The High Mountain Strings program was established by the McCall Music Society in early 2016 to provide violin instruction for elementary and middle school students.  

The essential ingredient of a teaching program is the teacher, and to this reality we have the skills and experience of Jonelle Anderson Darrow. Jonelle travels to McCall weekly and teaches children of all ages after school at Barbara Morgan Elementary. She also teaches students in Cascade. In all, she has more than two dozen violin students in Valley County.


Born and raised in Idaho, Jonelle spent her childhood in the great outdoors and was infatuated with the record player and the radio.  Her love of music grew when she began orchestra in elementary school and later developed into a Bachelor of Music; Music Education degree.  During college she fell in love with percussion instruments and in addition to her violin studies, enjoyed playing in the university Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Marching Band.  She interviewed with the international organization Up With People, an educational, cultural, and performing arts group, and upon acceptance began a world tour performing in Australia, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States.   While student teaching she was invited to open a private violin studio under the guidance of Leah Telford and has continued to maintain a diverse and robust studio for over 20 years.  She has been recognized as a Distinguished Educator; in recognition of exceptional teaching and inspirational guidance to the students of Idaho and was given an award.  In addition to teaching she has performed with professional, community, and festival orchestras, gigging string quartets, and volunteers each year for Hymns of Thanksgiving and Boise Music Week, events that are free to the public.  She is currently a member of the Boise Baroque Orchestra and is the violin teacher for the ‘Just for Kids’ High Mountain Strings program in McCall and Cascade.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and fur babies.

*Special thanks to her local music teachers whose influence, encouragement, and support will always be remembered-Dale Ball, Shirley Madsen, John Hamilton, Leah Telford, Mel Shelton, David Wells, Harriet Dean, John Baldwin, Marcellus Brown, and Craig Purdy.