1. First organized in 1982, the Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings program includes students from over 20 schools, representing Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Wayne, Morrow, Huron, Marion, Holmes, Seneca, and Wyandot counties.
2. The only youth strings program in this part of Ohio, the Youth Strings is comprised of approximately 50 members in grades 5-10. Nearly 100% of members study privately.
3. The Youth Strings rehearses September through March on Monday evenings. Rehearsals take place at Eastern Elementary in Lexington.
4. The group performs two "formal" concerts at the historic Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield and other locations in the community. Concerts include a wide range of the world's greatest classical music, along with some more contemporary styles.
5. All members of the Youth Strings must be members of their own school band and/or orchestra, if applicable.
6. Auditions consist of a 2-minute solo or etude of your choice and the audition music provided.
7. Upon acceptance, tuition fee is $50 per year. Scholarships are available.