New student string ensemble program at Asheville Music School

Press release from Asheville Music School:

AMS is excited to announce the start of its new string ensemble, led by Isabel Castellvi. Isabel is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and composer, who has performed, recorded and taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle East.

Our new string ensemble is open to any violin, viola, cello, or bass student age 7 and up, with at least 6 months of playing experience. But, a student’s enthusiasm for playing with others is the only real prerequisite!

The string ensemble will be part of AMS’s Sound Education Outreach program, which consists of student bands, ensembles, soloists, and faculty that perform in the community at places like the ABCCM Veteran’s Quarters, the VA hospital, Chunn’s Cove Assisted Living, and many more, bringing music to those in need. AMS believes that connecting through the universal language of music heals, builds, and strengthens individuals, relationships, and community.

By performing in an ensemble, students get to develop and deepen their musical creativity, skills, and ability to listen to the many layers of sound. Music collaboration is a team-based experience where students share the beauty and joy of many instruments singing together. The repertoire for the ensemble will feature various genres including classical, folk, world and popular music. Students will learn experiential ways of understanding music theory and ear-training, while exploring different rhythms, keys, and sonorities to expand the student’s musical palate.

Date: Wed. Jan. 11, 7pm
Auditions are Wednesday January 11 starting at 7:00pm at Asheville Music School (126 College. St.). Auditions are for placement purposes only.

12-week program, February 1-April 26. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm at Asheville Music School, 126 College St.
$160 per student

Sign up by contacting Program Director Gabrielle Tee: or call (828) 252-6244.
Learn more about Isabel Castellvi here:

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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