The Transylvania Times -

Mountain School Of Strings Embraces Change


August 9, 2018

Sarah Dearbaugh (center) and her mother, Ellen Lee (right), have been prominent in teaching string instruments to area youth.

Mountain School of Strings began in 2010 as Transylvania Youth Strings (TYS) by the talented fiddler Ellen Lee. Her vision was to reach out to every student in the county and get them introduced to a musical instrument, no matter their ability to pay. The program took root and began to grow. In 2015, after 30 years of dormancy, Lee's cancer returned, and she was forced to take a step back from teaching at the Mountain School of Strings (MSS). After beating that cancer, she went to battle again with another tumor in 2016 and then again in July 2017, with aggressive stage IV Squamous Cell Car...

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