Music Department

Cabrillo Youth Strings

Fall 2021 Semester

Welcome to Fall 2021 Semester! The Cabrillo Youth Strings will now be able to meet for the Fall 2021 Semester. Our Fall Semester will begin on Friday afternoon, September 3 in the VAPA5000 Music Building. This consecutive 9-week String Orchestra program will hold auditions for Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings on Friday, September 3, 3:45-4:15 in the designated rooms prior to the first rehearsal. Our first rehearsal will be September 3 for all three groups. The 4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings will meet 4:00-5:15 in VAPA5137 with Nancy Kvam, Director and Polly Malan, coach. There are no auditions for this group. Festival Strings will meet 4:15-5:45 in VAPA5156 with Renata Bratt, Director and Polly Malan, coach. Cabrillo Strings will meet 4:15-5:55 in VAPA5141 with Caleb Murray, Director, Nancy Kvam, Polly Malan, coaches. The Concert will be presented in the Samper Recital Hall, VAPA5100 on October 29, 7:00 pm. The fees are $225,

The 5-week Chamber Music Program will begin on November 5 on Friday afternoons, 4:15-5:30 in the Music Building, VAPA5000. This session is for those with good note-reading ability and who have had one year of experience on their instrument. Our String Faculty will instruct and we will meet in VAPA5137, VAPA5141 and VAPA5156. We will observe Thanksgiving Holiday on 11/29.There will be a Recital on Friday, December 10, 7:00 pm in VAPA5148 for family/friends. The fees are $170.

To register, please contact Cabrillo Extension at for online registration, 479-6331 by phone, or visit them at 6500 Soquel Drive, Building 2100A, (behind the Sesnon House), Aptos, CA 95003.

If you have further questions or need Audition materials, please contact Nancy Kvam at 479-6101, Students must bring their own instruments, pencils and music stands. Safety Protocols for the program will include: all teachers, students and parents will wear masks, maintaining 6' distance, hand sanitizing before class, no eating/drinking during in building.

A limited number of small scholarships are available for those in financial need. Please contact Nancy Kvam as soon as possible for the registration code.

Please register by Friday, August 27, 5:00 pm for String Orchestra classes and Friday, October 29, 5:00 pm for Chamber Music classes.

Cabrillo Youth Strings

String Orchestra Program, ages 7-18:

9 week session, concert the last week of class, Samper Recital Hall, 7:00 Friday evening

4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings focuses on developing ensemble playing for the entry level violin, viola, or cello student. Students must bring their own instruments and purchase 2 books. Time: 4:00-5:15 Fridays, VAPA5137, Nancy Kvam/Polly Malan

Festival Strings* is suited to beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello and bass students who are able to read music and have had an introduction to basic music theory. Time: 4:15-5:45 Fridays, VAPA5156, Renata Bratt, with Malan/Kvam

Cabrillo Strings* is for more advanced violin, viola, cello and bass students with good reading and ensemble playing ability. Time: 4:15-5:55 Fridays, VAPA5141, with Kvam/Malan

*Auditions will be held for these groups prior to the first rehearsal, Friday, 3:45-4:15. For audition materials or questions, please email us at or call us at (831)479-6101.

Chamber Ensembles Program, ages 7-18, Fridays 4:15-5:30.

5 Week session, recital the last week of class, VAPA5148, 7:00 Friday evening

This Chamber Ensembles Program is designed for students with note-reading skills and will begin the week following the Orchestra Concert. Classical, Jazz, Fiddle styles. Our recital will include solos and chamber music ensembles. 

**Registration for each program is requested one week before classes begin.

All registration is due on the first day of class. Please register online through Cabrillo Extension or by calling (831) 479-6331. There will be no refunds.


"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, Beginning Strings Director, Sectional Coach/Conductor for Festival and Cabrillo Strings, Administration
  •  Renata Bratt 252-0584
    Cello, Festival Strings Director, Chamber Music
  • Caleb Murray 435-6630
    String Bass, Cabrillo Strings Director, Chamber Music
  • Polly Malan 469-3088 Viola, Coach for Beginning Strings, Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings, Chamber Music
Other Cabrillo Youth Strings affiliated string teachers
  • Aria Di Salvio 466-9936
  • Kristin Garbeff (805) 217-6851
  • Debora Grosjean 761-8228
    Violin, Viola
  • Astrid Huala 335-3469
    Violin, Viola
  • Judy Roberts 462-5420
  •  Don Adkins 423-9808
    String Bass, Cello, Accompanying
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
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