Strings program starts Aug. 26

Carson City Symphony’s program of string instruction begins Aug. 26 at four locations in Carson City.

Strings in the Schools, directed by Sue Jesch, education director for the symphony, provides free beginning violin lessons for students grades 2-5, a beginning cello program for selected fifth graders, and ensemble/orchestra experience for string students in all grades. Tuition and books are subsidized by the Carson City Symphony Association.

The program is for Carson City public-, private-, and home-school students, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning violin, for students in Grades 2-5, is held after school until 4:10 p.m., on Mondays beginning Aug. 26 at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson St., and on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 28 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Dr. Students may enroll for either session.

Beginning cello, for students in grade 5, is held after school until 4 p.m., on Fridays beginning Sept. 6 at Mark Twain Elementary School, 2111 Carriage Crest Dr. Instructor is Symphony Principal Cellist, Lou Groffman. Enrollment for the class is limited to six pre-selected students.

String ensemble, for students who have had previous experience on violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp, is held after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Aug. 29, in the Carson Mall, 1329 S. Carson St.

STRAZZ, an alternative-styles orchestra for more advanced string players, is open to high school and middle school string students by invitation. It is held from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 29, in the Carson Mall, 1329 S. Carson St.

Strings in the Schools is funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Partnership Carson City; the Sierra Philharmonic League; and private donations.

Some scholarships are available. To register, and for more information, call Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.


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