Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 11–16 | Teacher Development Aug. 10–18, 2024 | In Person at WLU & Online


Bursaries for Reduced Tuition Fees
A limited number of student bursaries are available for reduced SOSI tuition fees. They are intended to assist dedicated students who would like to attend SOSI but who require financial assistance.

2024 Application deadline extended (while supplies last, as they say)

Please send:
  • Regular Student Application form with registration fee.
  • A short letter of recommendation by the student's individual Suzuki teacher (the letter should describe the family's financial limitations and dedication to Suzuki lessons).
  • A copy of income verification (T4 summary sheet). If the bursary is awarded, it will be applied toward the tuition fee. The names of those receiving bursaries will be strictly confidential. Applying students who do not receive a bursary may withdraw their application without penalty.

You may make a contribution to the SOSI Bursary Fund with your Student Application. Canadian tax receipt issued for donations of $10 or more.

For further information, please contact Tracy Jewell at [email protected].

Daphne Hughes Memorial Fund
There is a giant hole in the Suzuki universe created by the passing of Daphne Hughes in July 2023.

Daphne co-founded the Suzuki String School of Guelph. With a committee of the SSSG, Daphne inspired the creation of the Guelph Suzuki Institute (GSI) in 1983, now known as the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and was the director for many years.

She was always looking for strong potential candidates to become Suzuki teachers. She became a mentor to hundreds of musicians who followed in her footsteps. Daphne also kept developing her own teaching, going to summer Suzuki institutes in the USA in the late 70s and to Japan in 1984 to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Over the years, many of her students won awards and became professional musicians and teachers. However, her priority was always to support students in developing their character and sensitivity. In 1998, Daphne was given the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and was instrumental in the development of two of their training courses. Daphne was on the Board of Directors of the SAA from 2002 to 2004. She was a frequent contributor to the American Suzuki Journal and also edited its Violin Column.

The Daphne Hughes Memorial Fund will offer financial help to the new generation of Suzuki teachers who take Teacher Development through SOSI.

For further information, please contact Tracy Jewell at [email protected].

Taryn Chaykowski Memorial Fund
It was with great sadness that we learned of the unexpected death of Taryn Diane Chaykowski on March 11, 2023 from complications of breast cancer. Taryn came to SOSI as a student, did teacher training with us, and, as a teacher, brought many of her students each year.

Taryn was a graduate of the Laurier music program. She was President of the local branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. She played violin and viola with many professional groups over the years, but her greatest wish was to have her own studio in order to pass her love of music on to her students. Twinkle Strings Suzuki School and its families were the fulfilment of that dream.

In consultation with her parents and some of her student families, we have established two memorial bursary funds in her name—one for students and another for teachers taking Suzuki training at SOSI.
More Teacher Development Bursaries
Suzuki Association of Ontario
Are you a member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario? This association offers three bursaries to teachers:

Application deadline to SAO: May 31

Members of SAA may also be eligible for Teacher Training bursaries. See the page on the SAA web site for more details…

For additional assistance to teachers at SOSI, see our Teacher Development Offers page.