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Designed to increase the multicultural diversity of American
orchestras, the Young Strings program discovers, develops and
promotes the musical talent of outstanding African American and
Latino string players in the city of Dallas, and provides them with
the skills and resources necessary to pursue professional careers
Founded in 1992 by Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians and board
members, Young Strings offers three levels of instruction and
currently serves close to 200 students annually.
Beginning students attend general music classes and then
progress to semi-private instrumental lessons with highly trained
instructors. Advanced students are selected by audition to study
privately with musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, or
teachers of an equally high caliber.
And all instruction is provided to students free of charge.
Young Strings participants also receive personal mentoring,
performance opportunities, chamber music instruction, concert
tickets and support for summer studies at prestigious camps and
institutions. The program's instrument loan bank provides students
with quality instruments if they cannot afford one.
Auditions for the Finale Division of the Young Strings program
are held once a year in January. These auditions are specifically
for African American or Latino students in grades 6-10 that reside
or go to school in the city of Dallas.
here to download an application. If you need further
information about the program or the audition process, please call
the Dallas Symphony's Young Strings Program Manager
Many Young Strings alumni have gone on to make a positive
difference in the world, both musically and otherwise. They are
performing in orchestras, as soloists, and as chamber musicians.
They are conducting school and youth orchestra programs, teaching,
composing, and building and repairing instruments. They are also
practicing law, engineering, and business. If you are a Young
Strings alumni, we'd love to hear from you. Please call Carolyn
Jabr at 214.871.4083 and tell us what you're up to.
The Friedlander Concerto and Ribelin String Solo
The Friedlander Concerto and Ribelin String Solo Competitions
provide top Young Strings students with an opportunity to earn both
public recognition for their talent and hard work, and some
all-important scholarship funds that can be used to further their
musical studies. For more information, please call Carolyn
Jabr at 214.871.4083.
How To Help
The program has received funding from the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Dean Foods, the EDS
Foundation the Sturgis Foundation and Fossil, as well as numerous
other foundations and individuals. The Young Strings Endowment Fund
has been generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst
Foundation. A community-based Advisory Council provides access to
social and educational services for students needing further
resources, and the program is the focus of the volunteer efforts of
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League's Innovators.
The instrument loan bank receives support from the Hillcrest
Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, individual donors and
If you'd like to help Young Strings, either through a donation
of funds, time or instruments, please contact Carolyn Jabr, DSO
Young Strings Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.871.4083.
If you are a current Young Strings Finale student and need a
copy of one of the important forms listed below, please click on
the form you need or contact Carolyn Jabr at email@example.com or 214.871.4083.
Instrument Loan Form
Concerto Competition Application
Scale & Etude Competition Application
Ribelin String Solo Competition Application
2013-2014 Young Strings
2013-2014 Young Strings