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Fall 2008 registration underway for Community Music School

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Jivka Jeleva and CMS String Ensemble

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CMS FALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva, is just one of the ensembles or private lesson opportunities available for children and adults. Registration is underway for fall 2008. For information, call (985) 549-5502, or visit

HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern Louisiana University's Community Music School, which begins September 2.
     The Community Music School offers private instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience, said Director Kenneth Boulton. Tuition includes group theory classes, ensemble opportunities, masterclass coaching sessions with Southeastern music professors, and a variety of performance programs.
     "We are again very excited about our opportunities for adults," Boulton said.  "Not only can they enroll in private lessons, but they can also enjoy a variety of classes where they can interact in a more relaxed, social setting. There will be several adult group piano classes taught by Dana Morse, as well as the Northlake Community Band under direction of Jerry Voorhees. In addition, there will be a special adult recital program planned for the end of the semester."
     Boulton said younger students can participate in three principle ensembles -- the CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva; the CMS Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11); and the CMS Select Vocal Ensemble (ages 12-17), directed by Amy Prats.
     "We will also emphasize our community outreach activities through our ongoing initiative with Hammond's Westside Elementary School, as well as launch a cooperative piano program with the Southeastern Lab School," Boulton said.
     CMS is again offering a variety of musical instruction at the St. Tammany Center, located in the parish governmental complex on Koop Drive north of Mandeville, as well as the newest CMS location at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     "I am very pleased with how our Livingston location is developing," Boulton said.  "Following a very successful spring semester there, CMS is again offering private instruction in its core instrumental areas of piano, guitar, voice, and strings.” 

     He said new features will include instruction in private percussion, as well as classes in music theory for children. 

     “In addition, we are planning another Livingston CMS Open House for this fall," he said.
     "Our many loyal students and their families throughout the Northshore region are responding so enthusiastically to our mission.  It reflects the increasing emphasis our community is placing on quality musical education and opportunity," Boulton said.
     For more information about CMS registration and programs, call (985) 549-5502, or visit

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