Rogers Adventist School

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter

Mrs. Carpenter's quote 
Character first, then ability. --Shinichi Suzuki

String Classes
Kindergarten Strings
Beginning Orchestra
Intermediate Orchestra
Con Brio
Private Violin & Viola Lessons

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association of Washington State
Walla Walla Suzuki Institute

Area Orchestras
Walla Walla Symphony
Oregon East Symphony


Mrs. Carpenter

phone: 509.529.1850 x232

email: click here

Welcome to the RAS Strings and Orchestra page.

Rogers Orchestra Performance Calendar

October 21, 2017 @10:15 am  - Intermediate and Con Brio at College Place Spanish Church
December  7, 2017 @ 7 pm - RAS Christmas Concert: All Orchestras
February 3, 2018 @ 10:15 am - Intermediate and Con Brio at Village Church
April 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - all orchestras at Walla Walla University Church
May 17, 2018 @ 7 pm - RAS Spring Concert, all orchestras

RAS Strings Studio Group Lessons

All Group lessons take place at 3pm on Wednesday in the RAS Strings Room
Book 1 - Violin and Viola

1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month

Books 2-4 - Violin & viola
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month

Group Recital: May 1 @ 6:30 pm

Registration Form
Registration forms should be turned into the RAS front desk OR given to your private instructor
Registration Form

Instruments for Sale

Beginning Orchestra
Grades 3-4 - students for whom this is their first experience in a school orchestra
--completion of  Minuet 1 or equivalent
--completion of "I Can Read Music" or similiar sight reading book
--enrolled in private lessons

Intermediate Orchestra
Grades 4-6 - students who have a year or more experience in orchestra
--completion Two Grenadiers or equivalent piece
--sight read at a level close to the piece they are currently studying
--enrolled in private lessons

Con Brio
Grades 6-8 - All 7th & 8th graders are in Con Brio.  Students in 6th grade who are in Suzuki Book 4 (or equivalent) and higher may audition to join Con Brio.
--completion of Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent
--sight read at the same level at which they play
--enrolled in private lessons

Mrs. Carpenter begin  her violin studies at the age of 5, at Rogers Adventist School, in the then new Strings Program,  under the tutelage of Kathleen Spring. While in college Mrs. Carpenter taught in the string program at Walla Walla University. She graduated in 2000 with a dual major in Music and Theology from Walla Walla University.   Mrs. Carpenter had active private studios in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington prior to moving to Walla Walla in the fall of 2014.  Mrs. Carpenter served on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Americas from 2014-2017 and is the Director of the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute.  She also has an MA in Old Testament from the Adventist Theological Seminary and an MA in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.