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Private String & Guitar Lessons

The Community Music Academy offers weekly private lessons in violin, viola, and cello from some of the best professional musicians and teachers in central Texas at an affordable rate. Students are expected to practice regularly and to bring a pencil and all assigned music to lessons.

  • Registration for Private Lessons includes 12 lessons per semester.
  • All students taking private lessons are expected to perform on the CMA Solo Recitals twice each year.
  • Summer lessons, during the period from May through August, can be scheduled between you and your instructor. They need not be taken on consecutive weeks, but you must register for at least 4 lessons.


CMA Youth Orchestra

The CMA Youth Orchestra program is open to all students and community members playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. The fee is waived for all students taking private lessons through the CMA or for those who have graduated from the CMA’s Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Classes. All students participating in the Youth Orchestra program are expected to perform on the CMA Ensembles Concerts twice each year.

Beginning Orchestra directed by Ben Thomason

Meetings: Two separate orchestras meet on Mondays and Tuesdays, each from 5-6 p.m., at Seguin First Presbyterian Church. You may register for whichever is most convenient.

Qualifications: Graduate of Level I and II Outreach classes, or limited knowledge of note reading, A and D major only at entrance. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Intermediate Orchestra directed by Bethany Raynes

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Seguin First Presbyterian Church

Qualifications: Can read all notes in first position fluidly, can read whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth, and rests, able to slur, hook, and play staccato/legato, has ability to follow leader and blend with group, knowledge of dynamics, can play C, G, A and D major. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

The CMA Performers 

Directed by Eric Siu, the CMA Performers is a group of advanced, small string chamber music ensembles. The configuration and rehearsal schedule of chamber groups will be determined at the first meeting of each semester. Members of the CMA Performers are expected to perform in the community as opportunities arise, in addition to the CMA’s regular recitals.

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Seguin First Presbyterian Church, or as otherwise arranged.

Qualifications: Can read and play in first and third position, can read all rhythms generally including dotted quarters and sixteenths, emerging vibrato, can play keys up to 3 sharps and 3 flats. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

CMA Youth Choir

The CMA Youth Choir is committed to helping individual vocalists succeed through the team efforts of a choir. Young singers can expect to grow in the areas of healthy vocal production, music reading, confidence in performance, and in appreciation of excellent and diverse choral literature. The choir, under the direction of Professor Laurie Jenschke, is open to singers grades 4-12 who are accepted on the basis of individual auditions.

Intermediate Choir is for students in the 4-6 grade that require an intermediate approach to part singing, vocal production, music reading, and ear training. The Intermediate Choir will have opportunities to rehearse and perform with the advanced choir during the semester. The Intermediate Choir members can audition for a position in the advanced choir after the completion of one year.

Meetings: Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. at the TLU Chapel

Advanced Choir directed by Laurie Jenschke

Meetings: Thursdays from 5:45-7:15 p.m. at the TLU Chapel

Qualifications: Can match pitch, be able to sing and concentrate for 1 hour and 45 minutes, music reading ability is preferred but not necessary to be in the choir. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances. Students must be entering the fourth grade to participate and/or graduated from the Training Choir program.

Fall 2016 Choir Auditions

Auditions for the Intermediate and Advanced Youth Choirs will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. in Ayers Recital Hall of the Schuech Fine Arts Center at TLU. Singers need not prepare anything for the audition. Please call or email CMA Choir Director Laurie Jenschke to schedule an audition time or for further information: or 830-456-3016.

Summer 2016 Offerings & Registration

Summer Private Lessons will begin the week of May 16 and continue through the week of August 19. You may register for between 4-12 lessons to fit your summer travel schedule. No formal recital is planned at the end of the summer.

  • 30-minute private lessons - $25 each
  • 45-minute private lessons - $33.33 each
  • 60-minute private lessons - $41.66 each

Private string lessons will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 North King Street in Seguin, TX.

Violin and Viola Lessons are also available on Wednesdays at Duckworth Violin Shop located at 301 W. San Antonio St. #111 in New Braunfels, TX.

Summer 2016 Registration

Register for Summer 2016 using the Online Registration Form.

This form requires you pay in full using a credit card or e-check. If you wish to pay by check or money order, please fill out the online form (except for the payment information), print and send your completed form and payment (payable to Texas Lutheran University) to:

Community Music Academy
Attn: Lynda Taylor
Texas Lutheran University
1000 W. Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
Fax: 830-372-6832

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Krost Symposium 2016

October 5, 2016 all day

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