Suzuki Music Columbus is under the artistic and executive leadership of Douglas and Susan Locke, and continues a more than 31 year tradition of Suzuki Music in Columbus, Ohio. Suzuki Music Columbus, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with over 100 Suzuki violin, viola and cello students, 16 faculty and an active teacher training program.
The Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group, was first established at Capital University in 1995 by Douglas Locke and Susan Locke to provide high-quality performing experiences for advanced Suzuki violin students, while instilling a sense of pride and teamwork among their peers. In a positive and nurturing spirit, the group prepares repertoire and enjoys performing and sharing the educational idea of Shinichi Suzuki’s Talent Education. The Suzuki Tour Group 2017 is comprised of 15 violinists aged 10 – 17. The members of the group are studying Suzuki volume six and up, although several members have completed the eight books of literature and are now studying advanced violin literature. Admission to the group is by invitation of the directors, and is only offered to students in the SMC Program.
In the United States, the group has toured and performed throughout Central Ohio, as well as Cincinnati (’96, ’08, ‘11), St. Louis (’96, ‘04), Pittsburgh (’98, ’02, ’07), Chicago (’99), Arizona/New Mexico (’03), Buffalo (’06), Maine (’06), Lexington ('09), Nashville ('09), Memphis ('09), New Orleans ('09), Lafayette ('09), Baton Rouge ('09), Southeast Florida (‘10) The group has been featured four times at the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s “Young Musicians Showcase” and performed for the 2001 Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Professional Conference. The group has produced five compact disc recordings (’99, ’01, 03, 05, 07). Internationally the Suzuki Tour Group has performed concerts in Estonia in the cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Polva, Poltsama, and Rakvere; In China in Beijing, Xian and Xingxiang; and Italy, in Venice, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome; In Peru in Lima, Cuzco, and Taquile Island on lake Titicaca.
The tour group traveled to the Baltic country of Estonia in March 2001. The 10-day friendship tour with concerts in six cities and villages sparked tremendous interest in the Suzuki method across the country; Inspired by the Suzuki Tour Group visit, the newly formed Estonian Suzuki Association, working together with Douglas and Susan Locke, completed translation, secured copyright and published the first Estonian language edition of Shinichi Suzuki’s book “Nurtured by Love.” This book is now available in Estonia to inspire a new generation of teachers and families to see that “every child can learn.” Support from Ohio friends, family, teachers and dedicated fund raising enabled us to bring three Estonians musicians to attend the Summer Suzuki Institute Teacher Training sessions in June 2001 to further develop the Suzuki method in Estonia.
The Suzuki Tour Group, in collaboration with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation traveled to China April 1-11, 2005 for a ten day concert tour and cultural exchange in Beijing, XinXiang, and Xian China. The group performed a collaborative concert with the Xingxiang Violin School students performing a special commissioned piece “Friendship Journey” by Catherine McMichael. March 19-28, 2007 the Suzuki Tour Group traveled to Italy, with performances in Venice, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome. For the Italy tour the group performed a newly commissioned piece titled “Flourish” by Ching Chu Hu. The Suzuki Tour Group presented a Friendship Tour of Ireland in March 2015 performing in Cork, Dublin and Ballinsloe, and in April 2016 presented a Friendship Tour in Houston, Texas in a collaboration with the South Texas Suzuki Association. The Tour Group is planning a March 2018 Friendship Tour to the Czech Republic performing collaborative concerts across the country.
Performances by small string ensembles or the entire tour group may be arranged. Contact Suzuki Music Columbus to sponsor a performance for your special event.