Music Department

Cabrillo Youth Strings

Cabrillo Youth Strings 2022 Spring Semester

The Cabrillo Youth Strings Program

The Spring 2022 Semester In-Person will begin at the Music Building (VAPA5000) on Friday afternoons, February 25 - April 29.

We have postponed our program due to the Covid-19 surge.

*Our 9-week String Orchestra Program will have 3 groups:
4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings, 4:00-5:15, Nancy Kvam, with Juliann French
No Auditions, Students must bring their own instrument and purchase “String Explorer” & “Primo Performance", VAPA5137

*Festival Strings, 4:15-5:45, Renata Bratt, with Nancy Kvam, Books 1-3. Auditions, VAPA5156

*Cabrillo Strings, 4:15-5:55, Caleb Murray, Older students, Book 3-Advanced, Auditions, VAPA5141

*Auditions for Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings will be held on Friday, February 25,

  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, music stands, and pencils.

  • We welcome Juliann French, violinist/pianist, to our program this year. Don Adkins and Polly Malan will be available for private instruction.

  • Private Lesson Instruction is recommended for all participants. 

Our Concert for the String Orchestra program will be held on Friday, April 29, 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, will be May 6 – June 3. 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, June 3 in the Music Building, VAPA 5156.

*Auditions for Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings will be held on Friday, February 25, 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, music stands, and pencils.
***We welcome Juliann French, violinist/pianist, to our program this year. Don Adkins and Polly Malan will be available for private instruction.

****Private Lesson Instruction is recommended for all participants.
Our Concert for the String Orchestra program will be held on Friday, April 29, 7 pm in the Samper Recital Hall, VAPA5100, with a Dress Rehearsal at 5:00-6:30.
*The Friday afternoon 5-week Chamber Music Program, will be May 6 – June 3. 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, June 3 in the Music Building, VAPA 5156.
We have Safety Protocols for the Program:

All students, parents, teachers will wear masks. (KN94/N95/K95’s are highly recommended.

Double masking, including a blue surgical mask is required if not properly using a KN94/N95/K95.
There will be 6’ distancing for everyone.
We ask that students hand sanitize before each session.

Each student will bring their own stand and 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).

We offer some small Scholarships available for those in need. Please contact Nancy Kvam for the code which is applied in the registration process.

The fees will be $250 for the 9-week String Orchestra program. The fees for 5-week Chamber Music program will be $175.

****Our registration process is also open through Cabrillo Extension, 479-6331, extension.cabrillo.edu, 6500 Soquel Drive, Building 2100A, Aptos, CA 95003. The String Orchestra registration must be completed by Friday, February 25, 5:00 pm and the Chamber Music registration by Friday, May 6, 5:00 pm. Please complete all registration before the first class, 2/25, even if you auditioning. 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.

Cabrillo Youth Strings Music Program

The Cabrillo Youth Strings Program includes weekly participation in Friday afternoon String Ensembles. Classes will be held at the Music Building (VAPA5000) on Friday afternoons. *Our 9-week String Orchestra Program will have 3 groups:

4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings, 4:00-5:15 (Nancy Kvam, with Juliann French). 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/faculty), late

Book 1-Book 3, good reading skills. VAPA5156

*Cabrillo Strings, 4:15-5:55 (Caleb Murray, Nancy Kvam/faculty). 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 25, 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, music stands, and pencils.
***We welcome Juliann French, violinist/pianist, to our program this spring.
****Private Lesson Instruction is recommended for all participants. Please see our faculty list of Instructors (further down the page).
Our Concert for the String Orchestra program will be held on Friday, April 29, 7 pm in the Samper Recital Hall, VAPA5100, with a Dress Rehearsal at 5:00-6:30 that day.
*We will also have a 5-week Chamber Music Program, for students with good note-reading skills, May 6 - June 3. Chamber Music 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, June 3
in the Music Building, VAPA 5156.
We have Safety Protocols for the Program:

All students, parents, teachers must wear masks. (KN94/N95/KN95’s highly recommended. Otherwise, Double masking, including a blue surgical mask, is required).
There will be 6’ distancing for everyone.
We ask that students hand sanitize before each session.

Each student will bring their own stand and 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 now by going to our website, https://cabrillo.edu/cabrillo-youth-strings (located in the left side bar).

****Our registration process will begin in late January through Cabrillo Extension, 479-6331, extension.cabrillo.edu, 6500 Soquel Drive, Building 2100A, Aptos, CA 95003. The String Orchestra registration must be completed by Friday, February 25, 5:00 pm and the Chamber Music registration by Friday, May 6, 5:00 pm. Please complete all registration before the first class, 2/25, even if you auditioning. If you have questions or need Audition materials, please call Nancy Kvam @ 426-6443, 479-6101 or email 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.

Testimonials
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"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

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"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

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"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

  • Juliann French, 818-795-5259 Violin/Accompanist, Coach for Beginning Strings, Festival Strings and Cabrillo Strings, Chamber Music

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

  • Aria Di Salvio 466-9936
    Cello

  • Kristin Garbeff (805) 217-6851
    Cello

  • Debora Grosjean 566-0441
    Violin, Viola

  • Astrid Huala 335-3469
    Violin, Viola

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

  • Judy Roberts 462-5420
    Cello

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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String Instrument Sale, Rental and Repair

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

Scott Cao Violins 408-364-1668

Dennis English 475-8072

Ifshin Violins 1-800-522-1099 https://www.ifshinviolins.com

Jansen's Music 724-4798

Kamimoto Strings 408-298-8168

Sylvan Music 427-1917