Francis Roche and Schuyler Roche show off what they have learned, in a concert by the Mohawk Valley Strings.

by Dave Warner

The Mohawk Valley Strings School held its first concert in Little Falls on Sunday night at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.

The group of six performers played a variety of Christmas music, from Jolly Old St. Nicholas to Joy to the World, and involved the audience in some of the songs.

According to founder Laura Smith, “Things are growing, as you can see. We’re actually absent two members today, which in hindsight is actually a good thing because we’re a little limited on space. So what you’re hearing, is more like a chamber group than an actual orchestra group.”

That meant that they only had one person on each part. Smith also mentioned that Anne Contino, on Cello was the first person to sponsor a student for lessons. “She looked at me and said ‘I would be happy to sponsor a student that wants lessons’ and the lightbulb just went off. I thought what a great idea.”

Smith’s goal is to line up sponsors and students and really roll the program out in full force this coming summer. “We already have one sponsor and one student, so we’re ahead of the game at this point,” she said.

“If we can get community members that want to help students, then we can not only help students learn, but we are then creating ties within the communities,” said Smith.

Photo by Dave Warner – Members of The Mohawk Valley Strings School perform a Christmas Concert at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.

The Mohawk Valley Strings School is dedicated to bringing a community orchestra back to Little Falls and to make string music education accessible to all children in the surrounding communities. If you are interested in sponsoring a student in the community or becoming involved with the group, please email, or contact the MVCA for information.