Mozart Masters


Greg Ward & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown play with student musicians in dress rehearsal.

Greg Ward & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown play with student musicians in dress rehearsal at the Strings Music Pavilion.

WHAT: Professional Artist Residency with Middle and High School Bands

WHEN: Fall and Winter/Spring


  • 3 in-school workshops with professional musicians
  • Learn special music arrangements
  • Monthly video communication between professional musicians and band students
  • 1 field trip with the band, for student peers, at the Pavilion
  • 1 community concert with the band at the Pavilion
  • Mentoring relationships with professional artists


2016-2017 Artists in Residence


“Call it two turntables and a bass trombone: Pittsburgh’s Beauty Slap bridges ivory-tower music school pedagogy and new-school laptop tweaking techniques to create some seriously funky vibes…a bold big-band brass sound, which is then mixed and manipulated by Ableton wizard Jake Berntsen into sweltering EDM.” – Free Times

Soul Message Band

Chris Foreman – Hammond B3 Organ
Greg Rockingham – Drums
Lee Rothenberg – Guitar
Greg Ward – Saxophone


2015-16 Artists: Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters 

 If you are a music teacher interested in becoming an Education Partner with Strings Music Festival, fill out this form. We look forward to making music with you!

The name for this program is inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the renowned Austrian composer. Mozart’s command of form and ability to write in multiple genres resulted in 600+ works and recognition as one of the greatest composers in Western music.