Friends of Ames Strings

Purpose of Organization:

    The Friends of Ames Strings (FOAS) is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support string and orchestra programs for youth in the community.

    FOAS is a parent guided organization that helps raise funds and present opportunities for orchestral string players in the Ames School District.  It also presents opportunities to students from the surrounding communities of Ames, Iowa.


    The Youth Orchestra Association of Ames was begun in 1985.  In the early 1980s, the string and orchestra programs in the Ames Community Schools had been in decline for several years; hence, the organization was founded to strengthen the school and private teachers’ string programs. 

Since that time the name has changed to Friends of Ames Strings and has sponsored a Summer Strings Workshop every year since 1985.

    Current Board Members:

        Jodie Held 

        Kate Ralston

        Kristine Wong

        Lee Stewart

    Programs Presented to the Ames Community

Summer String Workshop

    The annual workshop provides approximately 22 hours of instruction to elementary and middle school students during a two week period in July. The emphasis is on playing in both small and large ensembles. The workshop ends with a concert on the evening of the last day. The program has received support from the City of Ames Commission for the Arts (COTA) and donations from individuals as well as FOAS members. There is a modest tuition fee.

2018 Summer String Workshop

July 9 - July 20, 2018


Ascension Lutheran Church

2018 Registration (PDF)

Online Registration 

FOAS, PO Box 1042, Ames, IA 50014.

(new address as of 2/2018)