Allegheny Mountain String Project

The Allegheny Mountain String Project (AMSP) is a program in partnership with the Garth Newel Music Center, to bring comprehensive string instrument education to the Alleghany Highlands.

Through veteran string teachers Jaime (Letourneau) McArdle and Gretta Sandberg, the AMSP offers violin, viola, cello and bass lessons as well as chamber music ensembles and the Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra (AMSO).

An important component of the AMSP is the inclusion of American music as folk songs and fiddle tunes for early instruction. Many students are using the new Mark O’Connor Method book which provides fascinating historical information for each piece.

Scholarships are available through funding from the Alleghany Foundation, Bath County Arts Association, the Highland County Arts Council, the Bolar Ruritan Club and private donations.

Activities take place at Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, the Highland Center in Monterey, and the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact
Garth Newel Music Center at 540.839.5018.

Donations can also be mailed to:
PO Box 240, Hot Springs, VA 24484

For more information or to join the program, please contact:

Jaime (Letourneau) McArdle, instructor, Bath & Alleghany Counties

Gretta Sandberg, instructor, Highland County

This project is funded in part by the Alleghany Foundation, the Bath County Arts Association and the Highland County Arts Council.

Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra (AMSO)