MWSA Calendar

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Instrument Returns/Check-out

If you are currently renting a school/MWSA instrument or need to check one out for the school year, please be sure to attend one of these instrument rental dates:

Logan City School District (Logan students only)
Thursday, August 16th, Hillcrest Elementary, 6-8 pm

MWSA (Cache students only)
Friday, August 17th, River Heights shop, 6-8 pm 
Saturday, August 18th, River Heights shop, 9-11 am

If you cannot attend the date(s) scheduled for your instrument return, please try to have a neighbor, friend or relative return the instrument for you.  Otherwise, please call us to schedule a time to turn in the instrument, 435-770-9189 (Cache) or 435-554-1021 (Logan).  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

1st Year Registration

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Mountain West String Academy (MWSA) is the official beginning elementary orchestra program for Cache County and Logan City School Districts.   All fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students are welcome to join the 1st year orchestra class at your elementary school.  No prior musical experience is required.  Classes are offered two days per week, before or after school. Students can choose to play one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello or bass.  These instruments will be demonstrated to students in an assembly during the first week of school. 

Registration Information

Tuesday, September 4, 2018   or
Thursday, September 6, 2018

River Heights Elementary                                       

6:00, 6:20, or 6:40 pm                                                                           

Please come to one of the above registrations. Arrive on time and at least one parent needs to come with the child to be registered.  At registration, you will hear important program information and requirements, sign-up for orchestra class, choose your instrument, meet your teacher, get measured for the correct size instrument, and be able to rent an instrument from the MWSA shop (depending on instrument availability).  Please plan on at least 45-60 minutes to get through the registration process. 

Registration Fee: $50

·       Includes music books, MWSA workbook (cash or check preferred, extra $2 convenience fee will be added to card payments)

Supplies needed:

·       Folding music stand (available for purchase from MWSA for $15)

·       Instrument

Optional MWSA t-shirt: $10

Volunteers needed:  Our program is a parent-run organization.  We need parent volunteers to help our program continue to be successful.  Please come to our parent volunteer table at registration to find out how you can become a volunteer. 

Instrument Information:

1.       Purchase – Classical Strings (801-786-1605), The Book Table (435-752-3055), and JK Stringz (435-757-3776) are great local options to purchase an instrument.  Southwest Strings ( and Shar Music ( have affordable, quality instruments available for sale on their websites.  If you take good care of the instrument, this is the cheapest option, as you can sell your instrument later on for what you paid for it, minus the price for a new set of strings.  Please, DO NOT buy an instrument from E-bay or other online bidding sites.  These instruments are often poorly made and require a lot of work to even be playable. 

2.       Rent – Students can rent an instrument from MWSA at registrations. We usually have enough cellos and basses for all students who will be renting those instruments.  Logan School District does not have any violins/violas to rent.  Cache does not have enough violins and violas for all students who want to play these instruments.  All instruments will be rented from MWSA on a first come, first serve basis.  Classical Strings, JK Stringz and The Book Table also have instruments available to rent. 

1st year orchestra classes will begin the week of September 17th.  Please visit to see class schedules or call 435-770-9189 for more information.

*All students interested in playing the bass MUST contact Patty Bartholomew at or 435-770-9189 BEFORE September 4th or you will not be allowed to play bass.  All students wanting to play bass must also commit to attending weekly Friday afternoon bass lab classes or must take private lessons.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

May 2018 Concert Schedule

1.       Concert Schedule
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (Logan High School – South schools)
            River Heights, Providence, Millville, Nibley, Lincoln, Wellsville, Canyon, Mountainside, Heritage
              5:30 pm              2nd year rehearsal (2nd years arrive at 5:15 pm)
              6:00 pm              Combined 1st/2nd year rehearsal (1st years arrive at 5:45 pm)
              6:30 pm              1st year rehearsal (2nd years leave stage, get snack)
              7:00 pm              Concert
THURSDAY, MAY 3 (Logan High School – North schools)
              Lewiston, White Pine, Summit, Greenville, North Park, Sunrise, Birch Creek, Cedar Ridge
              5:30 pm              2nd year rehearsal (2nd years arrive at 5:15 pm)
              6:00 pm              Combined 1st/2nd year rehearsal (1st years arrive at 5:45 pm)
              6:30 pm              1st year rehearsal (2nd years leave stage, get snack)
              7:00 pm              Concert

FRIDAY, MAY 4(Logan High School – Logan schools)
              Adams, Bridger, Hillcrest, Ellis, Wilson, Woodruff
              5:30 pm              2nd year rehearsal (2nd years arrive at 5:15 pm)
              6:00 pm              Combined 1st/2nd year rehearsal (1st years arrive at 5:45 pm)
              6:30 pm              1st year rehearsal (2nd years leave stage, get snack)
              7:00 pm              Concert

2.       Concert Information
a.       Wear MWSA t-shirt or green or blue shirt with dark pants (can be nice jeans), Christmas color accessories
b.      Students need to arrive 15 minutes prior to rehearsal start time to unpack/tune
c.       1st year violins/violas need to bring their own music stands as we may be a little short on stands.
d.       Cellos/basses must bring own end pin straps.  Basses must bring own instrument and stool.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Lab Class location change

MWSA 1st year lab classes have been changed to WILSON ELEMENTARY (475 E. 100 S. in Logan).  Please arrive at 10:00 am.  Bring your instrument, music, and folding music stand.

Lab class dates:
October 14
November 4
November 18
December 2

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017-2018 Registration Closed

MWSA 1st and 2nd year orchestra registration is now closed.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

435-770-9189 (Cache)
435-554-1021 (Logan)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, August 24th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Logan Instrument Return/Check-out at shop at MLMS (for Logan City School District 2nd years only)
  • Friday, August 25th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Cache Instrument Return/Check-out at shop in River Heights (for Cache County School District 2nd year students only)
  • Saturday, August 26th, 9:00-11:00 am, Instrument Return/Check-out at shop in River Heights (for 2nd year students only)
  • Friday, September 1st, noon, 2nd year orchestra registration deadline.  
  • Tuesday, September 5th, 6:00 pm, MWSA 1st year Logan registration night (MLMS)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, September 6th and 7th, 6:00 pm, MWSA 1st year Cache registration nights (River Heights Elementary)
  • Week of September 11th - 2nd year orchestra classes begin
  • Week of September 18th - 1st year orchestra classes begin

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


 Movie Party:  The Goofy Movie

Movie party!  It will be held at the Utah Theater (18 W Center, Logan).  It will be on Monday June 19 at 11 am.  A snack will be provided and a quartet will play prior to the movie showing.  Please come!

Summer Strings

Summer strings will be held on June 26-29.  Cost is $40.  Both 1st and 2nd year students are encouraged to attend.  The theme is "Star Struck" and we will be playing music from movies such as "Let It Go."  Click on the link "Summer Strings" on the right side of the page to register.  There are snacks and games, lots of fun!