Upcoming Events

Advanced Program

June 27 - July 3, 2020

We regret to inform you that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of our students, parents, and faculty, we have decided to cancel the Chicago Suzuki Institute for the summer of 2020. This includes all Short-Term Teacher Training Courses, Every Child Can, Student, Chamber and Advanced Programs. No payments were processed for the institute from any registrations received.


The Music Institute will be offering an online student experience for the original institute dates of Mon, June 29 -  Fri, July 3. The Music Institute of Chicago Virtual Suzuki Festival will offer masterclasses, group classes, and enrichment courses from our renowned faculty. More detailed camp and registration information are posted on main CSI page and under CSI Registration Forms & Downloads.


We wish for you and your family to remain safe and healthy this summer, and to continue keeping music a daily part of your routine. We hope to see you back for CSI 2021, which will be held from July 3 - July 9 for Advanced Program. 




The Advanced Student Program is designed for string students who wish a more intensive program of applied instrumental study in addition to the
chamber music experience. 


Advanced Program Conponents
  - 3 one-hour private lessons and 2 coachings with a piano accompanist over the

    course of the week

  - Daily technique class, repertoire class, chamber music coaching,

    and orchestra

  - Special classes (including viola for violinists and cello choir)

  - Students in the Advanced Program are expected to be prepared to perform
    a solo during the Institute


*Please note:  individual arrangements must be made in advance for any student who wishes to attend the Institute without a chaperone for the Chamber Music program

Audition Information & Requirements (by audition only)

Students interested in the Advanced Music Program should have:
  - intermediate (or higher) sight-reading skills
  - strong independent practicing skills

  - studying Book 7 or beyond (or equivalent as determined by
    the Institute director)


Required Materials:

  - High-quality audition
  - Advanced Program Audition form

  - Completed registration form

  - Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home teacher and the signed chamber/advanced program assessment form is required.

  - All applicants (new and returning) must submit a recording. 


Complete your online Advanced/Chamber Audition form >>

Recording Submission Guidelines


1.    Audition recordings should be a DVD or Youtube link (or equivalent)

2.    Submission should include TWO pieces contrasting in style and tempo.
       Please list selections in order on the label/email.
3.    Piano accompaniment is recommended for string players
4.    All submissions should be reviewed by the home teacher prior to submission.
5.    Performances should represent the most polished level,
       not necessarily the most advanced piece.


** If accepted into the Advanced Program, the applicant will be invited to perform one of the pieces submitted on his/her audition DVD on a recital. No substitutions will be allowed. **


Click for application check list and all registration forms >>