The Calgary Suzuki Strings Association (CSSA) is a not-for-profit organization supporting music education, student enrichment and community outreach events.

Operating since 1999, the CSSA brings together violin, viola, cello and classical guitar students and teachers from Calgary and area studios to develop a dynamic program of special
events and workshops utilizing the Suzuki Method.  


We hold annual events which include Suzuki method and non-Suzuki method students, parents and teachers. 
We provide unique service in Calgary which offer benefits to the community including: non-competitive festivals, collaborative workshops and world class teachers/clinicians.


Over the last twenty years our events have provided a variety of musical enrichment activities that otherwise would not be available in Calgary.




CSSA is planning to hold the annual Heritage Park Play-In on Saturday September 18th, 2021. 


Put the date in your calendar and we will have more details for you closer to the event!


The arrival time will be 1:30pm with the play-in at 2:00pm.


To start preparing you can review the following songs that you know how to play.  There is a list for Violin, a list for Guitar and everyone should look over the Tutti, as that is for all the instruments to play together, including the trumpets.  Watch for the key to play in during the tutti, as it may not be your usual key!  


We can add a viola/cello set by request.


Violin Repertoire:


Gavotte by Bach (Book 5)

Gavotte in G minor (Book 3) (Viola can join)

Gavotte from Mignon (Book 2)

Musette (Book 2)

Minuet 2 (Book 1)

Long Long Ago (Book 1)

Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Book 1)

Twinkle Variation C (Book 1)


Guitar Repertoire:

Allegro (Book 4)

Etude by Carulli (Book 3)

Packington's Pound (Book 3)

Greensleeves (Book 3)

Waltz (Book 2)

Andante by Paganini (Book 2)  OR (With Steady Hands Book 1)

Andante by Carcassi (Book 2)

With Steady Hands (Book 1)  OR  (Andante by Paganini Book 2)

Are You Sleeping, Brother John? (Book 1)

May Song (Book 1)

Song of the Wind (Book 1)


Tutti: (all instruments together Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar and Trumpet) 

Perpetual Motion in Bb (with Trumpets) 

Allegro (Key of A) 

French Folk Song (Key of D) 

Lightly Row (Key of G) 

Twinkle Theme (Key of Bb) (with Trumpets) 

Twinkle Variation A (Key of A) 

Twinkle Variation C (Key of D) 

Twinkle Theme (Key of G) 


We look forward to being able to join together and play in person once again!


Enjoy your summer!

CSSA Board


Consider a membership with CSSA and save $5.00 on Festival fees. CSSA membership is free for 2020/2021.


Was developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998), a Japanese violinist and educator.  


He used a mother-tongue approach where children learn music by listening and repetition, much the same way they learn to speak their native language.  


Key components of the Suzuki method include beginning early (as young as 3), daily listening, parent involvement, private and group lessons and regular encouragement from both teacher and parent.

CSSA Strings Festival 2019

CSSA Winter Workshop 2020