Mozart Strings Project

Music for Everyone

Would you like to learn how to play violin, viola, cello or string bass?

The Mozart Strings Project offers after-school beginning string instruction to elementary school students. The project started in 1994 in response to an increasing number of requests for orchestral training. Mozart Strings is a program offered by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and is open to all students, regardless of school district.
Students enrolled in the project attend two one-hour rehearsals each week and perform at least three concerts each year. Elementary Mozart students come together to perform en masse at concerts.
MSP has been designed to maximize the potential for success for each participant. The objective is to teach carefully, accurately and frequently, thereby insuring the mastery of performance skills that will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and appreciation. We can't wait to share the benefits with your child.


(For students entering 3rd - 6th grades)


We will still have our normal Beginner Mozart classes during the school year, but for the first time ever the Mozart Strings Project is going to offer an Introduction to Strings Camp this summer.


During our one week camp you will learn how to hold your chosen instrument and bow, play your first few songs, and enjoy lots of fun music games!  


Once camp is over you have the option to continue with private or group lessons for the rest of the summer,  giving you a great head-start for our fall Mozart Strings Project classes.


Location:  CSYSA Offices, 3113 Primrose Drive, Colorado Springs, CO


Camp Cost:  $160  (Instrument rental is separate)


Dates: July 12-16, 9am -12pm





1) Numbers are limited, so choose which week you’d like to attend, register and pay to reserve your spot.  (Note:  Instrument Rental is separate )



2) Then go to Graner Music to try the different instruments, choose which one you want to learn and fill out a rental agreement.  MAKE SURE YOU TELL GRANER THAT YOU ARE WITH THE INTRO TO STRINGS SUMMER CAMP.   NOTE:  Your rental won’t start until you get your instrument on the first day of camp!    If you choose Bass, you will rent for a reduced cost with the Youth Symphony rather than Graner.


Graner Music:   4460 Barnes Road, 719-574-2001


Rental Costs:   

Violin or Viola:  $19.24/month with  2nd month free

Cello:  $32.06/month with 2nd month free

Bass:  $25 month (with 2nd month free)


3) Call or email the Summer Camp Coordinator to let her know which instrument you chose!  (You can also call her with any questions!). 


Summer Camp Coordinator:

Lisa Kohlwey, 719-252-3169,

Learn more about our String Summer Camp Program!

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2021 - 2022 Possible Mozart Strings Project Sites

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, most sites are available for 3rd - 5th (or 6th) graders, with 2nd graders being considered if they have a music background and/or the physical dexterity and social maturity required for a group class. (The Vanguard site accepts 3rd-4th graders and 2nd graders by interview.)

FALL 2021 AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES (Beginner, Beginner Plus, and Intermediate).

MOZART Strings Project School Year Classes fill up quickly.   Get on our Preferred List to get updates on 2021 class locations and times and get notified as soon as enrollment opens



(TCA) Church at Briargate, 9550 Otero Ave, C/S, CO 80920
Contact: Renee Botton, 719-660-1310,



(BL) Site will be close to: Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, 7094 Cottonwood Tree Dr, C/S, CO 80927
Contact: Hilda Bernard, 719-649-3843,



(Note: Priority given to Vanguard Students)
(VAN) Calvary Baptist Church, 1712 S. Corona Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Contact: Lisa Kohlwey, 719-252-3169,


(WP) Site will be close to: Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E Kelley's Rd, Woodland Park, CO 80863
Contact: Ann Brown, 719- 687-1899,