Our Story

The Corryville Suzuki Project (CSP) is a unique string program for children of all ages, providing a high level of musical training in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Our program is rooted in Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that every child can learn to play music and develop an appreciation for its beauty. We believe that making music is an opportunity for children of every socioeconomic and racial background to communicate, develop skills, and form friendships.

CSP was founded in 1995 by Dr. Vincent Phelan and Elizabeth Council-Phelan, both professional musicians trained at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. CSP began as an inner-city program, serving the students of Corryville Catholic School. Soon after, we expanded to the St. Monica – St. George Parish center to include students from more diverse areas and backgrounds.

Today, CSP provides musical instruction to students from all over the Greater Cincinnati area. Our students come from many areas including Clifton, Mt. Washington, Anderson, Mariemont, Madeira, Loveland, Hyde Park, Roselawn, Avondale, Middletown, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

 CSP Group Photograph, 1996
Dr. Vincent Phelan & Elizabeth Council-Phelan, back row, left