What's New at ASI?

ASI has the longest and richest history of any Summer Institute in the US. Families return year after year for the excellent faculty, the marvelous parent lectures, and the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.  While the traditions and core of the program run deep, we also have several new and exciting things at ASI this year.

Daily Announcements during ASI. Stay in touch with the office during the week!

Electives are fun ways to spend an hour a day. Each student is invited to sign up for one elective for the week. The classes will meet Monday-Thursday. Click on the What's New for Students tab below to read about the 2021 Electives.

Creative U! is a part of ASI curriculum in 2022. Devised and taught by composer Ching-chu Hu, violinist and improvisation expert Randal Harrison-Hoecherl, and Bluegrass composer/arranger Derek Deakins, Creative U! is replacing the C class of years past. Click below to read more.

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2021 by clicking on an item in the list below.

  • Optional seminars for teachers to learn and share information and ideas
  • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 18, 19 and 21.
  • Teaching Violin Group Classes presented by Terry Durbin
    • Monday:  Group lesson design: structure, frequency, length, levels/ages included 
    • Tuesday: Generating group ideas and developing a curriculum for the semester.  What are the teaching points and how to adapt them to group class 
    • Thursday: Neuroscience, engaging the child, games, fun, and class management techniques
  • Violins required  
  • Free, no registration required

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Guest Artists



Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

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Establishing themselves as one of the most vibrant and engaging quartets of their generation, the Griffon String Quartet is the resident string quartet of Midsummer’s Music in Door County, Wisconsin. Formed in the fall of 2018, the Quartet was launched as collaboration between Midsummer’s Music, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere, and has been recognized for their “superb playing, palpable chemistry, spirit, and emotional connection. Their youthful vigor is absolutely infectious!” Their inaugural concert took place at the Miller Art Museum in October 2018, and Door County Today has hailed them as “four of the finest young professional musicians in the country.”


The Griffon Quartet is a groundbreaking project to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout...   Read more

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Jenni Yang will join the Griffon String Quartet for the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Jenni is a Stevens Point native who has performed collaboratively on ASI concerts for many years with some of her favorite string players including Michelle Zelinski, Lawrence Leviton, Peter Thomas, Oscar Soler, David Becker and Steve Bjella. Principal clarinetist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Yang believes one of the greatest joys in life is making music with friends, most of all with her favorite collaborative pianist, Tom Yang (Aber Suzuki Center piano teacher and also her husband).  A former music teacher, Jenni became a registered nurse and now works on an inpatient Mental Health Unit. Jenni and Tom live in Stevens Point with their two daughters. 


 ‭(Hidden)‬ What's New For Everyone

Jubilee Day - Saturday, July 24

We've got a day of fun planned for everyone!

  • Giant Virtual Jubilee Orchestra Concert - more information on the Jubilee Page in May
  • Fireside Chats - Meet and talk with faculty and alumni from all 5 decades
  • Social event for students, alumni, faculty, past faculty - something for everyone! 
  • ...AND...a VERY Special Guest Artist!!!

 What's New For Students

Creative U! 

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Everyone has creative energy - unlock that creativity in our new C Class format, Creative U! If you are a violin student in Book 4 or 5 or a pianist Book 3 and above, you will be a part of Creative U! In this class, you will create your own music through the exploration of the Suzuki repertoire, Music Theory, and your own creative energies. With you, your instrument, and/or your technological know-how, you will create a work of music during the week. Taught by Ching-chu Hu, Randal Harrison-Heocherl, and Derek Deakins.


These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am unless otherwise noted.  Class sizes will vary between 10 and 22, depending on the class.  Enrollment will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.  All classes cost $65. 

NEW! - Kid's Yoga (ages 7-12):
Yoga allows for both physical movement and relaxation - something essential to budding musicians.

Yoga for Teens (5:00-5:50 pm): Yoga classes will include stretching, breathing and strengthening exercises to focus the mind and body. No prior experience required, please have a yoga mat to use for class (Ages 13-18).

NEW! Japanese Journey (Ages 8-18): Discover some of the rich culture and traditions of Dr. Suzuki's homeland. Open to all instrumentalists, ages 8 and up. 

NEW! Artist's Imagination (Ages 7-12): Use your imagination and expand your artistic skills through the visual arts.  Students will participate in daily hands-on projects such as collaging, drawing, and creating mandalas.  Open to all students.

Fiddling for Violinists: (violin students who can play Etude and beyond, ages 8-18).  More advanced players will be given more challenging parts to play with the lesser advanced students. The class will be taught by Lisa Deakins, who worked professionally for country singer Pam Tillis and Grand Ole Opry legend Whisperin' Bill Anderson.  Mrs. Deakins is from South Carolina and is also on the ASI faculty.

NEW! - Fiddling for Violas and Cellos (Perpetual Motion and beyond, ages 8-18):  You don't have to play the violin to fiddle! Viola and cello students will join fiddler Derek Deakins as they learn fiddle tunes with bluesy licks and have a lot of fun! The class will also include components of bluegrass history, characteristics of fiddle music, and much more! Suzuki students are natural fiddlers, and there is something for everyone in this class, from beginning fiddlers to seasoned players.

Taekwondo is an exciting sport and the fastest-growing martial art in the world.  Master Steve Decker will be leading an awesome opportunity to learn some basic Taekwondo skills and show you the martial art he has practiced and lived for over 20 years. For all instruments and (Ages 6-10). No prior experience is necessary. Certificates will be given to all enrollees.

NEW! Youth Choir (all insruments, ages 7-12) - Make music with your very first instrument - your voice!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ What's New For Teachers

  • Voice Unit 2 and 4 taught by Mary Hofer
  • SECE Revisions Course taught by Lynn McCall and Sharon Jones
  • Cello Unit 2 and Teaching Strategies taught by Tanya Carey
  • Violin Practicum taught by Ann Montzka Smelser
  • Violin Teaching Strategies taught by Allen Lieb
  • Bass Book 6 taught by Virginia Dixon
  • Piano Unit 4 taught by Gail Gebhart
  • "The Music of Fritz Kreisler: Developing Artistry in the Aspiring Musician" facilitated by Brian Lewis (enrichment)
  • Take 2 unit courses and save $40
  • Take an enrichment course the same week as a Unit or Supplemental course and save $25 on the enrichment course

 For Parents and Children not Attending Classes

Teacher and Parent Lectures are offered during the 11:00 am hour. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to gather ideas for helping your child to practice effectively, and to meet other parents.

Central Wisconsin is a popular vacation destination with lots of great attractions! But you don’t need to leave campus to engage in interesting activities. Check this page for more information!

 Wednesday Free Time

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We're Not Just Fiddling Around at ASI!

Join Grand Old Opry Bluegrass musicians Lisa and Derek Deakins for some extraordinary fiddling classes. These are just two of our amazing electives this summer!