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String Suzuki Workshop

Friday–Sunday, March 16–18, 2018

Join us for a weekend of intensive instruction, motivation, and fun with some of the most creative clinicians in North America. 

The March Hartt Suzuki String Workshop launches on Friday, March 16, 2018, with master classes for intermediate and advanced students led by our guest clinicians. Friday master classes are by teacher recommendation only. Saturday is the core of the program with three hours of classes, followed by a workshop wide play-in. Sunday is dedicated to our teachers with a lecture session by Winifred Crock.


Friday Evening Master Classes (by Invitation Only)

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

Friday afternoon/evening is dedicated to master classes with our innovative guest clinicians. Master classes give students the unique opportunity to not only be coached by our distinguished guest clinicians, but also to be inspired by their peers.

Intermediate students will receive approximately 20-minutes of one-on-one coaching, and advanced students will receive approximately 30-minutes of one-on one coaching with a guest clinician, followed by the opportunity to observe the clinician work with other students. Students should be prepared to stay for the full duration of the master class.

Location: Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, Conn.

Master classes are open to HCD private lessons students at the recommendation of a HCD faculty member.

Saturday Workshop

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

Schedules will not be available before the workshop. Please fill out your registration form carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by e-mail. Please be sure that your email address is clearly printed on your registration form.

Registration and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.  Students are scheduled for three hours of classes, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a break for lunch*.


Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 9 a.m.: Students Book 2 and above
  • 10 a.m.: Students Book 1


Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

*Lunch: There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop date. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

Saturday schedule is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.


Sunday Teacher Workshop

Check back for 2018 information.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition, early-bird registration, and registration deadline for 2018 TBA.

Friday Master Class

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

  • Intermediate Master Class Tuition: $55

  • Advanced Master Class Tuition: $70

Early-bird Registration: TBA

*Participation in master classes are by HCD teacher invitation only.

Saturday Workshop

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

  • Tuition: $95

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD Private Lesson Students

Early-bird Registration: TBA

Bundle: Friday Master Class + Saturday Workshop

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

Register for the Master Class and Workshop together to save $15!

  • Intermediate Bundle Tuition: $135

  • Advanced Bundle Tuition: $150

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD private lesson students

Early-bird Registration: TBA

Sunday Teacher Workshop

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

  • Tuition for teachers: $60

  • Tuition for advanced cello students chosen for Sunday master class: $70

  • No registration fee

2018 Guest Clinicians

  • Winifred Crock, violin, Ballwin, Mo.
  • Loren Abramson, violin, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Gabe Bolkosky, violin, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Kathy Almquist, violin and viola, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Seth Himmelhoch, guitar; Teaneck, N.J.

Read more about our guest clinicians below.


Winifred CrockWinifred Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School for over twenty-five years, and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. During her tenure, the Parkway Central High Music Department was awarded GRAMMY Gold Signature school status as one of the top high school music departments in the country. In demand as a clinician, teacher and conductor, Crock has been the featured string clinician at conferences and universities in over 20 states, and abroad. Crock has been named the Missouri ASTA Private Studio and Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, the NFHA Midwest Outstanding Music Educator, and the ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator. Crock holds degrees from SIU-E, KSU and from the Suzuki-Talent-Education-Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki. She is a certified Kodály instructor. Her publications include Learning Together Series and Pattern Play for Strings Series.


Loren AbramsonViolinist and conductor Loren Abramson is a recently retired public school orchestra teacher of all levels. Prior to her public school career,  Abramson served as a Suzuki Violin teacher on the faculties of the St. Louis Community Music School, Tucson AZ Talent Education, and Ithaca Talent Education in New York.

Abramson holds Bachelors of Music from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Lindenwood University. She studied violin and Suzuki pedagogy with Sanford Reuning and John Kendall. Additional violin studies were with Pamela Gearhart, Theodora McMillan, and Lorraine Glass-Harris of the St. Louis Symphony.

Abramson maintains a private violin studio and performs regularly with the Heritage String Quartet. A nationally recognized clinician, she has served as a guest teacher at many summer Suzuki Institutes.

The SAA invited Abramson’s Honors Orchestra to perform at the 2000, 2006, and 2008 Conferences. She was awarded Missouri String Teacher of the Year in 2008 and the St. Louis Symphony Educator of the Year in 2010.

In 2011 Abramson retired from teaching public school and began working as a technician and trainer at St. Louis Galleria Apple Store. In her free time, Abramson enjoys time spent with her wife, Lain, running with her Golden Retriever, Mimi, and nature photography. 


Gabe BolkoskyViolinist Gabriel Bolkosky performs and teaches across the United States and abroad. His diverse repertoire includes contemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music. He has collaborated with composers including Fredric Rzewski (world premiere at Carnegie Hall), William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, Bright Sheng, William Albright, Andrew Kirshner, Lars Holmer, Carter Pann, Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Derek Bermel, and Bernard Rands. As a jazz and tango musician, Bolkosky has worked with great artists such as John Lindberg, Peter Soave, Tad Weed, Ed Sarath, Chris Howes, Andy Bishop, and was a founding member of The Oblivion Project.

A native of Detroit, Bolkosky's primary teachers were Michael Avsharian, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance, a master’s in chamber music, and also studied improvisation at the master’s level at the University of Michigan. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Weilerstein’s teaching assistant, and won the school’s prestigious Darius Milhaud prize.

Bolkosky has released seven CDs that show his breadth as a musician, available at He has taught at the University of Michigan and worked with young musicians of all ages in most of the 50 states and parts of Asia. He is the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit musical resource for artists and educational institutions, and directs PhoenixPhest and PhoenixPhest Grande. Bolkosky also maintains a private violin studio.


