Strings

•Junior Strings•Conservatory Strings•Chamber Strings•

String orchestra - Santa Monica, Ca 

Open Enrollment 
Online registration begins September 2019. Enrollment is open throughout the year and students can enroll at any time. Parents will need to complete the two step registration process at their child’s first rehearsal. Students should bring their instruments.

Weekly Rehearsals
Each ensemble will have 32 weekly rehearsals and 2 concerts starting the week of September 9, 2019 through the week of May 17, 2020.

Concerts
The two concert/potluck dates are Sundays December 15, 2019 and May 17, 2020 each at 4 pm.

Tuition
To participate, students should register and must be paid-off for current session.

A Tuition fee for Fall Session is $220 which includes 11 Weekly rehearsals.

A Tuition fee for Winter Session is $240 which includes 12 Weekly rehearsals.

A Tuition fee for Spring Session is $220 which includes 11 Weekly rehearsals.

Please click here to register your child’s spot in the program.

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.

String Quartets – Weekly rehearsals – Wednesdays – Time TBD

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.

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