An educational program of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts



Dorothy Gerber Strings Program


800 Bay Harbor Dr.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770


Dr. David Reimer, Music Director


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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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Dear Dorothy Gerber Strings Students, Families, and Teachers,


In light of the State of Michigan’s call to close all K-12 schools until April 6, the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program is canceling or postponing all group setting instruction and performances including:


  • DGSP School Classes in all 10 Locations

  • Suzuki Group Classes

  • Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra Rehearsals

  • The Chamber Music Celebration on March 22nd

  • DGSP Goes to the Movies on March 27th


Individual Suzuki and traditional lessons will continue for those families and teachers that are comfortable. Individual teachers will be contacting students and families to confirm lesson plans. 


For those families involved in group setting instruction that may wish to study in an individual setting while classes are suspended, contact David Reimer at or 616.828.8321


Thank you all for your understanding during these unprecedented times.


David Reimer

Music Director

Upcoming Events


Chamber Music Celebration

*The Chamber Music Celebration planned for March 22 has been postponed.


The Cummings Quartet and seven advanced student chamber ensembles will perform music by famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

Parent Info: Performers should arrive at 12:30PM. Outfit includes nice concert clothes, including the new DGSP blue polo (will be provided for students who do not yet have one). The students will begin performing a prelude program at 1:40PM.


The DGSP Goes to the Movies!

DGSP Goes to the Movie planned for March 27 has been postponed.

Students from the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra and the Boyne City Junior Orchestra will join with The Cummings Quartet to perform chamber music and movie themes prior to the showing of Mulan at Charlevoix Cinema.

Parent Info:  Students should arrive at the Charlevoix Cinema at 6:00PM, wearing nice concert clothes with the DGSP polo shirt.


The Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition

Area youth perform solos for the opportunity to win prizes in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s annual young artist competition.


Spring Solo Recital

Students enrolled in DGSP private lessons perform their solos on the GLCFA stage, accompanied by Michelle Mitchum.

Parent Info: Some students will be rehearsing with the accompanist as early as 4:00PM. If a student does not have a scheduled rehearsal, they should arrive by 5:30PM. Concert dress is formal performance attire (no DGSP shirt).


Spring Collage Concert

The culmination of the DGSP school year is the annual Spring Collage Concert. All students attend rehearsals starting in the early afternoon, then share dinner together, and finally share in a concert you won't ever forget! From beginners to advanced, Pellston to Elk Rapids, solos to 150 musicians playing Ode to Joy, this is a concert you don't want to miss!


Spring Suzuki Recital

Students in the DGSP’s Suzuki Program perform in this year-end recital on the GLCFA stage.

Parent Info: Some students will be rehearsing with the accompanist as early as 4:30PM. If a student does not have a scheduled rehearsal, they should arrive by 5:30PM. Concert dress is formal performance attire (no DGSP shirt).

Class Schedules

Beaver Island

Lessons and Classes on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday during school with Dr.Reimer.

Boyne Falls

Beginner: M/W, 1:30-2:15, Mrs. Deininger

East Jordan

Classes at East Jordan Elementary School

Beginner: M/W, 3:15-4:00, Mrs. Deininger

Intermediate: M/W, 4:15-5:00, Mrs. Deininger


Classes at Lakeland Elementary School

Beginner: M/W, 11:00-11:50, Mr. Dorsey

Intermediate: T/TH, 11:00-11:00, Mr. Dorsey

Classes at Ellsworth Upper School

Ellsworth Juinor Ensemble: M/F, 11:00-11:50, Dr. Reimer


Classes at Pellston Elementary School

Beginner: T/TH, 11:30-12:15, Ms. Fetysenko

Intermediate: M/W, 11:30-12:15, Ms. Fetysenko

Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra

Classes at Charlevoix Elementary School

Monday, 6:00-7:30, Dr. Raimer

Boyne City

Classes at Boyne City Middle School

Beginner: T/TH, 3:30-4:20, Mr. Dorsey

Intermediate: T/TH, 4:30-5:20, Mr. Dorsey

Boyne City Junior Orchestra: T/TH, 3:30-4:20, Dr. Reimer


Classes at Charlevoix Elementary School

Beginner: M/W, 3:30-4:20, Mr. Dorsey

Intermediate: M/W, 4:30-5:20, Mr. Dorsey

Elk Rapids

Classes at Lakeland Elementary School

Beginner: M/W, 4:00-4:45, Mr. Tolias

Intermediate: M/W, 4:50-5:35, Mr. Tolias

Harbor Springs

Classes at Harbor Light Christian School

Beginner: T/TH, 10:58-11:50, Dr. Reimer

Intermediate: T/TH, 10:02-10:54, Dr. Reimer


Classes at Central Elementary School

Beginner: M/W, 3:15-4:05, Ms. Harris/Dr. Reimer

Classes at Petoskey Middle School

Beginner: M/W, 3:30-4:20

Intermediate: T/TH, 11:00-11:00, Mr. Dorsey