Junior Strings


Under the direction of Sara Given, the mission of Junior Strings is to encourage the technical and musical development of young string players in grades 3-7 throughout central Ohio. Since 2003, the orchestra is designed to foster the growth and development of string and orchestral experiences for young people in central Ohio. 

Junior Strings rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 4:45pm-6:00pm, and performs about 2-3 times per season. Their past repertoire has included works like Moonlit Skies by Sean O’Loughlin and Sinfonietta for Strings by Anthony Granata. The annual tuition cost for Junior Strings is $465.00. Financial Aid and payment plans are available for each of our ensembles upon request.


Audition information for the 2022-23 season can be found on the CSYO Auditions webpage.


2022-2023 Season Upcoming Performances

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 6:30PM - Hilliard Darby High School

This performance will also feature our Chamber Strings ensemble!

Admissions and Parking are Free!



Sara Given, conductor

Sara Given teaches middle and high school orchestra with the Hilliard City Schools. Previously, Ms.Given worked in the New Albany-Plain Local and Centerville City Schools and served as Master Teacher for The Ohio State University String Project. Ms.Given earned her Master’s Degree in String Music Education with an emphasis in String Pedagogy from The Ohio State University.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from Ohio University.

As a frequent guest conductor and clinician, Sara has presented clinics for The National Association for Music Education, The American String Teachers Association, The Ohio Music Educators Association, and The Midwest String Teachers Workshop. Her work has been published in The Triad Journal for Music Education and Strings Magazine.  In the summer, Sara serves on the Junior Orchestras conducting staff at The Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Are you a Junior Strings Alumni? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at [email protected]