Dr. Noah Rogoff
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 380.865.8618

Central Nebraska youth have an opportunity to learn how to play stringed instruments through the University of Nebraska at Kearney String Project.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, there will be a UNK String Project informational meeting at 6 p.m. in Room 219 of the UNK Fine Arts Building. There is public parking between the Fine Arts Building and the Health and Sports Center.

“Both new and returning families are welcome to attend, and we especially recommend the meeting to anyone joining for the first time,” said Dr. Noah Rogoff, String Project director. “If you are a returning student and would like to visit with the teachers or have your instrument checked, these are great reasons for being there!”

Students in grades 3-12 have the opportunity to study violin, viola, cello or double bass with Dr. Rogoff. The UNK String Project is supported, in part, by a grant from the National String Project Consortium (NSPC). UNK is one of only 35 project sites in the nation, and the only site in Nebraska and the surrounding area.

Students participating in the UNK String Project will need to provide their own instruments, whether they buy or rent. A few instruments are available through UNK. For information regarding available instruments, individuals may contact the UNK Department of Music & Performing Arts at 308.865.8618.

The mission of the program is to increase the number of young students playing stringed instruments by providing string education in communities where string education is not readily accessible.

Classes will be held on the campus, with the first class being held Tuesday, Sept. 4. Groups and times are as follows: Beginners (Andante), Tuesday and Thursday, 4 – 5 p.m.; Second Year (Allegro): Tuesday and Thursday, 5 – 6 p.m.; Third Year (Vivace): Tuesday and Thursday, 5 – 6 p.m.; and Chamber Ensemble (Presto): Tuesday and Thursday, 4 – 5 p.m. At the end of each semester, the students will perform in concert in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall.

In January of 2008, UNK was selected to become a NSPC site. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations and individuals. Membership in the NSPC is a 10-year commitment that is matched by the college or university. The UNK String Project is funded by National String Project Consortium, Dana Foundation, Kearney Symphony Orchestra, UNK College of Fine Arts and Humanities, UNK Office of Sponsored Programs, UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, Kearney Area Arts Council and community donations.