Cabrillo Youth Strings
Cabrillo Youth Strings Music Program Spring 2023 Semester
A Program for Music Students Ages 6 - 18
The Cabrillo Youth Strings Program will begin the Spring 2023 Semester In-Person at the Music Building (VAPA5000)
on Friday afternoons, February 3 – April 14.
*Our 9-week String Orchestra Program will have 3 groups:
4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings, 4:00-5:15 (Nancy Kvam 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 (Renata Bratt, with Nancy Kvam and Kiefer Taylor), late Book 1-Book 3, good reading skills. VAPA5156
*Cabrillo Strings, 4:15-5:55 (Caleb Murray, 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, February 3,
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, April 14, 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 April 21 – May 19. 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, May 16 in the Music Building, VAPA 5156.
We have Safety Protocols for the Program:
All students, parents, teachers will wear masks. (blue surgical masks or higher)
There will be 6’ distancing for everyone.
We ask that students hand sanitize before each session.
Each student will bring their own pencil.
Parents will drop students off at a specified location and return at the end of class to pick students up.
Students will not eat or drink during the session or in the music building. (Please hydrate and snack before/after class).
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 January through Cabrillo Extension, extension.cabrillo.edu. The String Orchestra registration must be completed by Friday, February 3, 5:00 pm Please complete all registration before the first class, 2/3, even if you auditioning. Please complete the Chamber Music registration by Friday, April 21, 5:00 pm. If you have questions or need Audition materials, please call Nancy Kvam @ 426-6443, 479-6101 or email at CabrilloYouthStrings@gmail.com. You may reach Renata Bratt @ 252-9584 and Caleb Murray@435-6630. You may contact Nancy Kvam, Cabrillo Youth Strings Artistic Director if you have questions about participation in the program.
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
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
Kiefer Taylor, 251-1645, 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
Aria Di Salvio 466-9936
Kristin Garbeff (805) 217-6851
Debora Grosjean 566-0441
Astrid Huala 334-9302
Polly Malan 469-3088/home, 295-1822/cell, Viola
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.
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 https://www.ifshinviolins.com
Jansen's Music 724-4798
Kamimoto Strings 408-298-8168, www.kamimotostrings.com
Sylvan Music 427-1917