The Etowah Youth Orchestras’ School String Orchestra Program provides violin, viola, cello and bass instruction in a group setting at schools throughout Etowah County. Currently instruction is offered at Attalla, Carlisle, Duck Springs, Highland, Hokes Bluff, John S. Jones, Southside, and Whitesboro Elementary Schools, and Glencoe Middle School.
Classes meet two days a week, and are offered to fourth through sixth grade students (grade levels vary per school).
Classes include instruction both on the string instrument itself, and basic musical instruction in introductory music theory and music history.
Students learn various musical styles, including classical, bluegrass, and even rock and roll. Students perform throughout the year, both in their schools and at a closing Spring Formal Concert at the end of the school year that features the students from all participating schools. Students have the opportunity to perform both as a member of a large ensemble and as a soloist or a member of a small group.
In addition, each year the students in the School String Orchestra Program travel to Huntsville to hear a performance by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
The Beginning & Intermediate Strings Program is under the direction of EYO Associate Conductor Roland Lister and EYO Assistant Conductor Dr. Darryl E. Harris, Sr. Mr. Lister and Dr. Harris have over 40 years experience teaching strings in a school setting.
Financial Aid is available through the Etowah Youth Orchestras for students wishing to participate in this program. In addition, each year the EYO awards scholarships for private instruction and the EYO’s Summer Strings Program to program participants.