Dorothy Gerber Strings Program | Fall 2022 Program

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Celebra te Offering Exceptional Strings Music Education to the Youth of Northern Michigan through school strings classes, private lessons, and a youth orchestra program. An educational program of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

4233 MAIN ST. | BAY HARBOR, MI 49770 • 616.828.8321

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School Strings Classes School strings classes are offered free of charge where students learn to play an instrument in a group setting. Classes are held in ten locations during the school year. Ages: Students in fourth grade or above may participate. Levels: Beginner, intermediate, middle school orchestra, and high school orchestra levels are offered.

Instrument Rentals Families are encouraged to rent an instrument rather than buy, especially if the student is not yet ready for a full-sized instrument. The preferred rental company for the DGSP is SHAR Music. To learn more, contact David Reimer at 616.828.8321 or


Individual lessons are one of the most efficient ways to develop strings skills by customizing one-on-one lessons to a student’s strengths and areas for growth.


The Suzuki Method specializes in teaching young students with a strong emphasis on parental involvement and learning music by ear. Ages: Students as young as four years old.

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Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra The Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra is a strings ensemble of advanced students conducted by Dr. Reimer who perform at a variety of events throughout the year and have the opportunity to work with The Cummings Quartet. Levels: Advanced students who have graduated from the junior orchestra level. Students from around the area are invited to audition for acceptance in the DGYO.

Scholarship Assistance If you are a family in need, contact David Reimer at 616.828.8321 or to discuss your options.

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program 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. Interested youth can learn a variety of instruments; violin, viola, cello, or bass.

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Why Study Music? Elisha Richards 2021 Valedictorian of the Beaver Island Community School and current University of Michigan student “My many years of practice, lessons, rehearsals and concerts helped me develop academically to become my school’s valedictorian by instilling in me the sense of how important work ethic is.”

Kat Jonker Elementary School Teacher “I think learning violin cultivated in me a larger passion for learning, which is something I bring into my fourth grade classroom every day!”

Dan Systma-Reed Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Honeywell Industries “Music requires discipline, rigor, teamwork, creativity, and the pursuit of excellence. The technical side of music has many parallels in engineering.”

Our Teachers

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Dr. David Reimer Program Director Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance

Dr. Benjamin Wu

Greg Binger

Assistant Director Doctor of Music Arts in Viola Performance

Full Time Instructor Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance

Peter Tolias

Ann Marie Jones

Classroom Instructor Master of Music

Elizabeth Bert

Classroom Instructor Master of Music Education

Private Lesson Instructor Bachelor in Instrumental Music Education

The Cummings Quartet is the professional ensemble representing the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program, mentoring students, and performing throughout the region.