Southeastern Community Music School registration now open


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School (CMS) is accepting registrations for its 2018 session, which begins on Aug. 27.
     Registration has already begun and will remain open throughout the semester, however registrations received after Aug. 20 will incur a $20 late fee.
     The 13-week fall semester will offer individual lessons on various instruments and voice to students of all ages. In addition, violin, viola and cello students who have one year of previous experience may participate in the five-week orchestra session, said CMS Director Jivka Duke. Home school students can take advantage of the newly formed “Group Piano for Home School Students” class, which will consist of two, five- week sessions. Opportunities for music theory classes and ensemble formation are also available upon request.
     “Working with our talented students is always a joyful and rewarding experience and this fall we have many wonderful performances planned. The first one is Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library, and it will showcase our Spring 2018 Outstanding Musicians,” said Duke. “Our Kids Orchestra will once again perform at the annual Jolly Jingles Market on Nov. 10, and the pivotal performance of the semester will take place at the end of November, when four Community Music School students will perform as soloists with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra. During the end of the semester recitals, the audience will have a chance to vote and choose the new Outstanding Musicians.”
     Duke said the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank will allow the CMS once again to offer discounted tuition to students who received reduced or free lunch at their schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

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