Austin Chronicle: Best of Austin

The UT Austin String Project has been voted as “Best String Theory” by the Austin Chronicle! We are honored by this recognition and proud to continue supporting music and string education in Austin.

You can see the award at the following link: Austin Chronicle Best of Austin: UT Austin String Project

Juries

We will begin jury sign-ups for all students this Saturday. This is for students doing promo AND non-promo juries. Remember that you do not have to complete a jury if you are in ECE, Stepping Stones, Jr. Cadets, Sr. Cadets, and Saturday-only (unless you are hoping to promote to the next level).

In order to complete a promotional jury, you son or daughter MUST bring Position and Posture Checklist form signed and completed by their private teacher. This form can be found on the following page:

Promoting & Juries

Absence Forms

Current String Project families: you may now submit absence forms electronically! Please visit the following link to submit an absence form: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQCbjG9czAfXiKh

You can also find this under “Parent Resources: Documents & Policies.” Please note that although we will not continue to have physical absence forms at the Main Table, you may still print these forms from the Parent Resource Page. You may either scan and send these to the office or turn-in a physical copy on Saturdays.

Lottery open!

THE LOTTERY IS OPEN FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR. Results for the 2020-2021 season will be announced by June 1st, 2020. Please only fill out one lottery form per child.

The lottery will be closed by April 1st, 2020 and we will not be taking any lottery submission after this date.

Please keep the following in mind:

  1. We start instrumental study at the age of 4, with the exception of the guitar program. The guitar program starts at the age of 7.
  2. Our Early Child Education classes are for children ages 0-3. If your child will be within that age range at the start of Fall 2019, please do not select a preferred instrument.
  3. If you have a private teacher outside of the String Project faculty, please list your child’s teacher. This means you are eligible for a Saturday Only spot, and will be contacted for an audition in the middle of the summer.

Please click the link below to enter the UT Austin String Project Lottery:

https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8x1yDpZn87a6ma1

Important Dates

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you’re well! A few reminders are below.

  • New and returning families that are part of our full time instrumental program and need an instrument are welcome to stop by the Instrument Room on Saturday, August 24th from 9am to noon for instrument sizing. The Instrument Room is on the first floor of the UT Butler School of Music in Music Building East. There will be signs directing you to the Instrument Room from the main lobby. If we do not have the size you need, we can direct you to local stores. Please note: we only rent violins, violas, cellos and basses. We do not carry guitars in our inventory. 
  • Private lessons begin on September 3rd. Teachers will have their studio lists by the end of the week. You can expect emails regarding lesson scheduling beginning next week.
  • Our first String Project Saturday will be on Saturday, September 7th. A detailed message about this day will be sent later in the month.
  • The 2019-2020 calendar is own our website and can be found here: https://stringproject.music.utexas.edu/calendar/

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sincerely,

Dana

2019-2020 Registration

Happy summer, String Project family!

New and returning families: You should have received an email with 2019-2020 registration instructions. Please note that registration forms were due by August 5 (please send in any late forms as soon as possible).

Private lessons will begin on Tuesday, September 4 and our Saturday classes will begin on September 7.

See you all soon!

String Project of the Year!

We are excited to announce national recognition as the String Project of the Year! The National String Project Consortium and the American String Teachers Association have recognized the excellence of this program. Congratulations to all our teachers, and thank you to our families for your continued support!

2017 – 2018 Information!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer! We are gearing up for the start of the year, and wanted to share some important information:

1. Private lessons begin on September 5th. You will be receiving emails from your teachers soon, so keep an eye out!

2. Our first String Project Saturday will be on Saturday, September 9th. I will send a detailed message about that later in the month.

3. Instrument sizing will be on Saturday, August 26th between 9am and noon in the instrument room in MBE (Music Building East).  If you are unavailable, our Instrument Steward will be available on September 9th as well. Please note: we only rent violins, violas, cellos and basses. We do not carry guitars in our inventory. We will be sending an email about guitars shortly. 

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sincerely,

Courtney Castaneda

Assistant Director

UT String Project

Spring 2017 Final Concert

Dear String Project family,

With the year of String Project coming to a close, there are quite a few things going on! I’ve organized this e-mail accordingly:

1) Juries
Jury results and copies of jury sheets with teacher comments will go out in the middle of May. I and the other teachers thoroughly enjoyed hearing the students play! If for some reason you missed or were not able to signup for a jury and need to schedule a make-up jury in August, please let me know.

2) Concert Attire for this Saturday
Students should dress for a special occasion. If performing in an orchestra, students should wear a white top and black bottom.

3) Spring concert schedule/information on April 29th
I have attached the schedule for this Saturday. It is quite a bit different from most weeks, so please continue reading so you know exactly where your children need to be and when they need to be there.

At 8:20, all Orchestra students and Guitar students should arrive for tuning and warm-up in their assigned rooms.
At 8:45ECE students (both 9:00 and 11:00) should report to Bates Recital Hall in your designated section in the audience. If you have strollers etc. that you wish to store somewhere, 2.604 will be available for that. However, the room will not be supervised or locked, so please keep valuables with you.
At 9:00, the Orchestra Concert begins. Teachers will have ushered orchestra/guitar students to the hall by this time. We heavily encourage all students in Cadets, Pre-ensembles, and Beginning Ensembles to make it to this concert to see their upper level peers perform. It not only contributes to the family spirit of String Project, but also serves as a motivating look into the future so students get an idea of what to look forward to when advancing to the orchestra level.
At 10:00, the Orchestra Concert will have ended. ORCHESTRA STUDENTS and SCHOOL-AGED ENSEMBLE STUDENTS report to their 10:00 rooms DESIGNATED BY THEIR MOST ADVANCED PLAY-DOWN PIECE (orchestra students grab their belongings from their previous room first)CADETS and STEPPING STONES arrive and report to their own unpacking/warm-up/tuning rooms. See schedule for assignment.

At 10:30, the Playdown “Gala” Concert begins. Teachers will have ushered students to their designated spots, including placing cellos and basses where they need to go. The cello/viola playdown will happen first, followed by the violin/bass playdown. Teachers will facilitate the transition between these two playdowns. Please keep in mind that students and parents should stay and watch the entirety of the concert, even if they are finished performing for the day. The concerts should be over by 12:00pm, which marks the end of the Saturday.

4) May 6th- Instrument Sizing, Electives/Parent Ensembles concert
The Saturday following the Spring Concert will feature performances from our Electives classes (Recording Technology and Fiddle) as well as from our Parent Ensembles. Performers will arrive at 9:00am for warm-up, and the concert will take place between 10:00-11:00am.

This day will also be used for instrument sizing between 9:00-10:00am; if your child is due for switching instruments, the instrument room will be open and several teachers will be there to facilitate this process.

That’s it- I want to thank everyone for their hard work this past year. It has been a wonderful experience serving as Assistant Director this year, and I have derived GREAT pleasure in interacting with and getting to know each and every one of the students and parents alike. I am looking forward to a lovely concert on Saturday to close out the season!

All the best,

Mikaila

Winter Concert Cover Art Submissions

Thank you to those students who submitted art for the cover page of our Winter Concert Program!

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