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Support for SoundStrings

Volunteers raised money for SoundStrings while bagging groceries on April 8, 2018, and students played their instruments for shoppers. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia

SoundStrings has offered the gift of music to children for over a decade. Responding to the 2004 removal of orchestra from the Red Wing Public School curriculum, a group of concerned parents formed this 501c3 non-profit organization to help maintain instruments and offer lessons to children as young as five.

Today, there are 23 children learning to play violin, viola and cello via the tried-and-true Suzuki violin method, supported financially by SoundStrings and its donors.

Tammy Robinson, a founding member of SoundStrings, sees the group's mission as being more than musical theory and practice. She said, for the lives it touches, playing a string instrument can be a coping mechanism for a weary soul.

This weekend, SoundStrings will participate in the 100 Mile Garage Sale to help raise funds for ongoing music lessons. The group's sale will occur 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 1926 Old West Main St. and all proceeds will benefit SoundStrings. Donations of items are tax-deductible and can be dropped off to this location 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 4,

Cinco de Mayo treats will also be available for sale. For more information call 651-267-0572 or text 651-983-5301.

SoundStrings will have its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing. Children will perform group renditions of classic Suzuki songs such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and the SoundStrings teacher, Jessica Klos Penn, will play solo as well. A free-will donation will be accepted at the door. Silent auction begins at 3 p.m.