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The Moxie Strings Residency

12:30-1:30 p.m.: INFORMANCE – The Moxie Strings give a performance which will both educate and entertain. (AMC 101-KRH)

1:45-2:55 p.m.: STRING CLINIC – While learning a new piece by ear and improvisation techniques, a conversation will develop about authenticity and style. All ages and levels of ability are welcome. Bring your Instrument. (AMC 101-KRH)

3:05-3:55 p.m.: THE CREATIVE PROCESS – How did this duo meet, develop their style, and build their brand? Running their business, band dynamics, touring, and education, what do you want to know about being an entrepreneur in music? (AMC 101-KRH)

5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:15-7:00 p.m.: After work RECEPTION & CHAT between K-12 teachers and The Moxie Strings on their mission in the schools, followed by AQ Music Faculty joining the conversation to hear more about what K-12 music teachers are seeking in ongoing professional development. Contact music@aquinas.edu to register.

7:30-9 p.m.: The MOXIE STRINGS in CONCERT and “Talk Back” including their parents after the concert. The Moxie Strings duo performs many genres of music on rather unique instruments. Stomp your feet and shake off the winter chill during their performance, then engage with these women and their parents to exchange ideas about what it takes to get and stay on the road to success as a creative artist. (AMC 101-KRH)
At the Door: FREE with AQ Student ID; $5 Student; and $10 Adult.

“The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds.”

For more information, contact Barbara McCargar at Barbara.McCargar@aquinas.edu.




Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best- known instruments through an electric, innovative lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence.


Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin. Both use a variety of audio effects pedals. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band’s polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings’ role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience. The two often join forces with dynamic percussionists to create an even livelier sound for larger venues.


Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Strings were inspired not only to perform, but also to teach. Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and music creativity, the band has now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition. Moxie clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. They have taught clinics in over 200 schools throughout the US, and also present on their research and methodologies to teachers at many music education professional development conferences.


During most clinics, The Moxie Strings perform for students on electric instruments, teach music by ear, and introduce non-classical playing styles. The group has researched and created an innovative sequence of activities designed to introduce improvisation to classically trained musicians, which they employ at every clinic. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds.


Current Magazine insists that “the future of music could not be in better hands.”


The Moxie Strings introduce themselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGyO204INPY


One more branch that they have created is the MOX Project. The MOX Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the musical inspiration and creative empowerment of youth nationwide. https://themoxiestrings.com/the-mox-project