Suzuki Strings of Columbus, Mississippi

Suzuki Method Violin and Cello: Beginners to Advanced Ensemble


The Suzuki Strings Program of Columbus, Mississippi was founded by Ms. Trudy Gildea in 1980 with a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 1986, cello instruction was introduced. The Columbus Arts Council continues to give grant support to our Orchestra and Ensemble. Private lesson fees, family dues, and orchestra and ensemble fees paid by parents cover the bulk of expenses required to implement our program, which is directed by Ms. Diane Ford. Lessons for violin are offered by Ms Diane Ford  Laura Sandifer, and Leah Newton. Cello lessons are offered by Diane Ford and Patti Gildea. Group lessons are offered for Beginners, Book 1-2, and Book 3+. As students advance, they may play in the Youth Orchestra and Ensemble. Students in the Columbus Suzuki Strings program have also performed for Mississippi University for Women drama productions, have soloed with the Starkville and Tupelo symphony orchestras, and have played at homes during Pilgrimage and many other events.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to have a string program that introduces music to children at an early age and nurtures and develops their desire to play and perform over the years until the student is prepared to go to the college level. Initial observation in private and group lessons is necessary to help the beginning student and parent understanding of the focus of our program.  The Suzuki Parent-Teacher-Child triangle encourages successful progress and positive understanding of each learning step during the lesson and at home. We have a parent board and teachers that contribute to the quality of our program.

Parent Board

President: Christine Mast

Vice President: Danielle Linton

Secretary: Christina Chunn

Treasurer: Mary Ann Hardy

For more information, contact Diane Ford, Director:

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