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Strings Program 2019-06-05T13:01:52+00:00

Registration for the 2019/2020 school year open now!

Register by Sept 15th for a 3% discount on annual lesson fees

The Itasca Strings Program has another exciting year planned.  We have workshops planned with the OK Factor and the Bakken Trio in addition to our lessons orchestra rehearsals and three concerts.  Other opportunities are sure to be added as the year goes on.

Top Itasca Orchestra students will once again perform alongside Itasca Symphony musicians.  The music and concert date have not yet been determined.

See the bottom of this page for more information regarding registration.

Register for the 2019/2020 school year

Please contact the IOSP office if you are interested in starting lessons for the 2018/2019 school year.

The deadline submitting competitive scholarships applications has passed


Registration for Summer Lessons is now open!

Register for summer lessons here!


Learn to play violin, viola, cello and bass with instructors of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program. Options of 6, 5 or 3 lessons to fit your busy summer schedules! Students registered at Camp Wannago or with Boys and Girls Club can take lessons during their camp time.

This is a great chance to try lessons to decide if you would like to register for lessons in the fall.

The lessons will be scheduled Monday through Thursday. The registration form includes a field where you may indicate your first and second choices for lesson date and time and location. We will do the best we can to accommodate your preferences. Register early as lessons are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Fees $60 for 3 lessons, $95 for 5 lessons and $112 for 6 lessons.  Instrument rentals are also available.  See prices below.

Summer lessons available in Coleraine and Deer River!

Summer lessons available on August 7, 14 and 21 at the Greenway High School (AM) and King Elementary (PM) during Boys and Girls Club Hours.

Three lessons for $60


2018/2019 School Year

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.

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


School year lesson information

2019-2020 Strings Program Lesson Policies for parents

Frequently Asked Questions 2019-2020

Music instruction for a student grades 1-12 includes 27 half-hour lessons and weekly after-school orchestra rehearsals.  Lessons can take place at the student’s school or in our lesson room in the Reif Center.  Lesson times are first come, first served and may occur during the day and early evening.  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.


$50 registration fee due at the time of registration.

Fees include both lessons and orchestra rehearsals and are provided at a price below our cost because of the generous financial support.  Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors for helping us to keep lesson fees low!

Annual lesson fees may be paid in eight installments of $70/month for the first child and $62/additional child.  Paying in full  provides an additional discount.  $545 for the 1st child and $490/additional child

*Please note – These prices reflect a 3% discount and will increase after September 15!

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.


Financial Assistance
IOSP has a need based scholarship program based on the Minnesota Education Tax Credit. Please contact Tammy at the IOSP office for more information There may be some changes in the administration of this credit for the 2019/2020 school year.
2018 2019 Education Credit Explanation

New this year – Merit based partial scholarships will be available!  Scholarship applications will be accepted April 15th-May 31st.  The scholarship application will include short statements from the student, parent and a teacher or coach.


Current prices reflect a 3% discount for early registration through September 15th.

Register for the 2019/2020 school year here!

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”