Youth String Programs


Register Now for Spring 2021 Virtual Group String Classes!

Led by Sophia Lassiter, our group string classes focus on musical development through theory, aural training, and virtual performance techniques! Students will also learn from guest speakers from the Stetson School of Music as well as professional musicians.

Beginner to advanced string players are welcome, and will be assigned to a small group by Mrs. Lassiter based on their experience levels and interests. Classes meet once per week during the assigned class time.

Private lessons are required to participate in this program. For questions or concerns regarding class content or lessons, please contact Sara Scarpelli

  • Spring 2021 Schedule: Classes are held on Monday evenings (starting February 1) and Saturdays (starting January 30)
  • Class days and times:  Meeting times will be finalized after students are assigned to a group.
  • Fee: $150
  • Location: Zoom

Youth String Orchestra

The Youth String Orchestra is open to all school-age string students, from intermediate to advanced musicians. This ensemble provides an opportunity for string players to improve their playing skill in high energy, positive environment. Students will focus on their musicianship through the practice and performance of high quality, accessible repertoire.

The students will perform on the stage of historic Elizabeth Hall in a concert at the conclusion of the fall semester. Violin, viola, cello and bass players are welcome. The Youth String experience will foster a love of music for string instrumentalists and teach students the joys of playing with an ensemble.

  • Spring 2021 Schedule: TBD
  • Rehearsals: Mondays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $120 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 349
  • Spring 2020 Concert: TBD

Beginner Violin Class

Beginner Violin Class is open to elementary and middle school age students. No prior experience is necessary; this class is designed for students who are new to the violin. The class will teach students the fundamentals of violin study, such as parts of the instrument, technique foundations, and some beginning repertoire as well as solo performance instruction.

Parents or guardians are required to attend the class with their children in order to support a positive learning experience. Private lessons are required to participate in this program. For questions or concerns regarding the class or lessons, please contact Sophia Lassiter.

  • Spring 2021 Schedule: TBD
  • Class days and time: Saturdays from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuition: $150 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 349
  • Spring 2020 Concert: TBD
Sophia Pellegrino-Lassiter headshot

Sophia Lassiter, String Program Director

Sophia Lassiter is a violinist and music teacher originally from New England. She completed her Bachelors in Music Performance at Gordon College in May 2017, where she studied with Sarita Kwok and Susan Kim. She went on to complete her Masters in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2019 where she studied with Darcy Drexler and Bernard Zinck.

In addition to performing and leading community outreach events, Mrs. Pellegrino-Lassiter is actively engaged as a teacher and conductor. She has maintained a full private studio including both face-to-face and Skype students for the last ten years, and has taught at several schools throughout New England: the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, Vermont, the Academy of Penguin Hall in Wenham, Massachusetts, the String Academy of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and L'Escuela Vieau Public School. She also directs the Upper Valley Waldorf School‘s annual summer music camp program every year, which she created in 2011.

More Information

For more information, please contact our office at [email protected] or (386) 822-8962.