Strings

•Junior Strings•Conservatory Strings•Chamber Strings•Cello Choir•String Quartets•

String orchestra - Santa Monica, Ca 

Open Enrollment 
Online registration begins September 2018. Enrollment is open throughout the year and students can enroll at any time. Parents will need to complete the registration process at their child’s first rehearsal. Students should bring their instruments.

Weekly Rehearsals
Each ensemble will have 26 weekly rehearsals starting the week of September 17, 2018 through the week of May 20, 2019.

Concerts
The two concert/potluck dates are Sundays December 16, 2018 and May 19, 2019, each at 4 pm.

Tuition
To participate, students should pre-register and pay a $450 tuition fee which includes 26 Weekly rehearsals and two concerts.

member of the Conservatory Strings jr. Orchestra 2015

 

Junior Strings – Weekly Rehearsals Friday 3:30-4:30 

Junior Strings is a beginner level learning and performance ensemble for elementary age violin, viola, cello and string bass students. It is an SMBMF program hosted at the Santa Monica Conservatory and all current K-5th-grade students are invited. No previous experience is necessary.

Members will learn exciting pieces and develop level appropriate music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever-increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.

 

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Conservatory Strings – Weekly Rehearsals Friday 3:30-4:45

Conservatory Strings is an intermediate level learning and performance ensemble for elementary age violin, viola, cello and string bass students.

Members will learn exciting pieces and develop level appropriate music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever-increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.

 

Chamber Strings – Weekly Rehearsals Friday 4:45-6:15

Chamber Strings is an advanced learning and performance ensemble for elementary and middle school age violin, viola, cello and string bass students.

violin_viola_children_youth_orchestasMembers will learn exciting pieces and further develop level appropriate music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also continue to develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever-increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school and high school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.

Cello Choir – Weekly Rehearsals Thursday 7:00-8:30

Cello Choir is an intermediate/advanced level learning and performance ensemble for Middle School and High School age cello students. It is an SMBMF program hosted at the Santa Monica Conservatory and all prospective members are invited.

Members will learn exciting pieces and develop music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever-increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.

String Quartets

 

Faculty

profile photo of Evan HeskethEvan Hesketh, violinist/violist, has been teaching for the past nine years with the goal to “share my passion and enthusiasm for music with others. As a teacher, I am fully invested in my students and strive to ensure that lessons not only hone their technical skills, but also develop and nurture their musicality and creativity. I want my students to be both inspired and challenged by their lessons – if they can’t wait to take their instrument out of the case then I know I’m doing my job!”

He teaches students ranging from near beginners to high school students. While a graduate student in Cleveland, he mentored viola students at the Cleveland School for the Arts, an inner-city performing arts middle and high school. As a conductor, he has worked with high school orchestra and band students as a guest clinician.

Evan brings extensive experience as a performer to his teaching. he holds a masters degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Victoria (Canada). He has played in professional orchestras as a violinist and violist for the past eight years, was a prizewinner at both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions, and has performed in master classes for many notable artists, including Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, he has conducted orchestras in Canada, Europe, and the United States.

 

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The French violist Virginie d’Avezac began her musical studies with the Piano at the age of 5 and entered the Bordeaux National Conservatory at the age of 10. At 14, she found her true musical calling and began studying the viola.

She received first prizes from the Bordeaux Conservatory in viola, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint.

Virginie studied with two of France’s most respected violists, Tasso Adamopoulos and Serge Collot. She has played in many prominent orchestras across France and North Africa, including the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco.

For 6 years, Virginie was professor of viola and violin at the Cognac Conservatory of Music and was the conductor of the school’s string orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Virginie performs regularly with the pianist Zachary Deak.

In September 2012, the Magnolia quartet of which she is a founding member, was admitted to study at the prestigious European center of chamber music, Proquartet, in Paris. They have participated in Master Classes and received encouragement from such musical figures as Guy Danel (Danel quartet), Vaclav Remes (former first violin and founding member of the Prazak Quartet), Eric Robberecht (violin solo of “la Monnaie” symphony orchestra in Brussels), Günther Pichler and Valentin Erben (Alban Berg quartet), and Louis Fima

(Arpegione quartet). Since her arrival in Los Angeles in February 2016, Virginie has been playing with Kaleidoscope, Lyra Chamber orchestra and the LA Jewish Symphony and she has joined the String Mob ensemble for several music scoring. She is also the new principal viola of Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and a new violin/viola teacher at the Santa Monica Conservatory.

Interested in many different styles of music, Virginie has performed with pop singers as Rivkah, Baden-Baden and Marie-Flore, the Malagasy artist Erick Manana, the tango group Tengo tango, and the French rock singer Hervé Esno.

photo of Kim HainKim Hain, a violinist, began her musical studies at age 5 and continued to study the violin seriously through high school and college. After a first BM and MM degrees in violin performance, she received a second MM in chamber music from Kent State, and then a DMA in violin performance from Florida State.
Since then Kim has performed with professional string quartets, including Quartet Nouveau, and is also Concertmaster of Center Stage Opera.
As of September 2017, Kim also is a dedicated and successful Faculty member at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.

 

Ellery Weiss

John Redfield strings orchestra santa monicaJohn Redfield began playing cello at the age of 8, and with the help of private teachers practiced hard throughout Elementary, Middle and High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Indiana University where he attended private studies and master classes with the world-renowned Hungarian cellist and teacher Janos Starker.

Starker’s teacher was Schiffer, Schiffer’s teacher was David Popper, and now the Popper Methodology is taught by John Redfield at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music. No cello methodology can compare to the rigors or rewards of the Popper Methodology, an essential for all aspiring professional cellists.

After living in Italy and performing throughout Europe for 13 years, John Redfield returned to Santa Monica, co-founded the Elemental Strings youth orchestra, is currently Founder/Director of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, as well as a member of the

SMMUSD District Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts.

His numerous current and past cello students include prizewinners as well as those pursuing music at Yale, NYU, Georgetown, USC, and UCLA. As a performer, in his little free time from teaching, John has chosen to dedicate himself to performances of the solo cello repertoire (Bach, Kodaly, Cassado, Hindemith, etc.) in 3-4 recitals per year. John plays a Dutch cello dated 1700.


Location:
The Santa Monica Conservatory of Music
1501 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Call/Text: (310)576-3600