Friends of Ames Strings

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:

        Lee Chhen Stewart     Miyoung Oh

        Kelley Glotfelty            Sumana Srinath

        Alisha Abner                Cristin Diekmann

        Sara Goplin                  

 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. There is a modest tuition fee.

2020 Summer String Workshop

July 6 - July 17, 2020

Weekdays only, more information coming soon!

Online registration opens March 1!

Printable Copy of String Workshop Information/Registration (coming March 1!)

FOAS, PO Box 1042, Ames, IA 50014.

(new address as of 2/2018)