April 25, 2017
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
South Georgia String Project, Youth Orchestra Perform May 1
VALDOSTA — The South Georgia String Project, a joint venture of the Valdosta State University Department of Music and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, will present its spring concert at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1, at the outdoor Fine Arts Building Amphitheater. Admission is free of charge, and the public is encouraged to attend.
“All of our students and teachers are excited to showcase the hard work and progress made throughout the semester,” said Dr. Kristin Pfeifer Yu, master teacher and director of the South Georgia String Project. “It’s been truly enjoyable watching all of our students grow this semester … and this concert is a chance to show off our wonderful educational program to the community.”
The South Georgia String Project provides an after-school music program where students 8 years of age and older can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction. It also provides a valuable, mentored teaching experience for music students at Valdosta State University.
“The South Georgia String Project is unique, not only for South Georgia and this community but also for students attending VSU,” Yu explained. “The South Georgia String Project is one of many opportunities for our VSU students to learn and perform as a training tool to prepare for teaching and performing music in the field. Just as our South Georgia String Project students start at a beginner level, the VSU students start as class assistants in an apprentice-style forum and eventually move into a class leadership position, working directly with a master teacher.”
The South Georgia String Project encourages the enjoyment of music and self-expression through the study of a musical instrument and actively seeks to provide opportunities for student leadership, parental participation, and involvement in the greater community. It was started in 1993 and originally offered on location at area public schools and taught by VSU professors.
The American String Teacher Association named the South Georgia String Project the 2011 National String Project of the Year.
Many South Georgia String Project students continue their stringed instrument studies in college. Some have performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.
Class fees are $60 per semester, with a $120 maximum per family.
The South Georgia String Project offers technique classes, private lessons, and four levels of group classes for children and adults who want to study violin, viola, cello, or bass. Performances are held several times a year both on campus and out in the community.
Private instruction is available and recommended for all students, including those who wish to study piano. Weekly one-on-one lessons are arranged with a VSU student assistant. The 30-minute lessons cost $15 each.
NOTE: The concert will be held in Whitehead Auditorium if it rains.