Illinois State University String Project
The nationally recognized and award winning Illinois State University String Project is an after-school music program that offers low-cost instruction on stringed instruments to kids in the community. The purpose of the program is to support existing public school string programs and to provide string education to those enrolled in schools where no program is available. The ISU String Project was named the 2013 National String Project of the Year.
Click here to view this year's registration information, class schedule, and scholarship information. You can also read about our faculty and college assistants here.
String Project NEWS!
WELCOME STRING PROJECT FAMILIES!
Spring Semester registration is currently available.
Please click here to go to our registration site. Please click here for current class information. Classes will begin the week of January 27th.
New student enrollment for students with prior experience in strings and auditions for Sinfonia will begin in January. If your child wishes to join String Project, or would like to audition for Sinfonia, please complete this form. Auditions for spring 2014 are scheduled for Friday, January 17th, beginning at 4:15pm. Auditions will be held in Cook Hall room 203.
We will start our next class for beginners in September of 2014.
This year's Winter Concert will be held on FRIDAY DECEMBER 13th, at 7pm. Dress rehearsals will take place between 4:30PM and 7PM. Arrival times for each class are listed below.
If this is your first time going to the CPA, please allow extra time
so that your child can be on stage at exactly the correct time. The teachers will have activities for everyone to do between their on-stage rehearsal and the
The warm-up rehearsal schedule is as follows:
- Sinfonia on stage 5:00PM - 5:25 PM. (arrive between 4:45-5:00PM)
- Vivace on stage 5:25 PM. - 5:50 PM. (arrive between 5:05 - 5:20)
- Allegro/Fairbury Allegro on stage 5:50 PM. - 6:15 PM (arrive between 5:35-5:50)
- Dolce/Fairbury Dolce on stage 6:15 PM - 6:40 PM. (arrive between 6:00-6:15)
- Concert begins at 7:00 PM.
Concert dress is black (or dark) pants/skirt and white (or light) tops. (Pants or long skirts needed for lady cellists.) No tennis shoes or jeans if possible.
For more dates, visit the Calendar & Documents Pages.
*Please note: The Illinois State University String Project will always follow the official Illinois State University academic calendar.
If your child's school is not in attendance on a certain date, please refer to the official ISU academic calendar or the official ISU String Project Google Calendar to see if String Project classes will still be in session.
Please visit our online registration site to register for spring classes. Spring semester classes will begin the week of January 27th, 2014.
String Project Home Pages:
Click on any of the class names below to visit the home pages of our String Project classes:
2013 National String Project of the Year!
The ISU String Project was named the 2013 STRING PROJECT OF THE YEAR! Thanks to all of the great students, parents, supporters, and teachers who have helped build our program over the years! Dr. Ransom, Dr. Lewis, and a small group of teachers traveled to Providence, RI at the end of February to receive our award at the National Conference for the American String Teachers Association! We are SO excited and proud of our program!
Faculty and Staff News:
Congratulations to Ms. Abbi Cash on receiving the ASTA Student Exemplary Service Award! She is the first recipient in the nation to receive this great honor!
Former String Project Teacher News:
- Congratulations to Ms. Carrie Schrader on her new position as High School Orchestra Director and Suzuki Strings Instructor with the Pekin School District!
- Congratulations to Ms. Cleaton on her new position as head orchestra director at Cooper Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia!
We wish them all the best in their future teaching endeavours!
About String Project
ISU’s String Project is currently in its eleventh year. Students meet for weekly practice sessions under the guidance of ISU faculty, graduate, and undergraduate music majors. This endeavor is designed to bring the joy of music and playing string instruments to children in both group and private settings. The ISU String Project was named the 2013 National String Project of the Year at the National ASTA Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
String Project Features:
- Beginning instruction for children entering 3rd or 4th grade on violin, viola, cello, or bass- No prior musical training is necessary!
- Continued instruction for students entering 4th through 8th grades. Low cost, group lessons. Scholarships are available.
- Opportunity to enroll in private lessons.
- String Project students are responsible for renting or purchasing their own instrument (violins rent for approximately $15 per month).
ISU String Project is a member of the National String Project Consortium, an organization committed to the development and growth of string education across the nation.
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For more information, please contact Dr. Adriana La Rosa Ransom at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 309-438-8009.