Debbie Misener Jones, artistic director
Working mainly with First Nation and Inuit children and youth since 1987, Strings Across the Sky (SATS), has been providing free fiddling and music education programs from the High Arctic to Parry Sound. Combining skills of the violin with the fun of indigenous fiddling traditions, SATS enriches and promotes overall well being in youth. By learning and playing music together, students develop self esteem, respectful and healthy relationships.
SATS programs help build bridges across cultural differences. Each summer the students of Strings Across the Sky Fiddle and Music camp are hosted by the Parry Sound Friendship Centre. Since 2006, Festival of the Sound and SATS have partnered to present a free family concert showcasing the achievements of these young fiddlers.