Kathy AlmquistKathy Almquist received a Bachelors Degree from the Hartt School and a Masters degree at the Yale School of Music. Her viola teachers include: Patricia McCarty, Harold Coletta, Lawrence Dutton, Rosemary Glyde, Jesse Levine, and Scott Nickrenz.

After completing studies at Yale, she went on to Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training in viola as well as violin with Teri and David Einfeldt at the Hartt School of Music. Suzuki training continued with Carol Smith, Carrie Reuning Hummel and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. She has been a faculty member of The Hartt Suzuki Program, The Suzuki School of Newton and was Upper Strings Coordinator and viola faculty for Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Almquist is a frequent guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and Summer Institutes.

A former member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, she often performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a substitute player at the National Opera of Finland.

In addition to principal players at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, her students include a featured violist on Public Radioʼs From the Top, a 2011 Virtu Foundation Scholarship recipient, the winner of the 2010 Rosemary Glyde Scholarship from the New York Viola Society, the 2009 winner of the A-muse the World Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2008 New England String Ensemble Concerto Competition. 

Current and former students have continued their studies at such places as Harvard University, Amherst College, Oberlin College, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Bates College, University of Michigan, the Walnut Hill School, Meadowmount and the Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Italy.


Himmelhock SethSeth Himmelhoch is a classical guitarist and teacher based in Teaneck, New Jersey. Himmelhoch has made solo appearances at such venues as the 92nd St. Y, Alice Tully Hall, Wagner College in Staten Island, and St. Paul's Chapel in NYC. He has performed as a member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Cavatina, which was awarded a debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie as winners of the Artists International Auditions.

A prominent member of the Suzuki Guitar Community, Himmelhoch serves as chair of the Guitar Development Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Guitar School.

Himmelhoch has released the solo CD Seth Himmelhoch Guitar Recital and he appears on the Duo Cavatina CD Songs and Dances of the Americas.

Himmelhoch is director of classical guitar studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and he is the founder and director of the Suzuki guitar program at the JCC/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, N.J.

2017 Repertoire Lists

***The information below is from March 2017. Please check back for updated information for the 2018 workshop.***

Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.


Book Repertoire
1 All
2 Chorus, Hunters’ Chorus, Bourree, Two Grenadiers, Witches’ Dance, Lully Gavotte
3 Martini Gavotte, Humoresque, Gavotte in D Major
4 Seitz Concerto No. 5, 1st mvt, Vivaldi Concerto in A minor-1st mvt, Bohm Perpetual Motion
5 Vivaldi Concerto in G minor-1st mvt, Country Dance, Veracini Gigue
6 Handel FM-2nd mvt, Fiocco Allegro, Rameau Gavotte 
7 Mozart Minuet, Bach Concerto in A minor-1st mvt
8 Eccles Sonata in G minor, 1st and 2nd mvts, Tambourin


Book Repertoire
1 All
2 Chorus, Bourree, Gavotte from Mignon, Lully Gavotte
3 Martini Gavotte, Humoresque, Mozart Minuet
4 Seitz Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvt, Telemann single and double concerti
5 Country Dance, Moto Perpetuo, Nina, Seitz Concerto in C minor
6 Marais La Folia, Hungarian Dance, JC Bach Concerto-1st mvt
7 Schubert Ave Maria, Corelli Allegro
8 Bruch Romanze


Book Repertoire
1 All
2 Long, Long Ago, Minuet 1, Chorus, March in G, Moon Over the Ruined Castle
3 Berceuse, Lully Gavotte, Scherzo, Gavotte in C minor, La Cinquantaine
4 Allegro and Rondo from Sonata in C Major by Breval, Chanson Triste
5 Danse Rustique, Goltermann Rondo from Concerto in G
6 Tarantella, The Swan
7 Eccles Sonata, 1st and 2nd movements


Book Repertoire
1 All
2 Waltz, Andantino-Carcassi, Andante-Carcassi, A Toye, Allegro, Long Long Ago
3 Celeste y Blanco, Etude-Coste, Waltz from Sonata No. 9, Nonesuch, Greensleeves, Packington’s Pound
4 La Folia, Lesson for Two Lutes, Waltz Allegro, Lesson, Siciliana
5 Allegro Vivace, Minuet and Trio, Maria Luisa: Mazurka, Vals Espanol
6 Bouree, Guardarme las Vacas, Damas Etude
7 Canarios, Sonata, Vivaldi Concerto-Mvt II
8 To be announced
9 To be announced

Suzuki Workshop FAQ

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is for students who have polished the fourth piece in Book 1 and up.  A beginner in Book 1 is welcome to come to watch, but is a little too young to participate. Advanced violin students will have special group sessions (technique-related and repertoire-based) on Saturday with clinician Thomas Wermuth.

What are the benefits of studying with a different teacher for one a day?

Every teacher has a different perspective, different training, and different experiences that influence their teaching. While it is important to have one primary teacher to guide your child, a lot can be learned from working with a different teacher occasionally, either at a workshop or at a summer institute.

To what extent should my student master the pieces on the repertoire list?

Review is an important pillar of the Suzuki method. The repertoire list is a guideline of what pieces may be worked on in the repertoire classes in the workshop. Please prepare all of the pieces your child has learned to the best of your ability. If a piece is played that your child is not comfortable playing, they should sit down and listen during that piece.

Tell me more about the master classes. Who can participate?

The master classes are reserved for intermediate and advanced guitar, violin, viola and cello students studying with Hartt Community Division faculty members. Students must be recommended by their private teacher to participate in the master classes. Master class observations are open at no charge to all HCD students.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or