The Open String builds on over twenty five years of charitable work and violinmaking expertise providing quality instruments ans supplies to a wide range of musicians in need, from children to the blind to orchestras trapped in conflict zones.  

STUDENTS FROM THE  MUSIC MISSION SAN FRANCISCO  PROGRAM STARTED IN 2015 with 20 new instruments provided by the open string. photo BY ADRIAN ARAS/MCCLA

STUDENTS FROM THE MUSIC MISSION SAN FRANCISCO PROGRAM STARTED IN 2015 with 20 new instruments provided by the open string. photo BY ADRIAN ARAS/MCCLA

By placing over 500 stringed instruments into the hands of underprivileged students since 1996, violinmaker and TOS co-founder Robert Brewer Young has dedicated a significant portion of his career to this effort. His work has consisted largely of repairing, refurbishing, and setting up instruments that were donated, damaged, or simply abandoned in attics.

Today, this practice continues with concert-grade instruments of a high value as well as with beginner and student instruments. To support its recipients, The Open String periodically donates new instruments that are consistent in quality, age, size, and sturdiness. This makes things far more manageable for program teachers and much more motivating for students.

The Open String was founded in 2014 to achieve this qualitative jump and to provide a larger number of music programs and individuals in need of help with better violins and cellos. From classical to modern, we believe in preserving appreciation for this important human tradition.

The Open String also collects violin, viola, cello, and bass strings from professional musicians throughout the world and redistributes them to schools and orchestras in need. Since 2014, The Open String has supported recipients located in Cuba, Vietnam, Argentina, Ghana, and Colombia.

HOW TO DONATE YOUR STRINGS

FROM UNDERSERVED YOUTH PROGRAMS TO PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS, THE OPEN STRING PROVIDES INSTRUMENTS AND MAINTENANCE AT A VARIETY OF LEVELS

FROM UNDERSERVED YOUTH PROGRAMS TO PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS, THE OPEN STRING PROVIDES INSTRUMENTS AND MAINTENANCE AT A VARIETY OF LEVELS