GWSI offers students studying violin, cello, viola and flute 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, violists and flute players who are studying using the Suzuki approach. School orchestra string players including bass students should register for the DMV School Orchestra Intensive. The DMV School Orchestra Intensive provides chamber music and orchestra for students who are not part of a regular Suzuki strings program. In addition, siblings can register for the piano add on program. All GWSI programs run in person between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Student participants will not have classes scheduled during every hour in order to provide rest, practice time and socialization with their peers. Please bring a bag lunch and beverage each day. Parents play an active role in the GWSI student program and all children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
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 all students are small (3 or 4 students). In addition, students are encouraged to attend the orientation, attend student spotlight recitals and GWSI faculty and afternoon recitals given by guest clinicians.
The DMV School Orchestra Intensive is for any string player ages 12 – 18! Parents can drop students off at 8am and pick up between 4-5pm. 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 at the end of the week.
Flutes at GWSI
Students should come prepared to play a polished piece for the first class meeting. Your teacher can readily assess your needs by hearing a technically and musically mature piece. Students should review all repertoire carefully so they can play all pieces fluently up to their current piece. We request that students do not leave campus without permission of the Institute staff and adult supervision.
Violin Books 1-3
Cello Books 1-3
Viola Books 1-2
Prelude Book 1
Prelude Books 2-3
Violin Books 4-5
Cellos Books 4-5
Viola Books 3-4
Violin Books 6 and up
Cellos Books 6 and up
Viola Books 5 and up
Performances are an integral part of the GWSI experience and are included in all programs. Student Spotlight Recitals happen daily at GWSI. Students will be selected based on their video submission due June 1.
Stay tuned for information about amazing performance opportunities this summer!
Violin, cello, viola and flute 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.