String Project

Private Lessons in Violin, Viola, and Cello


The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra offers music lessons in all levels of advancement. Our strings program has expanded to include “String Sprouts”, which is our youngest age group for early learners of the violin. If you would like to find out more about our music education program, please contact our office at 706-882-0662 for details.

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Ela Torkarska , violin

Ela TorkarskaElzbieta Tokarska is a Master in Violin Performance major and a graduate teaching assistant to Prof. Sergiu Schwartz. She studied at the Arthur Rubinstein School of Music and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and was awarded top prizes in national competitions in her native country, including J.S. Bach (2005) and Torun (2006). Her talent was recognized early as she was invited to participate in music festivals performing for renowned violinists such as Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Viktor Pikajzen, Slawomir Tomasik, Piotr Janowski. Kaoru Kondo and Emanuel Borock. In the summer 2013 Elzbieta was touring around Japan in a series of violin/piano duo concerts with her brother Kamil Tokarski which was supported by the Polish Embassy in Japan and the Polish Institute in Tokyo. In 2014 she was awarded the Alternate Winner of Georgia MTNA Competition “Young Artist Performance” and the Winner of Concerto Competition at Schwob School of Music. In 2015 Elzbieta performed at the concert dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich together with Alexander Kobrin, the Busoni and Van Cliburn competition winner.

Callie Hammond, violin

Callie Hammond


Celeste Myall

Celeste Myall
Celeste Myall is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. She taught for eight summers at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp, a camp for students from 10 to 18. She served on the faculty of Belmont University, where she founded and directed String Crossings Camp, a nationally recognized multi-style camp for high school students which grew in six years from 16 campers to 42 campers on all strings instruments. She also taught violin, chamber music and served as conductor for Belmont Music Theater.

Ms. Myall performed in the Festival of Two Worlds Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, was a member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and served for fifteen years as concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic. She was previously on the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where she conducted the Abilene Collegiate Orchestra and founded the Abilene Youth Orchestra which grew to 60 members during her tenure. She has conducted many high school clinics and all region orchestras in Texas and Tennessee.


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