Winter Festival 2017


Suzuki Music presents Winter Festival 2017, an exciting workshop for Suzuki teachers and families. Winter Festival 2017 brings together some of the world's most renowned Suzuki teachers to  provide inspiration and motivation to our families and teachers, in a fun, educational and Suzuki environment.

‘Where love is deep, much can be accomplished’.

Standard programs Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 July
Advanced Student programs Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 July
Teacher Professional Development programs Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 July
Baby & Toddler Professional Development day Monday 10 July (venue: TBC)

Enrolments and Concert Audition Applications NOW OPEN:

Festival applications: enrol now

Family enrolment form for download - for those who do not want to enrol online using trybooking (see button to left)

Teacher enrolment form for download - for those who do not want to enrol online using trybooking (see button to left)

     
Festival concert auditions Submit concert audition Festival Concert Audition form for download

 

ALL applications (including concert auditions) close 17 March 2017.

For all details and enrolment terms and conditions please read the information in the tabs below. Clicking on the coloured tab will open the tab to reveal the information.

Guest Tutors

Violin/viola: Hiroko Suzuki (Japan), Haruo Goto (NSW), Alison Williams (NSW), Sachie Yuki (QLD)
Cello: Sally-Anne Brown (NZ), Takao Mizushima (NSW)
Piano: Kasia Borowiak (UK), Erica Booker (NSW)
Flute: Laurel Ann Maurer (USA)
Guitar: Seth Himmelhoch (USA)
Organ: David Clark (NSW)
Voice: Analia Capponi-Savolainen (Finland)

 

Eligibility

Winter Festival is open to teachers and students who are financial members of their local Suzuki Association for the 2017 calendar year.

Teachers must have commenced or completed a Suzuki Teacher Training Course in the instrument/s in which they enrol for Festival.

Students must be learning with a financial teacher or teacher trainee member who has completed or commenced training in the instrument on which they enrol for Festival. It is expected that all students can perform repertoire up to the piece they list on their Winter Festival form from memory and at CD speed. A general review of all learned repertoire is encouraged prior to attendance at Winter Festival.

Standard Program for Students

13 to 15 July 2017

Open to students of:
Violin Books 1 to 5
Viola Books 1 to 4
Cello Books 1 to 5
Piano All students
Flute Books 1 to 4
Guitar Books 1 to 4
Organ All students
Voice All students
who meet the eligibility criteria above.

Thursday 13 July
From 8.00 Registration
9.15 - 10.15 Class 1
10.45 - 11.45 Class 2
12.15 - 1.15 Class 3
2.15 Afternoon Concerts (auditioned concert, all levels)

Friday 14 July
9.15 - 10.15 Class 1
10.45 - 11.45 Class 2
12.15 - 1.15 Class 3
2.30 - 4.00 Gala Concert (advanced level students, auditioned)

Saturday 15 July - please note different timetable on this day
9.15 - 10.00 Class 1
10.15 - 11.00 Class 2
11.30 - 12.15 Class 3
1.00 - 1.45 Play Ins or Piano Solo Concerts or Organ Solo Concerts
2.15 Closing Concert - all instrumental students and selected piano soloists. Suzuki Concert uniform (white shirt, black pants or skirt) required for instrumental students.

Students in the standard program will participate in three group classes per day for three days plus closing play in or closing concerts. The three classes will include a selection of instrument based tutorials, instrument based repertoire classes (using keyboards for piano bk 2 to 5 students), music reading/ensemble classes (instrumental students in bks 3 and above), general enrichment classes and piano enrichment classes (piano bk 1 students only). Programs will vary based on instrument, age, book level and actual enrolments received.

Individual timetables for each child will be provided at registration.

Advanced Program for Students

12 - 15 July 2017

Open to students of:
Violin Books 6 to Post Book
Viola Books 5 to Post Book
Cello Books 6 to Post Book
Flute Books 5 to Post Book
Guitar Books 5 to Post Book
who meet the eligibility criteria above.

