PhoenixPhest Grande — July 30–Aug 3, 2018

Chamber Music Festival

  • If you play an instrument, you’re invited! ALL ages and levels welcome — individuals and preformed groups
  • Program includes daily chamber group coachings, private lessons, electives, Score Study & Rehearsal Process class, scheduled individual practice time
  • Private lesson length is determined by your practice commitment (1 hour practice = 15 minute daily lesson; 2 hours = 30  minute lesson; 3 hours = 60 minute lesson)

Suzuki Institute

  • Violin, viola, cello and bass instruction, all ages & levels
  • Optional half-day program for younger students (9:00am–12:30pm)
  • Choice of electives, including chamber music with Phest faculty

Suzuki Teacher Training

  • SAA-approved short-term training courses
  • Every Child Can with instructor TBA
  • Cello Unit 2 with Melissa Kraut
  • Violin Unit 2 with David Strom
  • Violin Overview, Books 1–4 with Ronda Cole
  • More TBA — please check back soon!

Jazz Camp

A week-long, full-day program for jazz musicians of all ages, levels and instruments. Bring your own combo or let us form one for you. Come work with our dream team! Curriculum includes:

  • Coaching/masterclasses
  • Composition/Arranging class
  • Listening class
  • Theory/jazz history
  • Faculty performance/lecture

Daily schedule

9:00 am Morning meeting & yoga in Alexander Building
9:30–3:30 pm Classes and activities, including scheduled practice time and one-hour lunch break
3:30 pm Student recitals (final concert on Friday)
7:30 pm Faculty concerts (Mon–Thurs)

What they’re saying

“The faculty are terrific. My children’s teachers are all wonderfully accomplished musicians who act as if there is nothing they would rather do than listen to small children play Twinkle variations. The atmosphere is warm and encouraging, and the musical standards are high. I like the fact that this institute seems to aim for an environment in which every child’s accomplishments are celebrated. At some institutes, one can feel as if one’s children are ‘behind’ if they’re not at a certain level by a certain age, etc. — that sort of competitiveness seems to violate the Suzuki spirit. At PhoenixPhest, I felt my children were challenged AND encouraged in about equal measure.”
— Suzuki Parent

“The morning discussion and yoga was great — helped me get more balanced and focused for the day ahead. I’m planning to have the girls start leading me in yoga stretches before we practice at home — so thanks for that idea! Both of them had Ronda Cole for master class, and she was simply amazing. She helped them both with technique, and gave me some great new ideas for home practice. But even more amazing was how she helped them play with more feeling and artistry. And the girls absolutely loved jazz improv with Christian Howes. There really were too many beautiful moments to list — it was a wonderful institute. Thanks for putting this on.”
— Suzuki Parent

“I’m writing from outside London to say hello and thank you for the lovely institute last week. I had a wonderful class, and had a great time, an easy time at the hotel and facilities. I appreciated your dedication and commitment. Very Nicely Done!”
— Pam Devenport, Teacher Trainer

“Since participating in his first Phest, my son has become quite interested in learning to teach. I think he is in awe of how much difference a really good teacher can make, both from his own personal experiences with the faculty at Phest, and also from hearing great stories from fellow phesters about their experiences. He and his fellow phesters are also inspired by YOU, Gabe, and all that you are able to bring to them through the Phests. Maybe someday, these young Padawans will be able to carry on your legacy… maybe even together as a team…. Congratulations, and please enjoy another warm fuzzy!”
— Phest Parent