The Ottawa Suzuki Strings Institute: Education for violinists, violists, and cellists


This Year's Dates: June 4-13, 2014
rehearsal for cello

New! Early Deadline Registration Extended to Feb. 28, 2014!!
The second Early Registration Deadline is March 28-still good for a substantial discount!!

We hope that you had a wonderful time at SOUND ENCOUNTERS last year! We look forward to seeing you this year!

Download our Absolutely Ottawa! Summer Programs brochure here:


The 2014 Overview is coming soon, but you can read the 2013 version here now.

SE Overview 2013.pdf

How to Apply

Download and read current information for 2014 as well as our 2014 registration form.


The 2014 Registration form is now available via the links below.
SE 2014 Registration pps. 1,2.pdf

SE 2014 Registration pps. 3,4.pdf

Media Release Form 2014.pdf
SOUND ENCOUNTERS is for advanced string students who play at or beyond the following minimum repertoire levels:

I. Collegiate Division

Spring 2014 high school graduates.

II. Undergraduate Division

Advanced students of all ages through high school. Note: Suzuki equivalencies to minimum repertoire level: Violin – Book 7, Viola – Book 5, Cello – Book 6, Bass – Orchestral experience, Piano – by audition.

How to audition for a SOUND ENCOUNTERS Master Class

How to audition for SE Master Class 2014.pdf

Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas (45 minutes southwest of Kansas City via I-35)

Faculty 2014 update coming soon!

Violin Master Classes
Brian Lewis, Violin
Brian Lewis, Austin, TX

Named National Artist of the Year in 1998 by Young Audiences, Inc., Brian Lewis has established himself as one of America’s most gifted and charismatic young artists.

Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Berlin (Germany), Fort Wayne, Topeka, Hartford, Cedar Rapids, Saginaw, Eugene, Sioux City, Kansas City, and American Symphony orchestras, among others. In Asia, Mr. Lewis has appeared as soloist with the Taejon City Symphony in Korea, the Royal Metropolitan Orchestra in Japan, and the Taipei Conductors Orchestra in Taiwan.

Activities in Central and South America include a residency in San Jose for the U.S.–Costa Rican Cultural Center, recitals and master classes throughout Honduras for the United States Information Agency, and concerto performances with the Philharmonic of Lima in Peru. His numerous solo recitals include performances in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, The Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and cities across the United States.

Mr. Lewis has made highly acclaimed recital debuts at both Wigmore Hall in London, and New York’s Lincoln Center on the Great Performers Series. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Sunflower Music Festival, the St. Barth’s Music Festival, the Casals Series, the Cape May Music Festival, the Evian Music Festival as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, and at the Cabrillo Festival performing The Red Violin for composer John Corigliano’s 60th birthday celebration.

Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Masao Kawasaki. He has won numerous young artists competitions, including the grand prize in the Mid-America Violin Competition. He received the Waldo Mayo Talent Award and holds Juilliard’s Peter Mennin and William Schuman prizes for outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of music. Mr. Lewis was one of the first recipients of the Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence, and he has received an Elizabeth B. Koch Fellowship, a career development grant awarded by the Kansas Cultural Trust. In 2003 he was presented the Fredell Lack Award by Young Audiences of Houston for having performed for more than 165,000 young people in the Houston area over the prior eight years.

He has recorded six CDs. The most recent CD is a recording of two violin concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra – the Bernstein Serenade and Elements by Michael McLean.

Mr. Lewis holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, and he is the Artistic director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Viola Master Classes
Roger Myers, Viola
Roger Myers, Austin, TX Roger Myers enjoys an impressive record of performing and teaching both here and abroad and has traveled widely presenting critically acclaimed concerts and master classes in countries on three continents including Austria, Norway, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, as well as the U.S.A. At the University of Texas at Austin he is Professor and Head of The String Division and was the recipient in 2007, of the School of Music Teaching Excellence Award.