Wednesday 12 July
From 12.30pm Registration
1.30 - 3.00 Session 1
3.30 - 5.00 Session 2

Thursday 13 July
9.15 - 10.15 Class 1
10.45 - 11.45 Class 2
12.15 - 1.15 Class 3
2.15 Afternoon Concerts (auditioned concert, all levels)

Friday 14 July
9.15 - 10.15 Class 1
10.45 - 11.45 Class 2
12.15 - 1.15 Class 3
2.30pm Gala Concert (Advanced level students, auditioned)

Saturday 15 July - please note different timetable on this day
9.15 - 10.00 Class 1
10.15 - 11.00 Class 2
11.30 - 12.15 Class 3
1.00 - 1.45 Play Ins (instrument specific)
2.15 Closing Concert - Suzuki Concert uniform (white shirt, black pants or skirt) required for instrumental students.

Students in the advanced program will be involved in a range of classes such as tutorial or masterclass, repertoire class and music reading based class or orchestra. Programs will vary based on instrument, book level, and actual enrolments received.

Individual timetables for each student will be provided at registration.

Baby & Toddler Program for Students

13 to 15 July 2017

Open to babies and toddlers 3 years and younger at time of Festival who are financial members of their local Suzuki association, however students do not have to be currently with a Suzuki teacher. One adult must participate with each child enrolled for this class.

Thursday 13 July
From 8.00 Registration
9.15 - 10.00 Baby & Toddler Class

Friday 14 July
9.15 - 10.00 Baby & Toddler Class

Saturday 15 July
9.15 - 10.00 Baby & Toddler Class

Professional Development Program for Suzuki Teachers

11 to 15 July (plus 10 July for Baby & Toddler Teachers)

Open to Suzuki teachers or teacher trainees of
Violin/Viola (combined program focussing on Violin)
Cello
Piano
Flute
Guitar
Organ
Voice
Baby & Toddler Music
who meet eligibility requirements at top.

Monday 10 July (Additional day for Baby & Toddler teachers enrolled in Baby & Toddler PD program****)
Venue: TBC
9.30 - 11.00 Baby & Toddler PD
11.30 - 1.00 Baby & Toddler PD
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch provided
2.00 - 3.30 Baby & Toddler PD

Tuesday 11 July
From 9.00am Private lesson observation (subject to applications)
From 12.00 Registration
12.30 - 1.30 All Instruments Professional Development
1.30 - 2.30 Instrument Specific Professional Development
2.30 - 3.00 Afternoon Tea - provided
3.00 - 5.00 Instrument Specific Professional Development

Wednesday 12 July
9.00 - 10.30 Instrument Specific Professional Development
10.30 - 11.00 Morning Tea - provided
11.00 - 12.30 Instrument Specific Professional Development
12.30 - 1.30 Lunch - provided
1.30 - 3.00 Instrument Specific Professional Development
3.00 - 3.30 Tea/Coffee break
3.30 - 5.00 All Instrument Professional Development or observation of advanced classes

Thursday 13 July
8.30 - 9.00 Tonalisation
9.15 - 10.15 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
10.15 - 10.45 Morning tea - provided
10.45 - 11.45 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
12.15 - 1.15 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
1.15 - 2.15 Lunch - provided
2.15 Afternoon Concerts - teachers will be required to assist at these
From 3.45 Private lessons to observe (depending on instrument)

Friday 14 July
8.30 - 9.00 Tonalisation
9.15 - 10.15 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
10.15 - 10.45 Morning tea - provided
10.45 - 11.45 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
12.15 - 1.15 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
1.15 - 2.00 Lunch - provided
2.30 Gala Concert

Saturday 15 July
8.30 - 9.00 Tonalisation
9.15 - 10.00 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
10.15 - 11.00 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
11.00 - 11.30 Morning tea - provided
11.30 - 12.15 Observation of student classes, assistance in group classes and teaching
12.15 - 12.45 Lunch - provided
12.45 - 1.00 Tuning for play outs
1.00 - 1.45 Play Ins (teacher assistance required)
1.00 - 2.00 Piano and Organ Solo Concerts (teacher assistance required)
2.00 Set up and tuning for Closing concert - instrumental teachers required to assist
2.15 Closing Concert - instrumental teachers required to assist, expected to be all finished by 4pm

This program is offered as a full program only. Single day enrolments are not possible.

