Festival Strings

Artist: Learn about String Instruments

Assembly Description


Festival Strings is a string quartet, composed of violin, viola, cello, and bass, that demonstrates not only the characteristics of each instrument but also the weaving together of sound that creates ensemble playing. Students can clap along to a country fiddle dance or volunteer for a first cello lesson, all while learning some basic musical principles.

Assembly Information


Grades: K-12
Curriculum Links: Music
Price: Single performance $950
2 back-to-back $1,250
Program Length: 45 minutes
Artist travel fees may apply.
The performances are tailored to the particular age level and special needs of each audience. Instrumental clinics may be arranged following this performance.


Technical Requirements


The artists may arrive between 1 half hour to 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day. Please have the following set-up ready for them upon their arrival.

  • 1 Microphone(s) with an on-off switch on a stand
  • 4 Chairs (straight of folding with no arms)
  • 4 Music Stands

About the Artists


Violist Christine Ims received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University and did postgraduate work at the Juilliard School with Lillian Fuchs. She has participated in the Aspen, Spoleto and New Hampshire Music Festivals, and was principal viola of the Eastern Music Festival for seven years. Ms. Ims is an active free-lancer in the New York area, performing regularly with such groups as the New York Pops, Opera Orchestra of New York and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as on Broadway. She also maintains a busy schedule both as a chamber musician and viola teacher in Bergen County, New Jersey. Ms. Ims is presently principal viola of both the Glimmerglass Opera and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and is the president of the New York Viola Society.

The members of Festival Strings have extensive experience. They have been educated at schools such as the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. They have or currently serve as principal musicians for organizations suchs as Northeastern PA Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, Opera Festival of NJ, Lake George Opera Festival, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera. They have also performed extensively with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New York City Opera, Pennsylvania Ballet, Glimmerglass Opera, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Philly Pops, Lincoln Center, Broadway shows and Off-Broadway shows. They have been featured on cast recordings and radio stations.