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
  • Teachers perform – date TBA
  • “Busking Day” as part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival
  • Thursday Aug 23  – student soloists and groups



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 & Recorder Students
  • Session 2: Monday Aug. 19 – Thursday Aug. 22
    • instrument specific masterclass and mixed instrument group class every day
    • participation in performance events
All Students, any instrument
  • Session 2: Monday Aug. 19 – Thursday Aug. 22
    • Creative Ability Development improvisation class with Alice Kay Kanack every day


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.
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.
  • Open to teachers of any instrument.

Fees & Registration: 

More Information:

More BSWI 2019 information will be posted as it becomes available. Specific timetable information is dependent upon enrolment, so that will be posted after registrations start coming in.