**** Baby & Toddler PD program

A special day of training just for Baby & Toddler teachers which includes enrolment into Winter Festival PD program and observation of classes at Festival.

Option 1: For teachers who have undertaken Baby and Toddler training, in addition to training on another instrument
Cost: $640 to attend Baby and Toddler Day, and all Festival Professional Development and class observation as per Festival PD timetable.

Option 2: For teachers who have undertaken Baby and Toddler training only
Cost: $500 to attend Baby and Toddler Day, Festival All Instrument PD and class observation as per Festival PD timetable. Teachers of this category will also be welcome to attend any Instrument specific PD for their own interest at no additional charge. For Victorian teachers, instrument specific pd sessions will be included as general pd for PD Points System purposes.

 

Festival Concerts

Auditioned Concerts:

Afternoon Concerts
Student soloists, selected by audition, will perform in afternoon concerts on Thursday 13 July 2017 at 2:15pm.
All enrolled families and teachers are welcome to watch these concerts. Concert programs will be in Festival handbooks which will be in your registration pack.

To audition, students must submit an audition recording of the piece they wish to perform along with audition application form and audition fee by 17 March 2017. Please note that auditons will only be accepted for students who have enrolled in Autumn Festival by 17 March 2017. Students who have not enrolled for Festival by the closing date are not eligible to audition. Please see information specific to Afternoon Concert auditions for full details.

Gala Concert
Student soloists selected by audition from Festival advanced programs will perform in this special afternoon concert on Friday 14 July 2017 at 2:30pm.

This concert will be free but will be ticketed on TryBooking. A link to book seats will be sent to all enrolled participants with confirmation packs.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Program (or enrolled for Piano, Organ or Voice at an advanced level - as there are no advanced programs for these instruments), performing at an exceptional level on the instrument in which they are enrolled, may audition by submitting an audition recording, application form and audition fee by 17 March 2017. Please note that auditons will only be accepted for students who have enrolled in Autumn Festival by 17 March 2017. Students who have not enrolled for Festival by the closing date are not eligible to audition. Please see information specific to Afternoon Concert auditions for full details.

Non auditioned concerts:

On Saturday 15 July 2017, from 1.00pm, each student enrolled in the standard or advanced programs may perform in a group play in or piano or organ solo concert (piano and organ students only - piece selection to be notified with Festival enrolment). Suzuki concert uniform (white top, black/navy bottoms, white socks, dark shoes) is required for group play ins, pianists and organists should wear concert clothing of any colour.

Following these play ins and solo concerts, the Festival ensembles and orchestra, selected piano soloists and all our instrumental and voice students will participate in a closing concert. The Closing Concert will start at 2:15pm and will finish by 4:00pm. Suzuki uniform is also required for the Closing Concert.

Piano and Organ Solo Closing Concerts
Piano and organ students must wear neat concert clothes, no watches, long hair tied back etc for this concert. All students may participate and must provide details of their nominated piece on their application form. Students will have the opportunity to change this piece after enrolments close - the office will email all piano and organ families to request updated concert piece information after the closing date.

Festival Concert Auditions - General Information

Auditions Close 17 March 2017

Students are invited to audition for the Festival concerts (Gala Concert for Advanced Program students only and Afternoon Concerts for Standard or Advanced Program students) if they are performing their chosen piece at an exceptional level. Your teacher must approve your audition prior to its submission.

Only students learning from a current financial Suzuki teacher or teacher trainee member who has commenced or completed training in that instrument are eligible to audition. Normal Festival eligibility criteria also apply to concert auditions.

Festival auditions will only be accepted by Unlisted YouTube link which must be provided with your application form and payment. For information about how to upload your recording to YouTube and make it Unlisted please refer to the help pages on YouTube which can be found at https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en#topic=4355266

Festival auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment is fine) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.

