String Project

Music Lessons for All Ages
Developing a Rhythm of Learning


The LSO offers music lessons in all levels of advancement and for all ages. For example, our earliest-aged strings program has expanded to include “String Sprouts”, which is our youngest age group for early-learners of the violin.  They must be at least five years old.  Our “LaGrange Youth String Ensemble” provides a higher level of music lesson, which includes performance.  The LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra features our more seasoned students.  These programs are upheld by dedicated supporters, volunteers, students, teachers, and impeccable direction.
We hope you will consider entering our program.  Call the office (706.882.0662) or email ( to discuss your music lessons and music education needs.  It is never too early or too late to begin the journey.

Check out the LaGrange Symphony Guild. They work tirelessly raising funds for our music student programs.  For example, they support needs-based scholarships as well as instrument rentals. Opportunity awaits here at the LSO for all who want to help encourage music education.
If you would like to find out more about this program, or how you may help our Guild, please contact our office at 706-882-0662 for details.


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General age levels are shown below. Skill level is also evaluated for placement.
String Sprouts
Early Learners
Student must be at least 5 years old
LaGrange Youth String Ensemble
Middle School
Students participate in formal concerts in November and March.
LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra
High School
LSYO members experience a side-by-side with professional musicians during the March LSO concert event.

We Have a Space for You!

We would love for you to be a part of our network of students, teachers, and volunteers.
Contact us to find out more about how our program works and how you may be able to help.  We offer lessons, concerts, camps, and more!

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Music Lesson Faculty:

Leah Bonas – Violin

A graduate of the Schwob School of Music, Leah Bonas is a professional violinist and music teacher based in the Columbus area. With ten years of private teaching experience, Leah has worked with students of all ages and is passionate about helping others develop their musical skills. Leah has appeared with several regional orchestras including Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Springer Opera House Orchestra, and Schwob Philharmonic. She has also performed in numerous music festivals across the United States and has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Michael Bublé, Joseph Alessi, Henry Kramer, Sergiu Schwartz, and Quey Percussion Duo. She was most recently on teaching staff with Making Music Matters, an educational outreach program with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Her pastimes outside of music include reading and traveling with her cat. 

Maalik Germany-Glover – Violin

Harmony Joung – Cello

Sam Lee – Violin / Viola

Emma Jones Markel – Violin

Emma is a developing young artist, praised for her beautiful tone and lyrical voice. She is a graduate of the Schwob School of Music and a member of the Lagrange Symphony and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She began violin lessons at 6 years old and has attended master classes from artists such as Renata Jaffe, Sergiu Schwartz, Boris Abramov, Sally O’Reilly, and Betul Soykan. She enjoys teaching others the inner-workings of violin, how to develop an ear for music, and creating an interest in others for music through performance. Her hobbies include knitting, listening to podcasts, and jigsaw puzzles.

Celeste Myall – Violin

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. Ms. Myall 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. Ms. Myall has conducted many high school clinics and all region orchestras in Texas and Tennessee.

Tessa Scanlon – Cello

Tessa Scanlon is a native of LaGrange and a proud alumna of LaGrange College.  She began her cello studies with Peg Neuen at the age of 13, and continued her studies with renowned cellist, Martha Gerschefski.  Tessa has been a member of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra since the 1993-1994 season, and enjoys participating often in musical events throughout the LaGrange community.

Tessa currently lives in LaGrange with her husband Luke, and three children, Porter, Leo, and John.  When she is not playing the cello, Tessa enjoys spending time outside with her family, and trying out new recipes.

Carlos Valdez – Violin

Alan Valdez – Violin

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