Suzuki Institute, Wellington Branch

Summer Camp 2015

Wednesday 14th January to Monday 19th January 2015

Registration Closed

Information for Summer Camp

General 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 2015 will again be at Rathkeale College, located in a beautiful rural setting, a short drive from the centre of Masterton. It worked really well as a venue last summer, with more classrooms, the huge auditorium, and the larger dining room. In addition, there are also a number of common rooms available for families to socialise.

Camp is a great environment for learning, sharing, and music enrichment, with fun classes, evening concerts, and public performances. There is a swimming pool and tennis courts, and lots of room for biking around. Having the food prepared by the chef on site is great; we had fantastic feedback on the quality of food last year.

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

The camp caters for all levels of Suzuki students including pre-twinklers (cello, viola, and violin only), right through to advanced levels. There are Music Enrichment classes and String Ensembles. There is something for everyone, including an all-camp choir, and a Parents' Talk.

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

Orchestra music for ensembles will be sent to you in late November; timetables and map will be sent to you in December.

We encourage everyone to participate in all the camp activities - from Play-In to Play-Out. In this way we can work together to build a strong community spirit.


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 hostel accommodation at Rathkeale is much less private than at St Matthews, and it will not be possible for each family to be allocated a closed room. These are likely to be prioritised for families with small children. 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.

The self catering option is more flexible than at St Matthews, with access to common rooms having a kitchenette with a sink, 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 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 14th January 2015. Camp concludes at around midday on Monday 19th January 2015 after the Play-out Concert. Lunch will not be available on the Wednesday, but will be available for those ordering it on the Monday.

Child Supervision

Please ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times.

Camp Roster

A small duty roster is a requirement of Summer Camp which relies on shared help in order to provide its current pricing schedule. These duties could include Meal Ticket Checking, Concert Monitors, and Supper Helpers, etc. Notification of duties will be given out at the Camp registration desk, and these will also be posted at Camp 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: the student must be in Book 4 or above, and must be playing a full size violin. Instruments will be provided
Fees: $40.00
Minimum enrolment: 4
Maximum: 10

Double Bass Experience

This year we are again trying something new - offering four hours of group classes for the double bass!

The requirements are that the student must be in Book 4 or above - on any instrument. Consideration must be given to the studentís height as the instruments are very large! We suggest students should be at least 10 years old. Instruments will be provided.
Fees: $40.00
Places are limited to : 8


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.

Due to the additional costs involved in supporting our piano students the committee has added a $50 Levy to all piano students. This levy is used to fund the extra pianos costs, including transporting extra pianos to Masterton, and Piano Tuning.

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: 5pm Wednesay 19 November 2014

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:

  • Kim Bishop, (Melbourne, Australia) (Violin)
  • Nancy Jackson (United States of America) (Violin/Viola)
  • Maya Kitagawa (Australia) (Violin)
  • Stacey Shuck (Auckland) (Violin)
  • Emma Featherston (Auckland) (Violin/Viola)
  • Hilary Ferral, (Wellington) (Violin)

Viola for Violinists:

  • Donald Maurice (Wellington)

Piano tutors:

  • Zohara Rotem, (Queensland, Australia)
  • Hazel Roggen, (Auckland)

Cello tutors:

  • Sally Ann Brown (Waiheke Island)


  • Julian Raphael (Community Music Junction, Wellington)


  • Elizabeth Lau (Auckland)

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:

  • Violin: Ann Goodbehere, , Ph: 021 049 8931
  • Viola: Alison Eldredge, , Ph: 04 563 8877
  • Cello: Felicity Baker, , Ph: 027 272 2580
  • Piano: Jenny Powell, , Ph: 027 275 4013
  • Double Bass: Carol Baker, , Ph: 027 272 2524
  • This Registration Site: Richard Bourne, , Ph: 04 931 9324