Auburn University’s Tiger Strings youth orchestra to perform Dec. 5

AUBURN – Tiger Strings, a community youth orchestra sponsored by Auburn University’s Music Education program, will perform a free public concert Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Goodwin Music Building Choir Room.

The orchestra will play folk, baroque and Celtic pieces, as well as a selection or two from “The Nutcracker.”

The Tiger Strings program, now in its first year, features youth in grades three to 12 and has 22 violinists, five cellists, two bassists and one violist. Tiger Strings director Kathy King, a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education’s department of curriculum and teaching, said the goal of the orchestra is to build interest in string instruments, foster a supportive environment for aspiring string instrumentalists and supplement any private lesson experience the students may receive.

“We were trying to come up with something that would absolutely include every child who wanted to play in an orchestra and would teach them about being in an orchestra and foster awareness about string playing,” King said. “Basically, we’re learning as we go. Some of them are very young, but they have been doing great.”

Kimberly Walls, professor and program coordinator of music education, said she has been encouraged by the participation level and interest in Tiger Strings. Walls and King have worked with string instructors in Auburn, Opelika and Tuskegee to spread the word about youth orchestra.

“We hope that it will grow and expand and start branching out into the schools too,” Walls said. “We want this to be for East Alabama.”

For information about joining Tiger Strings, contact King at 334-844-6877 or kingkat@auburn.edu. To read more about the Tiger Strings program, visit http://education.auburn.edu/news/2009/11/string.html.

(Contributed by Troy Johnson.)

Contact: Kathy King, (334) 844-6877 (kingkat@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)