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Colorado Institute of Music
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Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


History of the Colorado Suzuki Institute

The Colorado Suzuki Institute has a rich tradition as well as an exciting new outlook! Since 1994, when the institute first moved from Denver to the mountains, things have certainly changed. After 12 years in Beaver Creek, CSI had a brief move to Copper Mounain before returning “home” to Beaver Creek in 2021. We expect to bring together over 300 students and faculty representing multipule countries from around the world for a week of musical experiences in the incomparable Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Since 1995 our scholarship fund has made it possible for more than 400 teachers and students to share this Colorado music experience. In 1999 the Colorado Suzuki Institute started “traveling” in the form of donated instruments and music going out to the far corners of the world through our Viva Suzuki program. Besides all of this, over the last 25 years, the Rocky Mountains have echoed with literally thousands of twinkles.

Former director Gail Seay retired in June, 2017.  After a brief transitional period, the Colorado Suzuki Institute is now headed by executive directors Mark Biesterfeld and Leah Creek Biesterfeld.