National String Project Consortium


NSPC and String Project News.

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: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/namm-foundation-announces-grants-music-education


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 organisation 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: http://sbomagazine.com/5339-the-namm-foundation-awards-national-string-project-consortium-nspc-40-000-grant-to-support-5-emerging-string-project-sites-across-united-states.html


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: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2016-06-13/namm-foundation-grants-600k-music-education-programs


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 for residents in the surrounding communities: http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/pacific-string-project-students-collaborate-hillsboro-school-district-mariachi-band


Marywood String Project Featured on PBS

February 18, 2016: Pennsylvania PBS produces a 15-minute segment on the Marywood String Project: http: http://on-demand.wvia.org/video/2365670016/ (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: http://www.roanoke.com/nrv/community/vt-string-project-wins-cma-foundation-grant/article_308dab56-9853-571a-99b4-523b0716f90f.html. 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.


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: http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-forest-grove/2015/12/pacific_university_string_proj.html


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: http://www.kennesawstringproject.org/2015/07/28/ksusp-expands-to-mcs/


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: http://www.dentonrc.com/entertainment/entertainment-headlines/20150415-best-of-denton-denton-life-and-fun.ece


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: http://thetimes-tribune.com/lifestyles/young-refugees-find-opportunity-in-string-project-1.1688481


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:" http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2010/04/wanted_3000_string_teachers.html


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.