IUP String Project Celebrates 10th Anniversary on April 25

Posted on 4/22/2015 1:54:42 PM

On Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Cogswell 121, the IUP String Project will host its annual Spring Student Recital in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the program. The recital will feature violin, viola, cello, and bass students in solo and ensemble performances. The program will be followed by a reception in Cogswell Hall, Room 120.

The IUP String Project, part of the IUP Community Music School, is a community string music education outreach program for children ages five to 18 in Indiana and the surrounding area which provides lessons and ensemble classes for violin, viola, cello, and bass students. The IUP String Project is also provides a comprehensive hands-on teacher-training program for IUP music students, who provide all of the lessons and classes in the program.

The IUP String Project is one of 43 similar programs joined under the auspices of the National String Project Consortium, dedicated to promoting string music education in the United States. As a member of the NSPC, the IUP String Project joins in addressing the two main issues facing string education today: 1) the low numbers of public schools that offer string music education programs to children, and 2) the critical shortage of string teachers in the U.S.

Now in its 10th year, the program was founded in 2004 by IUP music faculty member Linda Jennings, who also directs and oversees the program. The program is also supported by IUP String Project Master Teacher Swana Chepaitis, a string pedagogy expert in the Indiana area who helps supervise the teachers and leads the IUP Chamber Music program, and IUP String faculty member Stanley Chepaitis. 

The recital and reception is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the IUP String Project website, or contact Linda Jennings at ljenning@iup.edu.