Strings Program

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Strings Program 2018-10-23T01:04:53+00:00

Registrations remain open.  Contact the office to register.


The Itasca Orchestra Program is going to have a fantastic year. We have four fabulous opportunities for strings students in addition to our lessons, concerts and group events.

Top Itasca Orchestra students will perform alongside Itasca Symphony musicians at their November 10th, 2018 concert. Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite has been selected for Itasca Strings students for strings students to play with the orchestra.

We are fortunate to once again have the opportunity to participate in a residency with the Artaria Quartet. 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.

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

May brings the nationwide renowned group The New Standards. They have offered to hold a workshop with Itasca Strings students on May 22nd.


School year lesson information

2018-2019 Strings Program Lesson Policies for Parents

Music instruction for a student grades 2-12 includes 27 half-hour lessons and weekly after-school orchestra rehearsals. When possible, lessons are during the school day at a student’s school in small groups or individually. Students may take the bus from their elementary schools to the Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS) to attend orchestra practice at 3:30 pm in the band room. Cellos and basses are not allowed on school buses and must be dropped off at the school by parents and guardians.


New this year – there is no registration fee.

Prepayment for the year is $595 for one child and $520 for additional students.

If you register to make monthly payments, the fee will be $608 for one child and $536 for additional students. Eight installment payments of $76 for the first child or $67 for additional children will be payable monthly.

Payment is required in the on-line registration process available through If you are choosing to pay in installments, you will need to log into your account through The first payment is due October 15 and the final on May 1. Payment in full in October and promptness are greatly appreciated.

The IOSP program is a full-year commitment. The tuition is for the full year and must be paid even if the student drops the lessons.

Lessons begin in the fall, but students are welcome to join at any time in the school year. Students who join after the October enrollment date will be invoiced from the month they join through the end of May, and will not be charged the full yearly tuition rate.

Financial Assistance
IOSP has a limited number of partial scholarships and loans available each year. The scholarship application is incorporated into the online registration process available at Families will be required to submit a proof of income, such as a copy of the most recent tax filing in order to verify income and secure a scholarship.
2018 2019 Education Credit Explanation


Click here to register online

Registrations submitted in the spring of each year guarantee a spot for next year’s program. Fall registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. Families owing any tuition or rental fees from the previous year will not be allowed to register for next year’s classes until payment is fully made.

Instrument Rental
Instrument Care Instructions
IOSP has instruments available for rental.

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

Lessons and events calendar for IOSP may be found on the current news page. If school in ISD 318 is cancelled then lessons and student orchestra practices are cancelled.

Regular attendance at student orchestra rehearsals is a requirement. The director may determine when a student has missed too many rehearsals and not be allowed to perform with the orchestra in concert.

Regular practice is most important. Generally, 20-30 minutes most days is a good basis, with shorter time for beginning students.

Concert Dress
There are two student concerts at the Reif Center. Dress for girls and boys is all black including shoes and socks.

Additional information

See additional items under this tab “Youth lessons” and “Adult lessons”