Rocky Mountain Strings
Rocky Mountain Strings is an advanced performing group of young violinists directed by Ramona Stirling and Chandelle Fairbanks. Shelley Astle is the accompanist, with Michael Thomas McLean as their in house composer/arranger. In August of 2017 RMS toured Hungary, Austria, and Germany. In 2015 they toured Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. In 2011 they toured Belgium and France where they performed in various venues and participated in a workshop with the studio of Koen Rens in Turnhout, Belgium. In August of 2008 the group toured Argentina, performing for thousands in concert halls with the Suzuki students of Buenos Aires and Cordoba. The group has also performed at the International Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Chicago (1998) and in Minneapolis (2006). In 2003 the group gave performances throughout Italy. At the invitation of the Wieniawski School of Music in Lodz, Poland, the group performed in Poland and the Czech Republic in October 2000. RMS was formed in 1997 under the direction of Ramona Stirling and Deborah Moench.
They have also toured Utah and Idaho several times. Locally Rocky Mountain Strings loves performing at venues such as Libby Gardner Hall, the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, Interfaith Choir Festivals, the Utah Symphony Lobbyfest, conventions, churches, private parties, and many schools. Every spring they donate three school assemblies to local schools to spread the love of classical music to other young people.