To be a youth string studio accessible to home school and community students, to sharpen and grow talents of students in the area of strings, and through relationships and performances, to reach out to the community growing bonds of friendship through music and for the purpose of glorifying God.
The Columbia Strings Orchestra (CSO) was founded in January of 2016. Michelle Hull, the founder, was approached in November of 2015 with a request for the need of a quality orchestra accessible to home school families as well as community students. January of 2016 brought the first set of auditions for the orchestra, and in February 2016, the orchestra finally had its first rehearsal. They celebrated in May with a wonderful concert, and the CSO looks forward to many more years of growth.
Meet our Teachers
Michelle Hull, Founder and Director: Michelle picked up the violin at the unusual age of 12 years old. Despite the challenges of learning such a difficult instrument at an "older" age, she excelled, leading her to believe in students of all ages. Just a few years into learning the violin, she was approached to teach private lessons by several families. Knowing where her love was planted, she pursued and earned her Bachelor's of Music in String Pedagogy in 2014, graduating with honors and multitudes of experience: orchestra, score reading, and assistant directing youth orchestras, etc....Since her studies, she has continued in professional teaching. Her accomplishments include private instruction in violin, viola, and cello. In addition, she developed group ensembles as well as a youth orchestra. Michelle loves bringing the joy of music into peoples lives and encourages excellence in all areas of musical understanding.
When she does not have a bow in her hand, Michelle tutors English as well as writing short works of fiction. Michelle also enjoys spending time with her husband, going on small adventures in the great outdoors as well as exploring simple things in life. She believes there is always something worth learning and discovering in life, and that when we have the time and resources, we should pursue it.
Jenni Arthur: While a student in Bob Jones Academy, Jenni Arthur played cello in the University Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Academy Orchestra. As a high school senior, she performed with a small university ensemble, playing cello for a professional instrumental recording. A student of the late Dr. Richard Maag at Furman University, Jennialso performed with the Carolina Youth Symphony in Greenville, S.C., throughout middle school andhigh school. Following high school, she pursued an associate degree in nursing. In 2000, Jennimarried Thomas Arthur, and the couple moved to the west coast where Thomas served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. In 2005, Jenni and her family, which now included two children, returned to South Carolina, finally settling in Hopkins, SC. Jenni currently homeschools Cambria, a middle schooler and Perrin, who is entering high school. Along with homeschooling, Jenni teaches cello, in addition to playing her instrument in the community for special occasions. A part of the church worship ensemble, shealso plays regularly at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, where she and her family are members. As a member of the church ensemble, she has participated in the music for two professional choral/instrumental CD recordings, one a 2015 Christmas recording. Beyond her orchestral experience, Jenni recently developed and directed a youth string ensemble in her church,in addition to teaching sight-singing for elementary school agechildren. While she enjoys homeschooling and playing her cello, Jenni also loves crocheting, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. Her focus and desire is to foster a genuine appreciation, a deeper knowledge, and a true love for music in the children she is blessed to teach.