He has been associated with some of the nation’s most prestigious summer festivals including the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine and the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas. In June of 1997 he served as the youngest ever Artistic Director and Host Chairman of the XXV Silver Anniversary Viola congress, an event praised by the “Strad” magazine as a “joyful and instructive week . . . a mixture of edification and entertainment”. He continues to serve on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Music Program in California and has taught at the International School for Musical Arts in Canada. He regularly performs at the Festival de Musique on the French West Indian island of St. Barts and is an artist at the Sunflower Festival in Topeka, Kansas and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, Massachusetts.

Roger Myers was born in Sydney, Australia where he played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra while still a student. He has lived in the United States since 1987 when his Sydney Conservatorium String Quartet was invited to become the international quartet in residence at Michigan State University. Later he studied on scholarships with Donald McInnes at the University of Souther California and on completion of his Masters degree the string faculty named him its most outstanding graduate of the year.

Presenting solo and chamber performances hailed internationally, the Toronto Star described his playing as “Spirited” and the New Zealand Event Post proclaimed him a “Fine Violist” whose playing was “various and entertaining”. Roger Myers has given chamber music performances with such artists as Lynn Harrell, Jean Barr, Martin Canin, Steve Doane, Sidney Harth, Yehonatan Berick, Norman Fischer, Jorja Fleezanis, Ronald Leonard, Martin Lovett, Donald McInnes, Kurt Nikkanen, James Parker, Tsuoshi Tsutsumi, Zvi Zeitlin, the Cavani and Miro String Quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet. He has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as principal violist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica and had the honor of being asked to play with the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles as principal viola on tour with Andrea Bocelli. Chamber performances include concerts with the Camerata Pacifica chamber music organization in California and at the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival in Canada. In 2004 Roger had the honor of performing as a featured soloist on the 100th birthday tribute concert to the great violist William Primrose at the XXXII International Viola Congress in Minneapolis and in 2005 enjoyed a successful Carnegie Hall debut with his newly formed Texas Piano Quartet. His students have achieved success as symphony musicians and teachers in major institutions and his graduates are regularly found in the most prestigious conservatories, universities and summer festivals.

Cello Master Classes
Cellist to be announced

David Barg, Orchestra Director Boston University; National and International Guest Conductor.

Ellen Bottorff, Piano Collaborative pianist, soloist, interim piano professor, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Peter Chun, Viola Violist, Associate Professor of Viola, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Violist of Quartet Accorda, Kansas City, touring recitalist, chamber musician and conductor.

Dr. Scott Conklin, Violin Violinist, Assistant Professor of Violin, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; performs widely, including performances in the Auler/Conklin Duo.

Carol Dallinger, Violin Violinist, Professor of Violin, University of Evansville, IN, Dir., Suzuki Talent Education Program, University of Evansville; Teacher Trainer, Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Jean Dexter, Chamber Ensembles Supervisor Suzuki Studio, Olathe, KS

Dr. Susan Dubois, Viola Violist, Artist Faculty, University of North Texas; Principal Violist, Richardson Symphony Orchestra; Prize-winner and recitalist, Lionel Tertis International viola Competition, United Kingdom; holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where she was teaching assistant to Karen Tuttle.

David Garrett, Cello Cellist, member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recitalist, chamber musician, soloist of critical acclaim, member of Belrose Duo, recording artist for Albany and Opus One labels.

Dr. Junko Ueno Garrett, Piano Pianist, faculty member Occidental College and California State University, Long Beach, Recitalist, Recording Artist, Collaborative Pianist.

Treesa Gold, Violin & Viola Violinist, studio teacher, performer, orchestral musician, Richmond, VA

Sharon Jones, Chamber Ensembles Director, Thames Valley Suzuki School, London, ONT, CAN.

Ruth Meints, Viola Violinist, violist, Director, Omaha Conservatory of Music Omaha, NE

Kathy Rollings, Violin Violinist, Suzuki Studio, Columbia, MO. Adjudicator, clinician, choir director, conference presenter.

Tal Shifter, Violin Violinist, Director, Suzuki Strings of Long Island, Long Island, NY.

Ellen Shertzer, Chamber Ensembles Cellist, Northern Kentucky Symphony, Suzuki cello studio, Cincinnati, OH.