Growing In Faith Together

Children String Ensemble

We Play to Pray...

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CSE is an all-volunteer-run music group provides children with near-free violin or cello music lessons. CSE uses worship music repertoire as its teaching material in conjunction with a popular form of instrument lesson plan known as the Suzuki Method. With parental consent, any children 2nd grade to 10th grade who wants to learn violin or cello are more than welcome to join, no prior music experience is needed.

Contact Information: Peter Shuere at 805-642-9998 or email:  
Para la ayuda en espanol, por favor llamar a Dominique Rosales 805-382-4807

Meeting is every week:
During school year: alternating Friday at 2:40pm and Sunday at 11:00am over Hurley Hall,
During Summer: every Sunday at 11:00am, also over Hurley Hall.
Please check the CSE website calendar for any last minute changes.

Cost is $10 per month to cover printing and repair/maintenance expenditure. In addition, low cost instrument rental rate is available as an option (about $11 per month on quality violins). Very limited number of donated violins/celli also available for free to borrow, they are on first come first serve basis. Parental Consent Form needed on first visit, guest families (ie non-parish members, or non-Catholic friends) are more than welcome, just need to sign waiver form on first visit. The principal musician of the OLA-CSE is Sister Andre Margaret Waechter, OSHC, who is formerly the Liturgy & Music Director of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Archdiocese in Indiana. The violin and cello technologist is Peter Shuere, who has been a concert master while a student.  And remained part time orchestral string player for over twelve years while working full time.

Any donation in terms of time, instrument, or funding, would be greatly appreciated.

We are currently looking to start a guitar department, anyone who is interested in teaching or helping, please contact Peter Shuere or Dominique Rosales at 805-382-4807.

All adult members of this volunteer-run ministry, are in good standing with Archdiocese's background check as well as being up to date with Archdiocese's Safeguarding The Children Training.