Offering Exceptional Strings Music Education to the Youth of Northern Michigan

Lessons for violin, viola, cello, and bass in a classroom setting, through private lessons, ensembles and a youth symphony.

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program is committed to the safety of the students participating in its programs. This includes background checks of teachers and safe practices in classrooms as well as a thorough response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The DGSP will comply with government mandates as they are issued regarding safety measures. DGSP classes and lessons will require the use of masks, social distancing, and cleaning hands and surfaces used during classes. If a student or teacher has COVID-19 symptoms or is simply not feeling well, they are asked to cancel for that day. For families who do not feel safe to participate in classes or lessons, the DGSP offers online one-on-one instruction as an option.


Fall into Strings with Dorothy Gerber! This school year DGSP is offering school strings classes, one-on-one private lessons including Suzuki instruction, as well as opportunities to join the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra! Programs are available for students learning violin, viola, cello, and bass ranging from beginners starting at just four years old to advanced students in high school. Seven professionally trained and skilled instructors will begin teaching at various locations beginning September 8. Scholarship assistance is available for those in need.

Not sure where to place your child? Register at the link below with their interest and location and we will help place them in a program best suited for them!

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program (DGSP), provides a high caliber education in the traditional stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) to students in Northwestern Michigan.  


Generously funded by the support of the Cummings Family, the DGSP offers opportunities for students from four years old through seniors in high school, including in-school strings classes, individual lessons, and a growing youth orchestra program. Dr. David Reimer, DGSP Music Director, leads a team of highly qualified instructors who are passionate about passing on their knowledge of music to new generations of students.


Our Programs


Class Schedule

"The Dorothy Gerber program influenced our son in numerous positive ways! Our son joined the program at age 8 and stayed involved for eleven years. He went from a beginner to a topnotch musician who enjoyed ensemble music camp over the last two summers. We are extremely grateful to the program for providing free classes and scholarships on rental instruments. Without the support of the Gerber family, our son would not have become the fine cellist that he is today..." 



Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

4233 Main St.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770


Dr. David Reimer, Music Director


Thank You
Community Partners


The DGSP is grateful to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their support in providing scholarships for students interested in individual lessons.

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