Creative Strings Festival 2016

Students study jazz violin and improv outdoorsJazz violin duo showing off their improv skills

Join us for the 2016 Creative Strings Festival

For the fourteenth year, the Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Central Ohio with the sound of strings! Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, rock, Celtic, Latin, blues,  and more at clubs, restaurants, cafes, and other venues. Find our schedule of live performances below, most of which are free and family-friendly. Check back as we continue to add dates!



Here are some of the highlights. All performances are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise:

July 5

  • 1:30-2:30PM – Willow Brook at Delaware Run (private performance)


July 6

“Columbus Music Hop” 


July 7


July 8

  • 12:00-2:00PM – Delaware Library (Ostrander Branch)
  • 2:00-4:00PM – Delaware Library (Delaware Branch)
  • 2:00-4:00PM – Delaware Library (Orange Branch – tentative)
  • 4:00-6:00PMish – Delaware Library (Powell Branch)
  • 5:00PM – Sanborn Hall – Creative Strings Youth Program Concert
  • 7:00PM – William St. United Methodist Church



From Chris Deville’s article in Columbus Alive, Music: Creative Strings Festival.

“Classical music can be, for lack of a better word, kinda stuffy. But not if Christian Howes has anything to say about it.

The esteemed jazz violinist hosts his Creative Strings Festival, aimed at helping violinists, cellists and the like learn to improvise and unlock their creative potential.

Howes recruits top innovators in his field as mentors for adults from around the world and a handful of Columbus kids aiming to expand their musical palettes. The fruits of their labor will be on display at public performances throughout the week.”

Read more…

Thanks to this year’s sponsors:

Greater Columbus Arts Council & The City of Columbus | Ohio Arts Council
Music Loves Ohio | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop