Registration open for Community Strings Project


Fall registration for Community String Project (CSP) classes is in Bristol on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Hope High School auditorium on Chestnut Street.

CSP is a nonprofit that offers affordable and accessible violin, viola, cello and bass group lessons for youth and adults in the East Bay area and beyond.

Grade 3 to 5 students receive lessons twice a week after school in their own school building: Guiteras on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:35 to 4:25 p.m., Colt Andrews on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:40 to 5:30, Rockwell on Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 5:20, and Hugh Cole on Wednesday and Friday from 3:10 to 4.

The Middle School Orchestra (grades 6 to 8) meets at Kickemuit Middle School on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m., and Thursdays at First Congregational Church in Bristol from 6 to 7 p.m.

The High School String Ensemble (two years experience required) meets at Byfield School on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Adult classes meet at the First Congregational Church in Bristol: Beginning on Tuesday, 6 to 7:40 p.m.; intermediate on Tuesday, 7:45 to 9:25; and Advanced String Ensemble on Thursday, 7:15 to 8:55.

Lessons cost $170 for the fall semester (16 weeks) and begin the week of Sept. 23. Grades 3 to 12 may use a CSP instrument for a $40 maintenance fee. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch receive free lessons and pay $20 for instrument use (must present approved documentation). Others may apply for financial aid. Adults who do not own their own instrument may choose to rent from a music store.

For more information, contact Executive Director Cheryl Burns at 500-1243 or info@community, or visit the website at communitystringproject. org.


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