June 8, 2010

Creative Strings Festival 2017

2018 festival dates will be posted soon. Below is a recap of the 2017 Creative Strings Festival

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

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For the 15th year, the Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Central Ohio with the sound of strings at a wide range of venues July 5- 7.  Find our schedule of live performances below.

Featured guest artists can be found here. Fourteen guest artists will collaborate with over 65 string players traveling from six countries to rehearse and perform the festival concerts. Participants include include professional performers, teachers, as well as collegiate and high school  musicians intent on pursuing careers in music.

All performances are free and family-friendly unless noted otherwise.

Highlight Concerts:

July 6th – “Come Together: Concert and Conversation” Featuring Cedric Easton’s “Circle of Friends” and over 75 musicians from the Creative Strings Orchestra. This event seeks to support the South Side community. Cedric Easton’s Circle of Friends team up with Christian Howes Creative Strings Workshop to present the first annual, “Come Together: Concerts & Conversations”. With Jazz & Fiddle-styled American music coupled with heartfelt dialogue, this evening is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Featured Artists:

  • The Creative Strings Workshop (orchestra/large ensembles)
  • Barbara Fant (poet)
  • DeMeeshia Marshall (vocals)
  • Marquita Marie (vocals)
  • Schuyler Johnson (vocals)
  • Cedric Easton (drums & vocal)
  • Aaron Holbrooke (saxophone)
  • Micah Thomas (keyboard)
  • George Delancey (upright bass)

Basic Detail:

July 7th – Finale Concert in Delaware featuring over 75 musicians from the Creative Strings small ensembles.


Festival Schedule:


July 5 – Creative Strings Columbus Music Hop

July 6 – Columbus Highlight Concert

 “Come Together: Concert and Conversation” featuring Cedric Easton’s “Circle of Friends” and over 75 musicians from Creative Strings Orchestra

July 7 – Creative Strings Delaware Music Hop

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.”

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Creative Strings is grateful for the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

Greater Columbus Arts Council & The City of Columbus

Creative Strings is grateful for the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Ohio Arts Council | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop

Thanks also to our community partners:

Delaware Libraries, United Methodist Church for All PeopleWilliam St. United Methodist ChurchKafe KerouacRambling HouseCentral Community HouseKarl Road Public LibraryWesterville Public LibraryLoft Violin Shop and Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

Creative Strings is a non-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.