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Strings Project connects Pacific, FGSD

Music students work together to salvage cut program
by:  Dijana Ihas

An orientation meeting for a Strings Project program, a partnership between the Forest Grove School District and Pacific University, is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in Room 100 at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Dijana Ihas, professor of music education at Pacific, will oversee the program, the first of its kind in Oregon. Selected university students who study string instruments will teach public school students - under Ihas' supervision - how to play them. Pacific's first teachers-in-preparation include violin students Kriszti Bunica, Carolyn Cartwright and Lilly Huynh, and viola student Justin Redona.

Cost to third- and fourth-graders is $100 for 10 weeks of lessons, plus instrument rental. The district's strings program was cut last spring due to budget cuts.

The inaugural semester begins in spring 2012. For more information, contact FGSD communications director Connie Potter at 503-359-2420.