Strings Attached, a subsidiary of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, “was created to fill the absence of string programs in the Troup County public schools, “according to Mrs. Celeste Myall, Education Coordinator for the program.
The LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra, in collaboration with the Troup County School System, provides professional instructors with multiple years of experience in music education. Participating students attend a one week summer camp, followed by cohort weekly lessons during the after school ACE program.
The Strings Attached opportunity is offered to third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Current participating schools are Franklin Forest, Hillcrest, and Hollis Hand.
Franklin Forest and Hollis Hand students are learning and excelling in the foundational skills of the violin. Hillcrest students have the opportunity to learn and excel in the instrumental skills of the cello.
According to Mrs. Myall, “Students pay a nominal fee, $160 per semester, to help us cover expenses. However, we do have some on scholarship.Anyone on free or reduced lunch pays half the tuition. Parents can pay the tuition in monthly payments if they desire.”
This year the group is 79 members strong, hosting 41 new members and 38 returning students.
The group has multiple performances throughout the academic year with their first performance on November 14 and followed by a performance on March 27. Both performances are at the LaGrange Callaway Auditorium. Their final performance will be at the Azalea Storytelling Festival in the spring.
“We hope to not only expose these students to string playing, but also they or at least some of them will grow into the String Ensemble, our middle school group, and the Youth Orchestra, our high school group, “states Mrs. Myall.
Currently, the Strings Attached Project is in the third year providing quality string instruction to Troup County youth.
Strings Attached instruction and performances exhibit another example of the desire in Troup County to expose the arts not only to adults, but our youth as well.