Fairfield County Strings & Keyboards
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Fairfield County Strings and Keyboards (FCSK)

is a 501( c)(3) non-profit organization located in Lancaster, Ohio, founded in 2006 and  is committed to nurturing a love of music and promoting a positive learning experience by providing, for all ages, the opportunity to learn and perform on string instruments and keyboards.

From a humble beginning of a private lesson studio setting, our founder Mary Anne Theller realized there was not an outlet for string music education in the area schools and felt it was important to provide this to our community… thus the birth of FCSK. 

Fast forward to today…..We have evolved into an organization that offers four levels of performing string ensembles to which participants enjoy learning to master and perform music from a variety of musical styles.   We now have a presence in our community and enjoy the many opportunities to become a part of the cultural fabric of the area.  Our ensemble season is comprised of five separate concerts spanning from September through July.  The month of August is reserved for special projects and planning time. The newest addition to our organization is the development of a small ensemble chamber music program.  We have available private lessons on strings, keyboards and voice for those that may be interested.  Fee and schedules are set by individual associate teachers.  Participation in FCSK ensembles is voluntary and there is not a fee to participate.   FCSK operates on funding from various grants, private donations and volunteers.

Benefits of Participating in Fairfield County Strings & Keyboard

s by Elaine Swinney, Conductor, Chamber Strings

It’s all about the crescendo, the forte, the tone, the tempo, the key, the bowing, the intonation, the tremolo…


While it is important to decipher all these musical symbols and directions in order to produce the desired result, there is much more involved in the overall picture. When we decide to learn to play an instrument we embark on developing a whole new set of skills that will help us be successful in life.  From my life experiences as a professional orchestral violinist and instructor for many years I have observed how my life and that of my students have been shaped due to the activities we perform in order to produce music through our instruments.  We learn to aspire toward excellence and integrity.  We develop a sense of persistence and continuity when we use creative practice techniques and lots of repetition to complete a passage played beautifully.  We develop patience and determination as we strive toward our stated goal. We learn the composition of hard work and the wonderful rewards bestowed upon us for a job well done.  And with each success we build self-confidence and leadership skills.   Perhaps the music we make helps us visualize different perspectives and awaken in us the human spirit in wondrous ways, ultimately making our world a better place for all of us.

Here at FCSK we value each student and participant as a whole person, not just a player of an instrument.  Every contribution no matter how big or small, be it on the piano, or singing, or in an ensemble is a very important part of the collective whole.    Yes, we do work hard but boy o boy……..we have fun doing it too!!!!