Community meeting to register for Lake String Academy lessons set for Jan. 28

Program instruction begins this month

The new Lake String Academy is ready to roll and is now offering student and adult sign-ups with lessons beginning as early as Jan. 14.

A program sponsored by the Symphony of the Lake, the Lake String Academy has a new program leader and instructor who will be bringing lessons to students and adults, both in group or private settings, beginning in less than a week.


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Carol Harrison, Lake String Academy instructor

Lake String Academy leader and instructor, Carol Harrison, offers a very wide range of experience and very wide range of respect in the music community, as an instructor, musician, group performer and teacher. Her talents and commitment to students and groups keep her extremely busy. Several adults have already enrolled.

“We have six private lesson students and just now are more directly pursuing school students, with special emphasis on third, fourth and fifth graders for before/after school lessons or private lessons,” said Nancee Byington, founder and director of Symphony of the Lake. “Our instructor is excited and will travel 1.5 hours each way every Monday. Schools we did meet with indicated they may be willing to hand out copies of this flyer to students.”

Register at upcoming Community Meeting

On Jan. 28, the Lake String Academy will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Church, which is located at 1700 Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark.

Interested students and parents can come to this meeting to learn more about the Lake String Academy and register for lessons. Lake String Academy’s instructor, Carol Harrison will be available to meet guests, as well as Jerry Field, a talented violin maker from Jefferson City who will demonstrate how a violin is made and how to care for it.

Private lessons in a studio will be at a place to be determined. Group lessons may be at a different location in Osage Beach or Lake Ozark, depending on the number of students signing up for lessons.

Fees vary from group introductory lessons at $10 each or $50/quarter. Private lessons $25, of which $5 is the venue fee.

To streamline payments and lesson schedules, all fees are requested to be paid a month in advance, c/o Symphony of the Lake, by contacting 573-365-1605, faxing 573-365-1622, or emailing

About Lake Area String Academy’s instructor

Harrison will influence rewards for the students to encourage their interest, full participation and commitment by the Symphony of the Lake’s “CLASSIC REWARDS … Be Classy” incentive program. Harrison is widely known for being serious about her work and encouraging students at the same time at all level of difficulty, Suzuki and traditional, performance history and present involvement is extensive, Symphony of the Lake organizers stated in a recent news release.

Harrison is associate concertmaster of the Ft. Smith Symphony, made up of professional musicians from as far as New York, Florida and around the country. She also plays with the following: North Arkansas Symphony; Branson shows including Lawrence Welk, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers, Regis and Kathy Lee; Springfield Reg. Opera; Little Theater; Ozark Festival Orchestra; Southwest Baptist, Drury and Missouri State University productions; and Branson recording

artists. Harrison also performs with the Springfield Symphony and Southwest Baptist University faculty recitals. Besides her post as string instructor for Southwest Baptist University, she is founder of a distinctive string ensemble based in Springfield, Mo., providing elegant music for multiple kinds of special events, the news release stated. This group specializes in chamber music, standard wedding classics, light classics, pops, or show tunes as a quartet, trio, or including other instruments.

Harrison manages Joyful Sounds group, is a semi-retired public school educator, and embraces every opportunity to continue her passion for music and working with people. She still teaches violin-viola and teaches private students in Bolivar, Eldorado Springs and Springfield.

At her previous location in Oregon, Harrison was part of three community symphonies, founded a youth symphony, and still today assists annually with a very important string summer camp there, the news release stated. Both in Oregon and Missouri, Harrison has worked with “special education” students, as well as traditional students. She keeps accurate plans, documents progress and utilizes other tools to make students successful and to monitor their successes.

Symphony of the Lake members and organizers are currently recruiting a co-instructor to help Harrison make the Lake String Academy even more successful. The community’s help is welcomed for nominating any candidates you may recommend.

The “CLASSICAL REWARDS…Be Classy” incentive program will encourage interest, full participation and commitment, and build talent to best possible levels. Students, over time, will be able to build their talent and qualify for the prospect of playing with Symphony of the Lake and other groups.

The Symphony of the Lake, which is a not-for-profit organization, is seeking sponsors and donors to build a scholarship program to enable less-advantaged students to participate.

For more information about Symphony of the Lake, contact Nancee Byington at 573-365-1605, email or visit


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