String Project Wins National Award
The Marywood University String Project, under the direction of Sophie Till, won the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) String Project of the Year Award.
Two innovations fostered by Marywood's String Project helped the program to merit this national award. Marywood University developed the Taubman/Golandsky Approach, a new approach to string playing for all levels. In addition, the group's recent Christmas concert marked the world premiere of a piece titled Suite Scranton, written especially for the String Project by regional composer David B. McGrew and based on Scranton themes.
Ms.Till, a member of the violin faculty in Marywood's Music, Theatre, and Dance Department, will attend the 2010 ASTA Conference to receive the award and give a short presentation on the Taubman/Golandsky approach, as part of the National String Project Consortium's presentations.