November 16, 2021

Media Advisory – Young musicians to attend SIU String Festival and perform

Over 80 young musicians from high school and middle schools in Kentucky will receive a first-hand look at the great offerings within the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event is organized by Rossana Cauti, assistant lecturer of Upper Strings, with the support and sponsorship of the SIU School of Music.

Thirty-six string students from McCracken County High School and 46 students from Lone Oak and Reidland Middle School Orchestra programs will participate in the inaugural SIU String Festival. All of the young musicians are enrolled in string orchestra programs in the area. In addition to participating in orchestra clinics and a solo repertory class with Cauti and Joseph Bauer, faculty in the School of Music, students will participate in an orchestral performance later that night at the SIU Student Center, Ballroom D. Christopher Butler, assistant director of the School of Music, will meet the students and parents to discuss the application and audition process for the School of Music at SIU Carbondale at 6 p.m. The clinics begin at 10:15 a.m. and end with the orchestral performance at 6:20 p.m.

The event is expected to provide numerous opportunities for reporters, photographers and news crews for interviews and video. The best suggested time is between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. when the SIU Carbondale students and faculty will perform at the SIU Student Center, Ballroom D.

For more information or to arrange times, contact Rossana Cauti at or 573-837-5707.