When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9 AM-4 PM

Where: Thompson High School Performing Arts Center

            1921 Warrior Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007

Contact: Maria Wilson, mwilson@alabamasymphony.org, 205-314-6936 

The GBMEA StringFest is a festival for beginning, intermediate and advanced string students. Students will come together for a fun day of string instruction. The day is designed to inspire young string players and provide the opportunity for a hands-on, mentored string orchestra experience.

TWO Orchestras will rehearse simultaneously

Orchestra Placements

After you register, we will be in touch with your private teacher for the most appropriate orchestra and seating placement based on your level of playing and the repertoire selected for each orchestra.

Please note that this festival is a non-competitive festival. All seating assignments will be made for the benefit of the ensembles, and ensemble members will be expected to abide by those seating assignments.


The Greater Birmingham Music Educators Alliance was formed to unite local music educators dedicated to bringing resources in music education to the greater community. The charter members include the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Music Opportunity Program, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra/Scrollworks, and Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP).

The mission of the GBMEA is to strengthen and centralize collaboration between existing entities dedicated to music education with the goals of advancing music education, increasing participation in youth orchestra and growing awareness of symphonic arts and cultural offerings for youth and adults in the greater Birmingham region.

Registration Information

Registration for students is $20.00 (includes t-shirt and lunch). The deadline to register is January 20th. Any registrations received after the deadline will cost $30.00. All registration and payment should be submitted online. If there are any issues with this, please contact Maria Wilson: mwilson@alabamasymphony.org.

StringFest Schedule: Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00-9:45 AM         CHECK-IN

10:00- 12:30           REHEARSAL

12:30- 1:30 PM       LUNCH (provided)

1:30-2:30                REHEARSAL 

 3:00                        CONCERT

*Schedule is subject to change

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