Starling Preparatory String Project

Founded in 1987 by CCM Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus, the Starling Preparatory String Project is specialized educational program for talented young string players whose mission is to pass on the rich tradition of classical music to the next generation of performers and audiences by training exceptional students. In addition to private lessons, students participate in a comprehensive program that includes chamber music and music theory.

The superbly talented musicians perform as the Starling Chamber Orchestra and are selected by audition. Students receive one hourly lesson per week, and take music theory, chamber and orchestra each Saturday. Instructors include CCM faculty and graduate students specially trained and chosen by Professor Sassmannshaus. Most of the students are from the greater Cincinnati area, and many others commute on Saturdays from other states. SCO has a concert series at Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at CCM and tours regularly.

For more information on the Starling Preparatory String Project visit www.starling.org.

  • Age group: 4 years old+
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Audition: May be required

This beginner learning method for strings is taught by teachers specially chosen by Professor Sassmannshaus after they have completed his teacher training course. The method teaches note reading and advanced techniques from the very beginning. Tuition includes weekly private lesson, musicianship class, chamber music coaching, and a large string ensemble. Please note that registration is for a full academic year commitment.

  • Age group: 10+ years old
  • Pre-requisite: Sassmannshaus Tradition or equivalent
  • Audition: Required

The Starling Project is a specialized educational program for talented young string players whose mission is to pass on the rich tradition of classical music to the next generation of performers and audiences by training exceptional students. In addition to private lessons, students participate in a comprehensive program that includes chamber music and music theory.