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Tutti Strings

In music, Tutti means "performed all together".

Tutti Strings is a preparatory ensemble for any young violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, or piano player typically ages 7 – 13 with at least a year of playing experience. Tutti (2T) will focus on technique and basic ensemble skills while having fun! If you are interested in playing music, making new friends, performing in concerts, and learning more about playing your instrument, this ensemble is perfect for you!

Tutti is for any young musician (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) between ages 8-12 with at least one year of experience (school instruction or private/institutional instruction). Harpists in Tutti are likely lever harpists and must be able to bring their own instrument.

Tutti is conducted by Mr. Pierce Cook, the same conductor as Symphonette. See Artistic Staff for more information about Mr. Cook. 

In addition to instruction by Mr. Cook, this ensemble will have resident Music Educator Lab Interns from Duquesne University who will assist weekly with tuning, “instrument first-aid,” playing in rehearsals, breakout sessions, etc.

Tutti will perform between two to four concerts a year, focusing on performances at Duquesne University and Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, but some community performances may also be a possibility.

Tutti 2023-24 Season rehearsals were held on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, starting in September through May.

Tutti performs an engaging variety of music of different styles appropriate to the students’ level.


  • Total Annual Amount = $400 ($200 for Spring only)
  • Financial aid and scholarship assistance are always available, and it is easier than ever to ask for what you need. Families should not be discouraged from applying to TRYPO due to financial limitations. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information about scholarships.
  • Family Discounts: TRYPO offers a family discount for households with a child or children registered in more than one September-May TRYPO program. The first enrolled program will be charged at full price, but all subsequent programs qualify for $50 off per semester ($100/year).

Join Tutti Strings!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at staff@trypo.org