About

Since 1988, Strings Across the Sky (SATS) has been working with youth in indigenous communities throughout Canada, teaching a uniquely developed program combining violin skills and fiddling styles.  SATS has run dozens of music programs including in remote, High Arctic communities which continue today through the work of the Kole Crook Fiddle Society.
SATS is a not-for-profit registered charity and operates solely on the generosity of donors and funding organizations. We also rely on receiving donated instruments which are provided to the students. There are no costs to the students for lessons and instruments.

Programs
Our fiddling and music education programs include one week school workshops followed by a community concert, summer fiddle camps and year round weekly teaching in urban indigenous centred communities such as North Bay and Parry Sound.

Strings Across the Sky’s team teach throughout Canada.  The SATS programs have been part of the prestigious Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts and Music Champions arts curriculums. Since 2013, SATS and the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre has offered the Traditional Fiddling Program, weekly lessons for children and youth.
In Feb 2019, we launched Naazhaabiigehguhn a weekly fiddle and guitar teaching program in partnership with the Parry Sound Community Hub.

SATS annual one week fiddle and music camps has included Fiddles, Fun & Friendship since 2004 with the Parry Sound Friendship Centre, at Algoma University with Binesi Summer Camps and March Break Fiddle Fun with theNorth Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre.

SATS helps provide many “once in a lifetime” musical experiences to young students. They have performed with the Edmonton Symphony, Thunder Bay, Regina, North BaySaskatoon Symphonies and the world renowned New Zealand String Quartet. In 1997, students traveled from the Arctic and performed at Roy Thompson Hall with the Toronto Symphony; in 1999, 34 students traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform for the Homecoming Festival, experiencing the roots of their 300 year fiddling heritage.