Announcing the Sixth Annual Santa Barbara Suzuki Violin Institute!

Summer Institute 2016 - 1
Summer Institute - 5

When: 9am-5pm (Your time/schedule varies according to level)
August 7-11, 2017

Location: El Montecito School San Roque, 3225 Calle Pinon, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Summer Institute 2016 - 2

Summer Institute 2016 - 3

Age and Skill Level: Open to all violin, viola, cello, and classical guitar students, ages 4-16. Students should be familiar with the repertoire from Suzuki books. Beginners are also welcome!

Summer Institute 2016 - 4

Description: Located in beautiful Santa Barbara at the outstanding campus of the El Montecito School at San Roque, the SB Suzuki Institute offers a great learning experience with is outstanding faculty. Students participate in daily master classes, ensembles, group classes, and orchestra. Creative and educational enrichment classes will also be offered. The Institute concludes with a grand finale concert. Now in our fourth year as a Suzuki Institute, our aim is create a positive, nurturing, and exciting experience for both students and parents.

Director: Valerie Malvinni, violin and viola, Director of The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara, on faculty at SB Community College and Westmont College, Santa Barbara Symphony, has performed frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Curtis Institute of Music graduate, Master of Music from UCSB

A Look at Summer Institute 2015:

(click on links below)

Faculty Bios:

Valerie Malvinni--see above

Gail A. Acosta, violin, viola, a native of Indiana, began her musical studies at the age of 8. She was awarded scholarships to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, University of Illinois String Festival, Miami University in Ohio, Bay View Chamber Music Festival, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she studied with Dr. Marla Mutschler. Her M.M. summa cum laude was completed in 1981 and she was honored the String Chamber Music Ensemble Award for 1981. As an active performer, Ms. Acosta has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, The Orchestra of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mozart Camerata, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, Oregon, the Ojai Music Festival, California, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival, California and La Folia Chamber Ensemble. An avid teacher and supporter of music education for young students, Gail has taught across the United States at many major string workshops and universities. Gail is a Suzuki String Coordinator at Evergreen Music Conservatory, and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students.

Gulia Gurevich, violin. A versatile performer, Gulia Gurevich has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and as an orchestra member throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently Ms. Gurevich has performed in such important venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Benaroya Hall among many others. Past seasons Gulia appeared in more than 100 concerts with the Prima Trio, a group that in 2007 won the Grand Prix and the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. This year's highlights include masterclasses and a guest recital at Oberlin Conservatory as well as a performance at the prestigious Chicago Chamber Music Society. Gulia Gurevich has performed with the Boston, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Charleston Symphonies, among others, and in many music festivals including Tangelwood, Spoleto, Colorado College Summer Music and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

David Malvinni, guitar, Ph.D. in musicology, UCSB, M.M. UMass, B.A. Rice University, teaches at SBCC, many of his students have gone onto music schools. Has given solo recitals and lectures across the United States and Europe, and is the author of books on Gypsy music and classic rock, including the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones.

Recreation: Santa Barbara is a family-oriented city with many fun things to do for all ages. Whether visiting the historic downtown, the zoo, the Mission, the museums, the harbor or parks, Santa Barbara offers something for everyone. Wonderful outdoor opportunities abound, from the beaches to the mountains. There are a wealth of parks and botanic gardens that will delight your entire family, and restaurants to satisfy every taste, from fine dining to fish tacos on the beach.