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: Nicole Paglialonga
Artistic Director: Alan Weinstein
Master Teacher: Yi-wen Evans
Assistant Conductor:  Claire Vogler
Student Assistants:
Keane McBride
Matt Johnson
Alex Fowler
Erina Ishita
Katie Heltzel
Mimi Zhang
Michael Folta

Program Announcements

Virginia Tech String Project Classes resume on January 19, 2016.

Virginia Tech String Project New Student Registration Form

Virginia Tech String Project Returning Student Registration Form

Waiver and Emergency Contact Form

Virginia Tech String Project  Summer Camp 2016 Flyer

Virginia Tech String Project Summer Camp 2016 Registration

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:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - VTSP classes resume
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 and Thursday, March 10, 2016 - No classes, VT Spring Break
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - No classes, Montgomery Country Spring Break
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00 pm Concert in the Moss Arts Center.

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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Virginia Tech String Project Wins Education Grant From Country Music Association Foundation


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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