The Borealis Suzuki Winds Institute (BSWI) is the the summer component of the Edmonton Suzuki Flute & Recorder Society program. The Institute is included at no extra charge for students registered in the ESFRS program. Suzuki flute and recorder students from outside the ESFRS program are also welcome to participate in the Institute.

The 2019  Institute will be held August 15 – 23, 2019. 

There are a number of events which are open to the general public – you do not have to be registered as an Institute participant to attend the concerts and special presentations.


  • Every Child Can! – August 15, 2019: Schoen Duo Studio
    • 8937 79 Ave, Edmonton
  • Session 1 – August 16 – 19, 2019:  Schoen Duo Studio
    • 8937 79 Ave, Edmonton
  • Session 2 – August 19 – 23, 2019: U of A, Faculty Saint-Jean
    • 8406, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street)


  • Monday Aug 20- student soloists and groups
  • Tuesday August 21 – “Busking Day” as part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival
  • Wednesday August 22 – Teachers performance
  • Thursday Aug 23  – student soloists and groups


  •  Alice Kanack will be leading  Creative Ability Development sessions for developing creativity through musical improvisation.
    • Read more about Alice here
  • Her Creative Ability Development approach is a very carefully crafted step by step guide to improvisation that works on any instrument. Games and ensemble exercises create a supportive environment for experimentation for players of all ages and levels.
    • Read more about Creative Ability Development here.


Recorder students:
  • Session 1:  Friday Aug.16 – Monday Aug. 19
    • daily lessons and group classes  with SAA Teacher Trainer Kathleen Schoen
    • participation in performance events at Campus St. Jean Aug. 20 – 23
Flute  Students
  • Session 2: Monday Aug. 19 – Thursday Aug. 22
    • instrument specific masterclass and mixed instrument group class (Creative Ability Development) every day
    • participation in performance events
All Students, any instrument
  • Session 2: Tuesday Aug. 20 – Thursday Aug. 22
    • Creative Ability Development improvisation class with Alice Kanack every day
Register for student programs here.


SAA Teacher training: 
Introduction to Suzuki Recorder

with Kathleen Schoen

  • Friday Aug. 16  – Sunday Aug. 18, 2019
  • Pre-requisite: Every Child Can! (offered on August 15)
  • This course is designed for school teachers who are using the recorder in the elementary school classroom. It will introduce aspects of the Suzuki approach that are suitable for classroom use and prepare the teacher to continue with training into Unit 1.
  • Register for this course here.
Creative Ability Development for Teachers

with Alice Kanack

  • Monday August 19 – Friday August 23, 2019
  • An in-depth look at the use of musical improvisation to develop creativity. For more info about Alice Kanack and her innovative approach to improvisation, check out her website here.
  • Open to teachers of any instrument.
  • Register for this course here.

Fees & Registration: 

More Information:

Preliminary schedule information is on the calendar here.

Please note that teachers are expected to attend student classes, as class observation and possible practice teaching are part of the course requirements.

Individual timetables will be emailed with registration confirmations.