buying an instrument and bow
Purchasing tips: Givens Violins

Rent Your First Instrument
Johnson String Instrument

Instrument Care and Maintenance
Johnson String Instrument

Instrument Supplies and Sheet Music
Download sheet music for Scales and Arpeggios

Cambridge Music Center
(sheet music)
1906 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, 02140 (Porter Sq.)
617-491-5433

Johnson String Instrument
(instruments, supplies, sheet music)
11 John St.
Newton, MA (near Chestnut Hill Mall off Rt. 9)
1-800-359-9351
www.johnson-inst.com

Music City Strings
(strings & supplies/mail order)
1-800-336-1980
www.musiccitystrings@worldnet.att.net

Music Espresso
(sheet music)
295 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA (across from New England Conservatory of Music)
617-424-9322

Reuning & Son Violins
(instruments, supplies)
321 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA
617-262-1300

Shar Products
(instruments, supplies, sheet music/mail order)
1-800-248-7427
www.sharmusic.com

Spectrum Music
(sheet music)
1844 B Mass Ave.
Lexington, MA
781-862-0088

Sheet Music Plus (sheet music)

Boston Area Youth Orchestras and Chamber Music Programs
Greater Boston Youth Orchestra
Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-353-3348
www.gbyso.org

Community Youth Orchestras of Boston
www.communityyouthorchestra.com

Longy School of Music - Prep Program
One Follen Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-876-0956
www.longy.edu

Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1224
Framingham, MA 01701
info@MetYSO.org
508-478-5924, press 6 for MetYSO
www.metyso.org

Nashoba Youth Orchestra
PO BOX 1241
Westford MA 01886
978-692-4550
www.nashobayouthorchestra.org

New England Conservatory—Prep Program
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-585-1130
www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYSO)
PO Box 195
Topsfield MA 01983
information@nysorchestra.org
978-258-1182

MA Junior and Senior District Festival Orchestras
(Auditions for these orchestras are generally in the second week of January.)

Eastern District (Rebecca's District):
www.mmeaeasterndistrict.org

Northeastern District:
www.northeasterndistrict.org

Central District:
www.cdmmea.org

Southeastern District:
www.semmea.org

Western District:
www.geocities.com

String Music Camps
www.johnson-inst.com

Community Orchestras For Adult Amateur Players

Here is a sample list of community orchestras around the Boston area to get you started:

Cambridge Symphony
www.cambridgesymphony.org

Longwood Symphony Orchestra
www.longwoodsymphony.org

New Philharmonia Orchestra
www.newphil.org

Newton Symphony
www.newtonsymphony.org

For a more complete list go to www.boerger.org and then go to "Groups by Region" to find an orchestra near you.

Or use this link: www.dmoz.org

classical music concert listings
Melodic Vision: A New Dimension in Fine Arts Performances
www.melodicvision.com

Riverview Chamber Players
www.riverviewchamberplayers.com

New England String Ensemble
www.newenglandstringensemble.org

Chamber Music Foundation of New England
www.cmfone.org

Chameleon Arts Ensemble
www.chameleonarts.org

Boston Symphony Orchestra
www.bso.org

Boston Lyric Opera
www.blo.org

Handel & Haydn Society
www.handelandhaydn.org

Boston Globe - Thursday Calendar
www.boston.com

Boston Phoenix
www.bostonphoenix.com

Johnson String Instrument
www.johnstonstring.com

Additional Resources
American Viola Society
International Viola Society
Making Violins
History of the Violin
Classical Music Composers
Susan Wilson: Publicity Photos for Musicians

lesson fees and payment policy
Fees for lessons

  • Thirty Minutes: $30
  • Forty-Five Minutes: $45
  • One Hour: $60

(price subject to change)

Payment must be made in ten lesson increments. Summer lessons may be paid one at a time. Check payable to Rebecca Strauss.

24 HOUR NOTICE FOR ALL CANCELLATIONS.
Lesson fee charged if notice has not been given. In snow emergencies this policy will not apply.

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