Holyoke Summer Strings

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in ,

Holyoke Summer Strings

425219_1368638743.3359_multiArt and Music should be available to everyone and money should not be an issue when it comes to expressing yourselves through art. However, the reality of it is money is an issue that prevents so many talented people from being able to do what they love. The Holyoke Summer Strings Program was started so money won’t be a barrier for children to express themselves.

Holyoke Summer Strings is a non-profit, cost-free, summer camp that includes children as young as pre-k to eighth grade students.  Holyoke Summer Strings offers the children instructions, by experienced and caring instructors, on the Violin or Cello. They also provide vocal training, visual arts classes, yoga and arts related field trips. The program is supported mainly by Holyoke Public Schools and the local community so they give back by performing weekly to the public. Last year some performances were at Nicks Nest, the Blue Sox game, Holyoke Farmers Market, Smith College and Northampton’s City Hall.

This year Holyoke Summer Strings wants to offer more and they need your help to do so. Their goal is $5,000.00 and any donation helps!

  •   $10 donation: helps send a child to a day at Holyoke Summer Strings with a Violin or Cello.
  •   $50 donation: sends a child to a full week of Holyoke Summer Strings with an instrument and also including music lessons, multi-media arts, chorus, yoga, field trips and a community performance.
  •   $200 donation: sends a child to a full month of Holyoke Summer Strings with an instrument to every class, a field trip and 4 community performances.


To donate or find out more about Holyoke Summer Strings head to their website:  http://www.gofundme.com/2ua0u4


  1. When not busy rehearsing or performing at Mount Holyoke, students in the Musicorda Road Company take to the stage around the Pioneer Valley under the direction of Nathaniel Farney. They’ll be playing for public and private audiences at sixteen venues this summer, including Shriners Hospital in Springfield, Stanley Park in Westfield, the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, and the First Church in Longmeadow.

  2. Through this program, Musicorda provides a summer of intense study and performance for some ninety young, gifted musicians from around the world. In addition to sharing the concert stage with the festival’s artists-in-residence, small student ensembles perform at local libraries, museums, senior citizen centers, hospitals, and other community venues. Students also work as teaching assistants in the festival’s Children’s String Workshop, which provides free cello and violin classes for Holyoke children.

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