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Registration for the 2019/2020 school year open now!

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

Open house and registration night for new students September 16 3:30-6:30 pm.  Please plan to attend or contact our staff if you are unable to attend the registration night.

There will be an open house for returning students. Date to be announced soon.

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.

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 on Saturday October 12th, 2019. Additional information will be provided at the open house and registration nights.

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 2019/2020 school year.

Financial Assistance is available through Minnesota Afterschool Advance!

Financial Assistance

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. This year the financial assistance will be administered through the Minnesota Afterschool Advance.  Financial Assistance

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

Please attend the open house event to receive information about rentals and have your child fitted for an instrument.
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”