Virginia Tech String Project

  • A young male violinist performing in the VT Strings Project.
  • A young male violinist performing in the VT Strings 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 of 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
Assistant Conductor:  Claire Vogler
Student Teacher: Brian Chang
Student Assistants: Erina Ishita, Keane McBride, John Kofol, Alex Fowler


String Project Fall 2014 Schedule and Calendar

Program Announcements

Virginia Tech String Project Classes begin on September 2.

Virginia Tech String Project Registration Form

Beginning lessons on violin, viola, cello, and bass will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in Squires 243.  Parents interested in enrolling their students should complete and return the registration form and attend the parent information and student instrument tryout night on August 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon.

The fee is $50 per semester and instrument rental plans are available at Foster Violins, 961-6326.

For more information contact Vernon Burnsed.

Spotlight Article on the Virginia Tech String Project



Giving to the String Project

A History of Support

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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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