Several years ago, a small group of professional musicians joined forces with local friends who support fine arts in our community; Project String Power was born. Today, Project String Power offers a unique experience to East Texas in Carthage. Our students, ages five and up (and up, and up), love learning and playing stringed instruments. They also love the fascinating variety of musical styles our instructors teach.
To join Project String Power, you must be at least five years old. All instrument lessons are $25 for 30 minutes except violin which is $30 for 30 minutes. As students gain skills they may add a group session or sessions, choosing to join the Super Group Orchestra, Texas Made Rock Band, Silver Dew Bluegrass Band and/or Pineywoods Harp Ensemble and Forte Cello Ensemble. One group may be added at a yearly cost of $20. Two or more groups can be added at a yearly cost of $30. Classes meet weekly at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Carthage.
Meet the Team
Maestro Leonard Kacenjar retired conductor of the Marshall Symphony is our Student Orchestra Conductor and teaches Violin and Viola. Evgeni Raychev teaches cello and cello ensemble. Karen McGarrett is our Harp teacher and Harp Ensemble director. Martyn Popey teaches all styles of music on upright string bass, guitar and bass guitar; He also directs our rock band, Texas Made. Tim Blake teaches banjo. Nancy Blake teaches guitar to beginners. Kent Gill instructs our bluegrass fiddlers. All three teachers lead Silver Dew, our Bluegrass Band.