Suzuki Workshop

Guest clinicians: Terry Durbin (violin) & Jeremy Dittus (Dalcroze)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Suzuki group classes with guest clinicians Terry Durbin (violin), Jeremy Dittus (Dalcroze), and Phest faculty
  • Dalcroze classes
  • Groups perform at the student concert alongside Phest ensembles
  • Open to Suzuki violin, viola & cello players of any age or level

Workshop schedule

10:00 a.m. Check in at Alexander Building main lobby
10:30–12:30 Group classes & activities
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
1:30–2:30 Group classes & activities continue
3:30 p.m. Final concert begins in Alexander Recital Hall. Suzuki groups play first. Concert is open to the public and all are invited to stay and hear the chamber groups.

Note: children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the day.

Guest Clinicians

Terry Durbin

Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors in the country. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world. His dynamic teaching career includes over 700 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. He is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 75 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren. He believes in the magic of music’s power to enrich our lives.

Jeremy DittusJeremy Dittus

Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs in the United States, Switzerland, and Italy. He currently teaches on the summer faculty at Colorado State University where he founded and now directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has instructed undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Dittus has presented Dalcroze workshops at home and abroad including the World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, National Dalcroze Conference, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes and universities and conservatories across the country.

He completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the master of music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained bachelor degrees in piano performance and chemistry. His Dalcroze License and Certificate comes from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, while the Diplôme Supérieur (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) comes from the L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève.  While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles.

He is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States. The DSR offers Eurhythmics classes for children ages 4–14, adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, and pedagogy). Dr. Dittus serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and is the Vice President of the Dalcroze Society of America. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.

Getting here

The Alexander Building is located on the campus of Eastern Michigan University at the corner of Lowell and E. Circle Streets.


Free parking is available in the guest lot directly in front of the building. To get there, enter through the Sill parking lot which is connected. Note: E. Circle Drive is currently closed to construction. Do not follow the detour signs; just continue down Lowell and the Sill entrance is on your right. Download a map


A one-hour lunch break is scheduled into the day. There is a Jimmy John’s within walking distance (map), or you may bring a bag lunch. The EMU cafeterias and Eagle Cafe will be closed for the holiday.