Suzuki In The Dolomites

July 8 – July 22, 2017

Student Training & Performance Festival for Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Piano

2017 Suzuki Institute Faculty Includes: 
  • Malgosia Lis, Suzuki Coordinator, piano – The Hartt School
  • Nancy Hair, cello – New England Conservatory
  • David Madsen, guitar – The Hartt School
  • Gabriel Remillard, violin/viola – The Hartt School, University of Connecticut School of the Arts
  • Bret Serrin, piano – Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas, University of North Texas

IMG_0264Music Academy International’s Suzuki Institute is one of a kind in the world.  The institute offers an intense musical experience set in one of Europe’s most beautiful areas, the majestic Dolomite mountain range of Northern Italy.  An UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites provide the ideal place for families to enjoy a world-class musical experience along with fascinating adventures that only this region can provide.

Music Academy International is a family friendly festival and we go to great lengths to accommodate your wishes to ensure that your entire family has an enjoyable experience. When you arrive on Saturday July 8 and will be welcomed by MAI staff members and escorted to their housing to relax after their travels.  On Sunday we will all board a bus for a short ride to San Martino for a meet and greet event at the famous Malga Ces with stunning views of the Dolomites in the background.  This will give parents the opportunity to socialize with other adults while your children enjoy some fun time and get to know their fellow students. 

As a participant your child will receive an enriching musical experience that includes semi-private lessons, ensemble experience, music related enrichment classes, and performance experience, all taught by our expert Suzuki teaching artists.

Parents:  Parents are of course not left out of the experience and are involved, just as they are at home, with lessons, overseeing practice time, and general supervision.  Special parent lectures are offered for no additional cost and are meant to refresh, and enrich the parental experience.

Students Books 1 – 5:  Students in books 1 – 5 will receive 3 to 4 hours of classes per day, and may include the following:

  • Private and semi-private lessons
  • Group Classes
  • Enrichment classes such as movement, performance classes
  • Ensembles
  • Daily practice time
  • Afternoon and evening concerts
  • Performance in the Festival Finale Concert on the last days of the Festival

IMG_2513Young Artist Program for Advanced Students:  The Advanced Student Program is designed for students who wish for a more intensive program of applied instrumental study in addition to a chamber music experience. Students interested in the Young Artist Program should have intermediate (or higher) sight-reading skills, strong independent practice skills, and be studying book 6 or beyond of the Suzuki repertoire, or equivalent as determined by the festival director.  Applicants should submit a high quality recording for acceptance into this program.  In addition to the regular offerings the Young Artist Program for Advanced Students includes:

  • Private lessons with MAI faculty artists
  • Coachings with an MAI staff piano accompanist to prepare a solo performance
  • Technique and or performance classes
  • Chamber music coaching
  • Large ensemble
  • Scheduled solo practice time
  • Scheduled ensemble rehearsal time

IMG_0240Siblings:  Siblings that are taking music lessons but are playing an instrument that may not be offered at Suzuki In The Dolomites, or may be studying a traditional method of training rather than Suzuki may register for two options during the festival; private lessons taught by Music Academy International’s Suzuki and Chamber Music faculty, and music theory classes.  All siblings that participate in lessons or classes must pay a $25 festival application fee.  Private lessons are $75 per lesson (each lesson is 45 minutes) and Music Theory Classes are $35 per class (class meets 10 times).

Application:  There is no audition required for acceptance into Suzuki In The Dolomites.  The application is a very simple process for your children.  Simply fill out the online application by clicking on the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page and submit the $25 application fee through the PAYPAL dropdown menu.   If you are applying for the Young Artist Program for Advanced Students you will be asked to upload a YouTube video of your playing for chamber music placement purposes to assist our faculty in creating the proper program of study for your child.

Fees:slide1-1024x400  An audition fee of $25 is payable with your application.

Tuition:  Tuition for the 2017 Suzuki In The Dolomites is $1,995. Parents with more than one child enrolling in Suzuki In The Dolomites will receive a 10% discount for the 2nd child and a 20% discount for each additional child.

Housing: MAI arranges family housing in local apartments to ensure that we can meet a wide variety of housing options for families.  The cost varies depending on the size of your family.  A typical furnished apartment for a family of 2 will be in the range of $1,200 for the 14 day stay.  Once you register and decide how many people will be in your party, our staff will work firsthand with you to assure that you are provided with the housing option that best fits your family’s needs and budget.  Once your housing needs have been met MAI will invoice you for the cost.  Housing payments are due within 14 days of invoicing.

Travel:  MAI provides a free shuttle bus for our families that will run from Marco Polo Airport (VCE) directly to Mezzano/Fiera on Saturday July 8 departing VCE at 4 pm.  A return shuttle will be provided on Saturday July 22 departing Mezzano/Fiera for VCE at 7 am.  We encourage everyone that wishes to take the shuttle to plan their arrival and departure flights accordingly.  For those that are arriving from other locations, MAI will provide a travel fact sheet to assist you with the logistics of arriving in Mezzano/Fiera di Primiero.

Instrument Rentals:  MAI has greatly expanded our piano studios for 2017 and will have pianos available for all students for rehearsals and practicing.  MAI encourages all string players to bring their own instruments with them as we have limited resources for rental instruments in Italy in the summer.  For Suzuki participants or siblings that wish to have rental instruments you must inform MAI no later than April 1, 2017.  Prices for string rental instruments vary depending on availability and will be invoiced once arrangements have been made.

Attractions and Sightseeing:

  • Nearby Cities Include: Venice, Salzburg, Verona, Innsbruck, Munich.
  • Hiking and Biking in the Dolomites.
  • Cable car trip to Refugio di Tognola for breathtaking views and a delicious meal.
  • Cable car trip to Rifugio Rosetta located on one of the highest peaks in the Dolomites.
  • Hiking trip to visit a cheese-making farm.
  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Arena di Verona; 300 singers, actors, live camels!  A musical extravaganza!
  • Shopping in San Martino di Castrozza, the oldest skiing resort in the Alpine region.
  • Water Canyoning in Val Noana with renowned Alpine guides.
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