Suzuki Institute, Wellington Branch

Summer Camp 2016

Wednesday 20th to Monday 25th January 2016

Registration Closed

Information for Summer Camp

Full information for Camp

Wellington Branch Committee is delighted to invite families to register for the upcoming Cello, Piano, Viola and Violin Camp.


Our Summer Camp for 2016 will again be at Rathkeale College, a short drive from the centre of Masterton. It is in a beautiful rural setting, has a huge auditorium, large dining room, common rooms for families to socialise, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and LOTS of room for biking around. We have had fantastic feedback on the quality of the meals. Having food prepared by a chef on site is great.

Summer Camp is a great environment for learning and sharing, with wonderful music enrichment - fun groups and ensembles, stimulating master classes, and evening concerts open to the public.

Places for all instruments are limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Every student needs to prepare a piece to perform at a solo concert. Rehearsal time and an accompanist will be provided.


On site accommodation is available in the school hostels, or camping on the school fields if you wish to bring a tent or caravan.

At Rathkeale, there are two hostels, each with a number of wings. Each wing has a combination of a small number of closed rooms, and the remainder of beds in the wing divided up by side partitions and open to the corridor. Please note that Rathkeale is a boys’ boarding school with 2-bed cubicles, so hostel accommodation is much less private than at a girls’ school. It is not be possible for each family to be allocated a closed room. These are prioritised for families with small children. The cubicles can have some privacy if a blanket / towel / sheet is hung over opened cupboard doors at the entrance to the cubicle. If you would like to share a wing with families you know, please let us know by telling us the names of these families in the comments field when you register.

A self-catering option will be available, with access to common rooms that have a kitchenette with a sink, a very small fridge, and a microwave, but no oven or stove top. Please note that if you are camping, there is likely to be a fire ban, so no naked flames. If you are going to self-cater, please bring chilly bins or other to help keep your food cold, as fridge space is extremely limited.

If tenting or caravanning is not an option for you, and you wish more privacy than can be offered in the school hostel, there are many motels around Masterton that would be within a ten minute drive of Rathkeale.

Off-Site/Day Visitors

There is a camp charge for all day visitors not staying on site. It covers camp administration, and use of amenities. Fees must be paid at time of enrolment.

Camp Arrival and Departure

Registration will commence at 1pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016. Camp concludes at around midday on Monday 25th January 2016 (Wellington Anniversay) after the Monday Concert, which is just before the Play-out. Lunch will not be available on the Wednesday, but will be available on the Monday if it has been ordered at online registration.

Child Supervision

Please ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times. If anyone is going to use a bicycle at camp, OSH requires each person to wear a helmet. Please look out for other people’s children also.

Camp Roster

Being on the duty roster is part of attending Summer Camp. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to meet the Suzuki community, which usually includes people from out of Wellington and from overseas. The light duties include Meal Ticket Check, Concert Door Monitor, and Supper Helper. Notification of duties will be at the camp registration desk, and will also be posted on the information board.

Viola for Violinists

We are again offering a class called Viola for Violinists - four hours of group classes! As well as being a beautiful solo instrument in its own right, the viola is the essential middle voice in string quartets and string orchestras, and will give our young musicians an important new skill. We are building towards a Suzuki string quartet programme for our teenagers and this is the first step.

The class will be taught by Professor Donald Maurice, New Zealand School of Music viola teacher and proud Suzuki dad. Donald brings a wealth of performance and teaching experience to this project, and we are extremely fortunate to have him on our faculty!

The requirements are that the student must be in Book 4 or above, and must be playing a full size violin. Instruments can be provided

Fees: $40.00
Minimum enrolment: 4
Maximum: 10

Double Bass Experience

We are again offering a Double Bass Experience - four hours of group classes on double basses!

The requirements are that the student must be in Book 4 or above - on any instrument. Consideration must be given to the student’s height as the instruments are very large! We suggest students should be at least 10 years old. Instruments will be provided.

Fees: $40.00

Baroque Style Class

Something new again as an option! In this new additional option, Vivaldi's Concerto in C major (RV114) will be the focus of learning about baroque style. This option is for Violin students (Book 7+) and Cello students (Book 6+). This will be run as an ensemble class and directed by the Baroque violinist Graham McPhail (Director of NZ Barok).

Fees: $40.00


Enrichment classes are included for all piano students and for those string students who have not yet reached the level for ensemble playing, including twinklers/pre-twinklers. Enrichment classes are also available for those non-playing siblings. These classes will be taught by Anya Nazaruk, Orff trained, and Director of Music at St Mark’s Church School in Wellington.


Participation in the Masterton Summer Camp is undertaken at your own risk. To the extent allowed by law, the Camp organisers will not be liable for any damages resulting from, or in any way connected to the Camp.

Registration Details:

  • Registration cannot be accepted unless you are a current member of NZSI.
  • To become a member of the Institute please go to the Suzuki Institute website and complete the membership process.
  • Registration is not complete until payment is received.
  • Registrations close: 10 p.m. Monday 16th November 2015

Payment Details:

  • Payment can be made via Internet Banking or at any Westpac bank.
  • Internet Banking: Account Name: NZSI Wellington Branch, Westpac, Lambton Quay, 03-0584-0017649-000.
  • Please include your registration number with your payment.
  • We are no longer able to accept payment by cheque.
  • If you are unable to pay by Internet banking you can make payment at any branch of Westpac Bank.

Refund Policy:

  • Refunds can only be made if a registration is cancelled prior to the closing date,
  • OR if the place can be filled by someone on a waiting list.
  • Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund due to sickness

Camp Address:

    Rathkeale College
    Willowpark Drive, RD11
    New Zealand


Violin/Viola tutors:

  • Annabel Harrison (Auckland, NZ)
  • Emma Fetherston (Auckland, NZ)
  • Graham McPhail (Auckland, NZ)
  • Haruo Goto (Sydney, Australia)
  • Helene Pohl (Wellington, NZSQ)
  • Kim Bishop (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Maya Kitagawa (Sydney, Australia)
  • Yuka Eguchi (Wellington, NZ)
  • Helene Pohl (Wellington, NZ)

Viola for Violinists:

  • Donald Maurice (Wellington, NZSM)

Piano tutors:

  • Christine Griffiths (Hamilton, NZ)
  • Zohara Rotem (Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Cello tutors:

  • Belinda Mainwaring (Queensland, Australia)
  • TBC

Double Bass Experience:

  • Elizabeth Lau (Auckland, NZ)


  • Graham McPhail (Auckland, NZ)
  • Elizabeth Lau (Auckland, NZ)

Camp Choir and Music Enrichment Classes:

  • Anya Nazaruk (Wellington, NZ)

Piano Accompaniment:

  • Elizabeth Lau (Auckland, NZ)

The Wellington Suzuki Institute is a branch of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute. General information on the Suzuki Institute can be found at: Suzuki Institute

If you have any questions about the registration or the Wellington Suzuki Institute please contact the following people:

  • Strings: Felicity Baker, , Ph: 027 272 2580
  • Piano: Jenny Powell, , Ph: 027 275 4013
  • This Registration Site: Richard Bourne, , Ph: 04 931 9324