Centenary Suzuki Institute

June 5-8, 2024


The Centenary Suzuki Institute – June 5-8

The Centenary Suzuki Institute will be a full 4-day program. Several nationally recognized, professional musicians with Suzuki training will work with our students for masterclasses, group classes, and orchestra.

The opportunity to work directly with professional musicians of this caliber working with our students directly, in concert with the private teacher, is invaluable to their musical development. The institute is also a ton of fun, with opportunities for our students and families to celebrate the season musically as a community.

Our Institute is recommended for Suzuki violin, viola and cello students from beginning (not including Pre-Twinklers) to advanced. Each student will have 4-5 hours of classes everyday. All advanced students will additionally be placed in an orchestra. Student will have a variety of activities, including the final concerts, solo recital, master classes, group classes, orchestra, fiddling and/or choir. Chamber Music classes will be available to those also enrolling in the CYO Chamber Music Program.

All classes will take place at Hurley School of Music.


  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    • 8:00 am: Check-In (Anderson Hall)
    • 8:30 – 8:55 am: Opening Play-In (Anderson Auditorium)
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Classes
    • 11:50 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
    • 1:30 – 3:20 pm: Classes
  • Thursday, June 6
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Classes
    • 11:50 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
    • 1:30 – 3:20 pm: Classes
    • 3:45 pm: Solo Recital (Anderson Auditorium)
  • Friday, June 7
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Classes
    • 11:50 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
    • 1:30 – 3:20 pm: Classes
  • Saturday, June 8
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Classes
    • 11:50 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
    • 1:30 – 3:20 pm: Classes
    • 3:45 – 5:00 pm: Final Concert


Each student is guaranteed a minimum of four hours of classes daily, which includes a masterclass and a group class. Occasionally, a fifth hour, such as a recital or the final concert, will be included. This year we will not be able to allow students to choose their elective classes. We plan to assign a variety of engaging classes tailored to each student’s age and skill level, however schedule breaks are sometimes inevitable. Advanced students will participate in orchestra sessions, while younger students may join choir, fiddling, or other art activities.

There will be a Final Concert on Saturday at 3:45 pm. Dress for the concert is Institute T-shirt and casual clothes. Post-concert treats will be available!


We will have a Solo Recital on Thursday, June 6 at 3:45 PM in Anderson Auditorium. You can sign up for the student recital using the registration form. Or you can email us directly with the information. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday, May 26 or when the recital the recital fills up.

    • Talk to your private teacher first, pick a piece that you’ve mastered. Whether it’s a Twinkle Variation or a Paganini Caprice, what matters most is the level of preparation. Polished review pieces are highly recommended!
    • Performer must have rehearsed with home studio accompanist and be familiar with the piano part. You will have only one extra and quick rehearsal during the Institute.
    • Sheet music must be provided for the accompanist


All Book 1 and up students will each be assigned a group Repertoire Class according to their corresponding their level. Each class will perform one or two of the pieces selected from the corresponding book level list (below) at the final concert. We will soon publish a list of suggested repertoire to review. Pieces should be studied in the order found in the book and must be memorized


For this year, food service is not available on campus. As the Institute grows and we reach a minimum number of students, we plan to partner with the college to use the cafeteria services in the future. You are encouraged to bring your own lunch and you may find places around campus with tables and chairs. You can use the microwave in the kitchen area in Hurley or Anderson Choir building, but please keep the place clean and do not hang in those areas, as they will be used for college faculty and college students.
Within a few minutes from the Institute location there are many food options to suit every taste and budget. If you are from out of town, we gathered a list of local restaurants we recommend. 



We recommend searching online (Google, Booking.com, and Airbnb) for great deals and convenient locations.
Currently, we have very limited college dorms to offer to students and families. If you are interested, please contact us.


Centenary College of Louisiana
2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71104

All our classes will take place within the campus:
16. Hurley Music Building
• 16a. Anderson Choral
• 16b. Feazel Instrumental Hall
• 16c. Music Library
2. Brown Chapel
20. Magale Library


  • Suzuki Strings Institute:  $395.
  • Suzuki Strings Institute + CYO Chamber Music Program: $535
Full tuition is due upon registration. Enrollment is limited by faculty and facility availability. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is encouraged. You will be notified, and all fees will be refunded, if space is not available.

Tuition includes all classes, and one institute t-shirt. We do not charge for elective fees or different levels. We keep it simple, aiming to offer the best experience at the lowest possible price.

In the event that you must cancel your registration, submit written notice to the Centenary Suzuki Institute by emailing cregauer@centenary.edu. Cancellations and withdrawals will be processed as follows:

  • Written notice received prior to May 1st: Tuition 100% refundable except a $30 cancellation fee.
  • Written notice received after May 1st: No refunds (medical exceptions with appropriate documentation).

Registrations are open now!

If you have any questions regarding the Suzuki Institute, please contact Charles at cregauer@centenary.edu

Countdown to the Institute!








Add on: The CYO Chamber Music Program – June 4-8

Suzuki Students in Books 4 and up can also sign up for the Chamber Music Program!

Students enrolled in both events will have 5 hours of classes everyday, including a chamber group, masterclass, group class, orchestra class and theory. If you are signing up for the chamber program too, you will not be assigned to the fiddling or choir classes. Groups are determined by age, grade and level of musical skill.

The chamber groups and orchestra will start a day earlier, so be prepared to start your classes on June 4!

The chamber music program culminates with a formal recital performance on Friday, June 7. There will be pizza and soda for all students and their coaches at NOON before the performance. There may be a reception following the recital

Compare Programs

If you are not sure which program is ideal for your child, check the comparison table below, talk to your private teacher or contact us: