Center for Creative Education, Empowering Community Through The Arts

Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Youth based series: 10-week course is $275

Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra is an openly structured and fun approach for young musicians to learn stringed instruments. The program is rooted in learning to play Traditional, Pop, Folk and Jazz on strings. Perfect for the young string player wanting to experience music through a wide angle lens. Beginner through Intermediate/Advanced string players are welcomed!

What materials, if any, should the student bring with them to class? Their instruments, a portable music stand and Suzuki Book 1 (beginners). Method book tbd for intermediate/advanced players. For instrument rental info, email Gwen at

Gwen Laster


She’s a native Detroiter whose creative influences come from the Motor City's burnin’ urban and classical music culture. After earning a Bachelor and Master degree from U of Michigan School of Music, Gwen moved to NYC by the skin of her teeth. She’s since played with nationally, internationally musicians like Anthony Braxton, Nona Hendryx, James Jabbo Ware, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keyes and Natalie Cole. Gwen's high school teacher encouraged her to pursue her voice and original projects that won her major performance, composition and teaching grants from the NEA, ASCAP, Lila Wallace, and a first place, $10,000 award from the Cognac Hennessey Jazz. A champion of intuitive education, Gwen is the visionary founder of the Creative Improvisers Orchestra (CIO) the first non-traditional music education program at Interlochen Summer Institute, the Sphinx Performance and Preparatory Academy, and the Eastman School of Music. CIO expands ways to reach and teach young musicians with the greatest needs and the fewest resources. Right now, Gwen is working with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Go: Organic Orchestra, as she leads New Muse 4tet. She’s a teaching artist with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, an El Sistema-inspired program in Hell's Kitchen NYC. She continues CIO workshops in schools, camps and colleges. Gwen's music and books are available at CD Baby, iTunes and other digital media sources. Her discography as a leader includes Sneak Preview and I Hear You Smiling, which was chosen for airplay in the Adult Contemporary market. Her next recording, Gameboard, will be ready for release in 2016. CONTACT EMAIL. for Preregistration/RSVP/Place where questions can be direct to: CONTACT PHONE NUMBER for Preregistration/RSVP/ questions: 718-930-3522.
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