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


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:

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.

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:

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



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!


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,


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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String Project Weekly Email 11.10.16

Dear String Project family,

I have attached the Saturday schedule. This Saturday is a football home game with an 11am start time.  This will make parking extremely difficult.  We recommend getting dropped off, carpooling, and arriving very early!

This Saturday we will be having our dress rehearsal. Classes will be making their way down to Bates Recital Hall (guided by their teachers) for a run through of their pieces for the Winter Concert periodically throughout the 9:00 and 10:00 hour. Stepping Stones: please report to Bates Recital Hall at 9am and then after their dress rehearsal is over the class will return to their normal classroom.

The jury sign-up bulletin will be available in the main lobby once more this Saturday. As a reminder, ALL full-time students playing an instrument (except for cadets) are required to sign up for a non-promotional jury, unless they are attempting to promote. Students will be asked to demonstrate what they have been working on this past semester. Failure to sign up for a jury will result in probation in the next semester. Saturday-only students should only sign up for a jury if they are attempting to promote to the next ensemble. Cadets and non-instrumental students do not sign up for juries.

Next Saturday, 11/19, is the last day for both Honors Recital recordings and our Cover Contest submissions. I have attached a copy of the Honors Recital form, and will have copies at the main table this Saturday. For the winter concert, we are holding a Cover Contest: String Project is accepting submissions of original drawings to be placed on the cover of the programs for the winter concert. All current String Project students are eligible to enter, and there is no limit to how many drawings a student can submit! Please adhere to the guidelines in the attached document; there will be copies of this document at the main table. The deadline for submissions will be Saturday, November 19th.

At our teacher meeting today, we talked about student tardiness to Saturday classes.  Please ensure that you arrive at least ten minutes prior to class start time. It has been difficult for teachers to stop classes in order to tune students arriving late.

Lastly, a reminder that next week, the week of 11/14, is the last week for private lessons. In addition, String Project is on break from Saturday class on 11/26 for Thanksgiving break.  Thank you, please let me know what questions you may have.

All the best,