Suzuki Violin Workshop

February 8-9, 2019 — Eugene, Oregon

Join the Willamette Violin Academy for the 2019 Suzuki Violin Workshop. Styled after a Suzuki Summer Institute, participants perform in group classes, music analysis workshops, popular music improvisation lessons, masterclasses, a parent talk, and an information session on instrument selection and care.  Internationally renowned clinicians deliver a heavy dose of inspiration, learning, and fun—a much-needed boost for Suzuki children and parents during the long winter months!

Come for Friday afternoon and Saturday to perform in and/or observe masterclasses with world-renowned Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin, or join us for a shorter workshop experience on Saturday afternoon to experience group learning with Dr. Durbin, University of Oregon's Dr. Drew Nobile, and acclaimed violin maker David Gusset.

This Year's Faculty


Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin

Dr. Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors throughout the world. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world. His dynamic teaching career includes over 800 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia,Thailand and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. He has been appointed principal conductor of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2016 season. He has directed the South Dakota and Montana All State Orchestras. He is the holder of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award for 2013. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. He is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 140 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren. 

He believes in the magic of music’s power to enrich our lives. 


David Gusset

In international competitions since 1978, Gusset's instruments have consistently won critical acclaim for their exceptional beauty, craftsmanship, and tone from the world's leading violin experts. He makes both "new" instruments modeled after classic instruments and "antiqued" copies. In addition to his violin making, he has carried out detailed illustrations, photo documentation and geometric studies of many fine old instruments, including commissions by the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D. C. and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is a contributor to STRINGS Magazine. He has been the recipient of the First Prize/Gold Medal for violin making at the 1985 "Antonio Stradivari" International Triennial Violin Making Competition in Cremona, Italy, the only American to ever win this honor; the Simone Fernando Sacconi Award at the Stradivari Triennial Competition. a special award among all 339 instruments from 31 countries, for "the instrument most representative of classical Cremonese ideals", Cremona, Italy 1985; First Prize for cello making at the violoncello making competition sponsored by the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in conjunction with the 1986 American Cello Congress, Bloomington, Indiana; three gold medals in international violin making competitions sponsored by the Violin Society of America, 1978 – 1980; and prize winner at violin making competitions at New York's Lincoln Center, 1984; Bronze Medal in Paris, France International 1991 and prize for workmanship at 1st Louis Spohr International competition in Kassel, Germany, 1983.


Dr. Drew Nobile

Drew Nobile is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon, a position he has held since 2015. At the Willamette Violin Academy, Drew teaches private theory and composition lessons.

Before coming to the UO, he served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Brooklyn College. Drew’s music theory research focuses on harmony and form in classic rock music, mathematical applications to 20th-century music, and rhythm and meter in tonal music. His work has received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, the Dorothy Payne Award, and the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award. In a former life, Drew was an active violinist, having performed across the country in venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Symphony Hall in Boston.