NSPC and String Project News
October 2020: The NSPC hosted two virtual Fall Best Practices Teaching Sessions for String Project directors and teachers.
August 2020: NSPC Receives $40,000 Grant from NAMM Foundation to Support Five Emerging String Project Sites. Grant will help the NSPC bolster programs that train college students to become tomorrow’s string teachers and give youth the opportunity to play a stringed instrument in Greeley, CO, Cookeville, TN, San Marcos, TX, Knoxville, TN, and El Paso, TX.
June 2020: The NSPC hosted three virtual Deep Dive Sessions for directors as they prepared for the future of their String Project sites during COVID-19 and the Fall Semester of 2020.
May 2020: AST article published by Elizabeth Reed and Jim Pyzygocki celebrating 20 years of the NSPC. Read the full article here.
March 2020: The NSPC premiered the 20th-anniversary Virtual Orchestra Project of "Greater Than..." by Brian Balmages at the ASTA Convention. A live orchestra with String Project teachers from across the country played with the Virtual Orchestra. Check out the Virtual Orchestra and the premiere here.
February 2020: Texas Tech University String Project and Dr. Blair Williams received the 2019-20 ASTA Outstanding String Project of the Year Award.
August 2019: NSPC Receives $40,000 Grant from NAMM Foundation to Support Five Emerging String Project Sites. Grant will help the NSPC bolster programs that train college students to become tomorrow’s string teachers and give youth the opportunity to play a stringed instrument in Greeley, CO, San Jose, CA, Cookeville, TN, San Marcos, TX, and El Paso, TX. Read the full press release here.
July 2019: The NSPC received a $5,000 grant to support the 20th Anniversary Virtual Concert from New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page.
May 2019: The U of SC String Project and Gail Barnes are featured by the office of communications and public affairs. Read the full article here.
February 2019: The University of Texas String Project and Dr. Laurie Scott receive the 2018-19 ASTA Outstanding String Project of the Year Award.
June 12, 2018: NSPC welcomes Beth Reed, our new Executive Director! String educator and cellist Beth Reed brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our organization.
March 2018: NSPC is highlighted the NAMM Grantee Spotlight. Read the full article here.
July 17, 2017: NSPC Receives $40,000 Grant from NAMM Foundation to Support Five Emerging String Project Sites. Grant will help the NSPC bolster programs that train college students to become tomorrow’s string teachers and give youth the opportunity to play a stringed instrument in Cookeville, Tennessee; El Paso, Texas; Kennesaw, Georgia; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Forest Grove, Oregon. Read the full press release: NSPC Receives 2017 NAMM Grant
July 6, 2017: NAMM Foundation Announces National String Project Consortium as One of 2017–2018 Grant Recipients: Read the full article here.
June 5, 2017: Marywood String Project Receives Grant from Scranton Area Community Foundation (article in Abington Journal): Read the full article here.
August 30, 2016: President Barak Obama recognizes UMass-Lowell String Project's 15th Anniversary and Sends them a Letter of Support: Obama UMass Lowell Letter
August 2016: NSPC Featured in The Strad Magazine: “Learning Curves: With music teaching in the US in almost perpetual crisis, one organization is fighting to train the next generation - to the benefit of the students and teachers alike” by Femke Colborne (from August 2016, Vol. 127, No. 1516 issue): The Strad NSPC String Project Article August 2016.pdf
June 27, 2016: NSPC Featured in School Band and Orchestra Magazine for NAMM Grant Award: Read the full article here.
Press Release: NSPC Receives $40,000 Grant from National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) to Support Five Emerging String Project Sites Across the United States
June 15, 2016: NSPC receives $40,000 of grant funding from NAMM to support five emerging String Project sites across the United States. The grant will help the NSPC bolster programs that train college students to become tomorrow’s string teachers and give youth the opportunity to play a stringed instrument in El Paso, Texas; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Highland Heights, Kentucky, Forest Grove, Oregon; and Brookings, South Dakota. Read the full press release:NSPC Receives $40,000 NAMM Grant
June 13, 2016: NSPC Announced as One of Eighteen Music Education Programs in the United States to Receive 2016 Grant Award Funding from the National Association of Music Merchants.NAMM's full press release:
Pacific University String Project Collaborates with Mariachi Band for Special Concert
April 25, 2016: Pacific University String Project students collaborate with the Hillsboro School District Mariachi Band, Una Voz. The project, titled Musical Bridge, was funded by a Pacific University Faith Gabelnick Grant, which provides for outreach projects that enrich the lives of residents in the surrounding communities. Read more here.
Marywood String Project Featured on PBS
February 18, 2016: Pennsylvania PBS produces a 15-minute segment on the Marywood String Project: View clip here. (String Project segment starts at 32 minutes in)
Virginia Tech String Project Awarded $20,000 from CMA Foundation
January 22, 2016: Virginia Tech String Project is awarded a $20,000 grant from the County Music Association Foundation and was featured in the Roanoke Times. With the CMA Foundation grant, the program will be able to expand its reach into other parts of the region that lack orchestra programs in the public school curriculum. This award will also assist in providing need-based scholarships, extending the opportunity to participate to students who otherwise may not have the financial means to take part in the program. Read the article here.
Pacific University Presents Special Humanitarian Concert
December 10, 2015: The Pacific University String Project presents a special concert to connect music with humanitarian efforts. In collaboration with the Forest Grove Family Resource Center, participating students donated gift-wrapped articles of warm clothing with a hand-written note to donate to those less fortunate and lacking the basics to stay warm during the winter months. Read more here.
Kennesaw String Project Expands into Marietta City Schools (Georgia)
July 28, 2015: The Kennesaw String Project expands offerings into the Marietta City Schools (Georgia), and because of their efforts, the school district is implementing orchestra and hiring a new full-time strings teacher. Read more here.
University of North Texas String Project Wins “Best of Denton”
April 15, 2015: The University of North Texas String Project wins "Best of Denton" award. Read the article here.
New Faculty Hire Due to Texas State String Project
Fall 2014: Due to the efforts ad success of the Texas State String Project, Texas State University hires a full-time, tenure-track music education string specialist and a new full-time, tenure-track orchestra director.
Marywood String Project Welcomes Bhutanese Refugees into Program
May 12, 2014: The Marywood String Project (Pennsylvania) welcomes a new group of musicians, Bhutanese refugee children whom Catholic Social Services has resettled in the Scranton area over the last several years from camps in Nepal. Read the article here.
NSPC 2010 White Paper Featured in Article
April 22, 2010: The NSPC is featured in the article, “Hitting a High Note: String and Orchestra Ed. on the Rise:”
NSPC Featured in the Dana Foundation’s Best Practices
2007: The NSPC was included in the Dana Foundation Publication, “Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education,”where it was profiled as one of the 24 "best practices" in higher education.