Centenary Suzuki School

Centenary Suzuki School


What a delightful orchestra concert this afternoon! It's great to see the progression of the students.
Bravo to the performers and all of the wonderful staff at CSS!! Thanks CSS for helping our children discover the joy of creating music! :)
It's not too late to come! Come see Miss Elizabeth perform at St. Jude Church at 2 pm this afternoon - music for violin & piano, violin & organ, along with pieces that include clarinet and trumpet! Address is 4700 Palmetto Rd., Benton, LA, 71006. Hope to see y'all there!
Do we have lessons on Tuesday, Nov,4th?

The Centenary Suzuki School offers the highest quality string instruction in the area by starting ch In 1977, Mrs. The CSS was built on the model of the U.T. Mrs.

Laura Crawford began the Centenary Suzuki School by recruiting students through kindergarten teacher friends, then knocking on the doors of unsuspecting prospective violin students and inviting them to take violin lessons. Armed with her “Fuller Brush Kit” of miniature violins, a record album of the Suzuki Book 1 music, and a picture/poster of her young University of Texas (Austin) students, she r

Operating as usual


Congratulations our viola student Noah Yang, the winner of the 2023 CYO Concerto Competition Winner!

Congratulations to our 2023 CYO Concerto Competition Winner: Violist, Noah Yang!!!

He will be performing the 1st movement of H. Casadesus/J. C. Bach-Concerto in C-Minor with CYO at one of our Spring Concerts. Our judging panel was complimentary of both he and all of his fellow competitors.

Way to go Noah!!

Photos from LSU Vieauxla Studio's post 10/02/2023

We were delighted to have Dr. Sparr last weekend for our Viola-LA!


Calvin Alexander and the Centenary Suzuki School were featured in an article in the International Suzuki Journal, written by Larua Crawford.


Cal Alexander, a student of Hurley Violin Faculty Laura Crawford, was chosen as a Young Artist Performer for the Violin Teachers' Symposium at Julliard! He and the Centenary Suzuki School received international acclaim through an article Laura wrote which was published in the International Suzuki Journal (check out pages 10-11)!


Centenary College of Louisiana Centenary Suzuki School


Come listen to Cal's Senior Recital!
Saturday, May 20, 7 PM. Free Admission
Hurley School of Music
2911 Centenary Blvd, Shreveport, LA 71104

“The Centenary Suzuki School has been one of the most welcoming experiences in my life. I am very grateful to have such a tight-knit community of friends and musicians, and this community always reminds me of the pure joy and generosity that music embodies. I will greatly miss the Tuesdays we spent together and the performances we shared, and I’m grateful that our music-making will unite us in special ways for the rest of our lives.”
- Calvin Alexander Jr.


When the First Officer for your fight is also an accomplished violinist!

Calendar Update 03/29/2023

Calendar Update -

Calendar Update In order to expose our students to the beauty of the violin, viola, and cello, we have decided to keep all of the instruments together for the upcoming spring concert. Our goal is to offer a "sampling" from all instruments and levels, so we encourage all cellists and violists to stay and listen to t...


Come hear Laura Crawford and Dan Santelices perform Vivaldi’s version of LaFolia for two violins!

A simply entertaining and magnificent concert in the offing this Sunday, March 26 at 2pm in Anderson Auditorium, with refreshments afterwards☕️🍩

Photos from Centenary Suzuki School's post 02/20/2023

Our 2023 Mardi Gras Workshop was an absolute success! We were honored to have such an outstanding faculty working with our students and a team of restless parents that worked hard to make it happen!


Due to severe weather both Holiday Concerts today will be postponed to January. Be safe!


Congratulations to our Centenary Suzuki Schools students who comprised much of LMEA’s All-State Orchestra in Baton Rouge!

Vln. I: Cal Alexander (Concertmaster), Noel Strange, Ivy Joseph, and Jai Koticha;
Vln. II: Jessica Chu, Ass’t. Principal Second, Isabella Hamilton, John Thomas McGann,
Viola: Grace Nida, Jeffrey Schneider, and Parker Hofman
pictured with Conductor Dr. Franck Diaz of Indiana University

Teachers Laura Crawford, Adrienne Gabriel, Elizabeth McShane, Charles Regauer, and Dan Santelices are so proud of you!!

What the Suzuki Method Really Taught 11/12/2022

What the Suzuki Method Really Taught A new biography of the program’s creator argues that reducing it to a system of music instruction misses its underlying point about human potential.


Last Saturday, we revived our traditional Viola-LA! It was a fun day with masterclasses, group classes, and snow cones for all our violists. We were honored to have Dr. Sparr, the viola professor at LSU, with us! Looking forward to the 2023 edition!


This weekend Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation will host "Tiny Tots Concerts" featuring Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on October 1-2, 2022. Please see attached flyer for dates, times, and locations.

