Virginia Tech String Project

  • A young male violinist performing in the VT Strings Project.
  • A young male violinist performing in the VT Strings Project.

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION!!! TO: VTSP Students and Families: UPDATED APRIL 9, 2020 -- THE VTSP SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED!!! On March 11, 2020, Tech President Tim Sands informed us that due to concerns over COVID-19, Virginia Tech will extend spring break through March 22nd and beginning March 23rd, instruction will be delivered in online formats. VTSP will make the following changes to both Tech and Belle Heth locations in accordance with university policy: 1) Classes will not meet the week of March 16th; 2) Until further notice, classes beginning the week of March 23rd will be delivered in an online format. (Ms. Evans and Ms. Porter will be creating Youtube videos for your children to watch and participate with their instruments at home. I'll email you the links for classes each week along with recommendations to help facilitate their learning at home.); 3) The Adult Chamber Music Workshop is postponed to Fall 2020; and 4) For now our concert on May 6th is still planned. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this process. Molly Wilkens-Reed, VTSP Director

How the Virginia Tech String Project 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 at the VT location 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. Classes at Belle Heth Elementary are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. 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: Molly Wilkens-Reed
Interim Director:  Elena Porter
Artistic Director: Alan Weinstein

Master Teacher: Yi-wen Evans
Student Assistants:
Ben Chase 
Thomas Cummins 
Josh Gebhard
Lindsay Keck
Molly McCarthy
Julia Villegas 
Emily Warwick

Program Announcements

Virginia Tech String Project

2019-2020 VTSP Registration (This program has been canceled for the Summer 2020)

With 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 cancellation.

Memorial contributions for Daniel Foster may be made electronically at
Area: "College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences"
Fund: "Other" 
Designation: "VT String Project 875419

Instrument rental plans are available through Greg Bump at Rocket Music

For more information contact Molly Wilkens-Reed

Spotlight Article on the Virginia Tech String Project

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

A History of Support

Want to know more?

Molly Wilkens-Reed is happy to answer your questions.


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 Molly Wilkens-Reed.

To make a gift to the School of Performing Arts visit the link below. Designate your gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Once you select the College a secondary field will open and you may then designate the School of Performing Arts.

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