The Music City Strings will hold a performance on Friday, June 19th at Christ Community Church, 1215 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN, at 7:00 p.m. to raise funds to support their European Concert Tour. One of only two youth strings groups from the United States to be included on the tour, Music City Strings was invited to represent the Tennessee culture and music, as the tour travels through Spain, France, England and Scotland this summer.

Donations are being accepted at the concert, however if you would like to support the Music City Strings tour, click here to make a donation. While the costs may are around $3500 per child, the experience of the European Concert Tour, will be something these young musicians will remember for a lifetime.  The group has been holding performances and sharing their amazing talents as they prepare for their journey.

Because of Music City Strings amazing performance at the International Ensembles Concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May of 2012, Music City Strings was discovered by The League of Astonishing Strings and an invitation to tour this summer was extended.

The best way to help students gain new perspectives and build skills for the future is through experiential learning. Obviously, there are benefits to educational travel. Students who travel are immersed in foreign languages, become inspired by new and exciting experiences abroad, and encounter historical landmarks and world geography firsthand. For the students of Music City Strings, the opportunity to connect with people of another culture through the universal language of music is truly a unique educational experience. These students will be engaging audiences all over Europe, and will be collaborating with other young and talented ensembles as well. The process of preparing a musical tour program of this magnitude requires discipline, dedication, and hard work. The experience of performing on tour broadens the student musician in a way that nothing else can and gives that student an opportunity to share their passion and joy for music in a different cultural context.

About Music City Strings:

Music City Strings is a community of students, teachers, and parents who believe in the importance of an enriched and thorough music education. In 2005, Dana Meyer, International concert violinist and violist, established Music City Strings in Franklin, Tennessee. Her dream was to create a program that would provide children the means to become confident, sensitive and beautiful artists. As her studio demands grew she invited Frank Auer, a violinist and teacher from Franklin, to be a co-director of the program.

Today, that program consists of 45 young students in violin and viola, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Ages range from four to eighteen years old, with many siblings, parents, and grandparents participating in everyday scheduled events.Central to the Music City Strings program is the philosophy founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: that music has the power to improve the human spirit, open the heart, and make finer human beings of all those it touches. Music City Strings strives to enrich the community by bringing music and culture to different venues throughout the State.

Students of Music City Strings have performed all over Tennessee, and many have traveled across the United States to study at Suzuki Institutes and workshops. Since the year of its inception, students from Music City Strings have been Young Artist Achievement Award winners through the National Association of Music Teachers competitions, winners of the Nashville Symphony Thor Scholarship, Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association scholarship recipients, and first place State winners in the Tennessee Music Teachers’ Association program.

To learn more, visit the Music City Strings website, click here.

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