The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Symphony School is proud to offer Adult Strings lessons for musicians of all skill levels! Whether you’re a beginner or picking up where you left off from previous music lessons, these classes are a wonderful way of investing in yourself and spending time with others who share your passion for music. Each of these classes is taught by the Symphony School’s professional instructors. The class environment is laidback, friendly, and fun, while focusing on high-quality instruction.

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Adult Strings Classes schedule

Adult Strings Classes Spring 2022

  • Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 17, 2022, and Tuesday classes begin on January 18, 2022.
  • The Horizon Orchestra rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at First Baptist Church on Governors Drive.
  • The Fall concert is Monday, May 2, 2022 at The Cooper House at 405 Randolph Avenue, Huntsville, 7:00 p.m.
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced adult classes will be held at The Cooper House at 405 Randolph Avenue, Huntsville.
  • Participants must provide instruments and stand.

Please note:
Your health and safety are very important to us. In order to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, socially distancing protocols will be implemented and masks required to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times during each class and at the Spring concert.


Beginning String Class for Adults

Mondays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Charles Hogue, instructor
Fee: $175

This course is designed for adults ages 18 – 180 who want the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. No previous experience is necessary! Students will be taught the fundamental skills necessary to play their instrument as well as the basics of note reading and musicianship. In this ensemble students will learn how to watch a conductor, watch their section leaders for bow direction and bow placement, blend their sound with a section, listen to fellow orchestra members in other sections, and much more.

Intermediate String Class for Adults

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $175

This course is designed for adults who have had at least one year playing experience on the violin, viola, cello, or double bass or who have taken the Beginning String Class. Students continue to develop their technical and note reading skills with more difficult music. This orchestra can also be used as a refresher course for those adults who played a stringed instrument in their youth and want to pick it back up again.

Advanced String Class for Adults

Mondays, 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $185

This course is designed for those adults who have at least two years’ playing and music-reading experience on the violin, viola, cello or double bass or who have taken the HSO Intermediate String Class. Students will continue to advance their technical skills on their instrument while learning to read more advanced music.


Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $200

Horizon is HSO’s most advanced string orchestra, designed for adult players with at least three years of playing and music reading experience. Students perform literature from several periods of music.  String players ready for this ensemble should be comfortable reading medium to advanced rhythms, be consistently working on playing in 3rd position, be comfortable following bow directions on music, and have a comfortable working vibrato.

About the Faculty

Charles Hogue is a native of New Mexico,studied at the Mannes College of Music with Paul Doctor and with Li-kuo Chang while playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Before moving to Huntsville, he was a member of the El Paso Symphony and other orchestras in the southwest. He is currently the Principal Violist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and maintains a large private studio.

Bethany Wing is a violin and viola teacher in Madison, Alabama. She also instructs Novice Strings with the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. She has a BMUS in Music Education from the University of Georgia and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Tech University.

How To Enroll


Or Download a registration form and fill in all information. Under “Registration,” check “Class” and write “Adult String” in the blank provided. Return the form by mail or email:

Symphony School
P. O. Box 2400
Huntsville, AL  35804

Call 256-539-4818 or email for more information.