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.

Virginia Tech String Project On-line Registration

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 from 5-6 pm for beginning and second year students, and 6-7pm for third year and youth orchestra students.  
Virginia Tech String Project is open to all beginning students third grade and up, no experience necessary.

Virginia Tech String Project teachers and staff visit schools to perform for students and allow them to try out the various string instruments with our annual 'instrument petting zoo.'  Our general interest meeting for new parents is held after the school tours. The information will be sent home with the students.

Our Faculty

Director: Nicole Paglialonga
Artistic Director: Alan Weinstein
Master Teacher: Yi-wen Evans
Master Teacher:  Elizabeth Lochbrunner
Student Assistants:
Ryan Agola
Michael Folta
Alex Fowler
Katie Heltzel
Matt Johnson
Elena Porter
Mimi Zhang

Program Announcements

Virginia Tech String Project Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Please note that during the spring semester, we build on the techniques the students learned in the fall.  It is due to this continuation of skill building that we cannot accept new enrollments for the spring term.  However, we would gladly welcome any of those interested in getting ahead by enrolling in private lessons with one of our capable staff members!  Please contact the director for more information.

Important Dates to Note:

FALL 2016

Tuesday, August 30 -- Parent Meeting at 5:00 pm, Recital Salon (Squires Student Center) (For parents of new students only)
Tuesday, September 6 -- First day of VTSP classes
Thursday, October 20 -- No VTSP classes due to home VT football game
Tueday, November 8 -- No VTSP classes due to Election Day
Tuesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 24 --No VTSP classes -- Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, December 8 - Winter Concert at Moss Arts Center -- 7:00 p.m. Click here to view Winter Concert 2016 program.


Tuesday, January 17 -- VTSP Classes resume
Tuesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 9 -- No VTSP classes -- VT Spring Break
Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 14 -- No VTSP classes -- Montgomery County Public School Spring Break
Tuesday, April 25 -- Spring Concert at Moss Arts Center -- 7:00 p.m.

As we prepare for the possibility of winter weather, please remember that when Montgomery County Schools close due to inclement weather, we will also close.  Please check the VTSP Facebook page, email blasts, and/or  WDBJ Channel 7 to confirm weather-related cancellations.

The fee for the Virginia Tech String Project $50 per semester and instrument rental plans are available at Greg Bump at Rocket Music.

For more information contact Nicole Paglialonga.

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Giving to the String Project

A History of Support

Want to know more?
Nicole Paglialonga is happy to answer your questions.

Contact Nicole Paglialonga

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 Nicole Paglialonga.

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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