Applications may be completed online with TryBooking or via the application form which can be downloaded and submitted to the office. Payment must accompany the audition application.

Please note:

1. Only students enrolled for a Festival Advanced or Standard Program by the Festival closing date (17 March 2017) can have their auditions considered for concert placement.
2. Students who audition but do not enrol for Festival by 17 March 2017 will not be offered a concert place under any circumstances. The Suzuki Music office will not follow up with students who have auditioned and not enrolled - it is the responsibility of the family and the teacher to ensure this happens.
3. There are limited concert places and not all students who audition will be offered a concert place.
4. Audition results will be notified to families and teachers in late May 2017.
5. The audition panel will make all decisions in relation to concert placement and results will be final.
6. Audition results will not be available prior to official release.
7. Refunds are not available for concert auditions after submission of the application for any reason.

Please refer to specific concert audition information in tabs below prior to submitting an application.

 

Gala Concert Auditions

Audition Applications close 17 March 2017

Open to students enrolled in an Advanced Program (or enrolled at an advanced level in the standard program for piano or voice) by the Festival closing date and meeting eligibility criteria for enrolment in Festival.

As there is no official advanced piano, organ or voice programs being offered in 2017, auditions will be accepted for the Gala concert from students enrolled for Piano and Organ Book 5+ or Voice Level 5+.

Students must audition on the same instrument as they enrol in the Festival on.

Students must audition with the piece they wish to perform in the Festival concerts.

Pieces to be performed must be at an advanced level (Violin and Cello Books 6 and beyond or their equivalent; Viola, Piano, Voice, Flute and Guitar Books/Level 5 and beyond or their equivalent).

Duration of pieces: The suggested maximum duration for Gala Concert auditions is 8 minutes. The audition panel may select up to one student per instrument group performing a piece longer than 8 minutes.

Festival auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment is fine) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.

If you wish to submit an audition longer than 8 minutes you may also submit up to two alternative pieces for consideration for concerts - one of these can be between 5 and 8 minutes in duration and one of less than 5 minutes duration. The audition panel may place you in Gala or Afternoon Concerts as they deem appropriate.

If you wish to submit an audition longer than 5 minutes you may also submit one alternative piece for consideration for concerts which is of less than 5 minutes duration. The audition panel may place you in Gala or Afternoon Concerts as they deem appropriate.

Rehearsals and sound checks:

Suzuki Music will pay for one brief sound check with the accompanists. Rehearsals must be completed prior to Festival, at the performer's expense. Accompanist details will be advised once concert allocations are distributed to applicants. Additional rehearsals that the performer wishes to arrange will be a the performer's expense.

Sound checks for all performers will all be held between 9am and 1pm on Wednesday 12 July at Wesley College Glen Waverley, subject to change. Sound check times will be allocated according to accompanist and room availabilty and requests for specific times will not be taken. Students must make themselves available at any time on that morning for their sound check.

Students wishing to provide their own accompanist MUST indicate this on their audition application and will be responsible for all rehearsal and sound check costs.

 

Afternoon Concert Auditions

Auditions close 17 March 2017

Open to students enrolled in an Advanced or Standard Program by the Festival closing date and meeting eligibility criteria for enrolment in Festival.

Students may audition on any instrument which they learn with a current financial teacher or teacher trainee member who has completed or commenced Suzuki teacher training on that instrument.

Students may audition on more than one instrument however an audition fee applies for each instrument. Students may be selected to perform more than one instrument in the afternoon concerts.

Students must audition with the piece they wish to perform in the Festival concerts.

Festival auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment is fine) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.

Duration of pieces: Pieces must be less than 5 minutes in duration or they will not be selected for performance. Duration will be taken from the length of your recording. Advanced students wishing to audition for both Gala and Standard program please see Gala Concert Audition information for details about submitting alternative shorter pieces.

