FOAS History

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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.


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