What Makes Us Special

The transformative learning experiences at Virginia Suzuki Institute are designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom. Established in 1973 by William Starr (under the name Mid-Southeast Suzuki Institute), the Virginia Suzuki Institute is now located at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. Our passionate and skilled faculty are here to help our students make an impact on the world.


The Virginia Suzuki Institute is a privately run family-oriented music camp with a tradition going back decades. Many of our Faculty first attended the camp as students! 


We have many families who return to us every year, and it's so special to see children (and parents) forming lasting bonds as they journey through life together. Each summer is like a family reunion- with the added bonus of bringing new members each year in the form of first time campers!


Our campus is nestled in the heart of the Virginia Highlands, surrounded by incredible views, magnificent summer thunderstorms, and the classic sounds of trains coursing along the tracks that pass by daily.


More than just the families and the Suzuki classes, though- VSI is about the Experience. It is amazing to see the effect on students focus and mindfulness after spending a week at VSI. Being immersed in such a music oriented environment, surrounded by dozens of other families who all believe that Every Child Can is an incredible boost to the spirit. It is a wonderful experience to be supported by a community of like-minded individuals- not just for students, but for parents as well.

"It is with sadness and hope that I must tell you that the Virginia Suzuki Institute and Kontras Quartet Chamber Music Workshop are cancelled for Summer 2020."

- Nan Freeman, Director

VSI is postponed until 2021 in accordance with federal and state guidelines in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While the Emory & Henry campus will remain closed and we cannot gather in person during this time, we are hard at work planning some distance activities we can share with this community. Please keep in touch via our Facebook page.

For anyone who has already submitted payments for this year's Institute, we have begun the process of issuing refunds within the next two weeks.



(828) 308-0118

PO Box 3589, Hickory, NC 28601