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The NKU String Project is part of the nationally recognized National String Project Consortium. The NKU String Project was founded in 2012 and is proud to offer quality string-music instruction at an affordable price. Classes are taught and overseen by the Director, Master Teachers, and college Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, making us a program like no other! NKU is one of only 40 String Project programs in the United States and was recognized as Outstanding String Project of the Year in 2015 by the American String Teachers Association.
Dr. Amy Gillingham

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Betsy (Williams) Mendel, director 

2023–2024 String Project!

Youth Classes: Fall Semester begins Wednesday, September 13, 2023 with a mandatory parent/student meeting during your classtime.

Adult Beginning Strings: Fall Semester begins Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Adult Orchestra: Fall Semester begins Saturday, September 16, 2023.

Youth Classes

Prelude Class 
Level I Beginning Class

  • Ages 8-12 (students must be 8 years old by Aug. 1)
  • Wednesdays AND Fridays: 4:30-5:15 p.m. 
  • Tuition: $175 per academic year
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Note: Attendance at both classes are mandatory. 

Intermezzo Class
Level II Intermediate Class

  • Ages 9-13
  • Wednesdays AND Fridays: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $200 per academic year
  • Note: Attendance at both classes are mandatory.
  • Prerequisite: Students must meet one of the following:
    • Completion of NKU Prelude Class
    • Permission of String Project Director and audition

Sinfonietta Strings
Level III Orchestra

  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 5-6 p.m.
  • Tuition $225 per academic year
  • Note: Attendance at both classes are mandatory.
  • Prerequisite: by audition or if you have been in Sinfonietta previously.

If you are new to our program and would like to audition, please contact Dr. Attar at to schedule an audition.

Adult Beginning String Class

Adult Beginning Strings Class is for anyone ages 18+ who wants to learn the violin, viola, cello, or bass in a fun and relaxed environment! No prior experience is necessary.

  • Ages 18+
  • Wednesdays 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $250 per academic year (2-payment plan available)

Adult Orchestra

Adult Orchestra is for all string players ages 18+ who enjoy the benefits of playing music together in a fun, relaxed environment. Participants should be well-versed in how to play their instrument and can read notes with ease (or practice). The repertoire is multi-part and ranges in difficulty level so that everyone can be challenged and have a great time, too!

  • Ages 18+
  • Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuition: $250 per academic year (2-payment plan available)