The North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings are now in their 33rd season. Organized by Mrs. Christine Loverti in 1988, the popular performing group is treated as a co-curricular activity and consists of all orchestra students in grades 9-12. These students perform music of all styles, including classical, folk, popular, seasonal, and dance. The students stroll from table to table with as few as 12 instrumentalists to as many as 200.
Now under the direction of Sarah Lavelle and Lauren Donato, the Golden Strolling Strings have been invited to perform for national conventions with 1000 people in attendance, church dinners, country club parties, weddings, and other school and community functions. In addition, each year the students participate in a yearly trip. They have traveled to locations in Florida, Georgia, New York, Virginia, and Illinois.
The North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings continues to receive appreciative responses from the community. It has become a major fundraising activity and supports the students as they travel each year. More importantly, strolling while performing has brought these students to a new level of self-confidence, independence, and musical leadership. It also gives each player a close experience of communicating directly with an audience through music.