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Gasshuku 2014: Science and Sound

Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, 2014
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN

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* About Gasshuku 2014

What is Gasshuku?

"Gasshuku" is a Japanese term meaning special training, often held outdoors. The name was chosen by SEMSA for our biennial workshop in honor of our Japanese Suzuki heritage and because it nicely summarizes our event, a special weekend of training for Suzuki students, parents and teachers. The standard repertoire for violin, viola, cello, piano and harp will be studied, along with orchestal works for middle school students.

Each Gasshuku has a theme. This year's theme is Science and Sound. Students will learn the physics of the creation of sound and the concepts will be applied to their instrument playing. This theme will be threaded throughout the class sessions during the weekend. Holding the 2014 Gasshuku at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center allows us to incorporate a variety of outdoor activities, in a beautiful, natural setting.

Gasshuku Registration

SEMSA sponsors Gasshuku and raises funds to minimize your cost of participation. Additional discounts are available. Gasshuku registration will be accepted until October 31. Gasshuku shirts cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after October 20. If you have not already registered and would like to request participation, contact Judy Hickey through email at or phone at 292-0576.

Georgia Daniels' Scholarship Information -- Applications due by June 1st

Suzuki Institutes are like a week long Gasshuku! Those who have attended SEMSA’s Gasshuku workshop in the past can tell you how much fun they are. The institutes are patterned after Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s summer school in Japan. Teachers, students and parents participate in music instruction, parent talks, motivation and enjoyment. SEMSA offers the Georgia Daniels' scholarship for families who are first time Suzuki Institute attendees.

The Georgia Daniels' Suzuki Scholarship is offered by SEMSA to help introduce families to Institute. As such, the scholarship is not tied to financial need, is restricted to a one-time award per family, and is only available the first time any family member attends Institute.

The process is simple and documented here, but feel free to talk to your SEMSA teacher about it as well:

  1. Complete the Scholarship application and submit it to the contact on the form by June 1st.
  2. After attending a Summer Institute,
    • Provide proof of registration/payment
    • Submit a short article to be published in the SEMSA Newsletter
  3. The SEMSA Treasurer will mail scholarship applicants a check for $100

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