Winter Festival 2021

Winter Festival 2021

Our annual Winter Festival is a weekend workshop styled after the “Suzuki Summer Institute” experience. We invite internationally renowned clinicians to teach masterclasses, group classes, and enrichment and to lead play-ins and parent forums. There is something for everyone during Winter Festival. We hope you arrive prepared to join in with great enthusiasm and we hope you leave inspired and encouraged.

There are two types of Group Classes at Winter Festival. The technique group focuses on learning or improving techniques that are found in a specific book level. Students in this group class may play small parts of a few pieces together, enabling them to refine these important techniques. The Repertoire group is focused on performing at a high level of quality as a large group.  Many pieces are played and polished.  Practice partners are encouraged to attend these groups and take notes while enjoying the beautiful music!

Instrument Specific Play-ins will be held on Saturday afternoon and will be led by our clinicians. Traditionally, the play-in begins with students playing the most advanced piece and other students join in as they play down through the repertoire and end with the Twinkle Variations. Clinicians also encourage students to make special requests, turning the play-in into a “favorites” play-in.

Parents/Practice Partners will be able to participate in two Parent Forums on Saturday.

We will be offering Dalcroze Eurhythmics during Winter Festival. These classes offer a break from groups and masterclasses and enable the students to have some social time with each other while burning off some energy and learning new skills.
Optional Masterclass (for flutes and strings – pianists see below) will be offered. Each student who participates in the masterclass will receive a lesson, 20 minutes in length. We encourage students and practice partners to attend masterclasses surrounding their lesson time in order to learn from watching other lessons. Practice partners attend with their students to take notes and to meet other practice partners. Openings are limited and there is an extra fee for string and flute masterclasses.

Polar Piano Students will each participate in 2 masterclasses (as the schedule allows), a group class, an enrichment class, and the final recital. Students in the same book level will be scheduled together so that students and practice partners can gain insight from watching those working on similar pieces. The practice rooms in the basement of Burton Hall will be open for us to use throughout the weekend.

• Flutes in the Frost: $75 (This does not include a masterclass.)
• Strings in the Snow: $75 (This does not include a masterclass.)
• Polar Pianos: $75
Fully enrolled Denison Suzuki Students: The fee is included in your tuition.
Additional Masterclass fee for Strings and Flutes: $30
Checks are to be made payable to “Denison University” and should be mailed to Maryfrances Kirsh, Denison University Music Department, Box 810, Granville, Ohio, 43023

General Schedule

Masterclasses (see specific instrument schedules)
Possible advanced violin group class – TBD

Group classes, Masterclasses, and Enrichment classes are offered throughout the day. Please check instrument schedules on our website ( for times and location.

Address of the Eisner Center for Performing Arts

240 W. Broadway,  Granville, OH  43023


Local Lodging for the Granville area:


Fiddle Class Tunes

Violin Review List

WF20 Violin Review List Update

Book 1 – all

  • Lightly Row
  • Perpetual Motion
  • Minuet 1
  • Happy Farmer

Book 2

  • Chorus by Handel
  • Musette by Bach
  • Bourrée by Handel
  • Minuet in G

Book 3

  • Martini Gavotte
  • Bach Bourrée

Book 4

  • Concerto No. 2, III by Seitz
  • Concerto in A minor, I, by Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, I, by Bach

Book 5

  • Bach Gavottes
  • Concerto in A minor, II, Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, I, by Bach

Book 6

  • Sonata in F Major, II by Handel
  • Allegro by Fiocco

Book 7

  • Minuet by Mozart

Book 8

  • Tambourin by Gretry

Cello Review List

Book 1 – all

Book 2 

  • Minuet 3
  • Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus
  • Witches Dance
  • Handel Bourree

Book 3 

  • Scherzo
  • Minuet in G
  • Gavotte in C Minor
  • La Cinquantaine

Book 4

  •  Breval 1st Movement
  • Chanson Triste

Book 5

  •  Danse Rustique

Book 6

  • Tarantella
  • Vivaldi Double

Book 7-10 -TBD depending on enrollment