String City Orchestra is a small chamber orchestra that gives students grades 5-12 the opportunity to rehearse and perform with other fine young musicians. This year, the program is free based on eligibility. The program provides a level of training that enables young string players to master challenging repertoire as well as a rewarding experience playing with others. The students will be exposed to a wide range of orchestral literature from classical to contemporary and popular music. Students are required to study privately in order to participate. Musicians attend weekly individual lessons, weekly chamber ensemble sessions, sectional rehearsals and participate in a least four community performances throughout the year. New this year, students will mentor Springfield string students involved in our many community partnership programs.

Marty Knieriem, Director
Grades 5-12
Tuesdays 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Free honors ensemble based on eligibility. To determine eligibility please fill out registration form: (New students, click here; current CMSS students, click here).
Registration fee: $50 for new students, $40 for returning students.


Questions regarding registration? Contact:
Christiana Racicot, Registrar
413-732-8428 ext. 104

String City performs Van Morrison’s “Moondance”

String City performs theme from The Incredibles

About the Director:

MartyMarty Knieriem, violin, viola; Chair of CMSS String Department; Director of String City and City Sounds Chamber Orchestras, received her B.M. from the University of North Carolina, attended the Eastman School of Music and completed her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at Ithaca College. In 1991 Marty joined CMSS as instructor of Suzuki and traditional violin and viola. She is a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.