String News & Press Releases

Archived Press Releases

  • by Charles Laux on September 1, 2015

    The KSU String Project is proud to announce that nearly 110 students will be learning to play a string instrument this semester, marking the highest enrollment in the organization’s short history! In addition to Dr. Charles Laux, director, and Ms. Susan Brown, master teacher, there are a total of twelve string music education majors from Kennesaw State University that have been given the opportunity to teach and assist with String Project classes.

    The String Project’s expansion efforts have been encouraged by the leaders of Marietta City Schools. Dr. Emily Lembeck, superintendent, and Dr. Dayton Hibbs, Assistant Superintendent have been extremely enthusiastic and supportive of the additional new host site at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA). Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, principal of MCAA, has been very welcoming and helpful in getting the word out to her teachers, parents and PTA members. The String Project is very thankful for the opportunity to serve the students in Marietta!

    In addition to the Marietta expansion, the String Project has also partnered with Reach For The Stars, a nationally-funded grant program that provides after school enrichment activities for students in the Cobb County Public Schools.  Reach For The Stars has funded two additional KSU String Project host sites for the addition of two new violin classes at Brown Elementary and Acworth Elementary. The KSU String Project would like to thank to Ms. Karen Scarborough for making this happen!

    Finally, the KSU String Project would like to thank the D’Addario Foundation for their generous grant support and the National String Project Consortium for their continued leadership and encouragement.

    It is an exciting time!

  • by Charles Laux on August 9, 2015

    The National String Project Consortium is proud to again partner with the The D’Addario Foundation. The NSPC has received a $6,000 grant award from the D’Addario Foundation, which will help fund the second-year of the Kennesaw State University String Project.

    Thank you D’Addario Foundation for your generous support!

  • by Charles Laux on July 28, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The Kennesaw State University String Project is excited to announce a new partnership with Marietta City Schools in offering additional class offerings hosted at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA). The KSU String Project is a university-community partnership that offers economical group string lessons on violin, viola, or cello to fourth and fifth grade students while providing real-world teaching experience for KSU undergraduate music education majors, under the supervision of a master teacher and university professor.

    When presented with the idea, Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, principal of MCAA, was extremely welcoming. “I am so excited to continue the collaboration with KSU as we expand our students’ exposure to the arts. Integrating music, more specifically, the strings program will provide district students the opportunity to uncover and develop new talents through the arts,” Hernandez stated.

    Dr. Dayton Hibbs, Associate Superintendent of Marietta City Schools, has also publicized support from the district’s administrative office. “The arts play an integral role in the education process,” Hibbs stated. “We are proud to partner with the Kennesaw State University String Project in expanding opportunities in the arts for our students through this fantastic strings program!”

    The KSU String Project will starting its fourth year this August and Dr. Charles Laux, Director of the String Project and Assistant Professor of String Music Education, is thrilled that the program is expanding. “We are fortunate that the leaders and community members have been extremely supportive of the inclusion of strings in their schools,” Laux stated. “This is such an excellent opportunity for the students in Marietta and also a great way to provide additional KSU string music education majors with practical teaching experience.”

    The new offering adds to the String Project classes already offered in Cobb County Public Schools at Pitner Elementary School in Acworth. The string classes at MCAA will be offered each Tuesday after school from 4:15 PM until 5:30 PM. The classes are open to any fourth or fifth grade student in the Marietta City Schools until spaces are filled. Classes for both the Acworth and Marietta sites will begin on Tuesday, August 25.

    The KSU String Project is sponsored in part by the Kennesaw State University School of Music and by a generous grant from the D’Addario Foundation and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The program is a member of the National String Project Consortium. For more details about the KSU String Project or to register for Fall 2015 classes at either the Acworth or Marietta site.

    Press inquiries should be directed to Zachary Evans at

Archived News

  • by Zac Evans on January 10, 2017

    Just a quick reminder to everyone- KSU String Project classes will start the week of Tuesday, January 17th!

  • by Zac Evans on January 9, 2017

    Registration is now open for the spring semester of the KSU String Project. Registration is only open to students that participated in the Fall semester, and students that participated in the Fall need to register again for the Spring. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017!

  • December 24, 2016

    Happy Holidays to all of our KSU String Project families! We hope everyone is enjoying some quality time with family and friends this season. While enjoying your eggnog, don’t forget to register for next semester of the KSU String Project!

