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December 2020 Virtual concert

This concert was aired virtually via Itasca Community Television, aired on KOZY and KAXE. It was also aired as a YouTube Premier. You can find the full concert recording on our YouTube Channel

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, B. 179, op. 96, “American” | Antonin Dvorak

Selections from the Nutcracker for String Quartet | Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Pop Christmas with area strings players

Traditional Christmas Carols with short readings by the Grand Rapids Players


February 15, 2020      
Featuring our local musicians including the Itasca Strings Students

We will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven birth by starting our February concert out with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, op.62.

This concert will feature the exceptional talent of local musicians in a program that moves the spotlight around the sections of the orchestra. Violinist Kristine Arntson will solo in Bizet’s Meditation from Thais. A selection from a Joseph Haydn symphony nicknamed the “Horn Signal” will feature our strong French Horn section. The solo in the Adagio section of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet will be performed by Jan McKinney. If you didn’t hear enough from the opera Carmen at our November concert, you are in luck. This concert will include Carmen Suite 1.

In this concert selected Itasca Strings students will join us in playing an arrangement of music from the movie Jurassic Park.

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2020 Feb Concert Program Notes

November 2, 2019                 
Featuring soloist Olivia Skaja performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto

Former Itasca Strings Program student and Deer River native Olivia Skaja will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra. The orchestra will also perform six selections from Bizet’s great opera Carmen.  In this arrangement Carmen Suite No 2 by  Guirard, vocal lines are picked up by instrument voices.

The concert will conclude with a medley of military songs in the Armed Force in honor of Air Force veteran Mike Wourms who is retiring from the ISO principal trumpet position after 20 years with the orchestra.

Thank you to our sponsor

Tickets for veterans for this concert are $5 as a token of gratitude for their service.




Simply Three Workshop October 10, 2019

Simply Three

October 30, 2019 Concert with the Concordia Orchestra

Itasca Strings Students will perform with The Concordia Orchestra in Dances in the Canebrakes by Florance Price

2018/2019 School Year

The Artaria Quartet Residency 2019

We are fortunate to once again have the opportunity to participate in a residency with the Artaria Quartet. The Artaria Quartet will work with Itasca Strings Students over a period of three months. At the end of the residency, strings students will play a joint concert with Artaria. This has been a fun experience for the students and an incredible learning experience. We are really looking forward to this year’s residency.

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The Artaria Quartet


OK Factor Workshop January 2019

In January, the young and creative duet The OK Factor will be playing a concert at the Reif Center. As part of their education program they have offered to hold a workshop that will be open to all Itasca Strings Students.