship for Students

For Students, Amount: $50 - $150, Application due: April 15
A partial scholarship for students based solely upon financial need. The Betty Newell Memorial Scholarship for Students is available in memory of one of our founders of this institute. Betty was a wonderful teacher and her vision sets the tone for VSI. See for more information and application form.

David Sherman Memorial Scholarship for Adult Students

For Students, Amount: $50 - $150, Application due: April 15
A partial scholarship for adult students based solely upon financial need. David Sherman was an adult student at this institute for many years and was killed tragically this fall. He loved the institute and the friends he made here. His memory will be carried on to help other adults know that you are never to old to come to summer music camp. See for more information and application form.

Rudy Hazucha Memorial Scholarship for Teachers

For Teachers, Amount: $50 - $150, Application due: April 15
A partial scholarship for teachers based solely upon financial need. Rudy Hazucha was a teacher at this institute for many years. His passion for training teachers was unsurpassed and we would like to help deserving teachers attain their educational goals. See for more information and application form.

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in college dormitories. The rooms are double occupancy with 2 twin beds per room. Larger families are housed in adjacent rooms. Independent teens are housed in the teen dorm with dorm counselors. Meals are provided in the college cafeteria. Off campus housing is available in nearby hotels.

This year we will have a new option of family housing in small apartments on campus.

See our brochure online at for details about the housing and meals.


Emory and Henry College is known for its scenic beauty, including dozens of old maple trees, a spring-fed duck pond, and plenty of open spaces perfect for biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, or just strolling on a summer night. Recreational opportunities include a 9 hole golf course on the grounds, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, soccer fields, and nearby hiking. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a popular hike or bike ride for many families. In the evenings there are old fashioned games on the lawn, a firepit with S’mores or soccer with all ages having a great time together.

Other Info

The closest airport for Emory and Henry is Tri=Cities, TN. (TRI) It is an hours drive from campus. We will help you arrange a shuttle if needed.

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.