  • December 14, 2016

    Registration is now open for the spring semester of the KSU String Project. Registration is only open to students that participated in the Fall semester, and students that participated in the Fall need to register again for the Spring. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017!

  • December 6, 2016

    KSU String Project’s December Concert! Season’s greetings! We hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving break last week.Next Wednesday, December 7th, is KSU String Project’s first concert! Please take a moment to read the information below for all of the details about the concert: All students should arrive at the Bailey Performance Center.

  • November 5, 2016

    We hope everyone is enjoying rehearsals and getting ready for the upcoming concert! Just a quick reminder- please make sure your student comes to each rehearsal with all necessary items for making music. This includes their instrument, bow, shoulder rest/rockstop, rosin, and everything else they need to get the most out of rehearsals.

  • by Zac Evans on August 11, 2016

    Dear KSU String Project Families and Friends,

    My name is Zac Evans and I’m joining the KSU String Project team as the new KSUSP Coordinator. I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of the families involved in the program. I’m a recent graduate from UT Austin where I received my MM in Jazz Composition, and I’m actually a KSU alumni myself! I recently returned to the Atlanta area and I’m beyond thrilled to be involved with this great program.

    I’ll be your primary contact regarding any logistical questions about the KSU String Project (i.e. class schedule, absences, registration, general inquires). If you ever have a question that you can’t find an answer to on our website (, then don’t hesitate to send me an email directly at

    Thanks for your support of the KSU String Project- we’re looking forward to a great year of music!

  • by Christopher Thibdeau on August 3, 2016

    Dear String Project Parents and Friends,

    I hope this message finds you well and that you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable summer!

    My name is Christopher Thibdeau; I will be taking over the direction of the KSU String Project. It is amazing to see the growth of KSUSP under Charles Laux and the continued support of the community. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful program.

    We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead! Please note that registration for Fall 2016 is now open. If you have not yet registered your student, you may do so here.

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me directly.

    Have a great start to the semester and hope to see you soon!

    Christopher Thibdeau

  • by Charles Laux on May 23, 2016

    Dear String Project Parents and Friends,

    I wanted to give you an update to the status of the KSU String Project for next year because I have been receiving questions about registration and the class schedule for the fall.

    String Project classes will remain on Tuesday afternoons and exact class times will be announced soon.  The Marietta (MCAA) and Pitner ES sites will remain, as will the two Reach for the Stars sites located at Baker ES and Acworth ES.

    In addition, I wanted to announce that I have resigned from my position as professor at KSU and director of the KSU String Project. This fall I will be returning to the school orchestra classroom as the new orchestra director at Alpharetta High School.

    I assure you that the KSU String Project will continue as it has in the past. The director of the KSU School of Music, Dr. Stephen Plate, has assured me that continuing the String Project is an extremely high priority. He understands the tremendous value of the String Project for both the community students and the future KSU string music educators.

    KSU is currently conducting a national search for an interim professor to fill my position and a portion of that person’s duties will be to oversee the KSU String Project. In addition, Ms. Susan Brown, our master teacher, has agreed to continue and will serve as a supervisor for the various sites, assisting the KSU teachers with lesson planning, teaching strategies, and feedback..

    If you have not done so, please sign up to the KSU String Project Email List so that you will receive important news and updates as they are released.

    It has been an honor to serve as the founding director of the KSU String Project. I am extremely proud of the program’s growth and impact on the community and the KSU music education students. I would like to thank all of you for your continued encouragement and support.

    Most Sincerely,
    Charles Laux

  • by Charles Laux on May 4, 2016

    Congratulations to the students on an awesome Spring Concert!  The progress that has been made this year is incredible and we hope it was a positive experience for all involved.

    We could not have done it without the support of each of the school principals and ASP coordinators, the KSU School of Music administration, and the KSU String Project parents. Thank you!!

    Also, special thanks to Susan Goudreau and the Palmer Middle School Chamber Orchestra for their wonderful guest performance.

    I will be following up soon regarding teachers for summer lessons, photos from the concert, and plans for next year’s string project classes.

    If you child is in 5th grade, they should be sure to register for orchestra in 6th grade.  Every middle school in Cobb County offers orchestra, and as I mentioned, the Marietta City Schools will also be offering orchestra as a curricular class next year!  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

    More to come…

    Dr. Laux