Music Department

Cabrillo Youth Strings

Cabrillo Youth Strings Music Program Fall 2024 Semester

A Program for String Music Students Ages 6 - 18.

The Cabrillo Youth Strings Program will begin the Fall 2024 Semester at the Music Building

(VAPA5000) on Friday afternoons, August 30-December 6.

*Our 9-week String Orchestra Program, August 30–October 25, will have 3 groups:

4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings, 4:00-5:15 (Staff, Kiefer Taylor). No Auditions.

(4th-6th Grade students must purchase “Primo Performance” Book 1 and “String Explorer” Book 1 for their instrument. Violin, Viola and Cello only.) VAPA5137

*Festival Strings, 4:15-5:45 (Nancy Kvam/Renata Bratt, with Kiefer Taylor), late Book 1–Book 3, good reading skills. VAPA5156

*Cabrillo Strings, 4:15-5:55 (Nancy Kvam, Kiefer Taylor). Older students, Intermediate to Advanced levels with good note reading skills. VAPA5141

*Auditions for Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings will be held on Friday, August 30,

3:45-4:15 in the respective locations for the classes, before the first rehearsal, beginning @ 4:15.

**All students are required to bring their own instruments and pencils.

****Private Lesson Instruction is recommended for all participants. Please see our list of Instructors (further down the page).

Our Concert for the String Orchestra program will be held on Friday, October 25, 7 pm in the

Samper Recital Hall, VAPA5100, with a Dress Rehearsal at 5:00-6:30 that day.

***The Friday afternoon 5-week Chamber Music Program, for students with good note- reading skills, will be November 1– December 6. These classes are held on Fridays, 4:15-5:30. Our Dress Rehearsal (5:30-6:45) and Chamber Music Recital, 7:00 pm, will be held on Friday, December 6 in the Music Building, VAPA 5156.

Cabrillo College is a mask-friendly environment.

Parents may drop students off at the specified room and return at the end of class to pick students up. Students may not eat or drink during the session or in the music building. (Please hydrate and snack before/after class). Students are requested not to wear hats or hoodies. Students may not chew gum or use cell phones in class. Students must follow the Agreed-Upon Behavioral Contracts through the Extension Registration.

Our rehearsal groups are scheduled in the Music Building (VAPA5000), and Samper Recital Hall

(VAPA5100) for our Concert. The fees will be $250 for the 9-week String Orchestra program. The fees for 5–week Chamber Music program will be $175.

You may register by going to

“Extension Registration” in the left side bar.


By phone, through Cabrillo Extension, 479-6331

In Person, 6500 Soquel Drive, Building 2100A, Aptos, CA 95003

****Our registration process will begin in August through Cabrillo Extension, The String Orchestra registration must be completed by Friday, August 30, 5:00 pm Please complete all registration before the first class, even if you auditioning. Please complete the Chamber Music registration by Friday, October 25, 5:00 pm. If you have questions or need Audition materials, please call Nancy Kvam @ 426-6443, 479-6101 or email at You may reach Renata Bratt @ 252-9584. You may contact Nancy Kvam, Cabrillo Youth Strings Artistic Director if you have questions about participation in the program.

*****Caleb Murray will be on a leave of absence this semester.


This program is a wonderful introduction to the world of classical music for students of all ages. The dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers is infectious. I am always amazed with the professional quality of the final concerts. We are so fortunate to have this amazing resource in our community.

—Sara Puhl, parent


The instruction in this program is outstanding! The selection of music is really superior! The faculty takes time to select top rate and new types of music with new techniques. We really enjoy this. The thing I like most about this program is the camaraderie of music students with like interests.

—Elaine Forrester, parent


It's the gem of music education in our county. It is a highly acclaimed training ground for children to explore the study of music.