Rehearsals and sound checks:

Suzuki Music will pay for one brief accompanist run through (allocated by Suzuki Music) on Wednesday 12 July 2017 for any accompanied items using one of the offiical accompanists. Brief accompanist run throughs for performers who are using the official Festival accompanists will all be held between 9am and 4pm on Wednesday 12 July at Wesley College, Glen Waverley. Sound check times will be allocated according to accompanist and room availability and requests for specific times will not be taken. Students must make themselves available at any time between 9am and 4pm for their brief run through.

Full rehearsals must be completed prior to Autumn Festival and will be at your own expense. Accompanist details will be advised once concert allocations are distributed to applicants.

Students who intend to be accompanied by their own accompanist (teacher, parent or other) must advise this on application for auditions. These students will not be allocated a run through time and must complete all rehearsals and run throughs privately prior to Festival.

 

Important Festival Dates
17 March 2017 Concert audition applications and auditions close
17 March 2017 Festival closing date - enrolment applications and payment must be received by today
Students who have auditioned for concerts must be enrolled by today to be eligible for concert placement
18 March 2017 Late fee level 1 applies to all enrolments and/or full payments received from 18 March to 21 April 2017. Applications will only be accepted subject to space in appropriate classes and administrative constraints. Applications may cease to be accepted at any time without prior notice and will be considered in order of receipt.
22 April 2017 Late fee level 2 applies to all enrolments and/or full payments received from 22 April. Applications will only be accepted subject to space in appropriate classes and administrative constraints. Applications may cease to be accepted at any time without prior notice and will be considered in order of receipt.
Late April to Mid May Concert audition results notified
Late June Festival confirmation packs sent to all enrolled families and teachers
10 July 2017 Baby & Toddler PD Day
11 July 2017 Professional Development programs commence
12 July 2017 Festival concert sound checks/accompanist run throughs (9am to 4pm as allocated to individual students)
Festival commences for students enrolled in Advanced Programs
13 July 2017 Festival commences for students enrolled in Standard or Baby & Toddler Programs
14 & 15 July 2017 Festival Parent Education program held during student classes for all enrolled families and teachers
15 July Festival Concludes - all programs by 4pm

 

Festival Fees
Standard Program (Violin/Cello Bk 1 - 5, Piano/Viola/Flute/Guitar Bk 1 - 4, Organ/Voice all levels) $350
Advanced Program (Violin/Cello Bk 6 - post book, Viola/Piano/Flute/Guitar Bk 5 - post book) $435
Baby & Toddler Music Program (ages 0 - 3 at time of Festival) $95
Suzuki Teacher Registration for PD program (Violin/Viola, Cello, Piano, Flute, Guitar) $500
Suzuki Baby & Toddler Teacher Registration (For teachers of Baby & Toddler Music AND Violin/Viola, Cello, Piano, Flute, Guitar, Organ or Voice) $640
Suzuki Baby & Toddler Teacher Registration (For teachers of Baby & Toddler Music ONLY) $500
Concert Audition $35
Late Fee Level 1 (application or payment received after 17 March and by 21 April) - per membership number $45
Late Fee Level 2 (application or payment received after 21 April) - per membership number $70
Individual Lesson fees - one lesson per student please  
15 mins with International Tutor (Bk 1 students only) (Violin/Viola, Cello, Flute, Guitar or Voice) $50
30 mins with International Tutor (Violin/Viola, Cello, Flute, Guitar or Voice) - not recommended for early book 1 students $98
15 mins with Interstate Tutor (Bk 1 students only) (Violin/Viola, Cello, Organ or Piano) $40
30 mins with Interstate Tutor (Violin/Viola, Cello, Organ or Piano) - not recommended for early book 1 students $72

 

Individual Lessons

Students and teachers who are enrolled to attend Winter Festival will be able to apply for an individual lesson with a visiting tutor (one per student please). These lessons are open to observation by any enrolled teachers. Individual lessons must be paid for at the time of enrolment into Festival. Families and teachers who apply for an individual lesson will then be contacted by email to advise of available lesson times and tutors before allocations are made. Lessons will be allocated in order of receipt of payment for the lesson.

