Sydney Suzuki Festival 2019 – Students Programs

Date Saturday 13th April, 2019 to Monday 15th April, 2019
Time 8:45am - 3:30pm daily (Senior Program only - Saturday & Sunday till 4:30pm)
Venue Abbotsleigh Senior School
Address 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Booking Email Bookings Only

Sydney Suzuki Festival (SSF) for Violin, Cello, Piano, Flute and Guitar students, Early Childhood Program plus Teacher's Professional Development.

Fun classes, play-ins and concerts.  A great occasion for learning, sharing and making music in an encouraging Suzuki environment.  An environment that will help sustain and motivate us to keep moving towards our goals.

See also our "Benefits of attending a Suzuki Festival".

Our exciting program includes:

  • International and Local Tutors including
    • Violin - Koen Rens (Belgium)
    • Cello - Rodney Farrar (USA)
    • Piano - Kasia Borowiak (UK)
  • Advanced Student Program
  • Enrichment for Juniors
  • Parent Lectures
  • Professional Development
  • Early Childhood Program.


Student Programs 

Enrolment numbers are limited and will be processed in order of receipt.  All applications must be members of their local Suzuki Association.

Violin, Cello, Piano & Flute Programs are for 3 days (13 - 15 April, 2019)

Guitar Program is for 2 days only (13 - 14 April, 2019)

PIANO STUDENTS - please read this: Additional Information & Repertoire List

Junior Program
Book 1 Students - Violin, Cello, Piano, Flute & Guitar
A shorter daily program for Junior students, which will consist of a tutorial enrichment class and play-in for string/flute students.

Standard Program
Violin: Book 2 - 8               Cello: Book 2 - 8              Piano: Book 2 - 6              Flute & Guitar: Book 2 and above
All students participating in the Standard Program will work in small group tutorials focusing on developing key points such as tone production, musical expression, technique and posture.

Students will also have the opportunity to experience a range of level appropriate classes including ensembles, play-ins, tone & technique classes, repertoire classes and musical enrichment.

Senior Program 
Violin: Book 9 and above          Cello: Book 9 and above          Piano: Book 7 and above
Senior students will work intensively on a selected work throughout the SSF as part of a varied program of advanced classes.  Music will be distributed from Thursday 28 March, 2019

Suzuki Early Childhood Music Program (SECM)

The SECM Festival program (3 days, 13 - 15 April) caters for children aged 0 - 5 years who will be grouped into age appropriate classes.  If families wish to enrol siblings in the same class  please note this on the enrolment form. 

The SECM classes are fun, interactive group musical activity classes based on the Suzuki Philosophy.  A range of musical and social concepts involving listening, singing, beat, rhythm, pitch, movement, creativity and the playing of percussion instruments  provide a memorable experience for the children.   

For the benefit of your child, please ensure that each child has one carer present to participate with in the class.  No previous musical knowledge is required.

The SECM program will consist of one 45 minute SECM class each day.  All SECM students are welcome to observe all instrumental classes and concerts during the SSF.  Participation in instrumental classes involves a separate enrolment.


Afternoon Concerts (13 & 14 April) 
Beautiful performances by individual students or studio groups.  Inspirational for students of all ages and levels.

The Closing Concert (15 April)
is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of students over SSF.

Auditions Notes:

  • Auditions for Concerts are open to all students enrolled in SSF.
  • All audition submissions are due on 24 February, 2019.  No auditions will be accepted after this date.
  • To audition select the Audition box on the online enrolment form and pay for it.
  • Audition recordings will be accepted as a YouTube link only, and must be submitted by email sent to before or on 24 Feb 2019.
  • Only memorised performances will be considered.
  • Only the piece auditioned will be considered for performance.
  • Late, incomplete or incorrect YouTube links will not be considered and fees will not be refunded.
  • Notification of audition results will be via email by 11 March, 2019.
  • Audition Fee are non refundable.
  • The Festival Audition Panel reserve the right to invite outstanding students to perform in the Afternoon Concerts.


Parent Lectures 

A series of free lectures designed to support parents in their understanding and application of Dr Suzuki's Philosophy.

Professional Development Program 

Enrolment numbers are limited and will be processed in order of receipt.

Violin, Cello & Piano (13 - 17 April, 2019)
The Professional Development Program will include lectures and classes with the SSF International Guest tutors, as well as observation of the Festival classes and daily teacher tonalisation classes.

16 & 17 April lectures and classes will run from 9am - 5pm (subject to change without notice) 

For more information go to the Event Page.

Sydney Suzuki Festival Fees 

  • Students Program Fees (see Booking Form)
  • Professional Development Fees (see Booking Form)
  • Late Fees - $80 per application and subject to availability
  • Child Supervision (see below)
  • Cancellations and (see below)
  • General Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy


Eligibility of Enrolment
To participate in the SSF, you must be a current member of your local Suzuki Association.

Enrolment Procedure

  • Please complete your SSF enrolment online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your registration and receipt for payment immediately.
  • Concert Audition applications will be notified of their result by 11 March, 2019

An information email will be sent by 8 April, 2019.

Multiple Instrument Applications
We are unable to accept multiple instrument applications.

Child Supervision 

A parent or carer must be in attendance at the SSF at all times.  No responsibility will be taken by the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia (NSW) Ltd for children or students left unattended.

Your enrolment in the SSF indicates your acceptance of our Terms & Conditions and Risk Policy.

Membership (for Suzuki NSW) 

All our events are for members only.  To join or to renew your 2019/20 membership:

click here for Family (Ordinary) Membership or click here for Early Childhood Membership

Late Fees & Cancellations

After 1 February, 2019 - a late fee of $80 per application.  Late enrolments will only be accepted if positions are available in appropriate classes.  You will be notified within ten (10) working days.

All cancellations must be received in writing.  Cancellations received by 13 March 2019 will be refunded less $70 Cancellation Fee.  No refunds will be made after this date.  

Note: Timetables subject to change without notice and Suzuki Office reserves the right to make any alterations should the need arise.  

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