Youth Lessons

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Youth Lessons 2020-10-19T20:47:26-05:00

Online registration has closed. Contact us by email if you are interested in signing up for lessons. Availability is limited.

Please see main String Program Page for more information.
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The Itasca Strings Program has another exciting year planned.  We have workshops planned with touring music groups in addition to our lessons orchestra rehearsals and three concerts.  Other opportunities are sure to be added as the year goes on.

October 10th, all Itasca Strings Students are invited to attend a workshop with the performing group Simply Three.

The Concordia Orchestra will perform a concert on October 30th, 2019 at the Reif Center at 7:00 pm.  The Itasca Strings Program Chamber group will perform with the Concordia Orchestra. All strings students are encouraged to attend.

Top Itasca Orchestra students will once again perform alongside Itasca Symphony musicians at the February 15, 2020 concert.

We will have a retreat for all strings students at Camp Bluewater on Saturday October 12th, 2019. Additional information will be provided at the open house and registration nights.


The Strings Program provides lessons to students ranging in age from youth to adult in violin, viola, cello, and bass.

In student lessons, all students work on solo music repertoire and skills development.

Weekly October through May Lessons during the school year

Lessons are available at area schools or in our lesson room located in the Reif Center.

During the October through May Session, students may participate in one of four after school ensembles based upon student playing level.  Students participating in orchestra learn foundational musical skills, while developing teamwork and leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Students in Grand Rapids may ride a bus from their school to the Middle School for their weekly after school orchestra rehearsal.

Cellos and basses are not allowed on school buses and must be dropped off at the school by parents and guardians.

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Prelude (Beginners) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
Overture Wednesdays 2:45-3:45
Intermezzo Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Chamber Orchestra (advanced) Mondays 3:30-4:30


Click here to register for October through May Strings Program Lessons (youth and adult)

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through Minnesota Afterschool Advance Instrument rentals are discounted for low income students. Inquire at [email protected]

The deadline for competitive scholarships has past. Applications will be available in March of 2020.


IOSP also has instruments for monthly rental for students enrolled in the program

Violins:   $15
Violas:    $15
Cellos:    $25
Basses:   $30

Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is ADA compliant.

For more information, see main tab “Strings Program”