During the school year Strings for Kids offers violin, viola and cello lessons for children ages 5–18. Each of the two semesters consists of 11 private lessons and a recital. Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, benefit events, and concerts at the Manchester Community Library, Equinox Terrace, and other local venues.


Deanna Baasch, violin
Vesela French, violin and viola
Joana Genova, violin
Ariel Rudiakov, viola
Jared Shapiro, cello



$385 for eleven 30-minute lesson ($35 per lesson)
$495 for eleven 45-minute lessons ($45 per lesson)

Some financial aid available

For information and enrollment please contact Joana Genova at

How to enroll new students for lessons


a) Contact Joana Genova at for teacher availability
b) Meet with the teacher and rent an instrument
c) Mail or e-mail an enrollment form for each student. You will receive an invoice for tuition payment

$20 application fee is required for each student in the beginning of the year. 

Instrument Rental

Ellis Music Company ( 802-234-6400
John Keal Music Company ( 518-482-4405
Vermont Violins ( 802-229-4503


Taconic Junior Ensemble

Taconic Junior Ensemble is an introductory string ensemble for advanced beginner to intermediate students ages 7 and up, led by Jared Shapiro. 

Fall, winter and spring sessions will be held, with each session consisting of seven 45-minute rehearsals and one performance at the Manchester Community Library.

$50 fee for each session. 

Dates TBA. 

Taconic Youth Sinfonietta

A new orchestra in Manchester, VT for talented young musicians up to age 19 playing violin, viola, cello, double bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Intermediate to advanced students can audition for the Taconic Youth Sinfonietta. Advanced beginners will be placed in the Junior Strings Ensemble, an introductory group to help learn basic ensemble skills.