Statesboro Youth Strings Program

The Statesboro Youth Strings Program is a music performance and education program involving bowed string instruments including the violin, viola and cello. The program features both individual weekly lessons and ensembles (Statesboro Chamber Orchestra and the Statesboro Youth Strings Ensemble). Ensembles meet once a week and perform locally. Lessons are arranged individually.

Fall Lessons start August 10, 2015
Ensemble & Orchestra Rehearsals start August 17, 2015

Schedule an audition for either the Strings Ensemble or the Chamber Orchestra by calling Tony Phillips at (912) 212-2787
— it's FUN to play together!

Statesboro Youth Strings Ensemble
This group is designed to give younger students their first experience in playing in an ensemble. The curriculum and repertoire will be similar to that of the Chamber Orchestra, but at an easier, more introductory level. Students should be proficient on their instrument and be able to read music moderately well to be eligible.
Conductor: Abby Thompson
Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Semester Tuition: $155 ($190 non-member)
Location: Averitt Center for the Arts

Statesboro Chamber Orchestra
The ensemble rehearses and performs music by Classical composers, ranging from Handel and Bach to Holst and Britten. Its repertoire also includes film music, jazz, Celtic fiddling and popular music. To be eligible, students must be proficient on their instrument and be able to read music easily. In addition to strings, the group will also include select wind instruments and serious student wind players should call to arrange for an audition.
Adult amateurs are encouraged to participate!
Conductor: Dr. Jonathan Aceto
Monday: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Semester Tuition: $155 ($190 non-member)
Location: Averitt Center for the Arts

acetoDr. Jonathan Aceto  Director

Dr. Jonathan Aceto has served as Director of the Statesboro String Program since 2004. Dr. Aceto holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Arizona State University and has received training in the Suzuki Method. A committed teacher, Dr. Aceto has served on the faculties of Mercer University, Augusta State University, the University of South Carolina at Aiken and, most recently, Georgia Southern University. He has also served as concertmaster of the Macon Symphony, Augusta Opera Company, and the Augusta Choral Society and is a founding member of the chamber orchestra Lyra Vivace. Dr. Aceto has participated in several summer music festivals, including: the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston; and the Schlossfestspiel in Heidelberg, Germany.

abbyAbby Thompson  Instructor

Violin instructor Abby Thompson offers lessons for beginner and intermediate learners. Mrs. Thompson has extensive experience in violin and piano pedagogy and performance, including several years using the Suzuki Method for Violin. She has several years’ experience working at the Orfalea Family Children’s Center in Santa Barbara, CA. She attended University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn., and received her B.S. in Education from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN , and her M.A. in Child Development from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Averitt Center for the Arts
33 East Main Street
Statesboro, Ga. 30458
(912) 212-2787 (ARTS)

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday:
12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.