Students in Books 1 can elect to have a 15 minute lesson - one per student please. This is the recommended lesson length for an early book 1 student.

Students in Books 1 - post book or Teachers can have a 30 minute lesson - one per student/teacher please. Students in early book 1 are recommended to choose a 15 minute lesson.

Specific requests for lesson times will not be taken at any time but you will be able to express a preference for a tutor where more than one is available for your instrument.

Most individual lessons will occur before and during Festival where available. International Violin lessons will mostly occur on Monday 10 July prior to the commencement of Festival.

Parent Education Sessions

A range of optional lectures on topics of interest to parents will be presented during student classes on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July.   Details will be provided in the Festival handbook.

Supervision of Participating Students and Student Behaviour Management

All students of who are aged under 14 years at time of Fesival are required to be supervised by an adult who is on campus at all times that the student is in attendance. Application forms have a place to register any adult supervisors and their emergency contact numbers - please list any adults who are coming on campus at any time to assist with supervision of your child or children.

One adult may be the listed supervisor for more than one child and this person will be contacted in the event of an emergency or misbehaviour.

It is the responsibility of the adult supervisor to ensure that all children under their care behave in a manner appropriate to a school in which we are guests.

Students who are aged 14 and older may be left unattended at your own risk provided a completed indemnity and medical details form is lodged with Suzuki Music staff on the first day of Autumn Festival. This indemnity form will require you to give consent for and agree to necessary medical treatment to be issued and for ambulance costs to be covered by you if required in your absence.

We ask that parents talk to their children about appropriate and respectful in class and out of class behaviour. Students who are misbehaving in class may be asked to leave. Festival attendees are requested not to play in garden beds or climb on school furniture. Drinks and food are not permitted in classrooms, theatres or halls. Litter is to be placed in bins.

Late Enrolment

Enrolments and/or payment for enrolments received after the closing date of 17 March 2017 are late and are subject to payment of additional administration fees (late fees), availability of places in appropriate classes and administrative constraints.

Late enrolments may cease to be accepted at any time without notice.

Photography and Video Policy

You are permitted to photograph, video or film your own children at Suzuki events.  You are not permitted to photograph, video or film children other than your own or teachers for any purpose without the permission of the parents of those children or the individual teacher.  Photography or videoing of group performances must be close cropped to only capture your own child.

Photos, video or film that contains footage from Suzuki events are not permitted under any circumstances to be uploaded to the web for public viewing*, broadcast or offered for sale without the explicit written permission of Suzuki Music.  Failure to comply with this request is a breach of the Copyright Act and the Child Protection Act.  We appreciate your cooperation.

*Uploading footage of your child (that does not display any other teacher or student) to password-protected private sites (eg. for viewing by family/close friends) is permitted.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
  • Festival participants must meet eligibility criteria as listed in the first tab above.  
  • Enrolments are subject to space in appropriate classes or programs. Programs may be cancelled without notice and all programs are subject to minimum enrolments.
  • It is the enrolling person’s responsibility to check that a Festival enrolment and payment has been received by Suzuki Music. You can check by finding a payment record in your bank account or by contacting Suzuki Music.
  • Late applications are subject to late fees as described above. Suzuki Music may cease to accept enrolments at any time without notice.  
  • The Guest tutor list is correct at time of going to print. Suzuki Music takes no responsibility for last minute changes to the tutor list.
  • Attendance on campus is subject to Supervision of Participating Students and Student Behaviour Management as indicated.
  • Cancellations received in writing in the Suzuki Music office by 17 March 2017 will be refunded less an $85 administration fee. Cancellations received after this date will not normally be refunded or credited. In exceptional circumstances a partial credit may be considered if evidence of illness or other exceptional, significant family disruption is provided in writing to the Suzuki Music Council.
  • Enrolments are not transferable at any time.
  • Enrolments are subject to the Photography and Video Policy as above.
How to Enrol

You will be able to enrol via TryBooking (online) or a downloadable pdf form (to be printed, completed and submitted to the office). Please see links at the top of this page to do this.

 

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