Video A message from our Founder

City Strings United (CSU), founded in 2010 by cellist Bithyah Israel, is a youth development charitable organization that seeks to enrich young lives in underserved communities by teaching them to play the cello. CSU seeks to prove to them that through discipline and hard work they are just as capable of accomplishment as those from more affluent communities. Hear more from our Founder.
Video What is City Strings?

City Strings is a 501(c)3 stringed instrument learning program that is offered to youth in the inner city, who do not have access to it for lack of funding. The instrument and classes are offered at no charge to participants. Learn more about CSU.
calendar What to expect

Throughout this program students will learn how to play the cello, collaborate with their peers musically, and enjoy the harmonious sounds of playing in a group. Parents, click here for more information.
video What people are saying about City Strings

See what people are saying about City Strings. Hear our scholars in action and thoughts from our community members. Watch the video now.

How you can support City Strings

We all can play a vital role our community by supporting and encouraging musical development for the next generation. Support can come from your time, encouragement and monetary donations. Contact us now to learn about how you can help make a difference.
scholars Meet our City Strings Scholars!

Here's a glimpse from our Pilot Program recital, after just three months of classes! View our recital gallery.