Community Strings Spring Concert



7:00 PM



Spring has sprung! Come celebrate the change in season with community strings.
This concert is free and fun for the whole family!


Edvard Grieg
Holberg Suite <1884>

Ralph Vaughn Williams
5 Variants of Dives and Lazurus w/Harp <1939>

Antonio Vivaldi
Mandolin Concerto in D <1725>
Robert Phillips, mandolin soloist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in D Major <1776>

John Rutter
Suite Lyrique <1979>
Belle Coty, harp soloist

and more..!




Belle Coty

Belle is a versatile harpist who works as a lesson teacher, gigging musician, recording musician, soloist, music arranger, and orchestra sub. Orchestras that she has played with include Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Livingston Symphony, and Adrian Symphony Orchestra. Now she serves as the President of the Capitol Harp Ensemble in Lansing, MI, and is the Immediate Past President of the West Michigan Harp Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc. 

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Belle earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in harp performance from Michigan State University’s College of Music as well as her minor in Music Entrepreneurship and a certificate in Music Career Development in 2022. She currently serves as the Director of Fund and Audience Development for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. In 2023 she was awarded the Jackson Magazine “30 and Under Award” for her impact in her community. Her harp services extend throughout Michigan and she lives in Jackson, MI with her husband Ian Morin, and their dog Cinnabun.
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Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips, author/composer, pedagogue, teacher trainer, and conductor, is renowned as an innovator in string education. He brings this wide musical experience to his performing. He is an expert in the use of large group pedagogy and in the development of eclectic styles for strings. One of today’s leading educational authors and composers, his books and pieces are performed by thousands of string students each year. Bob has authored over 25 book series for use in the classroom.

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He has had over 200 works published for orchestras and bands and is an award-winning ASCAP composer. Currently Bob performs with the Michigan Mandolin Orchestra, a folk duo, the Bass Brothers, and a Celtic trio, the Langford Lads. As a double bassist he has performed with the Plymouth, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor Symphonies. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony on mandolin.

For 27 years in Saline, MI, Bob built a string program with over 700 students that was a national model of excellence in both classical and eclectic styes music. He founded the folk-fiddling ensemble, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, which under his direction, gained an international reputation annually performing more than 80 shows a year as well as playing at the White House multiple times. Bob has conducted for a variety of youth symphonies. He served as resident conductor and arranger for the Wintergrass Festival in Seattle for 12 years. He currently serves as the educational advisor for the Great Lakes Music Camp.

Bob has been elected &quot;Teacher of the Year&quot; nine times by national, state, and regional associations and has been invited to present clinics in more than 47 states and eight foreign countries, including 9 tours throughout Australia. He has served as president of the American String Teachers Association and Director of String Publications for Alfred Music Publishing. Bob and his wife, Pam, were recognized as Citizens of the Year by the City of Saline for their work in arts education. In 2013 Bob was inducted into The University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame. In 2022 Bob and Pam received the Distinguished Service Award for their contributions to string education from The American String Teachers Association and The Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Event Sponsors

Soloist Sponsored by Georgia and Travis Fojtasek in memory of Elayne Eberhart