Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Registration open for Goshen College Community School of the Arts


GOSHEN, Ind. – Beginning this fall, the Goshen College Community School of the Arts (CSA) is expanding its instrumental music offerings to Goshen-area community children and adults.


New initiatives include:

·    A string orchestra for home-schooled students, directed by Suzuki Strings Director Rosalyn Troiano

·    Group autoharp instruction with former International Autoharp Champion Les Gustafson-Zook

·    Recorder instruction with retired Goshen College music professor Amos Burkholder

·    Fiddling, mandolin and guitar instruction with Sean Hoffman and Lukas Simpson, members of local bluegrass band The Goldmine Pickers

·    Suzuki harp instruction with new CSA instructor Ramona Kim

·    Organ instruction with Goshen College associate professor of music Chris Thögersen


In addition, the CSA is now affiliated with the Foundation for Music and Healing, offering limited placements for piano lessons for students with special needs.


Registrations are being accepted through the end of August for private lesson study, which are scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 5. Registration for short courses or MEGA (Music Enrichment Group Activities) is accepted throughout the term up to two weeks before any given course begins.


Goshen College has a long tradition of preparatory programs in piano and violin for pre-college community youth. Soon after the completion of the Goshen College Music Center, these programs and other initiatives were combined to establish the CSA in the fall of 2003. The CSA provides quality arts education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. Currently there are more than 300 families enrolled in CSA. The CSA is committed to finding ways for deserving students to study music, offering need-based scholarships when warranted.


“The reason we continue this work is because we believe it is good for our community,” said Debra Kauffman, director of the CSA. “Study in the arts develops self-discipline, self-esteem, problem-solving and memory skills, and offers students an additional means of communication and expression.”


The CSA offers private lessons to community members of all ages with well-qualified instructors in Suzuki violin and cello, voice, piano, jazz piano and many orchestral instruments. Additionally, CSA members can participate in two community children’s choirs, the Voices-n-Harmony gospel choir, and Kindermusik® classes for young children. Music Enrichment Group Activities (MEGA), four-week short courses, also offer CSA participants opportunities to expand their experiences with the performing and visual arts in a friendly environment.


More information about the CSA can be found by contacting the CSA at, calling the Music Center office at (574) 535-7361 or by visiting the Goshen College Music Center website,


Editors: For more information about this release or to arrange an interview, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or




Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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