Strings Across The Sky


Debbie Misener Jones, artistic director

Founded in 1987, Strings Across the Sky (SATS), has been providing instruments, fiddling and music education programs to Canadian indigenous children. Combining skills of the violin with the fun of traditional fiddling, SATS promotes overall well being in youth. By learning and playing music together, students develop healthy social skills and grow in cooperation, compassion and self-esteem. They also improve notably in academics. Each year, SATS offers a Summer Fiddle Camp, hosted by the Parry Sound Friendship Centre, which is inclusive to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Building cross-cultural friendships and relational bridges, SATS delivers music programs in the spirit of reconciliation. Since 2006, Festival of the Sound and SATS have partnered to present a free family concert showcasing the achievements of these young fiddlers.

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