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Virginia Tech String Project

String Project staff and students pose together with instruments at event.

Our Mission:

To provide high quality and inclusive string music education for our community; and to prepare Virginia Tech's undergraduate music students for success in their futures as music educators.

The award-winning Virginia Tech String Project, founded in 2007, is the signature community enrichment program for the music program at Virginia Tech. Our program is a member of the National String Project Consortium, founded in 1998, to address a national string teacher shortage through a plan that establishes teacher-training programs at universities throughout the country. Master string teachers work with Virginia Tech’s undergraduate music students to teach all classes. We fill a significant gap in the public-school system curriculum by providing beginning lessons in strings to students in the 3rd and 4th grades as well as providing a space for older students’ musical growth through multiple string orchestras for those with prior experience.

Academic Year

Instructor teaching a class to grade school students

Meet our Faculty

The Virginia Tech String Project staff pictured together on stage.
(L to R) Yi-Wen Evans, Molly Wilkens-Reed, Tommy Cummins, Mazi Zachary, Noah Blanco-Alcala, James Kim, Martha Chen, Josie Chase, and Sarah Fox.

Molly Wilkens-Reed

Artistic Director
Alan Weinstein

Master Teacher
Yi-wen Evans

Student Teachers
Josie Chase (Assistant Director)
Elise Echeverry 
Lindsey Finks
Sarah Fox
Darnell Leon 
Harry Rosson
Justin Vu 
Mazi Zachary


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Summer Camp

Three campers pose with their string instruments.
  • Summer 2024 with performance at Steppin' Out
  • Two camps, beginners and experienced
  • Camp open to second graders through high school seniors
  • $15 covers the cost of instrument rental for a brand new string player to use at exploration camp
  • $60 provides a full scholarship for a brand new string player to experience learning the string instrument of their choice 
  • $155 provides a full tuition scholarship for an advancing string player to participate in our summer intensive