Virginia Tech String Project

The Virginia Tech String Project (VTSP) is a non-profit instructional program dedicated to offering affordable string instrument instruction to elementary students while training future string music educators.

How it Works

Graduate and undergraduate teachers, under the supervision Virginia Tech Music faculty, give small group and individualized instruction on: violin, viola, cello, and string bass.

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00pm at Virginia Tech and is open to all 3rd and 4th grade beginning students.

Virginia Tech String Project teachers visit public and community elementary schools during August to demonstrate instruments and recruit students for classes at Virginia Tech.  A parent information and “instrument try out” meeting is then held during the first week of September in the Squires Recital Salon on the Virginia Tech campus.

Our Faculty

Director: Vernon Burnsed
Artistic Director: Alan Weinstein
Master Teacher: Yi-wen Evans
Student Teachers: Claire Vogler, Brian Chang, Kathleen Gately
Student Assistants: Erina Ishita, Keane McBride, John Kofol, Alex Fowler


Dates for our 2014-2015 programs will be announced soon.

Program Announcements

We'll post notices about registration and programs right here on our webpage. Please check back in August for more information.

Giving to the String Project

A History of Support

Want to know more?
Vernon Burnsed is happy to answer your questions.

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Thank You
The Virginia Tech String Project is supported by the National String Project Consortium, NAMM, Target Corporation, The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, The School of Performing Arts, the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Alan Weinstein and Patricia Raun.

To learn how you can support the Virginia Tech String Project, please contact Vernon Burnsed.

To make a gift to the School of Performing Arts visit the link below, enter your gift amount, and click on the blue “designate your own” button. Then type in School of Performing Arts.

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