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Strings for Generations

Strings for Generations

Experience the joys of intergenerational music-making with Strings for Generations

Through this one-of-a-kind program, students, family members and adults play and learn about music together under the direction of professional music educators and Symphony musicians. Strings for Generations is an intergenerational ensemble and is geared toward student string players in grades 4 – 9 and adults who either join the string ensemble or percussion/recorder group.

Applications for the Spring 2021 season are currently closed.

For more information or to be added to the email list for next season, please contact Eileen Regullano at

Program Response to Covid-19

Strings for Generations online

Strings for Generations will meet virtually during Spring 2021. The virtual program will involve a mix of small-group sectional coaching led by Pacific Symphony instructors and larger-group ensemble coaching led by Pacific Symphony’s Assistant Conductor. In Spring 2021 students will also have personal instruction from Pacific Symphony musicians in small-group coaching sessions.

This seven-week program, ending with a virtual performance, will meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 5 – 6 p.m. via Zoom and will run from March 1 – April 19, 2021. Adult participation is optional.

Strings for Generations - percussion section

Participants and Requirements:

Strings for Generations is geared toward students in grades 4 - 9 who have completed at least one year of string music instruction at their school. Typically an adult is required to participate along with the student; however due to increased demands on parents and the nature of an online program, adult participation for virtual Strings for Generations is optional. Adult participants who do choose to apply must have experience with a string instrument and be able to read music written for their instrument. 
Participant criteria includes:

  • Students must play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) in their school’s music program. This program is meant to enhance students’ school-based music education.
  • All participants must be able to read music written for their instrument. All participants must be able to play the musical excerpt included in the application. 
  • Each participant must have access to Zoom and a working camera and microphone. 

 “My daughter and I loved this program! Previously, we never experienced a collaborative musical project together—guided by such high-quality instruction. Sharing the experience of learning and performing music with my daughter made it easier for me to appreciate the effort and also the joy in learning music. My daughter tremendously enjoyed playing with me, has increased her love of music, and values my input more when she practices during the week. This is a wonderful program that has brought us even closer together.”  
—Strings for Generations Parent
Strings for Generations is produced in partnership with the Irvine Chinese School/South Coast Chinese Cultural Center and is open to all members of the public who meet participant requirements. 
Strings for Generations is made possible in part through the James Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund, a grant-funded initiative aimed at engaging more culturally diverse communities with the Symphony.

Strings for Generations with Lanterns