Missouri String Project

The Missouri String Project has been a part of the Columbia community since 1973. The Project has a two-fold mission – to give young students the opportunity to study the violin, viola or cello, and to prepare University music students for their futures as public school and private teachers. 

MU students serve as teachers and receive instruction and guidance from MU viola professor and Director of the MSP, Leslie Perna. 3rd-5th grade students receive instruction through group lessons and string orchestra rehearsals and perform concerts each semester. These students benefit from inexpensive yet extensive instruction from excited and energetic teachers, while teachers get invaluable hands-on teaching experience in a supervised atmosphere before they begin their work in the public schools or their own private teaching studios. Dozens of teachers from MSP have found the experience invaluable as they pursue a career in music and teaching. Hundreds of young students have begun their musical lives with MSP, and many still play today.

The Missouri Youth Orchestra is now being hosted by the Missouri Symphony. For more information, visit: https://themosy.org/conservatory_/

Summer 2022

1st and 3rd years: $125 (due on June 6)

Spring 2022

1st years: $200 (due on January 31)

3rd years: $200 (due on January 31)

MYO Only: Visit the Missouri Symphony Conservatory website (https://themosy.org/conservatory_/) for more information.  

Payment: A link to pay online will be emailed to you after you fill out an application. Tuition is due the first week of class.

Summer 2022 Schedule

1st year and 3rd year students:
- Classes on Monday, Wednesday AND Friday from either 4:10pm-5:00pm OR 5:10-6:00 in the Fine Arts Building. Rooms TBA

Monday meeting dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesday meeting dates:  June 8, 15, 22, 29
Friday meeting dates: June 10, 17, 24

Spring 2022 Schedule

Note: The Missouri Youth Orchestra (MYO) will now be hosted by the Missouri Symphony. For more information, visit: https://themosy.org/conservatory_/.

1st year students:
- Class on Monday or Wednesday (students select their preference) from 4:10pm-5:00pm in the Fine Arts Building. Room 145 & 146 - violins, room 148 - violas, room 134 - cellos.

- Friday Orchestra from 5:10pm-6:00pm in the Sinquefield Music Center (room 130)

Monday meeting dates: Jan 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2
Wednesday meeting dates:  Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4
Friday orchestra dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

3rd year students:
- Wednesday group classes from 5:10pm-6:00pm in the Sinquefield Music Center (room 385)

Wednesday meeting dates:  Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

- Saturday rehearsals with the Missouri Youth Orchestra (more information this link). 3rd year students do not need to apply on the MOSY website.

The MSP Orchestra’s Spring Concert will be Sunday, May 8th

Visit the Missouri Symphony Conservatory website (
https://themosy.org/conservatory_/) for more information.


Summer '22 Application (for 1st and 3rd year students)

An invoice will be emailed to you within two weeks after filling out the application.

Top Notch Violins is the MSP rental partner. 

The following link contains more information regarding their rental program including some sizing measurements for all our players: https://topnotchviolins.com/instrument-rentals/

Supplies needed:

  • Your own rented/purchased instrument.  Renting an instrument for use in the MSP is the responsibility of each individual student and parent.  For your convenience, a representative from Top Notch Violins Shop is working with the MSP.  They will be happy to service your rental/purchase needs at a very competitive rate. Their website is: topnotchviolins.com/st-louis-violin-rentals/.  However, you may rent/buy your instrument and music from whomever you choose.    
  • Lesson book "Essential Elements Book 1,” also available through Top Notch Violin Shop. 
  • Music Stand, available from Top Notch 
  • Shoulder rest for violinists and violists, included in your rental. 
  • Lesson notebook and pencil, for teacher assignments and note-taking 

*We keep our costs very low and are able to offer an outstanding fee The Missouri String Project is self-supporting, and this fee pays our hard-working teachers. The MSP enrollment form and your payment will reserve a place for your child in the program – therefore fees are non-refundable.

In the event of inclement weather, the Missouri String Project/Missouri Youth Orchestra follows the Columbia Public Schools. For example, on dates where Columbia Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather the MSP/MYO will not hold rehearsals. All parents will be notified by email of any scheduling changes due to inclement weather. MSP/MYO will still meet on CPS teacher workdays. 

Refund policy: In the event that MSP needs to transition to online classes/rehearsals, no refunds will be offered. The student will have the option to continue with online instruction or continue with MSP once in-person instruction resumes.

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