There are over 1,700 students playing a string instrument in the North Allegheny School District. We have 11string specialists who serve the students in grades 3-12 in our 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, intermediate high school and senior high school.
The string program starts in 3rd grade and continues through 12th grade. The students in the elementary schools meet twice a week; once for a small group lesson and once for a rehearsal in a large ensemble. Middle school students meets as a class every other day and the high school ensembles meet every day.
The North Allegheny High School Orchestra is made up of students in grades 9-12 with experience on violin, viola, cello, and string bass. These students meet during the school day and perform several concerts throughout the year. Additionally, all of the orchestra students participate in and perform with the Golden Strolling Strings.
The orchestra travels and performs on a trip every year and has performed in cities such as Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and Toronto. The orchestra regularly receives "Superior" ratings. The NASH Chamber Orchestra has performed several times at the PMEA convention, most recently at the 2016 state convention held in Hershey, PA. In 2017, the NASH Chamber Orchestra and NAI Chamber Orchestra were both selected to be demonstration groups at the National ASTA Convention. Students are regularly accepted to participate in Honors Festivals at the local, regional, state and national level. The Golden Strolling Strings was organized in 1988 by Mrs. Christine Loverti. The popular performing group is treated as a co-curricular activity and consists of all string orchestra students from grades 9-12. These students play music of all styles including: classical, folk, popular, seasonal and dance music. Selection may include the following: "Canon in D" by Pachelbel, "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" by Tchaikovsky, The William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini, and folk medleys from Ireland, Italy, Mexico and America. Much in demand, 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 April of 1997, the Golden Strolling Strings performed for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference banquet in Monroeville, Pa. The North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings continue to receive appreciative responses from the community.
More information about each teacher's classes and concert schedule can be found on our individual North Allegheny school district web pages. If you are interested in playing a string instrument, please contact the music teacher at your school today!