—Michele Rivard, Emeritus Division Chair of Music, Cabrillo College

Cabrillo Youth Strings Faculty
Contact List for Private String Instruction
  • Nancy Kvam 426-6443
    Artistic Director, Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Festival and Cabrillo Strings Director, Administration

  • Renata Bratt 252-0584
    Cello, Festival Strings Director, Chamber Music

  • Caleb Murray 435-6630 (On leave this semester)
    String Bass, Cabrillo Strings Director, Chamber Music

  • Kiefer Taylor 251-1695
    Accompanist, Coach for Beginning Strings, Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings

Other Cabrillo Youth Strings affiliated string teachers
  • Don Adkins 423-9808
    String Bass, Cello, Accompanying

  • Eleanor Angel (408) 466-6475

  • Aria Di Salvio 466-9936

  • Kristin Garbeff (805) 217-6851

  • Debora Grosjean 566-0441
    Violin, Viola

  • Astrid Huala 334-9302
    Violin, Viola

  • Polly Malan 469-3088/home, 295-1822/cell

  • Judy Roberts 462-5420

The Cabrillo Youth Strings serves as the starting point for a lifelong journey of creative development for so many youth in the Monterey Bay Region. We are honored to host this outstanding program at Cabrillo College.
John Graulty, Ed. D, Dean of Visual, Applied and performing Arts, Cabrillo College
String Instrument Sale, Rental, Repair, Sheet Music

Properly sized instruments, CD's and books are available at:

Bookmark Sheet Music 831-648-0508, Pacific Grove

Scott Cao Violins 408-364-1668, Campbell

Dennis English 475-8072

Ifshin Violins 1-800-522-1099

Jansen's Music 724-4798

Kamimoto Strings 408-298-8168,

Sylvan Music 427-1917

May 2019 Performances

Firework, Katy Perry, Joint Groups, Nancy Kvam Conductor

November 4, 2022 Beginning/Festival Strings Performance

Au Clair de la Lune, arr. R. Frost, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

November 4, 2022, Beginning/Festival Strings Performance

My Favorite Things from the "Sound of Musi", Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. B. Chase, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

November 4, 2022, Beginning/Festival Strings Performance

Cripple Creek, arr. A. Dabczynski, B. Phillips, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

November 4, 2022, Beginning/Festival Strings Performance

Bile 'Em Cabbage Down, arr. A. Dabczynski, B. Phillips, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

November 4, 2022, Beginning/Festival Strings Performance

My Favorite Things, Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. B. Chase, Audience Sing-along, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

November 4, 2022, Cabrillo Strings Performance

English Folk Song Suite: 1. March "Seventeen Come Sunda", R. Vaughan Williams, Caleb Murray, Director

November 4, 2022, Cabrillo Strings Performance

Desifinado, A. Jobim/N. Mendonca, arr. B. Ligon, Caleb Murray, Director

May 2019 Performance

Woodland Park: Nancy Kvam Conductor

May 2019 Performance: Beginning Strings & Festival Strings

Viking: Renata Bratt Conductor

May 2019 Performance: Cabrillo Strings

Serenade: Nocturne, Cakewalk, N. Leyden, Danza Finale, Caleb Murray Conductor

April 29, 2022 Performance: Beginning/Festival Strings

Violin Concerto Theme, Beethoven, Nancy Kvam Conductor

April 29, 2020 Performance Beginning/Festival Strings

Courtly Dance and Procession, B. Balmages, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

April 29, 2020 Performance Beginning/Festival Strings

The Square Dance, Niehaus & Leidig, Nancy Kvam, Conductor

April 29, 2022 Performance, Cabrillo Strings

Orange Blossom Special by Rouse/Muller, with Caleb Murray, Conductor

April 29, 2022 Performance, Cabrillo Strings

Jazz Suite for Solo Violin and String Orchestra: 2nd movement, Jazz Ballad by Thom Sharp with Carem Ho, Violin Soloist, Caleb Murray, Conductor

April 29, 2022 Performance, Cabrillo Strings

A Handful of Cool , Thom Sharp, Caleb Murray, Conductor

April 29, 2022 Performance, Cabrillo Strings

Catharsis, Cann, arr. Phillips, Caleb Murray, Conductor