October through May Lesson Information       

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 October through May Lesson Information


Thanks to working in collaboration with our area schools the Itasca Orchestra’s Strings Programs offers lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass in area schools during the school day. Our instructors will travel to your student's school for the lessons. Lessons are available for students of all ages. Lessons may also be scheduled after school, or after work for our adult learners. Students take twenty-seven ½ hour lessons during the school year and are placed in one of four student orchestras according to ability. The orchestras practice after school at the Robert J. Elkington Middle School Band Room on the following days:

Prelude (Beginners) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
Overture (2nd and 3rd year students)  Wednesdays 2:45-3:45
Intermezzo (3rd and 4th year students) Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Chamber Orchestra (advanced) Mondays 3:30-4:30


Grand Rapids students in the orchestra program may take buses from their elementary schools to the middle school. Lesson fees are $545 for the year in eight payments of $70 for the first student in a household and $464 in eight payments of $62 for other students in the household.

 Students in Bigfork, Deer River or Coleraine are not expected to attend rehearsals in Grand Rapids. Instructors in Bigfork will form ensembles when students are ready.

Lesson fees qualify for a tax credit with the State of Minnesota. Households that qualify may receive tax credit loans from the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. The scholarship application is a part of the online registration process available through getlearning.org. Check out information about the Minnesota Education Credit and Subtraction at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/Pages/K-12_Education_Subtraction_and_Credit.aspx

Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is ADA compliant.

IOSP also has instruments for monthly rental for students enrolled in the program:


Violins $15
Violas $15
Cellos $25
Basses $30