DC Strings Workshop




DC Strings Workshop


Our mission is to share our love of classical and contemporary orchestra and chamber music with the community. We take pride in presenting meaningful and challenging orchestral works that rival the programming of large professional orchestras. DC Strings Workshop works to build community and expand horizons by engaging diverse audiences, supplying instrument to deserving students, and working to expose students and adults alike to music of women and underrepresented people of color. Please, take a look at our concert schedule, musicians' profiles, and come join us for a memorable afternoon of music.

Since its founding in the 2016 - 2017 season, DCSW presented 10 concerts throughout the D.C. metropolitan. In 2017 alone, DC Strings presented over 20 concerts. Many of these concerts were free of charge to the public, presented in collaboration with churches and choral societies in the D.C. region, including Covenant Baptist Church, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, St. Peter's on Capitol Hill, National United Methodist Church, and the historic Metropolitan American Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). 

I just enjoy getting wrapped up in the emotion of the sound. I just close my eyes and soar into the heavens.
— Art Grossman, music lover and attendee
DC Strings is affecting the community by giving young men and young women and older women and men opportunities to play.
— Ralph Wilson, concert attendee


Founded on the belief that access to excellence in music is an essential human right,  DC Strings Workshop (DCSW) is dedicated to bringing fun, sophisticated classical music concerts to communities throughout the District of Columbia region. DCSW has partnered with local schools and musicians to inspire the next generation of artists through private lessons, masterclasses and exposure. DC Strings Workshop has put dozens of instruments into the hands of deserving young people. A non-profit organization composed of young semi-professional and professional musicians under the leadership of founding artistic director Andrew Lee. Veronica Jackson serves as Music Director of the DC Strings Orchestra. DCSW seeks to reach a wide spectrum of audiences with performances that engage the communities in which they occur.

Core Values

Engagement with diverse communities
Innovative programming and artistic vision
Commitment to music education
Collaborative musicianship
Uncompromising artistic excellence

We all need creative expression. Cello is a medium, it could be dance, we all need to do it. It’s a part of expressing who we are and our identity. It’s who we are.
— Lisa Premo, Cellist & DC Strings Member

It’s like my life-line, it’s what keeps me going. It’s what gives me hope. It’s more than listening to beautiful sounds.
— Ahmed Alabaca, Los Angeles Conductor

"We're looking forward to collaborating with these musicians around our Advent Season for years to come."

- Covenant Baptist Church Member