"The Moxie Strings mix chops with heart"

                                                                                     -Current Magazine


"Stir-crazy" (single) Released October 16, 2015.

Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience two of the world’s best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn, often joined by percussionist, Fritz McGirr, all hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence.  The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit. Their polished, high-energy show and unique sound have quickly made the band one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.

Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and music creativity, the three have now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition through clinics in school music programs. TMS clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. The band tours extensively both playing shows and teaching clinics. Current Magazine insists that “the future of music could not be in better hands.”

Dune Climb Concert 2014. Approx. 3,000 in attendance 

Past Performances Include:

The Milwaukee Irish Festival

Great American Irish Festival

Founders Brewing Co.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Bowling Green University 

The Maryland Irish Festival

The Burren Boston

Traverse City Film Festival 

Texas Music Educators Conference

Michigan Irish Music Festival 

The Intersection Grand Rapids

Manitou Music Festival 

  • WorldFest Louisville
  • Fifth Third Ballpark
  • Colorado Irish Festival
  • Goose Island Brewing Chicago
  • St. Andrew’s Highland Games
  • Annapolis Irish Festival 
  • Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival
  • Michigan State University
  • ArtPrize Grand Rapids
  • Detroit Athletic Club
  • Lemoyne College Syracuse 
  • 2010 National Curling Championships

a glimpse into the life of the moxie strings:

The Moxie Strings have shared stages with:

  • Gaelic Storm
  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • Scythian
  • The Elders
  • Black Violin
  • Brown Bird 

  • As soloists with the Battle Creek Symphony
  • The Ragbirds
  • The Young Dubliners
  • Among many others

Working in partnership with Shar Music to reach more students, teachers, and communities nationwide.

The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)
Two Pears Dancing
The Moxie Strings (The Moxie Strings)
Smile On/ 3 Ft. Deep
The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)
Rocky Road to Dublin/ On the Fritz
The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)

The Moxie Strings on NPR

December, 2015



"When it comes to The Moxie Strings, the name says it all"


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  • Featured Clinicians at the Michigan Band & Orchestra Association’s 1st Alternative Styles Day at Michigan State University.

  • Accepted as members of the 2012-2015 Michigan Humanities Council Touring Directory

  • Finalists in the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad Program

  • Sponsored by national strings provider, Shar Music.

  • Nominated for several Detroit Music Awards

  • Endorsed by NS Design

  • Accepted to compete in the 2012 ArtPrize Competition

  • Clinicians at the 2015 Massachusetts Music Educators Conference

  • Clinicians at the 2012, 2013, 2014

Michigan Music Conference

  • Clinicians at the 2012 Ohio Music Educators Conference

  • Clinicians at the 2012 Chicago Midwest Clinic

  • Clinicians at the 2013, 2014 Texas Music Education Conference