River City Strings

“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ”     


Now beginning its third year, River City Strings provides young musicians of all skill levels the opportunity to learn and perform in an orchestra setting. 


Sep 5—Dec 6
Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm     Ages 9+ (students younger than 9 are welcome if they have previous experience)
RCS meets at Arts of the Albemarle (516 E Main St, downtown Elizabeth City)

Join us for the third season of River City Strings! We are excited to pull all of our musicians together into one orchestra this fall and to open our program to new students from all around our region. Young musicians of all experience levels are welcome; instruction will be structured to meet each individual at their skill level. 

The session will culminate in a concert on December 6th in the Maguire Theatre. 


July 15th, Fall Enrollment begins

Aug 29th, Registration deadline

Sep 5th, Session begins

Dec 6th, RCS Concert


There are two tuition options for Fall 2019. Please specify which option you choose when you register. You can register online here or pick up a registration form at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City. Please remember that the registration deadline is August 29th. 

OPTION A: Rent an instrument

RCS will provide an instrument, a music stand, and sheet music for use during the 12 week session. The instrument is on long-term loan to the student and may be taken home for practice; student is responsible for proper care of the instrument. 


OPTION B: Bring your own instrument

RCS will provide a music stand and sheet music for use during the 12 week session. This option is for students who already own, or would like to purchase, an instrument independently. Our instructors are happy to share recommendations with you about instrument purchase.


Private Lessons

Strings & Voice

Sessions by appointment,

Mon-Fri, 1:00-7:00pm

$25/half hour

$40/ hour

Mr. Danny Tate is available for private lessons in both string instruments and vocal performance. He is a recent ECSU graduate with a degree in music performance. Learn more about Mr. Tate here. 

Contact for lessons: missionismusic1906@gmail.com

“Music can change the world because it

can change people”   –Bono

 Our goal is to make music education and opportunities available to EVERY child in our community. Unfortunately, the cost of sheet music, instruments, and equipment adds up quickly.  We could use your help to keep our program growing! Please contact Jennifer Canales (jcanales@ecpps.k12.nc.us) or Jo Ellen Aspinwall (joellen@artsaoa.org) to discuss how you can support River City Strings.