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After School Strings
After School Strings offers 45-minute class instruction in string instruments (violin, viola, and cello) twice weekly after school from October to May at three Salisbury-area locations. Students age 8 and older are divided into levels and taught by music teachers who love sharing their excitement and passion for music with their students.
Fall Semester: October 9 – February 1. Spring Semester February 12 – May 24.
Level 1: Beginning Instruction. Students will learn the basics of string instrument technique, reading music, and proper ensemble etiquette.
Level 2 and 3: Instruction for students who already have some experience playing a string instrument. The ideal next step for those who participated in the program last year, and any others with some prior experience. Students will strengthen basic technique and expand their music reading skills.
The fee is $80 per semester for Levels 1-3 (two semesters per year: Fall and Spring). Fall Registration due October 10, 2017. Spring Registration due TBD.
Payment may be paid in full with registration or in installments with half due at registration and the remainder due on or before November 1, 2017. Discounts are available for siblings. Scholarships are available for families who qualify; email email@example.com for information.
Books are $6 and will be available for purchase during Rental Night (see below for more information on Rental Night) or during the first week of classes.
Instrument rentals are provided through Band Attic and Davidson Violins. BEGINNING STUDENTS SHOULD NOT PURCHASE INSTRUMENTS WITHOUT INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.
RENTAL NIGHT is October 4th, 5-7pm at the Catawba College’s Peeler Crystal Lounge, (2220 WEST INNES STREET – connected to Keppel Auditorium) for student fitting and paperwork.
NC Symphony Concerts for School Children
Annually the North Carolina Symphony gives two performances in Keppel Auditorium of Catawba College for all fifth grade school children (3000 seats utilized). The school music teachers attend a workshop in Raleigh in August and prepare the children in their music classes. The children are bused to the concerts by the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
The concerts are sponsored by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra with contributions from The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation and the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation.
Mini Concerts in Schools
Short concerts, designed for elementary school students, are performed by a small ensemble (such as violin, viola, cello, and bass) in each elementary school in Rowan County annually.
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Family Concert
A concert designed for families with children is performed annually by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as a part of the Symphony Society's subscription concert series. The concert is performed on a Saturday or Sunday and alternates between the auditoriums of Catawba and Livingstone Colleges. The concert is promoted by the local elementary music teachers and often involves students from throughout the county.
Rowan Youth Orchestra
The Salisbury Super Strings is a group of young musicians who have graduated from the After School String program and/or have auditioned successfully.
Mrs. Marguerite Keller directs the ensemble which meets once a week from September to May. They present two concerts a year and also perform for community events.