Suzuki Strings of Columbus, Mississippi

Suzuki Method Violin and Cello: Beginners to Advanced Ensemble

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Upcoming Dates!

See the Calendar for these upcoming performances and events. See the notes for details.

  • April 26: Keenager Luncheon at First United Methodist Church (Ensemble Only)
  • April 28: Violin Play-In — All Violins!
  • May 3: Orchestra and Ensemble Party! Parents, please bring refreshments
  • May 5: Recital Rehearsal with pianist
  • May 7: Market Street Festival (8:45 tuning)
  • May 10: Tour of Schools (1:15 at West Lowndes and 3:15 at Trinity Place)
  • May 12: Recital Rehearsal
  • May 15: Suzuki Recital (2-3:30 Elementary; 4-5:30 Jr./Sr. High)
  • May 16: Heritage Elementary (Heritage students and Ensemble)
  • June 2: Aidan Dunkelberg & friends in concert at Arts Council

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All-State Orchestra


Six Columbus/Starkville string students were chosen to participate in the prestigious Belhaven University All-State Orchestra on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The 41 members of this orchestra were chosen by audition from across the state of Mississippi. The students chosen to participate were (from left) Charity James, Hope Bassett, Gracie Swartzendruber, Abbey Swartzendruber, Daniel Jones and Aidan Dunkelberg. All of these students have studied violin under the instruction of Diane Ford of Columbus and participated in the Columbus Suzuki Strings Orchestra and Ensemble. Charity is now studying cello under Griffin Brown of Kila, Montana, and Daniel is studying violin under Dr. Christopher Thompson of Tupelo. The All-State Orchestra was conducted by Maestro Ivan Del Prado. The concert included Elegy by Tchaikovsky, Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra in C Minor by Johann Christian Bach arranged by Henri Casadesus, Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major  by Felix Mendelssohn, and Two Tangos by Astor Piazzolla arranged by J. Orozco.