‘Long Overdue’ Strings Program Comes to Rockford

by Charles Honey

As her two dozen students prepare to launch into the rousing instrumental “Can-Can,” teacher Erin DeYoung gives them a get-ready-to-rock heads up. “Starting next week we’ll do the ‘Can-Can challenge,’” DeYoung tells the North Rockford Middle School strings class. “We’ll do it faster and faster and see who’s still standing.” It’s hard to be too intimidated by her challenge...