The School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi has been selected as an official site for the SMKO 2015National String Project Consortium (NSPC).  This coalition of string project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States is dedicated to increasing the SMYO 2014number of children playing stringed instruments and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers across the country. The purpose of the grant funding is to assist sites with startup costs for their string programs so they can keep tuition for students low enough for any family to participate. 

Students in grades 4-7 will enter the program in the Southern Miss Kids Orchestra, a heterogeneous orchestra setting under the direction of master teacher Gladys Gonzalez. 

Students in grades 8-12 will participate in the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra, an organization that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  Jorge Gonzalez serves as the master teacher for the youth orchestra. 




Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra

The Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra (SMKO) is for beginning level fourth and fifth graders with no experience required. Students will have fun learning the basics of violin, viola, cello or bass with friends
in a string orchestra.

Average costs of private instruction vs. orchestra group instruction: on the low end, $60/month for 4 lessons. However, The Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra is only $120 for the whole fall semester and includes 12 sessions!

That's an AMAZINGLY affordable way for your child to learn an instrument and be involved with a group!

Registration open now! First class January 25.
Limited Availability REGISTRATION FEE $120

SMKO beginners meet on Mondays,  4:30-5:30
SMKO members with some experience meet on Tuesdays 4:30-5:30
All at Temple Baptist Church.

For more information, email us at smkostrings@gmail.com or call, 601.408.0755.

Southern MississippiYouth OrchestraThe Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra (SMYO) provides students with positive experiences and gives them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music.

This program will benefit talented local string musicians ages 18 and younger by improving their playing level, increasing their orchestral experience, and preparing them to be part of an orchestra program at the collegiate level.

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM, in the Fine Arts Building (FAB), Room105 of the School of Music at Southern Miss.

Students will be required to play:
2 scales and arpeggios (2 or 3 octaves)
a solo piece of their choice
sight-reading excerpt.

SMYO meets on Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in FAB room 105 of the School of Music at Southern Miss.

For more information email us at smyostrings@yahoo.com or call 601.818.8091.



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