200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
These students play music of all styles including: classical, folk, popular, seasonal and dance music. The students stroll from table to table with as few as 12 instrumentalists to as many as 177. Selection may include the following: "Canon in D" by Pachelbel, "Sleeping Beauty" by Tschaikowski, "O Sole Mio" by Eduardo Di Capua, The William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini and folk medleys from Ireland, Italy, Mexico and America.
Much in demand, the Golden Strolling Strings have been invited to perform for national conventions with 1000 people in attendance, church dinners, country club parties, weddings and other school and community functions. In April of 1997, the Golden Strolling Strings performed for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference banquet in Monroeville, Pa. Each year the students participate in a yearly trip. They have traveled to Florida, Georgia, New York, Virginia Beach, Chicago.
One of the key factors for their professionalism and stage presence is the formal appearance of the musicians; the men are in tuxedos and the women wear long black skirts, gold sashes and white blouses.
The North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings continues to receive appreciative responses from the community. It has become a major fund raising activity. More importantly than fund raising, strolling while performing has brought these students to a new level of self-confidence, musical leadership and performance security. It also furnishes each player a close experience of communicating directly with an audience through music.