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The first Intermountain Suzuki Institute, sponsored by SAU, was held in 1978 at the University of Utah. Two guest clinicians, local teachers and over 80 students in violin, piano, cello, flute, and viola attended. In contrast, this year we have over 80 just on the faculty and staff, over 150 teachers training in workshops, and over 750 students at the String Institute alone.
After the first year, the Institute moved to Weber College until 1981, when it moved to Utah State University. It stayed there for ten years. It grew to be the 2nd largest institute in the United States, surpassed only by Stevens Point, Wisconsin. All Suzuki instruments were offered, with guitar, harp, and voice pioneered at our Institute. Student enrollment was over 1,000 during the final years of the combined Institute. Cleo Brimhall founded the Institute and directed it until 1989.
Karen Redd then took the helm, assisted by Ramona Stirling as string director in 1989 and 1990. n 1990 the Advanced String Camp was added, as many of our students had graduated from Book 8 and yet were only 11 or 12 years old. Thirty-three students attended the Advanced String Camp that first year, and Brian Lewis at age 21 was the first young guest artist to have a recital at the Camp.
1991 to 1994 were years of transition. In 1991 Marche Altom became director, again assisted by Ramona Stirling. Institute moved to Southern Utah University in Cedar City for a year and then to Dixie College in St. George. While those were gra