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GWSI offers students studying violin, cello, viola and bass an opportunity to supplement their musical education by enjoying a week of individual and group instruction in the company of students and families who value and actively pursue musical, personal and talent development. GWSI students range in age from 4 to 18 years, and in experience level from Pre-Twinklers and Twinklers who are just starting their Suzuki studies to advanced students who have mastered all ten Suzuki books. They include violinists, cellists and violists who are studying using the Suzuki approach, as well as bass players who have been training by any method. Parents play an active role in the GWSI student program and all children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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String Programs

The string programs offer an individual lesson in Master Class style, a group Repertory Class and one or two additional music enrichment classes based on advancement level.  Master Class Lessons for advanced students are small (including 3 rather than 4 students).  In addition, students are encouraged to attend the morning meeting, practice help with GWSI faculty and afternoon recitals given by guest clinicians.



This year GWSI has added an Orchestra Institute for any string player ages 12 – 18. Parents can drop students off at 9am and pick up between 3-4pm! Students should bring their own music stand and a pencil with their instrument for a fun filled day of ensemble music making! Coaches and conductors will work with students in large and small groups to help prepare students for the final performance on Friday afternoon.

Pre-Twinkle Program

Violin Pre-Twinkle
Cello Pre-Twinkle

Master Class
Repertory Class
Music Games Class

Prelude Program 

Violin Books 1-3
Cello Books 1-2
Viola Books 1-2
Bass Book 1

Master Class
Repertory Class
Music Enrichment

Vivace Program

Violin Books 4-5
Cellos Books 3-4
Viola Books 3-4
Bass Book 2

Master Class
Repertory Class
Music Enrichment

Artist Program

Violin Books 6 and up
Cellos Books 5 and up
Viola Books 5 and up
Bass Book 3 and up

Master Class
Repertory Workshop
Music Enrichment

The Artist Program Repertory Workshop with Katie Lansdale 


Why has J.S. Bach’s music remained so beloved through the centuries? How do resonance, harmony, lilt and meter contribute to our enjoyment of his music? Pick a piece by Bach to demonstrate in this class, and dive into the discussion! We will also widen our lens, and do a brief survey of Bach’s music through the Suzuki books.


The repertoire of classical music is constantly expanding, and the flexibility of the violin is ideal for this stylistic explosion. In addition to learning about an array of diverse new pieces during the class, please bring a piece by a composer from an under-represented demographic group, or play a few lines of such a piece (assigned in advance by the instructor). Climb on board our musical rocketship: Let’s take a thrilling journey into the ever-widening musical universe.


Presto magic! Scales, arpeggios and more do wild and wonderful things to develop our playing. How do we gain fluency and comfort on every part of our fingerboard? By developing fluid shifting and scaling the mountaintop, reaching the uppermost positions. Please bring a three octave scale and arpeggio sequence (or more) to this session. This class will be a catalyst for your violnistic calisthenics!


Bring a large section of your concerto or other repertoire to present and explore. Students are invited to support their peers and join in on discussions about next steps in practicing these pieces.


Performances are an integral part of the GWSI experience and are included in all programs.  Since we are in person and online this year, programs are currently in development, including orchestra, chamber music, and more. Complete information and schedules will be released closer to the Institute dates.

Stay tuned for information about amazing performance opportunities this summer!


Violin, cello, viola and bass students (other than Pre-Twinklers) should come prepared to play a polished piece for their first master class lesson. The GWSI teachers can readily assess a student’s needs by hearing a technically and musically mature performance of a piece.

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