Seattle School of Strings

Our musicians come from all walks of life, including professors, scientists, and artisans, and represent a wide range of experience levels.

Whether you play the violin or the flute, the oboe or the french horn, the trombone or the trumpet, we have a spot for you. Conductor Todd Kovell has thirty years of experience composing and arranging, and makes it possible for even the most novice musicians to play complex, beautiful pieces.

We want everyone to be able to play their best with confidence! And we cover a wide range of music, from Renaissance to contemporary film scores.

Our ensembles meet weekly, throughout the year, at North Seattle's conveniently located Phinney Neighborhood Association community center.

If you're an adult who just started playing, you're not alone! Seattle is blessed to have a vibrant community of adult amateur musicians. Playing with others will make you a better, more competent musician. After all, music was meant to be played in a group.

About Our Mission:

Our mission is to give amateur instrumentalists a regular outlet for rehearsing together and performing, and to build a musical community in Seattle that all can join.

 About Our Teachers:


I just wanted to pass along this little story and a special thanks to you, Todd, and to your family for the special gift of music in our home. Your teaching and your family's support of our children's musical journey and education is, to be plain, a really big deal. We are deeply grateful for your instruction and support.

I really love my orchestra.  When I first went, I didn't want to but then I thought I would like it after the first day.  Now, I really love it.  If I don't go, I really miss it.  Our orchestra is really good. Everyone works really hard and tries hard.  It's small so if someone isn't cutting it, you know so you try harder. 

About Our Students:

Todd is a cellist and composer. He began playing as a young child in the 1970's, and has now been teaching cello in Seattle since 1996. Todd quickly realized that there aren't enough good group playing opportunities in Seattle so he started putting together ensembles of his students. The program has been steadily growing and now includes all instruments