The Solo Strings Program offers an intensive yet nurturing environment for intermediate and advanced young musicians who play violin, viola, and cello to develop their performance skills in front of a real orchestra. The program includes daily private lessons, daily rehearsals with a collaborative pianist, performance classes, masterclasses with professional musicians and teachers, recital opportunities, and rehearsal/performance with orchestra. The Solo Strings Program is offered in both Half Day (Intermediate) and Full Day (Advanced) sections, customized to the student’s individual needs.
The Suzuki Strings Program is designed for string players of any age, beginning through intermediate, including students new to instrumental music and those currently studying violin, viola, and cello in the Suzuki Method Books 1 through 4. The program includes daily semi-private lessons, group classes organized by ability level, performance classes, enrichment classes including theory, history, and eurhythmics, and performance opportunities. This is a Half Day program which runs from 9am-12pm, with optional private lessons available for an additional fee.
The Piano Performance program offers pianists of all ages and ability levels a week-long course of lessons, performance classes, masterclasses, and performance opportunities with an orchestra under the guidance of an experienced artist faculty. Students applying for the Piano Performance Program should have a minimum of two years of private instruction on the piano or equivalent experience. It is offered in a Half Day (Intermediate) program with a 30 minute daily private lesson as well as a Full Day (Advanced) program with a 60 minute daily private lesson.
The Handbell Workshop is an enrichment class that meets in the afternoons from 1 pm - 2:10 pm. Students may register for this course as a stand-alone program, or as a complement to one of our half-day programs. This low-pressure class welcomes all students: those with bell-ringing experience will be given a chance to explore and practice more advanced ringing techniques, and those with no prior bell-ringing experience will be introduced to the basics. Each day will feature a chance to ring great melodies, learn a new technique, create new music, and try your hand (and test your memory!) with basic change ringing. Bells, rehearsal gloves, and music will be provided.
We are not offering our Student Orchestra or Chamber Music programs this summer. If you are interested in playing in an orchestra or in small ensembles like string quartets or piano trios, please check out the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California.