CSS Newsletter #171 09/22/2022

CSS Newsletter #171 -

CSS Newsletter #171 Viola LA is back! We are excited to announce our one-day workshop for violists, with masterclasses, a group class, and a concert! All the young violists (K-12) are invited to celebrate the viola and its music! Registration is FREE and it includes a T-Shirt!


Viola LA is back on Saturday, October 8, 2022! We are excited to announce our one-day workshop for violists, with masterclasses, a group class, and a concert! All the young violists (K-12) from north Louisiana are invited to join us and celebrate the viola and its music!
We are honored to have Dr. Kimberly Sparr, the viola professor at LSU-Baton Rouge, as our guest clinician.
Registration is FREE and it includes a T-Shirt! The deadline to register is Friday, September 23.
More information at: https://centenarysuzuki.com/violala/


Join us on Saturday, September 24 at RiverView Theater for our Opening Night concert!

The mighty Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven opens our season with tenor and Louisiana native Paul Groves, soprano Sarah Rees, GRAMMY-Award winning mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, bass-baritone Dennis Jesse and the Centenary College Choir, Cane River Singers, FUMCS Chamber Choir and Prisma Vocal Ensemble.

Mr. Groves and Ms. DeYoung kick off the evening with arias and duets, including Una furtiva lagrima and O sole mio.

Details & tickets:

Timeline photos 09/02/2022

Our CSS student, Calvin Alexander is currently in Switzerland for the International Jr. Tibor-Varga and he made it to the TOP 3!

You can watch him live from Switzerland Saturday, September 3, at noon:

Round 3: Kreisler Recitative and Scherzo
- 2nd movement of Bach Double Concerto
- Waxman “Carmen Fantasy”

Great appreciation for his teachers at Perlman Music Program the last 3 summers Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Li Lin and to Jan Sloman in Dallas, and of course Laura Crawford at CSS!

Calvin Alexander, 17 ans, USA

Three Violinists Advance to the 2022 Cooper Competition's Concerto Finals | Oberlin College and Conservatory 08/19/2022

Congratulations to Cal Alexander, one of the finalists of the Cooper Violin Competition! He will be playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Orchestra during the final. The concert will be live streamed, it starts at 7:30 PM CST and he is last, after intermission, probably about 9:15pm. He started in our program at age 4 and is currently studying with Laura Crawford, Jan Sloman of Dallas, and Itzhak Perlman for the last three summers at the Perlman Music Program.

Live stream link: https://www.oberlin.edu/conservatory/on-stage/live-webcasts/warner-concert-hall-live-webcast

Three Violinists Advance to the 2022 Cooper Competition's Concerto Finals | Oberlin College and Conservatory Six violinists gave poised performances in the August 19 recitals during Round Two of the 2022 Cooper International Competition. Three of the artists have earned the right to perform once again in the Concerto Finals beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 19, in Oberlin Conservatory's Warner Concert....


You can run, but you can't hide ...

Photos from ArtBreak Festival's post 04/14/2022

Congratulations to our violist Sebastian Gallego! He is a finalist for the ArtBreak Festival!


Highlight for the Telemann Viola Concerto in G with our teacher, Mrs. Adrienne Gabriel, as the soloist!

‘We cannot stand idly by’: teenage Juilliard students to perform benefit concert for Ukraine 03/09/2022

Students from the Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Programme will perform works for strings and piano, including pieces by Wieniawski, Paganini, Dvořák, Sarasate, as well as many others.

It's an ONLINE performance, Saturday 12 March at 6pm CST


‘We cannot stand idly by’: teenage Juilliard students to perform benefit concert for Ukraine The students will perform as Harmony for Healing, raising funds for medical and humanitarian aid in Ukraine, on Saturday 12 March

CSS Newsletter #158 02/08/2022

CSS Newsletter #158 - https://mailchi.mp/8f04f2e908ab/css-newsletter-7798918

CSS Newsletter #158 Local favorite John-Henry Crawford joins the orchestra for an evening that seamlessly blends the old and the new. Starting with Haydn and finishing with a work by a living Italian cellist/composer known for his eclectic style, this program will show just how versatile and entertaining the cello ca...

Exploring the Undeniable Non-Musical Benefits of Learning to Play the Violin 02/04/2022

Exploring the Undeniable Non-Musical Benefits of Learning to Play the Violin February 25, 2021, 2:01 PM · The best thing about learning to play the violin - or any other musical instrument - is that after all those lessons and practice, you can play the violin! But that long learning process also confers undeniable benefits in other areas of life. It's important to acknowle...


, our January 29 concert is available to watch on our website through February 13:

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
HAYDN Cello Concerto in D Major
with John-Henry Crawford
PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony
SOLLIMA Violoncelles Vibrez!
with John-Henry Crawford and Courtenay Vandiver Pierera

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Hymn Tune from Jupiter - G. Holst, arranged by Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.
Cello Solo Recital 1
Cello Solo Recital 2
Cello Books 2 - 4
Cello Book 4-6
Violin Late Book 4
Violin Book 3 - 4
Violin Early Book 1
Violin Book 5 and 6
Violin Mid Book 1




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