Executive Director
John H. Littlejohn

Board of Directors
Teresa Wescott, Chair
Frances Belcher
Alex Cheung
Anthony Cheung
Tina Hike-Hubbard
Paula Littlejohn

Music Advisory
Herbert Greenberg

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Thrive City String Academy

"This camp changed my life." - TCSA violin student, Marguerita Macharia

The Thrive City String Academy (TCSA) is an intensive, overnight summer music program designed to educate, inspire and develop young string musicians from low-income backgrounds. It is held on the beautiful campus of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, which inspires students by providing a glimpse into the life of a university student. TCSA provides students with high-quality instruction and mentorship through a FREE program that includes: private instruction, ensembles, activities, theory & improvisation, and performances. Due to the successful launch of our international program in 2011, once again we will be sending 4-5 promising students to Vancouver, British Columbia to learn alongside Canadian string players at an intensive camp called the Thrive City String Boot Camp.

Check out the amazing improvement of the TCSA students!

•May 23, 2012 - To further our commitment to low-income, underserved string students, we will be launching TCSA Online this fall - providing the opportunity to teach private lessons via Skype. Stay tuned!

•February 15, 2012 - We've finally solidified a location for the next TCSA! TCSA 2013 will take place at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan in July. The student body will include students from Michigan, Maryland, and British Columbia!

• January 13, 2012 - An amazing organization called the Musicians of Mercy has chosen TCSA as the beneficiary of their next fundraising concert! If you're in the Baltimore area, come show your support! With original music by TCSA Director John Littlejohn, acclaimed New York-based violinist-arranger Juliette Jones, composer Vincent Gover, and alternative artists Mosno Al-Moseeki, Sahffi, Beau Soir Ensemble and William Soul, this will be an evening to remember! For more information on the concert and M.O.M., visit their website:

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• Check out the TCSA 2010 students' progress in a before & after video:!

• TCSA & John Littlejohn (Executive Director) Featured in USA Today by way of the Saginaw News! Read the inspiring article here: