Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Est. 1966

Our Studio:  Violin, Viola & Cello Lessons, Summer Institute Camps, Graduation, Performances and So Much More!


Ottawa Suzuki Strings is an ensemble of young violinists, violists, and cellists from two to twenty years of age. These young string players receive their music education in Ottawa, Kansas, at the Carnegie Cultural Center in a program directed by violinist, Alice Joy Lewis. Their music study is based on the Talent Education approach of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. 



The Ottawa Suzuki Strings have partnered with the Ottawa Community Arts Council to establish and maintain the Carnegie Cultural Center in Ottawa. 

                                                                                                                                                                     Shirley Star and Alice Joy Lewis

The program is in its 49th year, having been founded in 1966 by Alice Joy Lewis.


Ottawa Suzuki Strings is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to the group are tax deductible.

Each summer,  OSSI hosts four summer music camps in Ottawa annually in June/July. 


10-day  SOUND ENCOUNTERS  program for advanced string players

A  5-day Suzuki Institute  OSI Mid-Southwest program

A special Advanced Institute Student program,  "The French Connection IIin 2015)

The  Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, a tuition-free auditioned opportunity for 12 highly gifted students up to age 18 to receive intensive daily private instruction and to perform. 


These OSSI programs draw registrants from across the United States as well as internationally.   All concerts are open to the public without charge.