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Saint Joseph Grade School
216 North Hill Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617
(574) 234-0451


Saint Joseph Grade School Strings Program

Janel Balbo – Director and Beginner & Advanced Instructor (
Debbie Barker - Intermediate Instructor (
Kim Leep – Parent Coordinator
Questions: please email

Registration - All Strings Students Must Register

Registration deadline is September 3, 2015.

You may register your child or children these ways:

1.    Attend (with your child) a brief and informative meeting in the BMR at the church Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 P.M. Please confirm attending this meeting by contacting Erin Moira Lemrow ( by Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

2.    Register online now.


All Strings Practices begin week of September 7, 2015

Please refer to Strings Schedule linked in the lefthand column for 2015-2016 dates, times, and locations.

Beginner Strings I and II: 1st - 4th Grade

Beginning Strings I : 1st and 2nd Grade, Tuesdays 3:10-4:10 in the BMR

Beginning Strings II: 3rd and 4th Grade, Thursdays 3:10-4:10 in the BMR

Note: Parents are invited to attend the Beginning Strings class either as observers or participants. Learn with your child and there is no extra fee.

Intermediate Strings

Wednesdays 3:10 - 4:10 in the BMR

Advanced Strings

Wednesdays 3:10 - 4:10 in the Upper Room


$40.00 monthly – not considered a “per lesson” fee. Nine months total for year.

5% discount for advance payment for each semester ($152 for 1st, $190 for 2nd)

10% discount for advance payment of two semesters ($324 for 9 months)

Please make check payable to Janel Balbo or Debbie Barker respectively.

Fees are due in full by the first Thursday of each month. There will be no adjustments or refunds for absences. If your child misses classes, make up time will be provided. The fee covers all books and materials, preparation and instruction time; additional lessons provided for students who need extra help; programs and the preparation time and extra rehearsals for programs.

Obtaining your child’s instrument

Quinlan & Fabish for instrument rentals:

130 Edison Rd, Mishawaka 574-293-6332

Your child needs to be present for rental in order to be fitted correctly for his/her instrument. Please request a salesperson who has been trained to fit Mrs. Balbo’s students: she has specific fitting guidelines and preferences.

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