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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.

Program Response to Covid-19

A condensed virtual program is currently being offered, focusing on small-group instruction with skilled virtual music educators, coaching with Pacific Symphony musicians and larger group ensemble rehearsals under the direction of Assistant Conductor Dr. Jacob Sustaita.

Strings for Generations online

This past fall, students studied elements of jazz through the piece "1812 Bar Blues," based on Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture. They also learned how to play "Feng Yang Song," focusing on how to bring out the lyrical melody through close attention to musical detail. The students’ video recordings came together to form a virtual ensemble culminating in a final performance.  This past fall, students studied elements of jazz through the piece "1812 Bar Blues," based on Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture. They also learned how to play "Feng Yang Song," focusing on how to bring out the lyrical melody through close attention to musical detail. The students’ video recordings came together to form a virtual ensemble culminating in a final performance. 

For more information on how to participate, please contact Eileen Regullano, education and engagement manager, at eregullano@pacificsymphony.org. 

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 either have experience with a string instrument or recorder 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.
 
For more information, please contact Eileen Regullano at eregullano@pacificsymphony.org

Strings for Generations with Lanterns