What We Do

School Group Lessons

We teach violin, viola, cello and string bass simultaneously in group classes using a strings method designed to have the instruments all play together. Students begin by playing together in unison, and are introduced to ensemble playing in the first year. Students are eligible for classes starting in 3rd grade, and we accept students up to 12th grade. Home-schooled students and students from schools that do not yet have a strings program are welcome to join classes at any school where they are offered. Classes are offered from October through May.

Two-Year Class Sequence

The school classes are offered in a two-year sequence: Beginning class the first year, followed by Intermediate the following year. Students may repeat the Intermediate class, as the repertoire changes from year to year.

Albany Youth Orchestra

After two years of class, many students are prepared to join the Albany Youth Orchestra, a preparatory-level string orchestra. Admission is by audition, and the orchestra is open to all youth players in the area, whether they have taken elementary classes through MVPS, another school program, or through private lessons. Students may play in the AYO until they complete high school, and the repertoire changes for each term. Chamber groups are also formed from the most advanced musicians in the orchestra, giving players further opportunity to develop their ensemble playing.

All-Program Concerts

Twice a year, in January and May, our students perform in an all-program concert featuring all the classes and the AYO. These concerts are free and open to the public. Details of upcoming concerts are available on the Performances page.

Community Performances

We enjoy performing! Let us bring the gift of music to your organization! We have performed for many charity and non-profit events and fundraisers. Not only is music our gift to our community, but it provides valuable experience to our young musicians.

Charity & Non-Profit Partnerships

Part of our role in the community is to create and promote mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations. Some of our current and past partnerships have included:
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