Allegheny Mountain String Project

As an integral part of Garth Newel Music Center’s mission: to share, explore and celebrate the infinite variety of chamber music in an intimate setting of natural beauty, the Allegheny Mountain String Project offers a comprehensive string music education program, including private lessons, chamber music ensembles, and a youth orchestra to all children of school age within driving distance of activities in Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties.

The core values of AMSP align with the NAfME standards of excellence. AMSP students learn a wide variety of musical styles, based on the guidelines of the American Music System which includes American & Appalachian folk songs and fiddle tunes for early instruction. Students learn to improvise and learn by ear as well as read music. They play Bach and Bluegrass both. Many students work through the Mark O’Connor Method books which provides historical information for each piece that gives the music context.

Scholarships are available through funding from the Alleghany Foundation, Bath County Arts Association, the Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, 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 in Clifton Forge.

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 McArdle, instructor, Bath & Alleghany Counties

Gretta Sandberg, instructor, Highland County

Download: AMSP Enrollment Form
Download: AMSP Financial Aid Form

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

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