South Georgia String Classes

Teaching A Young Bass Student

The South Georgia String Project serves an after-school music program where parents and children can easily access affordable string instrument instruction, while also providing mentored teaching experiences for music students at Valdosta State University. The South Georgia String Project, led by Director and Master Teacher Dr. Kristin Pfeifer Yu, is a joint venture of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music at VSU.

Semester Registration Fee

Tuition due by the first day of class

Explorers (A & B): $90 ($140 maximum for families)

Tuition includes:

  • Group class instruction (meets 2 times per week on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm-5:20pm)
  • Private Lesson Instruction (1 time per semester for 30 minutes)

Intermezzo and Chamber Strings: $70 ($140 maximum for families)

Tuition includes:

  • Group class instruction (meets 2 times per week on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-6:20pm)

VSYO: $70 ($140 maximum for families)

Tuition includes

  • Full orchestra rehearsal on Monday from 6:30pm-7:20pm

Beginner Classes

Explorers A

Come one, come all! Beginner classes are from any student, ages 8 to adult.

Explorers A Weekly Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20pm

  • Violins and Violas: Choir Room
  • Cellos and Double Basses: Room 20o6

Returning and/or Experienced Students

Explorers B Weekly Schedule (student must have completed 1 semester of Explorers A)**

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20pm

  • All Strings, Fine Arts Building, Band Room

**Note: Explorers B is for students who have completed Explorers A with fewer than six absences. Students are required to fulfill 2 semesters of Explorers B. Prerequisite skills for Explorers B: Twinkle Variations, D major scale, and reading abilities up to page 15 of the Essential Elements Book One**

Intermezzo Strings Weekly Schedule

Auditions are not required and must have completed 2 semesters of Explorers B. 2nd and 3rd year of playing.
Prerequisite skills: Completed Essential Elements Book One.


  • Violin/Viola Pod (small group), 5:30pm-6:20pm
  • Cello/Bass Pod (small group), 5:30pm-6:20pm


  • Orchestra, 5:30-6:20pm

Chamber Strings Weekly Schedule

Auditions are required, 4th and 5th year of playing and beyond.


  • Orchestra, 5:30-6:20pm


  • Violin/Viola Pod, 5:30pm-6:20pm
  • Cello/Bass Pod, 5:30pm-6:20pm

Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra (VSYO) Weekly Schedule - Placement is by audition or recommendation of the Director and students are required to take weekly private lessons

VSYO is the full orchestra for high school, VSU, and advanced SGSP students and adults. Participating students must also play in their public school ensembles (if offered). Auditions are required to participate in the VSYO, please see Audition Requirements.

  • Mondays 6:30-7:20pm, Band Room